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Artist Portrait

Zach Mueller

Van Nuys, California

Years in Magic

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How did you first get started in magic?

When I was 8 years old, my family was living in London. There is a huge department store called Harrids, which is an eight-year-olds dream. Each floor is dedicated to a different thing. One floor, all desserts. Another, all designer clothing. Another, all kids toys. I went to the kids floor.

There was a section of that floor that was all Marvin's Magic, complete with a demonstrator at a fancy booth with a close-up pad doing Svengali deck tricks. Fooled me to the point of break.

Asked for a magic set. Got magic set. Played with magic set. Forgot about magic set.

Cut to David Blaine's special from 2006 - I saw the self-tying shoelace and flipped my shiz. I was 10 at the time, and I've been hooked since.

What is your creative process - how do you come up with new effects and ideas?

Playing with cards nonstop. I love creating tricks that are flashy, flourishy sleights. Cardistry helps a lot here, because a lot of flourishes need flare to really look shmexy.

I usually start with a move and try to create a variation on it to give it more flare. Usually after lots of reworking, the end-product turns out to be worlds away from the original move.

I love moves that are weird, knacky, and strange. I love a challenge, so if I can get a crazy hard, knacky move to work ONCE out of 100 times, I'm dead-set on perfecting it to a point where I can do it consistently.

My favorite thing is when a magician tells me something I'm excited about creating looks bad, or isn't practical. I take that, and use it as my motivator to get it perfect, and get it to a point where I can show the same person 6 months later, and fool them with the same move they dismissed before. Love. It.

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