As a reoccurring feature of the Magic Messenger we will highlight a member and as them to answer a few questions about themselves. This month the "Spotlight" is on our featured performer for May, Phil Mann.
Where did you grow up / where have you lived?
I grew up in a very small town called Cedar Springs in Western Michigan. I have lived and traveled so far away, that I spent 1 year living in your tomorrow. But I'm back now.
How did you get started in magic?
The earliest magical influences on myself were on black and white TV. Mark Wilson and the magical land of Allakazam. Right between Captain Kangaroo and Mighty Mouse on Saturday mornings.
What type of magic do you perform?
I have a large collection of all styles of magical effects. When I'm in the mood I do close-up. When I get a chance it's parlor or stand-up. I can do and have done full scale stage productions. At the moment I am performing on tiktok, video at The.Magic.Mann, playing the part of a 1920-40 black and white stage magician.
What is your favorite magic book?
I have a large library of reference and magical history books. The most useful and the one I often give copies of to young magicians, as a gift, is Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. Easy to read and understand plus packed with ideas for all. My prize book is a first edition of Suspensions and Levitations by Micky Hades.
Who is your favorite Magician of all time?
My favorite magician now that's a tough one. I would love to see some of the old masters in their prime. Adelaide Hermann or Howard Thurston. But then I am a big fan of the Blackstone's Sr and Jr, true masters of their art. Modern times Siegfried and Roy or pretty much any of the magicians in Las Vegas. As for the most talented and creative magician the one to watch is Stuart MacDonald, I feel he is going somewhere in the world of magic.
Do you have any words of wisdom for newer magicians?
Always look for a way to make your magic entertaining. Make it captivating, create your own style, it will evolve with time. Practice whenever and wherever you get the chance.