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ABOUT KEVIN BLAKE

More than just a name, the incantation “Kevin Blake” is a spell cast that announces to the world the arrival of a magician unlike anything the twenty-first century has ever seen. With a mysterious essence that harkens back to mesmerizing showmen of old, yet embodying a modern charm that is fully present in the now, the acclaimed magician has successfully alchemized a cross-section of art — magic, music, comedy, illusion — into a surprising, confounding, and unforgettable “genre-defying performance.” Critical praise, over 200 sell-out live shows, millions of views online and thrilling TV appearances have cemented Kevin Blake’s identity as one of the most promising magicians performing today.

Melanie Brown’s $6M diamond ring attached to balloons and let go into the sky. An incantation card trick like Penn & Teller had never seen before. From underground stages in San Francisco to the biggest platforms on earth, Blake is known for cutting edge magic that creates unforgettable moments of wonder for audiences all around the world.

When he’s not performing, Kevin plays piano, swims semi-competitively (he went to Olympic Trials in 2012 and 2016), and re-reads the same 6 books over and over again next to his lovely wife Eve, beautiful son Heath, and his adorable cat LuLu.

Q&A with Kevin

How'd you get into magic?

“It all started when I was 11 years old and I got a letter in the mail from Hogwarts. Just kidding. It was actually a cease-and-desist letter from J.K. Rowling’s lawyers for the petition I made to change my elementary school’s name to ‘Hogwarts’. Since then, I realized that if I couldn’t attend Hogwarts even through a technicality, I’d dedicate my life to Magic-Sleight of Hand, not Magic-Witchcraft and Wizardry. For real though, it started when I was a kid; a mix of seeing David Blaine’s ‘Street Magic’ special, a few magic books my parents got for me, and then, later, an obsession with the mental magic and ‘psychological’ presentations of Derren Brown. At the end of the day, deception is inherently fascinating, and playing with concepts of ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ and watching people experience the contradiction between what they know to be and what they are experiencing is ridiculously fun.

Who are your favorite magicians?

“My favorite magician is Derren Brown, who messes with reality in ways never done before. Penn & Teller are legends, as is Copperfield. They have each influenced me in different ways. David Blaine’s dedication to creating unforgettable moments and images is beyond compare. Another inspiration is Justin Willman, the master of surprise, who crafts the structures of his illusions with the fine strokes of a comedian’s sharpened pencil; illusions can have punchlines, and expectations will be played against you. A friend of mine, James Galea, is another great inspiration, who takes theatricality to new heights, blending comedy, magic, and unmatchable charisma with music and song to create an on-stage experience that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. These are but a few. The list is endless.

What is your favorite trick?

“This answer changes often, but right now, my favorite trick is one where dice stack over and over and then disappear. It's a routine straight out of the repertoire of a magician from the 1960s-80s. That, or the mind-reading act with the entire audience.

How do you create illusions or develop magic?

“It's a tough thing, creating the impossible. Discovering new methods is near impossible, so it comes down to finding inspiration from the past and present, and weaving together the threads into something new. Sometimes there is a hidden gem buried deep in a book, or a lost VHS recording from decades ago that I can be inspired by. Ultimately, it's about combining elements and methods in fresh ways, adding a twist to make them uniquely mine."

How has your background as a competitive swimmer influenced your approach to magic?

“After spending over two years of my life (I counted the hours) in a pool, I've learned two things; one, how to swim, and two, how to focus. Swimming competitively in college leading to Olympic Trials in 2012 and 2016 was a real lesson in perseverance. Becoming excellent at magic, or anything, takes the same dedication and focus. I feel grateful to have learned what it actually takes to become world class, and that competitive spirit still keeps me going. The difference is that now, my lung capacity has decreased dramatically, but my fingers are much more dexterous. Tradeoffs!"

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