How did you do that?
Magicians don’t generally share their secrets, but we’ll make an exception in this case.
My feats are accomplished through psychology, misdirection, physics, chemistry, and a whole lot of practice.
Are you a magician, or an illusionist?
Technically, “magician” is a more accurate term for what I do.
All illusionists are magicians, but not all magicians are illusionists. “Magician” is a general term that includes people who do mentalism, close-up magic, slight of hand, illusion and more. An illusionist is someone who specifically does large stage effects involving people, large animals, or very large objects. I do a large variety of types of magic. Although some of what I do could be considered illusions, other routines would not. So, the general term, “magician” is most accurate. (Though you can call me whatever you like!)
Christian magic? Doesn’t the Bible condemn magic?
No, the Bible doesn’t condemn theatrical magic.
The confusion over this is primarily a problem of semantics. English is a very imprecise language. The same word can have multiple meanings that are completely unrelated. For example, “bank” can refer to either a place to keep money or the side of a river. You have to look at the context of how the word is used to determine which definition is intended.
The same is true of the word “magic”. One definition of the word involves attempts to forecast or control events through the use of supposed supernatural powers. This is clearly condemned by scripture.
Another definition is the art of using natural causes, whose operation is secret, to produce surprising results.
When looking at the Bible, it is usually easy to tell from the context what “magic” practices are being condemned. When there is any doubt, we can refer to the original Greek or Hebrew words. Those languages are generally much more precise than English, and make it clear what practices it is talking about. Nowhere does the Bible condemn theatrical magic, like what Brad does. As a Christian entertainer, I am careful to ensure that audiences clearly understand that there are no supernatural powers involved in what I do.
Where are you located and how far do you travel?
I’m based out of Northern Kentucky. I have programs specifically designed to be transported as airline baggage, so I can go anywhere. I have literally performed from coast to coast and beyond.
What facilities are required for a performance? Do you need a “real” stage?
Typical magic programs are often very demanding. They require the right staging, lighting, and background. Not so with my programs. You don’t have to jump through a lot of hoops to revolve around my needs. Instead, I go out of my way to provide programs that revolve around your needs.
I have designed my programs to be easy for the event planner to host. The programs typically have only two basic requirements to help make your event a success.
- People must be able to see.
There must be sufficient lighting. A raised platform is extremely helpful. It can be difficult for people at extreme viewing angles to see clearly, so it works best when the audience is viewing only from the front.
- People must be able to hear.
Typically, this means a sound system is required. A hands-free lapel or headset microphone is ideal, but a mike on a stand is sufficient. If the program uses music, I will supply the player and the patch cords required to hook it up to most any sound system. You don’t even have to cue the music. I use a remote to control the music from stage.
That’s it. If even providing that much is a problem, talk to us. I have a lot of experience in finding creative ways to work in less-than-ideal situations.
How much will a performance cost?
The cost depends on a number of factors, including the type and number of programs and the distance to the event. Contact us with the details of your event to find out specifics.