AnnePierce
Tuesday 18th , 2016
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At Kidspace Children’s Museum, we’ve had the privilege to host so many fantastic performers!  As the Arts Specialist I’ve had the opportunity to work with these impressive artists and hear their about their inspirational journeys. 

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One such performer is The Amazing Dave, a Kidspace favorite, who will be performing with us on October 23rd.  I wanted to learn more about Amazing Dave and his art…why did he become a magician…what advice does he have for others…?

Here are Dave’s inspiring and thoughtful answers:

How long have you been performing magic?

I performed my first magic show when I was 10 years old so I guess you could say I've been performing magic for 28 years. But I've been a full -time performer for about 15 years.

What first got you into magic?

I'm not really sure. I've always enjoyed performing. Magic was one of many things I tried. It just stuck.

What was the first magic trick you learned?

I think it was the ball vase. It's a trick which is easy for kids to learn and can be found in most magic kits.

https://www.magictricks.com/ball-vase.html

You juggle too!  What’s the hardest thing to juggle and why?

I LOVE to juggle. I juggle bean bags, scarves, rings, knives, bowling balls, and plungers. But the hardest thing to juggle is probably a Great White Shark. Because of the teeth.

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You are performing you Halloween Magic Monster Spooktacular at Kidspace.  What inspired you to come up with a Halloween themed show?

I love Halloween! And there are so many fun Halloween events around I thought it would be fun to have a Halloween themed show to go along with them.

What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid and why?

In the first grade I dressed up as a Frog. It was my favorite costume because my mother sewed the costume for me herself.

What do you like best about performing for children and families?

I love making people laugh. And I especially like creating routines which are entertaining for children and their parents so they can enjoy them together.

If someone was inspired to become a magician, what advice would you give them?

First thing you have to do is learn some magic tricks. You can learn tricks by watching YouTube videos, reading a magic book, or buying a magic kit. I would suggest visiting your local magic shop and asking them where you should start. Once you’ve learned some tricks you have to figure out how you want to present them. The tricks are not as important as the presentation. It takes time but you have to figure out what type of magician you want to be. Are you funny? Serious? Silly? Mysterious? If you had 10 different magicians perform the same trick it would be different every time because of their personality and style. That’s what makes a good magician.

Last one!  Kidspace’s new Storyteller Studio will feature a Reading Nook containing some of the favorite books of our staff from when they were younger.  What was your favorite book when you were younger, what did you like about it?

I loved a book called “The Eleventh Hour” by Graeme Base. It’s a mystery picture book. The pictures are full of clues which you have to figure out to solve the mystery. Some of the clues were easy to figure out and some were difficult. Some were helpful and others were misleading. It was challenging but a lot of fun to try to figure out!

Don’t miss The Amazing Dave’s Halloween Magic Monster Spooktacular on October 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

See you there!

www.TheAmazingDave.com

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Anne Pierce, Art Specialist, has been with Kidspace Children’s Museum since 2010. She participated in the Master Planning committee and assisted in the development of the Imagination Workshop.  As a theater professional Anne has worked for the Walt Disney Resorts, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Sid & Marty Krofft.  Anne is currently serving on the board of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry.