With all that has been happening, we sometimes need to take a step back and pivot our attention to something positive in order to take a bit of a breather. It’s too bad that we sometimes miss seeing magical moments happening around us everyday.
Meet Kevin Li, a young magician set to remind you that magic can be caught even during a pandemic. His passion for magic and showmanship started when he joined the Magic Castle Junior Society at the World Famous Magic Castle. He was only 16 years old back then. Kevin shares that by attending this ‘school for magic’ it was “basically like attending Hogwarts in real life,” he quips. Attending the Junior Society at the Magic Castle gave him so much experience with regards to magic tricks and showmanship as they would perform in front of their peers, the board members, other veteran, and pro magicians. With the guidance brought by the Magic Castle, Kevin fell even more in love with the craft.
Though attending the Magic Castle wasn’t where it all started for Kevin, he shares that it was actually thanks to his grandfather. “My grandpa was the first person to ever perform a trick on me in person and that moment sparked the start of my career. It was just a hobby at first I’d do around school and family get-togethers,” he shares. After years of doing it for fun and purely as a hobby, he finally joined the industry.
He got even more serious with his career right before graduating from business school where he started doing multiple TV appearances. After being the youngest magician to fool Penn and Teller on their hit TV show, Fool Us, that became his biggest sign to take things full time. Since then, it has been nowhere but up for Kevin. But with the pandemic happening, within a day, months of shows in advance were canceled instantly. He thought at one point he might have to eventually use his business degree and look for a job that is more sustainable, that was until he created the Virtual Magic Experience.
It’s been almost a year and a half since he has been holding Virtual Events where he showcases his talents as a magician, and it has been a year and a half of nonstop success. “I’ve learned more about the true definition of showman. Not only do I need to make sure the magic goes smoothly, but the technology which further aids the look and feel of everything,” he shares. Kevin has come to love performing online which is why during the later part of 2020, he had an opportunity to perform a Guinness World Record Breaking virtual conference with the largest number of attendees. His goal is to be able to reach more international audiences.
After 8 years of doing magic professionally and 2 years full time, Kevin implies that magic tricks nowadays can be learned almost instantly or at most would take the practitioner another couple years to truly master the trick. Although learning the foundations of magic in a broad spectrum took years, he shares that even if one is quick to learn, making magic look smooth through presentation is an ongoing process throughout the rest of a magician’s career. He advises those who want to be able to do magic as a career that they should perform magic that makes them smile. “You should genuinely have fun every time you perform because people will feel that around you. Add your own style to the magic and don’t just perform the same way as everyone else, or else you will be another mere copy,” he shares. At the moment, Kevin is working on a theater show in Los Angeles.
With everything that is going on, we could all use a bit of magic, fun, and laughter. Kevin’s Virtual Magic Experience brings that sense of fun and interaction even within the comforts of your own home. Share the experience with your friends and who knows, maybe a magical idea may spark after experiencing the whole show.
If you are interested in learning more about taking your next virtual event to another level, check out my website with more details here: https://www.kevinlimagic.com/virtual-show and you can contact me directly at magickevinli@Gmail.com