Liam Power is a Sydney Magician and workshop teacher. Today we put him through 12 questions to find out more about him.
What got you into Magic?
It was Christmas morning 2001 and a friend of a friend of my dad who was from America was there. He was a Magician, he showed me some amazing close up magic and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
What are your main gigs?
I mainly work for companies providing entertainment at networking events, awards nights, team building workshops etc. I also perform at a lot of weddings, private events and festivals
When did you start teaching at Work-Shop?
I was their 2nd instructor all the way back in 2013. It’s been so good to see the business grow over the year
Do you have a favorite trick?
That’s a tough one! I do but I change my mind regularly. It also depends if I’m doing a stage show or performing roving magic. I’m more interested in what the audience’s favorite tricks are
Do you have a most memorable gig?
Several. The first time I performed at Falls Festival was such a buzz I loved it and was on cloud 9 for days after. The 1st time I performed on the main stage of a cruise ship was pretty cool but the most memorable was in Cambodia. I got to travel there with the Fred Hollows Foundation and perform magic for their patients after they got their eyesight restored. It was one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life
Do you have a dream venue to perform at?
The State Theater in Sydney. I remember going as a kid to watch a movie premier. After that I’ve always wanted to perform there, it’s just such a beautiful theater
Were you always a magician or did you have another job?
When I finished school I completed a chef apprenticeship, I loved it. I was starting to get some burnout and my American friend from the 1st question invited me to live with him for a couple of months while he trained me up.
Do you travel a lot for work?
While most of my work is in Sydney, I travel around Australia a lot and I also perform internationally
Do you have any advice for aspiring magicians?
The 1st piece of advice is the same advice I’d give to aspiring Chefs – Learn the classics. Not necessarily because they are the best tricks but because they will provide you with the building blocks to develop your own tricks with your own style. The 2nd piece of advice is to proactive until you don’t have to think about the mechanics of the trick so you provide all your focus on your audience.
What can’t you live without?
A wetsuit, spending half the year out of the ocean because it’s too cold would be the worst
Where is your favorite place?
In the ocean, underwater
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
The House Of The Rising Sun, I’m a pretty bad singer and it’s got no high notes