We caught up with professional magician and magic inventor Wayne Fox, to find out what makes him tick, and exactly what he has ‘up his sleeve’!
Tell us about yourself
I’m A full time pro magician and have been for 15 years, I have been interested in magic since I was a child but really got into it when I was about 19. I started performing in local restaurants and gradually got a steady client base. I then directed my attention to restaurants in hotels, as the clients dining there were from the corporate field that I wanted to be part of. In all I guess it took around two years to get my business running securely, I then dropped the day job and never looked back as they say.
What do you like about developing your own effects?
Originality!! Developing my own effects is something that I’m dedicated to, I would always try to perform a piece of ‘out the bag’ magic, in a way that seemed unique to me. I encourage that in all my DVDs, if you perform a set piece that you have just bought, then try and perform it different to the creator has done, this can only be a good thing in magic and keeps it fresh for the audience. Imagine performing an effect for a group of people only to have them say “yeah I’ve seen that one’. You’ve just been gutted!!
You have a growing range of effects out, which is your favorite?
It’s hard to choose a favorite out of my effects, as they are all very different from each other. Neat & Tidy is great for its Hi Visuals I’ve been performing it for 5 years so far and yet it still gives me a great buzz when performing it. Make Amends is my latest piece its a TnR effect and again its a great visual trick, and I love to perform this.
How do you come up with your ideas?
I have always been very creative, and I come up with my ideas by thinking logically. I look at the classics of magic and think of performing them with a different slant. Make Amends was just that, I work a lot of restaurants and wanted an angle proof, and instant signed card restoration and this was my answer. I just keep trying to be original, my head is always buzzing with ideas, always.
Who are your favorite magicians?
My favorite magicians the late Tommy Wonder, David Williamson, I like Daniel Garcier’s thinking, I met him recently very nice guy. Nick Einhorn has some great ideas, I have had some brilliant brainstorming sessions with him.
What do you plan for the future?
I am filming my lecture DVD, all commercial stuff performed in restaurants, it’s for the workers. My new lecture has been popular so far which I’m very grateful for.
There is one effect that I have been trying to produce for about three years now, but have not been fortunate enough to find a company to manufacture it, but last month that changed. I may now be able to release the quirkiest piece of magic I have ever come up with to date. Let’s see if it happens shall we?