On Saturday's Talk Magic we uploaded a very special interview. Craig Petty sat down and got to interview the amazing Richard Young. In this interview, Richard talks in depth about his entire career, including all the highs and lows. He even offers advice on performing on stage, illusions, building a business, social media and lots more besides.
Talk Magic With Richard Young | Host Of One Half Of Young & Strange Speaks Out
Richard Young has done it all. As well as founding & hosting one of the most popular magic podcasts ever, Richard is part of the internationally successful Illusion Act 'Young And Strange'. This act literally tours the world with their amazing comedy magic and illusions. He also runs Changing Cards supplying some of the best gaffed cards to magicians all across the globe. His biography speaks for itself.
"I was 9 years old when a magic set received as a Christmas gift from my Godmother began a lifelong passion. Looking back, I now realise that my parents ‘playing along’ and telling me they didn’t know how I did the tricks (when obviously they did) really solidified the hobby, it gave a shy council estate kid a feeling of importance and worth. I got into trouble at school for doing tricks when it wasn’t an appropriate time, although a frustration to my classroom teachers, my headmaster granted me the option to perform when it was appropriate in morning assemblies for the entire year, they were some of the most important gigs of my life. I was completely in love with magic and performing, nothing else in life mattered.
Witnessing a performance by the world’s greatest magician and international superstar David Copperfield on his UK arena tour when I was aged 11 sealed my fate as a magician for life. Aged 14 I met an older professional magician who lived near to my house who offered to mentor me for free, these two incidences combined with fully supportive parents meant there would be only one path and one career for me. I was completely consumed.
Shortly after leaving University I proudly joined The Magic Circle as one of its youngest ever members, a few years later in 2018 the President of the club promoted me to M.I.M.C (Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star) which is the highest level of membership, an exclusive sinister sounding yet actually quite delightful circle of the top magicians on the planet capped at 300 at any one time, an enormous honour.
Since finishing my education I have made my living exclusively from performing magic. It has taken me around the world. I performed at the celebration party for Lewis Hamilton after he won the Formula One World Championship. After a brief demonstration before the lot, celebrity Jeremy Clarkson bidded on my services in a charity auction so he could have me perform for his family, he was hosting the auction at the time. I have completed dozens of other performances for people you have heard of many of whom asked me to sign an NDA.
Whilst performing at The Edinburgh Fringe I was spotted by a young producer who was looking for magicians for an upcoming theatre tour, little did I know that he would change my life and over the next few years he would take me all over the world as part of his ensemble show Champions of Magic (www.championsofmagic.co.uk) To date I have performed in over 200 theatres around the world with this show, one of them was in an arena in Montreal in front of 8000 people, my biggest ever audience. As part of being in this show I have appeared on Live TV dozens of times performing magic on the BBC, ITV, NBC, FOX and numerous other networks.
While of course arena shows, celebrities and awards are all lovely the real reason I love what I do is because I get to meet so many wonderful people from all walks of life at private parties, weddings and corporate events. You are here on this website because you have an event coming up and are looking for something fun that will amaze your guests, I promise you won’t be disappointed."
This is a brilliant interview that shouldn't be missed. Richard is in great demand as a professional magician. The fact he had time to come onto the channel is fantastic. Check out the full interview below and don't forget to comment what you think! 👇👇👇