Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Special Interview: Adam Mada

theaussieword.com catches up with Magician Adam Mada!


What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
I'm a dreamer a science geek and a showoff, the perfect cocktail to create magical moments for people.  It all began in the enchanted forrest where I was raised by elves ;-)  No seriously Enid Blyton's books had a profound impact on me as a child and ever since I've been trying to create her surreal worlds.


Who motivates or influences your quest to perform great shows?
My passion for sharing magic and making people smile, magic & conjuring is one of those things that creeps into your blood obsession / passion is their a difference ?  Most recently my 1 year old son Finn is my greatest motivation, not only do I need to feed my little family but watching him explore the world and seeing magic in everything is astounding.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as a Magician?
I hope at some point to establish a learning center for disadvantaged young people, where they can learn about magic, showmanship, science and theatre, taking these new and powerful skills into their communities helping them with confidence and giving them a leg up.  More immediately I have a secret network pitch in the works, which I hope to have wide appeal in Australasia.
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
Apart from the Melbourne Magic Festival, I'll be headlining the Gangsters Ball national tour in September, so look out for us at the Forum in Melbourne, Tivoli in Brisbane and the Metro in Sydney.  I'm also constantly working on three EL CIRCO productions at my home venue in Sydney, El circo, El circo Blanc and El Circo Rouge.
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I wish I knew the secret ! I'd probably write a dodgy pdf website and sell it on dodgy websites.  I still fight for jobs I just stay persistent and passionate.  My greatest highlight was very recent, I was invited to be a panelist to discuss "The Gentle Art of Invisibility" by Joe Hildebrand joining the incredible Australian minds of Ron McCallum (Adviser to United Nations on disability and the first ever totally blind professor !) & Brian Schmidt the phenomenal Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist,  It was like realising a boy hood dream !

What can you tell us about your latest run of shows?
This latest run will be a combination of many years of development on various routines and pieces which generally travel around with me on cruise ships, I'll also be debuting a very special illusion made popular in the 1920's during prohibition known as "any drink called for" it is a very very rare routine and I've spent 4 years trying to figure out how to get it right, it looks so good the audience can smell it, taste it and drink it !  

The shape of the entertainment industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your performances out into the public eye?
Social media and the web in general have made incredible impacts, specifically for magicians whom rely on secret knowledge that was once obtained in books or taught by masters, secrets have less value now as they are obtained much more easily, however we could go on about that for hours.  The other large change is direct marketing, most entertainers I know will do alot of bookings via their own website once apon a time bookings would always be run by a manager or agent, event companies now want direct access to artists, so more work for us !  However it brings the control back to the artist, this area is still in a huge state of flux, with lots of agents either being born or going out of business.  One thing is for sure, people will always starve for content and entertainment, and everyone wants to wonder.

Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today? 
"A magician may be the only honest professional left, he promises to deceive you and then hopefully he does"

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