Adam Trent’s magic screens

Magic is something that Adam Trent knew he wanted to do all his life. He rose to fame as one of the stars of Broadway’s The Illusionists, and stars in his own Netflix TV series, “The Road Trick.”

He’s been featured on “America’s Got Talent.” “The Today Show” and “Ellen,” and is one of the most popular magicians working today.

In 2019, Trent is out on tour showcasing his “futuristic” brand of magic. The Magic of Adam Trent will be stopping at the Ridgefield Playhouse on May 17.

Keith Loria: How would you characterize your show?

Adam Trent: It’s a combination of magic, comedy and audience participation. It’s a family-friendly show and extremely interactive and a lot of fun.

KL: What led you to touring?

Adam Trent

AT: I spent several years as part of the original Broadway cast of The Illusionists, and after that was able to get my own series on Netflix called The Road Trick, and from there I branched out and started doing a lot more touring on my own.

KL: What do you enjoy about that?

AT: I love the personal connection with the audience. I can put in more comedy and show people a lot more of my unique style of magic, which I wasn’t able to do with The Illusionists because I only had 15-20 minutes.

KL: I had the pleasure of seeing The Illusionists and the thing I remember about your segment was your use of screens and multimedia for your tricks. Are those still part of what you do on stage for this tour?

AT: Absolutely. I do several things on my tour that use technology. This is what I believe the future of magic will look like, incorporating the latest in technology with stage illusion.

KL: When did you decide to incorporate tech into your routine and make the recognition that this is where magic was going?

AT: I took inspiration from all kinds of places. For example, I was at a concert once and saw someone dancing with LED screens and thought that was a cool effect, and I wanted to find a way to take that and make it magical.

KL: What is your signature trick?

AT: I do this thing with video screens where I clone myself on the screen and teleport across the stage on screen and multiply on the screen, doing an interactive magic performance where I take three-dimensional objects out of a two-dimensional screen and interact with it in a concert-like fashion.

KL: What led you to magic? How did you get into this professionally?

AT: I started very young. I got a book when I was just 8 years old and just have been doing it my whole life. After college I started touring and doing cruise ship shows and one thing led to another, and my first big break was being asked to be part of The Illusionists.

KL: You started young; who were the magicians that you looked up to when you were first getting involved?

AT: The first show I ever saw was David Copperfield.

KL: When youngsters come up to you and say they want to follow in your footsteps, what advice do you give them?

AT: I always say to just start doing it and performing as much as possible. You’ll learn so much from a live audience that you’ll never learn by just practicing or doing in front of a camera. That’s the same advice I got when I was young.

KL: Tell me the idea behind your show, Road Trick?

AT: I travel Europe and go on a personal journey where I see what this magic, which I’ve done my whole life, is able to do for other people. Is it able to make someone’s day? I use magic as an ice breaker and they end up showing me their city in a way that a tourist has never seen it before. It’s on Netflix now.

KL: What’s the secret for “wowing” an audience?

AT: For me, it’s making that personal connection. I think everyone knows that magic isn’t real; it’s entertainment and I’m here so we can all have fun together. My show is more like a comedy show that has magic in it.

KL: You’ve already accomplished a great deal. Do you have any other goals in the magic world?

AT: I’m kind of already doing what the 8-year-old me wanted to do. All I ever wanted to do was tour the country and have people come out and experience the magic live. There’s something so special about that. I was always naively optimistic that what I was watching David Copperfield do on TV, I would be doing, and I’m very fortunate that it has worked out.

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