Ma­gi­cian says peo­ple want to be amazed

Hamilton Press - - CONVERSATIONS - KEL­LEY TANTAU

Dressed in black and car­ry­ing a white dove, a ma­gi­cian per­forms a sim­ple ruse.

It’s an il­lu­sion twenty-one year old Mike Lind­say demon­strates con­fi­dently, but he doesn’t want it to be­come his party trick.

‘‘As a teenager, I loved show­ing peo­ple new tricks... but then I got to an age where now I just want to go to a party and so­cialise.’’

Lind­say has been per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­ally since he was 18, but the magic of smoke and mir­rors has en­ticed him since a young age.

‘‘I was in­ter­ested in learn­ing, I just never knew how to start when I was watch­ing it on TV, so at that point it was just an idea in the head.’’

Now the small-town na­tive is tour­ing around the Waikato with his new show It’s Show­time.

Bring­ing with him his dove Gizmo and chicken Nugget, Lind­say said he was ex­cited to per­form in Hamil­ton, say­ing au­di­ences were gen­er­ally more ap­pre­cia­tive and re­spon­sive in smaller towns.

Hail­ing from Ruawai him­self, a small town­ship lo­cated 30km south of Dar­gav­ille, Lind­say had to break the mould.

‘‘My par­ents are dairy farm­ers, and I didn’t re­ally want to get up at five in the morn­ing to milk cows, so I de­cided to get up at ten in the morn­ing and be a ma­gi­cian.

‘‘The ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties don’t think you can earn a wage from it,’’ he said.

Lind­say has per­formed at chil­drens’ birth­day par­ties and cor­po­rate events and said de­spite chang­ing times, his magic is still ac­ces­si­ble.

‘‘Peo­ple get smarter, in­for­ma­tion gets more ac­ces­si­ble, but the good thing is there’s still enough peo­ple out there who just want to be amazed.

‘‘There def­i­nitely has been a lot of de­vel­op­ment in the sense that, a cou­ple hun­dred years ago it was eas­ier to fool some­one,’’ he said.

‘‘But as a kid, ev­ery­thing’s im­pres­sive. Your mum puts some­thing un­cooked in the oven and an hour later it comes out cooked, and when a kid doesn’t know how that fully works, that’s magic.

‘‘There will be one day when magic will be su­per tough, but like ev­ery­thing, it’s just got to change with the times.’’

It’s Show­time, Satur­day, May 27 at Hamil­ton Boys’ High School, 2pm and 7pm. De­tails and tick­ets from: It­sShow­time.co.nz

Twenty-one year old ma­gi­cian Mike Lind­say will bring his dove Gizmo along for the ride.

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