March 29, 2023

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Manhattan magician: The person beneath the hat

(Picture courtesy of Jack Reid)

Editor’s word: The unique featured picture, a photograph of Aggieville from St. Patrick’s Day, was changed with a courtesy picture from Jack Reid. The courtesy picture was obtained after the story was revealed on-line.

Thoughts studying, artful card tips and potential pleasant pickpocketing are all enjoyable experiences you might have with Jack Reid, Manhattan’s up-and-coming magician. The 25-year-old native started doing magic professionally about six years in the past, deciding to pursue his ardour for magic relatively than take a school route. To start with, Reid struggled with constructing his enterprise.  

“On the time, there weren’t many assets on learn how to get began,” Reid stated. “There was a whole lot of struggling, nevertheless it seems I’ve ADHD, in order that threw a curveball with attempting to get severe, sit down and do the enterprise stuff, as a result of it was actually overwhelming.”

Reid stated he has been in a position to take the leap and create extra success for himself this yr. 

“Earlier than this yr I used to be doing perhaps two reveals a yr. In April of this yr, that’s once I began getting like two reveals per thirty days, after which this month alone I’ve 12 reveals booked,” Reid stated. 

Reid has actually been impacted by his ADHD and has just lately been attempting to imbue his performances with extra emotion. 

“I’ve been wanting to precise myself extra intrinsically and sort of specific how I view the world. It’s arduous to put in writing a present … as a result of while you assume magic, you don’t assume deep, significant, tear-in-your-eye sort of factor,” Reid stated. “It has been actually arduous to stability that out and work out what I wish to say. A lot of the [performances] have had a hidden that means of desirous to have enjoyable and being your self. Proper now, the present that I’ve been engaged on has been sort of about my ADHD — not expressing that blatantly however taking extra softer approaches.”

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Reid might be seen in Aggieville on Friday and Saturday nights when the climate is good, performing for suggestions from passersby. Just lately he has carried out indoors at Auntie Mae’s Parlor and Manhattan Brewing Firm. 

Jeff Denney, proprietor of Auntie Mae’s, says that Reid’s efficiency could be very participating. 

“He’s a very sharp man — actually brilliant and humorous,” Denney stated. “It’s half comedy and half magic. He retains the gang laughing and his allusions are fairly superb.”

Breezy Scroggs, taproom supervisor at Manhattan Brewing Firm, stated after the primary time internet hosting Reid, she knew they needed to have him carry out once more sooner or later. 

“Everybody simply cherished him. He’s tremendous personable and all of his tips have been superb,” Scroggs stated. “Everybody was amazed by the cardboard tips he did. I actually wish to have him as an everyday gig on the brewery.” 

Reid stated there may be one factor that retains him pushed, despite the fact that he has occasional doubts. 

“I really like magic nearly greater than something,” Reid stated. “Magic simply made probably the most sense to me and it’s one thing that I take into consideration on a regular basis. As quickly as I rise up on stage all these worries and stressors go away, and I simply attempt to kick ass as a lot as I can.”

(Picture courtesy of Jack Reid)