We had the good fortune of connecting with Arthur Trace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arthur, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Creating makes me happy. I love putting something out into the world that speaks to and of me. It gives me purpose. Magic is a challenging art form that gives me plenty of opportunities to do just that – i.e. building props for my show, writing a script for a new routine, blocking the staging of a performance, etc.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In addition to being a magician I’m a visual artist. My performances have a surreal and playful feel to them like my art. During my show, my goal is for the audience to forget the real world and escape into mine, one full of joy and impossibility. It took many years to develop my vision – twenty if we’re counting. It’s been a fun yet tough road, oftentimes living paycheck to paycheck, trying to book the next gig. Bookings have ranged from performing at private and corporate events as well as theaters and cruise ships to contracts overseas in revue and television shows. Perhaps the biggest lessons I learned are those pertaining to private and corporate events where, often, the conditions are not conducive for live entertainment. Many years of experience have taught me that I have to advise my clients how to best plan their events so the entertainment is set up for success. At its core magic is about deception, but when it’s elevated to art it can transport you to somewhere beautiful. That is what my show The Artful Deceiver is all about.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ideally, I would plan a week long trip to wine country (Santa Ynez). But, if I must stay in LA county then I would start by some local wine tasting in Malibu, followed by a nice day at the beach. The following days would be comprised of visits to the Getty, The Magic Castle, and great restaurants like Capo in Santa Monica. The remaining days would be spent hiking some beautiful trails and spending quality time catching up.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many people have supported me along the way. I would like to thank especially my wife Melissa and the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood.
Perry Gallagher, Taylor Wong, Bryan Roberts