We had the good fortune of connecting with Henok Negash and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henok, what is the most important factor behind your success?
In magic, most magicians focus so much on the trick (the technical and methodological requirements). After that, they usually focus on a traditional presentation that they hope will tie the magical routine together. I feel that I stand out because I’m more interested in presenting magic routines that have presentational topics about myself and what happens in society. I discuss my exotic mixed background in one routine and then I delve into how a married couple first met while on stage. I believe these presentations work because they are “authentic”. These are topics that people think about on a day to day basis and they are topics that society is trying to figure out. To see a presentation, please click on the link in my signature: Penn & Teller Fool Us. Attached are some photos as well. Please let me know what the next steps are.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I felt that my creative attributes could be utilized to assist people that were less fortunate than myself. I graduated from San Diego State University with my Master of Social Work degree. I have spent a few years assisting high school aged foster youth; 6 months assisting victims of human trafficking; I was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Rural Thailand creating a project to assist those with Type 2 Diabetes, and for the last 6 years I have been working in Downtown Los Angeles assisting the homeless on Skid Row,
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m not much of a night owl. But, for a day time hike I would take them up Runyon Canyon so that they can see young Hollywood with their beautiful dogs. In the evening, I would take them to the Magic Castle. It wouldn’t simply be because I’m a magician; rather, it would be because there’s no place else in the world quite like it. For dinner, I would take them to my favorite Thai Restaurant–Luv 2 Eat Thai.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A shoutout would have to go to a magician mentor that taught me the value of performance. His name is Tony Picasso and his moniker is “The Card Father.” He’s a stylish performer that does incredible magic, but he mainly oozes style that you cannot forget. Picasso and I spent a lot of time in my formative years. I would sit and listen and he would guide me along slowly; showing me what it looked like to take an ordinary piece of magic and turn it into something unforgettable.
Image 1: Bruce Gold Image 2: Sascha Knopf