We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackson “Jax” Ridd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jackson, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” This is a tough lesson that I’m still learning, honestly. There is so much perfection that I do achieve, yet at the same time there have been moments where seeking perfection has held me back from progress. Having a successful career is finding the proper balance between progress and perfection. Knowing just the right amount of finesse is an artform in itself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I want the world to know we’re changing the ways you can experience magic, and we’re also changing the magic itself you experience! Everything we do has a root in reality and an approach or connection that is otherwise fresh in the entertainment world. You can find us anywhere from hacking conferences to dinners to nightclubs and theatres, that isn’t something you hear a lot about in this artform — We’re crossing boundaries using magic.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love this question. What I’d like to do really depends on the person, but if I was giving them the Jackson Ridd full experience of the town I love in the way I love it, I’d do the following, in no particular order: Brunch at Millie’s, one of the best spots in town for brunch in my opinion. For dinner, if you’re looking for the true sushi experience, Sushi Kimiguri in Pasadena’s gold line station is a hidden gem. I almost feel guilty mentioning it here and now, but they do the best omakase I’ve ever had. Drinks at Streamliner, another station spot, this time at the historic Union Station downtown. Speaking of downtown, if you’re looking for a great quick KBBQ meal, check out Kobunga. They debuted a couple years back and I’ve been a fan ever since, very innovative concept for a Korean BBQ lover like myself — shoutout to the owners John and Stevie! Another spot to hit up is Anajak Thai in Sherman Oaks, the chef there, Justin, does a bang-up job and his wine sense is fantastic. Now, I do work at the last spot here, so you may think I’m being biased, but I’m really not: Black Rabbit Rose has one of the best nightlife scenes in Hollywood. If you choose to go anywhere in Hollywood for nightlife, go here. Amazing jazz artists come through there throughout the week, not to mention the very special weekly magic show where I’ve enjoyed a residency since 2018.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to the whole Four Suits Co. team, all the friends and partners I’ve made in this wonderfully bizarre art, and all the people who I WILL meet in the future! Special mention to my first mentor in magic, who really set me up on the right path: Steve Silverman. And shoutout to my partner in all things truly magical, Zac Young.