(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
CONJURING COUGAR: JJSHS grad Eric Stevens finds fulfilment in the world of illusions with personable attitude, desire to perform and a little bit of humor…
When watching Eric Stevens perform on stage, you’ll notice that the Chewelah grad isn’t big on being mystical and serious, but rather personable and relate-able. The 20-something magician is about to move to Las Vegas, and while he has the goal of becoming a teacher, he is turning some heads of some top magicians.
Stevens tends to use a more personal form of trickery called “close-up magic.” This is different than big prop-based tricks, but it fits the Chewelah native’s style of knowing his audience and breaking their expectations.
“Comedy and magic are two examples of the performing arts where the audience comes in immediately judging you,” Stevens said. “They often want to see you not do well or not get fooled, and you have to deal with that as a performer.” More