One of the great perks of my jobs is working with people who work in massive variety of occupations. A typical week may consist of me shooting a banker, several barristers, a few LinkedIn headshot, a musician or two and a magician!
This year I’ve photographed two magicians. They are a really great subject because a) they know exactly what they want (maybe from being slight control freaks, I guess they can’t leave anything to chance, a bit like a photographer), and b) they do amazing magic tricks, not that either of them gave me any insight into how they do it…
The first musician I photographed was John Conway. Actually he’s a conjurer and you can see many of my photos on his website.
John swallowed a LOT of needles during our shoot, I was quite worried, but he seems totally relaxed with a mouthful of pain. No bleeding either, which was impressive.
The next magician I photographed was Marc Spelmann, who is currently appearing on Britain’s Got Talent. This shoot was much more of a collaboration, with images by me and then Marc using his own Photoshop skills to create something amazing like this which is now on his website:
Marc does amazing things with a Rubik’s Cube and can solve it by passing it through the audience completely mixed up, only to return to him completely done! Highly impressive, and I’m still working out how to get two sides done.
Both were great people to work with and strictly adhered to the code of the Magician’s Circle. No matter how hard I tried, neither would reveal the secrets behind any of their tricks. I wouldn’t trust either of them if I was wearing a fancy watch…