Over the last 15 years, Queen Anne magician Evan Reynolds has enchanted both kid and adult audiences with his family-friendly tricks and secrets.
He initially got into magic in the late 1990s, performing at corporate events at restaurants and bars. When he began having kids of his own, Reynolds sought different opportunities.
“I wanted my kids to participate, but the venues were all in bars, 21-and-over, or they were for private, corporate events so I couldn’t take them to see anything I was working on.”
Because of this, Reynolds gravitated towards kids’ shows.
“I starting doing birthday parties and realized I loved performing for kids. I still do corporate events, but I mostly do kids’ events,” he explained. “When you’re a parent, you start to think in a different way.”
Reynolds said that his shows for adults and kids are somewhat similar in that they are both kid-friendly: “The ones for adults are not kids’ acts, but just because they are not for kids, that doesn’t mean they are not kid-friendly.”
Passing down the magic
Reynolds developed his interest in magic from his father, who was a magician also.
“When I was a kid I got really into it,” he said.
But Reynolds dropped his magic interest as he grew up. “It’s a typical path for a magician to grow out of it and then get back into it, like what happened with me,” he said.
A co-worker prompted Reynolds’ transition back into magic. “A corporate friend asked me to do a show,” he said.
Reynolds performed about five shows per week, at adult venues. But soon enough, after having kids, his passion for kids’ performances blossomed.
Performing for kids is different than performing for adults, he said.
“Kids want to be fully entertained and have a good time. For adults, however, it’s much more about powerful tricks,” he said.
Reynolds’ 7-year-old son is interested in magic, as well.
“He now wants to do birthday parties with me. We’ll do one in a week and a half. I’m kind of excited of being with my son as I do a show,” he said.
A strong Seattle scene
Reynolds said the magic scene is different in Seattle than in Atlanta, where he lived previously.
“Seattle has an amazing performance scene. There are 10 times more performances and theater shows. It’s so much more vibrant in Seattle that it’s shocking,” he said. “I’m having an absolute blast with it. I love Atlanta, but Seattle is superior by how much performing arts there are.”
Master Payne (who preferred to go by his stage name for this story), a fellow magician who has been doing magic for more than 40 years, met Reynolds shortly after Reynolds came to Seattle. Like Reynolds, Payne enjoys performingfor younger audiences and families. He developed most of his shows for the King County Library system.
Payne, likewise, said the magic scene is Seattle is strong. He currently preforms at Third Place Books in Ravenna.
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