With magic making a comeback, we sat down with one of our favorite magicians, Lee Terbosic, to find out how he got into the business, at what types of events he performs and what trick he would do forever.
Hello: Tell us about your business.
Lee: I got into magic at the age of 12 after seeing a magician at a birthday party and I was instantly hooked. Over the next few years I learned everything I could about magic and performed as often as I could. I was able to put myself through college by working restaurants, corporate and private events all over the city. When I graduated from RMU with my degree in Marketing & Business, I decided to continue being an entrepreneur and start working with an agent. Since then, I have found myself working corporate events around the country and also performing at tons of college campuses.
Hello: How do you determine what acts you perform at each event?
Lee: I have a standard “corporate clean” show I do for companies but I like to switch it up from time to time and customize a few things depending on who the client is. I always have fun working in new effects and jokes for certain shows. I also have a crazy college show called “Tricks & Jokes” but I am always changing it up to keep it fresh for myself.
Hello: What types of events do you perform at?
Lee: I would say mostly corporate, colleges, comedy clubs, organizations, private events and even a few weddings during a year.
Hello: How far in advance should clients contact you for their event?
Lee: I normally am booked at least 2-3 months in advance and sometimes 4-6 months during the holiday season, but you never know … if a client calls and wants me tomorrow and I am free, I’ll be there.
Hello: Where do you find inspiration for new acts?
Lee: Inspiration for me comes in so many places … usually music, movies, interaction with friends but every once and awhile it comes from a special place. I had the opportunity a few years back to meet an awesome kid named Saxon who happened to battling cancer. I was invited to perform at his Make-a-Wish party … and after, while I was hanging with him, he asked me a question that completely blew my mind. I was teaching him a few tricks and out of nowhere he asked me if there was a trick I know I would do forever. I have never been asked that before so I was completely at a loss for words. After a few minutes of head scratching I came up with my answer and then showed him the trick. Saxon loved the trick and even said good choice. Now fast forward 2 years to the day when I am driving in my car … a John Mayer song came on the radio and the lyrics in the song took me back in time to the moment Saxon asked me that … it was really weird but almost like fate. I raced home, downloaded the song and then did the trick to the song and synced up perfectly. I now close some of my shows with the story, and routine. It gets a standing ovation every time … but I like to think that they are standing for Saxon as much as me.
Hello: What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Lee: Definitely the interaction with people and seeing their reactions to what I am doing. The ability to be creative every day and express myself on stage is always a blast. And if I sleep in, my boss doesn’t care.
“52 Up Close is a two act performance that features some of the most amazing sleight of hand and magic you will ever see. Each performance runs 75 minutes in length and includes some of Lee’s favorite effects that have taken him a lifetime to learn and master. Lee gives this intimate audience a rare peek into mind of a magician, and even reveals how a magician thinks when trying to fool you. He weaves a story throughout the performance using just 52 playing cards, telling a history lesson about where cards came from and where they are headed. He shares intimate stories of where some of his tricks were conjured up and will even invite people on stage to experience them firsthand. He brings the show as close to the audience’s eyes as possible, yet keeps nearly all of the secrets to himself.” (www.52upclose.com)
Want to book Lee for your next event? Let Hello Productions help you or contact him directly at www.leeterbosic.com.