In 2006, David Sousa took home to Portugal a FISM prize for Manipulation. It was the first time two FISM trophies were awarded to Portuguese magicians (the other was Helder Guimaraes, who won for Close-Up Cards). It helped David secure his position and dream of becoming a full time professional magician. It didn't happen overnight, but was the result of long years and hard work. In this podcast, David talks about his road to success. You can hear the passion in his voice and how committed he was (and is) to be the best.
In our world today with mostly close-up magic ruling the YouTube channels and the lecture circuit, it is refreshing to see a lecture on the art of manipulation and stage deportment, particularly from one who has won top international awards. During October 2014, David traveled around the U.S. for an abbreviated lecture tour of ten cities in early October. While he was in Houston, we sat down to discuss the development of his award winning act.. Though you may not have the opportunity to hear his lecture this time around, you can still learn and enjoy his advice in this week's podcast.
"A lot of people might think that since David is a manipulator - world class, but still a manipulator that his lecture won't have anything of interest to them because they don't "Do that". Well they couldn't be more wrong. David just lectured in Dallas and it was excellent. He clearly explained the thinking behind and how to perform his Red Envelope Act. Not only will you enjoy seeing his creative process, but I heard several of our attendees commenting on how they were going to adapt many of David's techniques to what they do ( and these were not manipulators).
David also taught a few things that are great for close-up artists and kid show performers. One of his items was so well received that I saw one of our areas full time family entertainers buying 3 of the props so that he would be sure not to lose it or wear it out. I'm not going to tell you what it was, but I got one too and if you want to find out about it do yourself a favor and attend David's lecture." - Mark Jensen, Past President Texas Association of Magicians, Past President Dallas Magic Clubs (October 5, 2014)
"There are lecturers and there are lecturers; David Sousa definitely gave us his all; a great lecture. His material is original, his explanations clear and concise and best of all, a really nice guy. I think what was most refreshing was his willingness to share in-depth knowledge about how he created his act, etc. Nothing was held back. He opened our eyes to thinking out-side-the-box. An idea that many performers just don't get is that you need to HIDE the technique; many like to show this off....WRONG!..... We had a very large and enthusiastic crowd; David was happy and we were happy. We highly recommend his lecture and his Magic. We can't wait for his next lecture to roll around." - George Robinson, Owner/Operator Viking Magic, Collectors Workshop
David talks in this podcast about competitions and how he started competing that led to FISM. He discusses performance venues along the way, how he "brainstorms" ideas, his creative process, the patience it takes to refine ideas and find what resonates with the audience, the importance of having a silent act that can play around the world to all international audiences, and more.
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