Nobody talks about this, however there’s a certain quantity of threat that goes into performing a magic trick. We’re not speaking concerning the threat of mortal damage from sticking your head right into a tiger’s mouth or trying to catch a bullet in mid-air. We’re referring to the soul-crushing threat of maximum embarrassment after committing to a trick and having it utterly fail. Magician and puzzle solver Chris Ramsay is aware of the risks concerned, however he’ll nonetheless lay all of it on the road.
“I did a video the place I bought a tattoo and I didn’t know if it was going to work,” Ramsay says. “I requested a tattoo artist to tattoo these numbers and whereas he’s doing the tattoo, I requested him if he believes our selections might be influenced. On the finish, I requested him to place an ‘X’ on a kind of numbers and he did. That night, I came upon which bar he was going to be at and I went there. I used to be like, ‘Let me present you a card trick,’ and he basically shuffled these 9 playing cards a number of occasions. I dealt them out and I requested him to level to at least one card. I flipped that card over and mentioned, ‘Does this card look acquainted?’ Then I lifted up my sleeve to point out him the tattoo he gave me that morning which was in the identical order with the identical card he selected flipped round. He was utterly gobsmacked and I’m actually glad it labored.”
It took years for Ramsay to achieve the talents and confidence wanted to tug off this type of trick. His curiosity in magic first sparked in 1997 when he watched grasp illusionist David Blaine’s “Avenue Magic” and “Magic Man” for the very first time. “It was only a totally different kind of magic that I may get behind,” Ramsay says. “It was one thing that wasn’t so contrived and theatrical. It was additionally the primary time I noticed actual individuals react to close-up magic. Once I was round 21, I began working at a bar and that’s the place I actually honed my expertise as a close-up magician. In a bar, there’s low lighting, loud music and numerous drunk individuals, so it’s a very excellent spot to follow and you’ll mess up all you need in that situation.”
From there, Ramsay moved into the company sector and commenced doing magic on the aspect. When he launched his YouTube channel in 2011, he was nonetheless balancing two careers concurrently. When the time was proper, he took the plunge and dove head first into working a YouTube channel full time. “I set a purpose for myself to make sufficient cash on YouTube in a single yr to outlive,” Ramsay says. “As soon as I hit that quantity on the aspect, I’d give up my primary job and focus solely on that profession. That quantity for me was $40,000 a yr and I used to be making a bit over that on the different firm. As soon as I give up that job, I mainly reduce my complete wage in half, however I had sufficient to get by. Then my channel truly blew up, as a result of as soon as you set extra effort into one thing you’re keen on, it pays off.”
Following in Blaine’s footsteps, Ramsay began making a reputation for himself by close-up road magic. He started taking to the streets of Montréal, pulling out a few of his favourite tips to whoever can be in a video. Ramsay quickly realized that his followers had been tuning in to his movies for extra than simply the tips. “My viewers wasn’t so impressed with the magic,” Ramsay admits. “Clearly, the magic was considerably spectacular for them. However they had been extra impressed by me having the ability to stroll as much as any stranger, have a dialog with them and make their day.
“That was a talent they wished to study as a result of magic is a really introverted exercise,” he continues. “It takes numerous follow in your room by your self, and getting on the market for the primary time, it’s very scary. You don’t know if the trick goes to go proper, you don’t know if persons are going to love you. I feel as a result of I moved round rather a lot rising up I had no alternative however to slot in, so I bought over the entire social awkwardness factor actually shortly.”
Ramsay has been working his YouTube channel full time for about eight years and in that point, he’s been capable of increase and develop as a content material creator. He’s actually pulled off greater and badder card tips, however has additionally introduced puzzle fixing into the fold. Now, he devotes an excellent chunk of his time to fixing probably the most frustratingly elaborate and sophisticated puzzles recognized to man. “For me, puzzle fixing has all the time been adjoining to magic,” he says. “I used to be drawn to magic to not be the best individual within the room or to levitate issues, however to determine how issues work. With puzzles it’s virtually like I’m allowed to clarify a magic trick and present how they trick your thoughts.”
Ramsay has tackled some fairly spectacular puzzles through the years, from a $100,000 escape room to puzzles that seem easy however take days for a grasp to determine. He’s even commissioning a $30,000 puzzle with out having a clue the way it’ll prove. However, considered one of his largest puzzles to this point happened within the 2021 movie “Spiral,” the place he portrayed a drug vendor caught in a Jigsaw copycat’s entice. “Darren Lynn Bousman, who was the director of this movie and ‘Noticed II,’ ‘Noticed III’ and ‘Noticed IV,’ is fan of magic and hit me up on e mail being like, ‘Hey man, I’m a giant fan and I’d like to kill you in considered one of my motion pictures,’” Ramsay says. “In between takes, Darren would come as much as me and be like, ‘Hey, I’m engaged on this, how do you suppose it seems?’ He’d simply completed a scene with Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, however he wouldn’t care and would ask me how a card trick appeared. I’d undoubtedly do it once more, and my character doesn’t die. I feel he’s the one one who survived.”
“Noticed X” is at present in improvement, nevertheless, there’s no phrase on whether or not Ramsay’s character Speez will likely be returning. What we do know is there’s loads in retailer for Chris Ramsay, who after filming one season of “Huge Trick Power” for TruTv will likely be heading out on a multi-leg stay present tour. “We’re going to convey individuals on stage and actually interview them after we do the trick,” Ramsay says. “One shock that I need to do is convey somebody on stage through the present to get a tattoo. And that tattoo goes to someway tie into the trick.”
You heard it right here first, individuals. Get your butts to considered one of Ramsay’s exhibits and who is aware of, you would possibly end up with a history-making tattoo.