Braden Joins the Youth Program Team
By Joe Diamond - Thursday, August 22, 2019
Braden Richards is the newest member of the Magi-Fest Youth Program. He will be Joe Diamond’s right hand man, helping things move smoothly, and helping teach the teens. He has come up though the Youth Program and we are excited to have him on the team for 2020. Joe Diamond recently sat down with him for an interview to introduce him to the Magi-Fest family.
How have the Magi-Fest Youth Events inspired you?
They have inspired me to help other young magicians reach their goals in magic, and to encourage young magicians to follow their passion. The Youth Events weren't around when I started coming to Magi-Fest, and being able to have them the last few years has inspired me to help others who are now starting out like I was several years ago.
What were some of the charities you performed for to get your scholarship, and why did you choose them?
I performed for a few different charities for the scholarships each year, with the most prominent being Children's Mentoring Connection, a program that guides children and helps them with the aid of volunteer mentors. I didn't choose to perform for them in order to get the scholarship, but rather I wanted to perform for them, and the scholarship was just a bonus. That has been my mind set for performing magic, which is giving back to the community without looking for something in return.
What are some of your favorite memories from Magi-Fest?
Meeting so many nice people and having wonderful opportunities, as well as making friends and sharing a passion with others. At my first Magi-Fest, I met Johnny Ace Palmer, who was so kind and loved to talk to me about magic and his experiences; he even sat down and had lunch with my family and me. Additionally, being able to spend time with my father sharing a passion with him was something I valued and loved
What advice would you give you a Youth Scholar coming to their first Magi-Fest?
Pace yourself - My first year especially was overwhelming with all these new things I hadn't experienced before.
Be yourself - Everyone at Magi-Fest is there to have fun and share a passion, and you will have no trouble mingling with others.
Don't be afraid to talk with others - I have made many great friendships over the years of coming to Magi-Fest, and I'm sure you will too. Also, being able to talk to famous performers and be given advice and encouragement is something not many places offer. :)
What are some of the lessons that have stuck with you from the Magi-Fest Youth Events?
One of the main things I remember is that many of the performers that headline at Magi-Fest, or others that perform nation/world-wide, started in the same place as the youth scholars: young, passionate, and having a goal to perform. The Youth Events are also a great place to learn about information all around you, such as performance books and magic podcasts.
What are you looking forward to most about Magi-fest 2020?
Seeing my friends from previous years, watching shows and learning from some amazing performers. I am personally very excited to see Dani DaOrtiz, as well as many others, and I am very excited to be working with the Magi-Fest crew to help and inspire a new generation of magicians.
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