Magifest 2022 Performer Spotlight | Jeki Yoo
By Vanishing Inc. - Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Jeki Yoo makes his Vanishing Inc. magic convention debut at Magifest 2022 and we are so excited! After completely taking over social media over the last year, Jeki is gearing up to share the amazing secrets behind his impossible visual magic.
Before then, we pass it to Jeki to share more about himself…
What Is your favorite convention memory?
It was the FISM 2009 in Beijing. This was my first FISM and I was just 20 years old! Oh My! I was so happy that I got the chance to participate in this competition.
At the time, there were so many magicians in the lobby and they shared magic everywhere. For me, they were celebrities. But I had the chance to see them perform magic right in front of me. It was a really great experience. I will never forget it.
What legacy do you hope to leave on the magic world?
My goal in magic is to make impossible magic. I always aim to try new things and constantly learn. One day, I hope to leave that inspiration with others.
What excites you most about the future of magic?
The mediums in which magic can be enjoyed are changing so quickly. Now, so many can experience magic from their phone or computer.
I was scared when the pandemic first started. I didn’t know what to do as a magician because there was no audience or place to perform. For three months, I was stuck at home doing nothing. Then I started posting videos to social media and people loved it.
It was very comforting knowing that many other magicians had already been using social media to showcase their magic. However, I wanted to do something extra cool. I was inspired by Zach King’s amazing video editing and wanted to do magic that looked as good as that. But, as magicians know, it’s very tough to create an amazing visual effect like that.
While it takes time, it’s alway worth it. I have found it is such a good way to develop magic and make people excited about magic. I love sharing my ideas on social media now.
What’s one mistake in your career you encourage others not to repeat?
It was the 2008 UGM Magic Convention in Japan, my first international competition. I flew to Japan with my teachers and magician friends. That’s where I performed my “Card and Envelope” act for the first time (it eventually became my FISM act).
I was so nervous and I couldn’t sleep for a week. My condition was too bad! The day I participated in this competition, I forgot to bring my outfit from my hotel. I ran back to go grab it and then, during the act, really didn’t even notice anything else because I was so nervous.
After my performance, I had to go to the hospital because my nose was bleeding and didn’t stop. While I felt the effect was great, I could have been better prepared for the pressure of a situation like that. To young magicians, If you have a plan to participate in a competition or get the chance to perform a big show, please be prepared and be in good shape.
What is the wildest event you’ve ever performed at?
It was a shopping mall in Korea. I was supposed to perform magic in an outdoor area with back walls. But it rained and I was forced to perform inside the building. It was a dome style building, people could see magic from 360 degree angles. This included floors that were looking down from above me. Not the best situation for a manipulation act.
While it was very tough to perform, I did my best to cover the angles. I changed some movements and ultimately thought it went as well as it could.
What are some other fun things or interesting facts about you?
- I love martial arts, particularly Muay Thai, and have self-taught myself how to use nunchucks
- I love woodworking and welding
- My wife Ellie is also a magician and we both do a quick change act
- I graduated from Magic College in Korea with a 2-year degree
- I can’t get enough boba tea
If you had Josh and Andi over for dinner, what would you cook?
My favorite Korean Food ‘Bul-gogi’.
Bul-gogi is a Korean-style grilled or roasted dish made of thin, marinated slices of beef grilled on a stove-top griddle. It’s one of my favorite foods in Korea and a favorite of foreign visitors. So I know Josh and Andi will love it.
Can you give us a teaser of what you plan to teach or perform?
I will perform one of my best acts that I created in my life. It took me more than 7 years to create. Everyone will love it.
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