CHAPTER.5 - interview, inspiration, ignite
It’s been a while since the last chapter was written. If you are reading this then I appreciate you taking the time to follow and understand my journey. From how it all started to how it is all progressing. I have quite a lot to write about, so let’s get started.
This year has been a great year for magic in the movie industry. Two of my favourite movies were released this year titled Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me. It’s great to see the art of magic being shared and presented to lay audiences through film and movies. It gives them an opportunity to witness our craft and hopefully receive a better understanding of our art, especially when magic is meant to be hidden in secret.
Burt Wonderstone gives great insight on how most kids start and grow in magic. I was deeply touched when people saw the movie and told me they thought of me. How it reminded them of how they felt when I performed magic for them years ago. Magic is really unforgettable. When I first saw Burt Wonderstone in theatres I was truly inspired. The beginning scenes reminded me of how I started when I was a young kid, the same age as the boy in the movie. I remember having my own magic set when I was a kid and practicing those tricks eagerly waiting to perform them for my family. This movie was so inspiring to me in every way that I paid to watch it three times in the movie theatres.
The second magic movie released this year was Now You See Me. This is a fantastic movie about a crew of magicians who each possess different unique skill sets and talents, and when put together create a beautiful unstoppable masterpiece. The crew consists of a street magician, pickpocket, escape artist, and hypnotist all working together to con a powerful enemy. With all the story plot twists and turns, it was very pleasing to see the different styles of performances being blended into one, delivering a unique storyline and concept.
Since the last chapter, I was filmed and starred in the White Artifice trailer which was released through Ellusionist. Up to date it has been my fourth Artifice trailer filmed with Ellusionist. Red, Blue, Purple, and White. The trailer features my good friend Peter Mckinnon and myself manipulating the Artifice Tundra playing cards. As soon as you hear the first second of the music instrumental, it definitely sets the bad ass tone for the whole trailer. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkp4-Z_ZlrA)
After the release of the White Artifice playing cards and trailer, I was contacted by a company called Loop Cuts to do a quick interview. It was an opportunity to let my fans know a little bit more about me since I’m a very secretive underground character. The interview can be found here, and hopefully you’ll learn something new about me that would inspire you. (http://loopcuts.com/shade-interview-with-allan-jay/)
Following the release of the Artifice Tundra trailer, I released 2 videos on my own titled SECRETS and MAGIC & MODELS.
When I was scripting and working on SECRETS, I wanted to share the hidden meanings behind a deck of playing cards. How it possesses some resemblance to astrology. Most people are unaware of this which is why I decided to call the video SECRETS. I thought it would be interesting for everyone and I wanted to share this information by manipulating the cards and letting my hands tell a story. Definitely a work of art I’m proud to have created. From the piano to the manipulation, I really tried my best to tell a unique story delivering meaningful secrets that would inspire you. A video that will make you realize why a deck of cards means so much to me. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2EoxrXCsow)
The second video I released was called MAGIC & MODELS. This was inspired by Ryan Leslie and I wanted to combine different elements that I loved and put them altogether. Using piano, beautiful models, and magic, I created a classy video using black and white to tell a story that portrayed beauty, elegance, and style. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoE10qI6vbI)
In my hometown Toronto Canada, we have only one magic shop where local magicians meet to jam and session. I rarely visit the shop but this time was a different experience. My brother p:m and I arrived at the shop and as I walked in I met a young 12 year old kid nicknamed Mo. He walked up to me, shook my hand, and told me he was my biggest fan. He said I was one of his biggest inspirations, has seen all my videos, and asked for an autograph. I felt deeply humbled. This kid has incredible skill, dexterity, talent, and knowledge at such a young age that most magicians can’t even challenge or match it. I was so impressed and amazed at what he was doing at only 12 years of age. He is definitely a prodigy child and I told him never to give up and to keep going no matter what. I know you’re probably reading this right now, so just remember what I told you. Keep the hands sharp, never give up, and keep going. You will grow up one day to be one of the grandmasters of this art, and I’m happy to have inspired you as you have inspired me.
After my visit to the shop, p:m and I went on to start filming the trailer for IGNITE, the second elemental deck of playing cards in the origin series. The fire element was incorporated into the playing cards and they definitely have a beautiful look and feel to them. We stayed up until 3:00am brainstorming and filming the trailer until it was complete. I can be seen manipulating the cards in the beginning and end of the video. The official IGNITE trailer will be released today 09/12/13 and I’m very excited. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFtRC1bBG6Y)
I’m proud of you SHADE. For doing what you love and for inspiring people to do the same. For showing them nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. The amount of talent, skill, and inspiration you display in your videos is incredibly touching. Please don’t stop and please never give up. You are an inspiration to many and have brought smiles and happiness to those who have crossed your path. You have always left people better than you found them. It may be a cold world sometimes, but block out the bullshit, keep going, and keep hustling. There are times where you may feel like giving up, but remember how far you’ve come along. It would be a shame to see your talents and gifts wasted. Even though a majority of people won’t understand what you’re trying to do, it only takes one person to care. You’ve built your empire one piece at a time, keep going…