Andi Gladwin's Favourite Magic Books: Interview

Andi Gladwin reveals his secrets and discusses everything from David Copperfield to Jesse Eisenberg.

Andi Gladwin's Favourite Magic Books: Interview
Magician Andi Gladwin 

In the world of magic, few names carry the same mystique and allure as Andi Gladwin. With a lifelong dedication to the art of illusion, Andi has crafted a legacy that leaves audiences spellbound across the globe. From captivating performances at prestigious events like President Obama's Inauguration in Washington, DC, to wowing guests aboard the world's most expensive private yacht, his magic transcends boundaries and captivates hearts.

According to Andi, the true essence of magic lies in its ability to weave a compelling narrative. "The best magic creates a story," he passionately states, "My aim is for everyone to walk away with a new experience that they will talk about for the rest of their lives." Indeed, these enchanting tales have resonated with thousands of awestruck spectators at countless events over the past decade.

Andi's enchanting presence has graced not only stages but also screens worldwide. As a master of his craft, he has been featured on illustrious shows like Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where he successfully left even the seasoned veterans fooled by his prowess. Additionally, his appearances on ITV's Next Great Magician and CW Channel's Masters of Illusion have only further solidified his status as a modern magical virtuoso.

Beyond his breathtaking performances, Andi has shared his wisdom and insights through keynote speeches at numerous conferences, leaving aspiring magicians and enthusiasts alike inspired and awed by his deep understanding of the art.

An accomplished author, Andi's books, notably "The Boy Who Cried Magic," have earned well-deserved accolades as industry bestsellers. His card magic techniques, such as "The Master Pushoff" and "Undo Cut," have become revered staples, embraced by some of the world's most distinguished card magic experts.

Andi was kind enough to answer our questions:

When were you most starstruck?

The moment that Teller asked me if he could display the props for my Fool Us routine backstage. I had previously trashed them (because they were one-use props), and he insisted I get them out so he could frame them.

That was a cool moment.

What is your favourite magic trick?

The Multiple Selection routine has remained a favourite of mine for many years. It's the perfect magic trick.

Who is the most famous person you could text right now?

David Copperfield. We've geeked out on magic together from time to time, but maybe he'd leave me on unread?!

Do you have a nickname?

No. Nope. Nu-huh. Not telling.

Has a trick you perform ever gone wrong?

I used to frequently perform a trick where I climbed inside a giant red balloon and came out dressed as a chosen profession. As you might imagine, this led to a few embarrassing performances where the balloon popped, which was, um, fun.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

I can't imagine many people will be available. But let's go with Jesse Eisenberg.

How much is a pint of thumb tips?

$2.75 from your favourite magic store (which is obviously Vanishing Inc.)

When did a magic trick most fool you?

Luke Jermay and Joshua Jay fool me on an almost weekly basis. With friends like those two, you get pretty used to getting fooled with new magic!

What books do you recommend?

The Books of Wonder, The Four-Hour Workweek, and Marlo's Revolutionary Card Technique have all shaped my life in quite different ways.

Where is the strangest place you've ever performed magic?

I've been lucky enough to perform magic in cool places like private jets, expensive yachts, and places that require all sorts of security clearances that I don't actually have. I'm not sure any of those are weird, but I'm pretty boring nowadays. Oh, wait. I did a thing in one of those indoor film studios with water raining down while they were filming a hip-hop video. I'M NOT SO BORING NOW, HUH? It made me feel old, though.

Book Andi via his website.