Spanish Illusionist Hector Mancha is the 2015 FISM (International Federation of Magic Societies) Grand Prix Winner. A multi-disciplinary artist, he specialises in card magic, magic, games, pick pocketing, Chinese shadows and improvisation.
1. When did you realise you wanted to be a magician?
When I was a child a zombie magician bit me and then I felt the need to do magic tricks!!! Just kidding… actually I don’t know why but I have loved magic since I was a really small child.
2. Out of all of your magical achievements, what are you most proud of?
Being a fireman. That is my real job!
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
Having fun, simply like that. If I did not have fun, I would not do it.
4. You are performing in at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival this week. Can you give us a little insight to what we can expect in your show?
I hope that the audience will have fun and forget all their problems for a while.
5. What’s the most amazing magic trick you’ve ever seen?
The birth of my daughter!
And just for fun…
6. Do you have any heroes?
The grandads and grandmoms that take care of their grandchildren when the parents have to work all day to pay for their house.
7. What are you most afraid of?
The selfishness and cruelty of humanity.
8. If you could witness any magical event from the past, which one would it be and why?
Maybe I want to meet Jesus to say to him that I am an atheist and I want him to do a magic trick for me.
9. What is your favourite quote?
“Quit, don’t quit… Noodles, don’t noodles… You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Master Oogway Kung Fu Panda.
10. How would your friends describe you?
A handsome and gorgeous guy. The chosen of the god’s and the one who always eats the last slice of pizza.
Hector is performing at the closing Gala Show of The Edinburgh International Magic Festival on Friday 8th July. Tickets are available here. He is also taking part in MagicFest Pro on Saturday 9th July – a one day industry event for magicians and art industry professionals. Find out more.
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