[dropcap]R[/dropcap]yan Jones is a mysterious and unique performer who has been involved in the world of magic for more than a decade, including several stunning performances in “Monday Night Magic” at Cape Town Magic Club.
At a young age, he jetted off to Las Vegas, the world capital of magic, to represent South Africa at the IMX magic conference and to perform for some esteemed celebrities including, winner of America’s Got Talent, Terry Fator and more! In Cape Town, he has performed for the likes of the Ruperts, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Eddie Jordan – to name a few.
He’s an industrial designer and his creativity shines through in all his magic. Jones seeks to amazing, puzzle and shock audiences. He will leave you at the edge of your seat wanting more! But be careful because the closer you look, the less you’ll see…
Bianca: What does magic mean to you?
Ryan: For me, Magic is not simply a demonstration of “tricks”. I like to describe magic as something that is more of a feeling that one gets when one experiences something astonishing – akin to hearing a beautiful song. Magic is about creating moments, moments which move one away from the harsh reality of life and into a world where anything is possible… or so it seems.
Bianca: Why should we believe in magic?
Ryan: Truthfully, I would not encourage people to invest a “belief” in magic but what I always encourage is for people to not pursue their critical eye but rather to sit back and allow the Magic experience to take a hold of their minds and their hearts, it is in this way that the spectator will feel a pure sense of wonder and astonishment that magic provides.
Bianca: Do you have a trademark or favourite type of magic to perform?
Ryan: It’s difficult to categorise what I do. I enjoy a more intimate setting, what we call “parlour magic”, as it allows me to connect, on some level, with each and every person sitting before me. I tend to draw inspiration from 19th-century magic themes and Vaudeville-esque themes (minus the burlesque).
Bianca: What are you most looking forward to at Monday Night Magic, and why?
Ryan: Every Season we have ‘guest’ performers, I always look forward to seeing these acts because the Cape Town Magic community is so small that we rarely get to see new faces on the scene. Not to mention – I’m definitely looking forward to being back on stage at Monday Night Magic!
Bianca: What would you say to audiences to encourage them to come see you or hire you?
Ryan: I would say that my show is particularly unique in a sense that people might have never seen the effects I perform. My act intends to be thought-provoking, astonishing and at some points – shocking. Expect the unexpected!