Is there a tougher career path in entertainment than that of a magician? Adam Trent played the streets and cruise ships before hitting the heights
Adam Trent’s career in magic began with a stutter. It was a fierce, uncontrollable one that plagued him as a child, but disappeared when Trent was doing his tricks in front of others. Performance boosted the American’s confidence, and magic gave him the ability to read an audience and win them over.
THE RED BULLETIN: You worked as a busker for a year, then performed on cruise ships and at colleges before hitting Broadway with The Illusionists. The perseverance paid off…
ADAM TRENT: The people who want it will get it, one way or another. The people who don’t want it won’t get it, no matter what. There are magicians who are much better than me; people who are more talented. The thing I’ve always been able to do is outwork people.
What do you like about street performing?
My whole life, magic has opened doors for me. At the bar, you’re getting free drinks bought for you. And you’re meeting these crazy people because you can do magic.
You can say ‘women’, by the way…
Well, it’s definitely the world’s best icebreaker.