By: Belén Guerrero Gómez @belenggomez
Two young guys unexpectedly discovered their true vocation on Magic.
My interview was conducted in an unorthodox way, I’d rader say that it was sloppy, but the results were magically successful. Siegfried Tieber, better known by his friends as “Chacha”, was my firts guest for this literally virtual dialogue.
Son of an Austrian father and a Colombian mother, Siegfried said that there is no family record of magicians, that is why he has no explanation for the passion towards this business.
It all started when a college friend gave him his first magic book. Before reading, Siegfried was completely intrigued by this art and, following this he begins his daily preparation on his own. After two years where he improved his technique, Siegfried began practicing magic in a profesional way.
After asking him if magic and illusion were two different things, he explained:
“People usually relate magic with the traditional games made with regular instruments (cards, coins, clothing, etc.); which is usually defined as Close Up Magic (…). Whereas the illusion is performed by playing with the mind, creating an illusion on the viewer so you think that what you are seeing is real (…)”. But dispite that, the two are basically the same.
After nearly an hour conversation with Siegfried, I was introduced to Raul Adatti, an economist, marketer and a 25 year old psychologist, who decided to unify his university knowledge and apply it all in his new profession: the illusion.
Dressed formally and with a surrounding look, Raul said his magic fixation started at 18 and admits that at first it was just to draw people’s attention. And yes he did!
Siegfried and Raul began studying magic together at roughly the same time, after meeting in college and becoming friends. After a few years, the two decided to take the task of being professional magicians seriously and routing a thriving business in the entertainment industry.
Their show are aimed to adults and generally they’re hired for corporate events. They have also performed in theaters, bars and, cafes, and their wider audience and has been for approximately 600 people. The duration of each show varies according to the type of event and it depends on the target audience (1 hour / 1 hour).
Despite their different styles of work, these two professional illusionists complement each other very well on stage, managing to merge their skills to create a comprehensive performance. While Siegfried prefers to make their ilutions a few inches away from his audience (or even in their own hands), Raul chooses to play with the psyche of the people, through hypnosis, and thus to analyze the behavior of the viewer before a stunned illusion.
I wanted to ask about a trip they were going to make, but as if reading my mind, Siegfried got ahead of me explaining detail by detail this early adventure. He will travel to Guatemala to the biggest Latin America Congress of magic, in which he will have the opportunity to hear international speakers and to learn different activities. The conference will begin on Tuesday March 8 and it will culminate on Sunday 13 March.
To finish my interview, I could not let them go without first telling me what it takes to be a good magician and the two agreed on the same word: you need LOVE. Delivery, dedication, sacrifice and perseverance were some other values mentioned to answer my question. “All that combined is equal to love,” said Siegfried.
For these two great Magicians, the most pleasing thing about his job is to see the joy of the audience and the satisfaction in their faces enjoying the show. Siegfried and Raul have made the”magic” as a glass to see reality from a different perspective to confuse, deceive, amuse others, intrigue, and above all to please people. This job became a profession that is now their livelihood, their passion and their life.