Kayla Drescher is a … magician, who recently performed on Pen & Teller’s “Fool Us”
and has a new podcast, called Shezam chatting all about women in magic. She got into magic by accidentally walking into a magic
shop with her dad, became very curious at what was happening and started from there. She
then started to take lessons and joined a magic society, headlining her first magic show very young (Kayla is also the first woman to MC the Magic Society for American Magician’s Stage
But she also wanted to focus more on performance and go professional after not
liking her work after finishing her degree, so she quit her job and tried hard to get there.
Kayla Drescher shares her knowledge on learning character, acting, and comedy
She talks about the importance on taking improv classes, studying character acting for
all magicians and ways to make the audience comfortable. This means making the overall
performance run more like a movie.
The discussion then goes to women in magic, her new SHEZAM podcast and why there aren’t enough women in magic. She gives a beautiful metaphor about laying bricks that will help you understand the limitations in magic for women, and what we can do in 2018 to help more women into magic.
Plus Her Shezam podcast that she launched with Carissa Hendrix is all about this subject exactly, and the need to stop asking the question “What’s it’s like being a woman doing magic?”, by making a magic
podcast for women.
How important Is it for your character to be an extension of yourself?
“As long as you play it well and have it enough, it doesn’t have to be anything to do with
you. You need to understand that your bringing to the performance”
What do you want to ask the audience?
Why are you doing a certain trick in your performance?
What do you want to tell the audience?
Be better, damnit!
Who do you want to be on the podcast?