The American magician David Copperfield was Pat’s first role model – not just for his brilliant tricks, but because he had at long last dispelled magic’s dusty image, Pat says.
‘Copperfield’s performances were accompanied by Genesis, not Vivaldi, and he wore jeans and a pullover rather than a black suit and top hat. Thanks to him, I sat up and thought, “I don’t have to turn myself into something I’m not – I can follow my passion without having to dress formally when I’m only 25.”’
In Pat Perry’s opinion, becoming a successful magician requires manual dexterity and creativity. This means that, at his CLOSE theatre in Zurich, he repeatedly reshuffles his show and performs new tricks.
‘To me, creativity is a type of muscle that can be trained. You have to force yourself to constantly think outside the box, adopt new approaches and try out new things. That will automatically make you more creative.’