Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Lindsey.
Hi Amanda, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have been performing my full-time act professionally since 2014. I started to get into magic when I was eight and performed my first magic show at age 11. I graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with two Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications. I received my Deaf Communications Certificate while finishing my Masters in Counseling. My magic resume includes everything from corporate events, working with bands, private parties/dinners, children’s birthday shows, carnivals, and much more. My resume includes managing the hit show Magic in the Lou and being a weekly performer at The Shaved Duck.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
With many successes are obstacles and challenges. One challenge is being a female in a profession dominated by men. The typical female stereotype is that women are assistants. This stereotype has created bumps in the road for promoting my show.
The biggest challenge is currently the consequences of the pandemic. Before the pandemic, Laura Coppinger created an opportunity for fellow magicians and I to have our own recurring show at The Monocle. The show was very successful and we always sold out. I also had my weekly gig at The Shaved Duck thanks to Julia Hartenstine. The Monocle was shut down in 2020. I am optimistic that the show will return at another venue. The pandemic also created huge financial challenges especially since I did not have The Shaved Duck or private events for income.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a professional magician. I mainly perform close-up/strolling magic and parlor magic. I am known for my comedy style magic but most importantly performing magic and sleight-of-hand with extremely tiny hands. People are very impressed because my hands are so tiny.
I am very proud of my Adapted Show. I work with kiddos with all abilities. I want my show to be inclusive to everyone and include visual aids, technology, choice boards, and much more to help people who participate. My favorite thing about the show is building a genuine rapport with the audience. At the end of this show, audience members (aka my new friends) know and take pride that they were the stars of the show.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plans are to continue with magic after the pandemic. I plan on returning to The Shaved Duck as their weekly house magician. Fellow magician Joshua Weidner and I are rebranding Magic in the Lou. I will continue to update and enhance my Adapted Show. I hope to perform at The Chicago Magic Lounge and The J&B Magic Shop and Theater in New Albany Indiana. I am going to travel with comedian Sympho Mubano and dancer Violet le Fae for our show “Bring the Action.” Follow us on Instagram @bringtheactionstl for more information on that project!
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- Website: magicamanda.com
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- Youtube: youtube.com/c/magicamanda
Photo credits: -Stephanie McCoy -Elisa Lindsey