Artist Profile: Jared Kopf

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Addison Magazine learns more about the life of local magician, Jared Kopf.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST START GETTING INTO PERFORMING? WHEN DID YOU FIRST START EXPERIMENTING WITH MAGIC?

It was really around age 5 or 6 when I first became addicted to tricks and illusions. I would see a magic trick and I would be obsessed with wanting to know the secrets behind it. I had a friend that did a Chinese linking rings trick and I was hooked. I actually still perform a Chinese linking rings trick in my show to this day! I wasn’t necessarily enthralled by magic, I just really wanted to know how and why it worked. That feeling of mystery and sense of wonder is an amazing thing and that’s what I want to bring to people.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MAGICIAN?

I would have to say it is a three-way tie. The first part is getting the call and response between the audience and the performer. What I am performing on stage is just tricks, illusions, psychological things. The real magic occurs in their heads. When I perform a trick and can tell the magic is happening in their mind, it is the absolute best. I would rather have complete stunned silence than people applauding, because they think I’m doing the magic, but they really are doing all the magic for me with the amazement and wonderment. The second part is the technical process of performing the trick. It all is a little risky, because I am performing for an audience and I want to make sure they have the best show they can have. The third part is the community of magicians I have become a part of. I’m lucky enough to know the best in the business, who I have been a huge fan of since I was a kid. Not many kids would yell, “Oh my gosh, Lance Burton!” or “Wow, that’s David Copperfield!” They were my childhood celebrities and I am part of their community. Magicians still keep their secrets even amongst themselves, but even all being rivals, we all are great friends. If I never did another show, I would still have some of the coolest friends a person could ask for.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE CROWD REACTION TO YOUR PERFORMANCES HERE IN ADDISON AND THE NORTH DALLAS CORRIDOR?

Some of the best shows I have ever done have been at Mercy Wine Bar and here in Addison. I’ll let other people be the judge if I was any good or not, but I really feel these have been some of my best shows. The intellectual type of person who comes out to a show here is what Addison audiences are comprised of. Addison audiences are more artistically inclined than other places in Dallas, which you see disappear from crowds even moving just out of this area. The crowds I have here have been absolutely great and even compare to crowds in Austin, New Orleans or New York. This is a really great art town and I’m privileged to be a part of it.

WE HEARD YOU ARE IN LAW SCHOOL; WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THAT? WILL YOU KEEP PERFORMING?

If I continue to receive the same kind of support I have gotten from audiences here in Addison, I won’t have to go into a court room as long as I live. Magic isn’t just a hobby and profession for me, it’s a passion of mine. I’m an illusionist and mind reader alike and I don’t want people just to say, “Let’s go see that magic guy tonight.” I want people to say, “I’m going to see Jared Kopf tonight.” I put myself through law school, spent a lot of money and made sure I saw it through to the end, but being a lawyer has no place in my ultimate goal. If I have my way, I’ll do magic the rest of my life.

-By Addison Magazine

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