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Meet The Amazing Hito of Super Magic Shows

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hito Seng.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The magic bug bit when I was about 10 years old after seeing David Copperfield vanish the Statue of Liberty! In the old days, I would walk, bike, or take the bus to our city library and check out all the books on magic. Today, kids learn magic on YouTube from the comfort of their home on their cell phones! My mom was kind enough to buy me my first magic kit from Fisher Price. Armed with my new magic skills learned from the books, the Fisher Price magic kit and a TV Magic Cards from a Thrifty’s store, I put on my first magic show for the neighborhood kids in our garage. I think tickets were 25 cents per seat. I would love to say, the garage was packed, but I think only my three brothers and the kids across the street witnessed my first, great magic show!

Undeterred, I persisted reading more books, practicing and sharing my magic with whoever was around me – that would mainly be my family. In 6th grade, my teacher asked me to put on a show for the class. The joyful, amazed reactions from my peers encouraged me further. In high school, I visited my first magic shop in Hollywood, CA – named Hollywood Magic when I was in high school. Using the money I earned from my part time jobs in high school, I purchased some “professional” grade magic. Later I found out, professional, means pricey!

I was known as the “magic guy” in high school. I had a friend who was also interested in magic, and we did some shows together as “Jade and Diamond” – lol. One of our first show was for my English teacher who hired us to entertain at her family Christmas shindig.

Years later and still learning, I’m still as thrilled and honored to share my magic with people of all ages. It’s such a blessing to see joy and laughter and amazement from those I share my magic with. I hear constantly from parents that their kids still remember the magic show I did for their birthday party.

Being a naturally shy person, magic helped me come out of my shell and connect with others. Life is magic. Kids are magic. I love magic.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The journey has not been smooth, but definitely worthwhile. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not an extrovert by nature, so I had to learn to develop an outgoing personality while I performed. Magic taught me about developing a story to go along with my magic, called “patter.” Not only do you have to learn the mechanics of the trick, the steps of the trick, the secret of the trick, you have to learn what to say and when to say it and how to say it to make the trick interesting and meaningful to the audience.

But learning a bunch of tricks doesn’t make for a good magic show. I had to learn how to put a magic show together by stringing together different tricks that tied together into an entertaining routine and act. It had to have a captivating introduction, middle, climax and ending. I took drama class and acting coaching to develop my character.

I’m still learning and evolving. I want to give to my audiences the best magic show and an unforgettable experience. So, I continually work on improving myself and my show.

The Amazing Hito – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I perform magic for all kinds of events, from kid’s birthday parties to corporate holiday parties, to daycare centers to senior centers. I specialize in modern, connecting, amazing magic that entertains kids and adults. I perform Strolling Walk-Around Magic where the magic happens in the hands, under the nose. This is ideal in a big party where guests are roaming around or seated around tables, like at weddings or restaurants. I will walk around going from table to table or group to group, performing 5-10 minutes intimate close up miracles. I also do Stage Shows or living room shows where the audiences are seated to watch a 3o minute to 1 hour comedy, mind reading magic show. This is a bigger show with music and volunteers assisting me throughout the magic show.

From turning $1 bills into $100 bills or bending someone’s signed coin or reading someone’s mind or making a rabbit appear, or floating the birthday child, my aim is to do only incredible, amazing magic that leaves my audiences laughing, clapping, screaming in shock, or staring silently into the air contemplating how they just witnessed something impossible happen right before their eyes.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Having my three kids. My eight-year-old daughter and my six-year-old son enjoy magic too. My five-month-old son is coming along 🙂 My kids love magic and they love to see and assist daddy with his magic tricks. I try to teach them some simple tricks and how to present them. I hope they continue with magic in some form in their future. But if they don’t, learning magic has taught them how to stand and present themselves in front of audiences and I think that’s a good skill to have.

Pricing:

  • My magic shows start at $250, but there are many factors that can affect that. My magic is tailored around the type of event my client is putting together.

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