Kevin Li, Beta Kappa, recently had the opportunity of a lifetime: perform in front of millions and meet icons in his industry. Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller, who will get to see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets.
Kevin is a regular performer at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and also performs for corporate events, weddings and VIP parties. We caught up with him to ask about the road that lead up to such an opportunity.
When did you start practicing magic?
“I learned my first magic trick from my grandfather at the age of 8. He was the first person to perform magic for me in person. That moment of astonishment I felt was something I knew I needed to share with the rest of the world.”
How did you end up being on Fool Us?
“It took two season’s of auditioning for the show before I managed to get accepted for Season 4. I’m truly thankful for the casting director who saw potential and never stopped believing in me. Never stop putting in your best effort despite seeming like a situation may go nowhere. No time is being wasted because it all becomes a huge learning experience that can’t be taken away.”
Has magic opened other doors for you?
“Other than performing magic, I also love creating original magic concepts. That has given me opportunities to produce my ideas with the tops in the magic industry such as Murphy’s Magic and Shin Lim and share it with the rest of the magic community. Adding to the art of magic is what keeps it alive.”
What have you learned through your journey as a magician?
“What I have learned throughout several years of performing is that you have to adapt to all kinds of situations. There will be environments that may be uncomfortable to perform in, but this relates back to everyday life. We all meet people who we may not get along with so it’s all about adapting your attitude to make it work for the time being. Also, being able to adapt to environments that feel uncomfortable will shift your mindset to knowing you can perform at your best anywhere.”