11 Questions with Jamie Baldwin, illusionist

Ok, so Jamie Baldwin is not just an illusionist. He's also a hypnotist, a magician, a dancer, a mind reader, and a graphic designer. Cat Bramley catches up with him.

What are you listening to/reading/watching at the moment?

I’m reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and watching X Files again, reliving my youth. I was too scared in the past to watch it, so now I’m trying to be a man and grow up.

Describe your life in 3 sentences:

My life is busy because I’m doing multiple things; working full time at the Ace Hotel, trying to be creative doing art, graphic design and my own projects, get into the entertainment industry and perform more - but they all amalgamate into one. It's unpredictable but in a good way because I’m not sure where my life is going: I'm just thinking about reinventing myself and trying to find out who I am through my work. Lastly, uncertain because again I’m not sure where I’m going to be, what work I’m going to do or area I want to be in. 

What's the biggest challenge you've overcome?

The biggest challenge I’m trying to overcome now is trying to find out what I want to do actually and who I am, what it is I want to do and why. I’ve kind of gone through life just doing 'stuff', not really focussing on anything, so now I think it's time to do that.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? 

The best advice I’ve been given is "ask why", so I always ask, because if you don’t know then you’ll learn something and if you do know, you can expand on it.

What do you consider your biggest failure?

Probably just taking things at face value rather than delving deeper into things. I just moved to London and got lazy. But now it's time to start - so no big failure. I don’t think people have ‘big failures’. I think they are just stepping stones to becoming something better because you learn from your mistakes.

What do you consider your biggest success?

Moving to London with no job and only knowing one person here. Now I’ve met so many new people in the industries I want to be in and I’ve learned so much.

Who or what inspires you?

People: I like watching people and thinking about what type of person they are. But I like the unknown mainly because you can learn and develop. Derren Brown is my idol. For me he is the ultimate entertainer; what he does is amazing and I don’t think there's anyone out there who does what he does. He’s changed the way people think about certain things. That inspires me, to be like him but my own person. I want to do something that no one’s really done. 

What would you do with your last day on Earth - (logistics no object)?

I’d probably just have the biggest party ever with all my friends and family. It wouldn’t be anything huge - just a big party with lots of alcohol and loads of music, lots of laughing, slut drops, twerking, and all of that!

Who are your dream dinner party guests?

Obviously Derren Brown so he can blow our minds. Elvis because I like his quiff and I could learn how to do it, and he could teach me to play guitar and do that lip thing. He could sing after Derren Brown performed, and I’d have Fanny Cradock because she’s nuts (google her). I want someone crazy there and I think she’d be fun. Oh, and Alan Carr, Paloma Faith and Adele so we can all cry at the end.

What's number one on your bucket list?

I really want to jump out of a plane. And I do want to move to New York but that's kind of a long term thing. 

Tell us one thing that might surprise us:

I really want to have a fight with a kangaroo, but maybe that should be on my bucket list?! Although I did perform for the original Oliver Twist from the movie once in Cheltenham. 

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