BroadwaySF is bringing CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC, a special show for the entire family, to the Golden Gate Theatre this Thanksgiving season – Read our exclusive interview with champion illusionist Fernando Velasco!



“A magic show worthy of our video game and Instagram times” – Paper City Houston
“You HAVE to check them out! That was tremendous!” – Access Hollywood Live
“That’s incredible… you guys are rock stars” – FOX 8 Cleveland
“…lovers of magic won’t want to miss it.”—Stage Door Toronto
“Champions Of Magic provides two hours of crowd-pleasing family fun.”—NOW Toronto
“I’m amazed… a one of a kind show” – FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth

By: Ernesto Altamirano

San Francisco, CA – This November, Starvox Touring Inc. presents CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC in San Francisco. Filled with jaw-dropping performances and mesmerizing illusions, the latest British smash hit will play seven performances at the Golden Gate Theatre November 27 to December 1, 2019.

Following sold-out shows, rave reviews and a successful run in London’s West End, CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC’s five world-class illusionists deliver an action-packed show to entertain the entire family featuring incredible interactive magic, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, mind-blowing predictions that have to be seen to be believed and a finale beyond explanation. We’re very honored at Latino Edge to present our exclusive interview with world-class champion illusionist Fernando Velasco!

018_Champions of Magic_Pamela Raith PhotographyPhoto Credit: Pamela Raith

It truly is an honor to interview you as I’m also from Mexico, and I wanted to start by asking what inspired you to become a magician?

Fernando Velasco: I always wanted to be an entertainer, and when I was 11 years old my dad took our family to The Magic Castle in Hollywood, and quite simply the moment I walked into that place I was instantly bitten by the bug. It was then I realized magic was my gateway into the entertainment business. 

And at what age did you start to practice magic?

I started when I was 11, shortly after moving to California from Mexico. 

What type of magic do you prefer, sleight of hand tricks or onstage illusions?

I love the spectacle of a show, therefore my specialty is large scale escapes. In the Champions Of Magic show I’ll be attempting a recreation of Houdini’s upside down water tank escape, as well as attempting a feat Houdini never had the opportunity to. There’s plenty of fire, pyrotechnics and danger!

Which is your favorite magic act?

 In the Champions Of Magic show our grand illusionists Young and Strange are great fun to watch every night, I love the scale they bring to the show. Outside of our tour by far my favorite will always be David Copperfield. He’s the reason many of us do what we do.

Have you ever put yourself in danger while doing a magic trick or illusion?

Every show! As the escape artist of Champions Of Magic, I risk my life every single time I perform. My performances aren’t a ‘trick’ like most illusions are, I’m really handcuffed upside down in an 8ft tank of water – there’s no hidden air tank – either I make it out before I run out of air, or I don’t make it out at all…

For my younger readers that might want to imitate a magic trick they see online or onstage, what advice can you share with them?

To practice a lot, and not give up. Sometimes things are very hard at first but at the end it’s all worth it. 

What are some of the illusions that you are most excited to bring onstage as part of the “Champions Of Magic” tour to San Francisco?

I’ll be performing an escape that Harry Houdini never had the chance to perform. It’s based on an idea of his that he wrote about extensively, but he died before he ever tried it. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with my audience at Latino Edge?

I can’t wait to see “mi gente latina” in San Francisco!

¡Muchas gracias Fernando Velasco!

070_Champions of Magic_Pamela Raith PhotographyPhoto Credit: Pamela Raith

Don’t miss CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco – November 27 to December 1, 2019.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets!



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