Joe You shows off his close up magic skills to the crowd at Video Ezy on Saturday night.
Joe You shows off his close up magic skills to the crowd at Video Ezy on Saturday night. Sophie Lester

Illusionist’s tricks make for a Halloween treat in Warwick

TRICK or treaters at Warwick Video Ezy were in for a treat as magician Joe You showed off his sleight-of-hand skills.

The Chinese-born magician is based on the Sunshine Coast and first got involved in magic while at university.

"I was studying for a pharmacology exam, which I hated, and thought there had to be something better to do while I was sat down for hours reading," Mr You said.

"I thought that practising with a pack of cards could be a bit of fun to pass the time."

Mr You said getting involved in magic had given him a boost of self-confidence that has allowed him to take his act to the international stage.

"I got to the semi-finals of America's Got Talent doing some mentalism routines," he said.

"Mentalism is essentially magic mixed with psychology and showmanship to do stuff like mind-reading by changing audience perception and using misdirection.

"It can be harder to do a sleight-of-hand trick physically, but harder to do a mentalism trick well."



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