Scotch Parlor Story Episode 24: Behind The Mask with Chris Herren & Faust
VIDEO STORY + PODCAST - EPISODE 24
BEHIND THE MASK
CHRIS HERREN AS FAUST - MAGICIAN & STORYTELLER - CHRISHERRENMAGIC.COM
Magician, entertainer, and storyteller are all words that come to my mind when I think of Chris Herren and his alter ego, Faust. Chris creates a cirque-style of performance that’s filled with pantomime, music, and magic. He is a member of two of the most prestigious Magic organizations in the world, The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, and The Magic Circle of London, England. His magical style has won him two International Competition Awards and he has appeared on America’s Got Talent Season 15. Chris’s love for magic started at a young age with his grandma sharing old Filipino folklore legends of mystical creatures using magic in their stories. He also remembers when he first saw the great illusionist Harry Houdini perform these unexplainable escapes on a black and white TV. Magical impressions like these are what steered Chris down the path to perform magic throughout his younger years. As Chris grew older he had to set aside his love for magic as life’s responsibilities took over. It wasn’t until life gave him a health scare that got him to revisit his passion for magic.
The seed of Faust began about ten years ago, while Chris was dealing with cancer. He described his life at that time, “as being in a constant dream-like state of mind due to all the medication and the chemotherapy visits. It’s like you’re there but you’re not really there.” Chris was seeking a way to translate and manifest all of these emotions and what it feels like to be in this perpetual state of mind of battling cancer. His first consideration was, he would just write about it but that did not feel right. Then he revisited his love for magic and started exploring the idea of creating this alter ego. That’s when it clicked and over the years, Chris documented his thoughts and feelings through this idea of an alter ego. It was until his wife urged him to take a magic class in Las Vegas that blossomed that seed and Faust was born.Chris is an amazingly talented individual and a master storyteller. His sense of engagement with his audience and that unique magical experience he brings to his shows is magnificent to watch. In this Scotch Parlor Story you will learn more about Chris’s journey, why he loves magic so much, who is Faust and what he is all about, and many other insights on what it’s like to be in the magic world.Enjoy and always love what you do.
I think that’s the goal of most magicians - that it's more than just the tricks it's the experience of it all.
WHAT'S YOUR PERFECT DAY? Spending time with the family and being there as a father.
COCKTAIL OF CHOICE:Margarita.
FICTION BOOK OF CHOICE:Harry Potter Series.
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?Night owl.
SOME QUESTIONS I ASK:
- What was your earliest or strongest memory that may have influenced you to become the person that you are today?
- Who is Faust? How Did It All Start?
- What does “magic and performing” do for you internally? How important is it to you?
- What can someone expect when they see you perform?
- Any advice to anyone who is on that creative journey that is looking to establish themselves as a magician or any other creative artist venture?
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IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN:
- What Faust means.
- The primary drive behind Faust.
- Finding your calling, then finding a teacher.
- Staying true to your calling.
- What it's like being part of the top two organizations of the magic world.
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