What means more to you than this?
I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change peoples consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman.
James started performing professionally later in life. As a fan of sleight of hand and the art of magic, his desire wasn’t sparked to perform professionally until one late night, he saw magician Jared Kopf perform the very first trick he learned in such a beautiful way that it could only be described as magic.
His approach to magic is to deemphasize the role of the magician and emphasize the art of magic. To help create an immersive world where people are able to look behind the veil and see what makes everything truly magical.
James has performed in Denver, CO at the Clocktower Cabaret, the Museum of Modern Art, Invisible City and more. He has also performed in New York at 54Below, and the Duplex Cabaret, where Barbara Streisand got her start.
SLEIGHT OF HAND
James started professionally performing in Northern Colorado and since then has been continually growing and working on taking classic magical effects and making them fun and engaging for a modern audience.
Storytelling is core to James’ performance style. Outside of magic, James has performed at storyteling events all over Colorado including Ignite!, TEDx, Raconteurs, Moth, and one off shows at the MCA. His stories are always engaging, heartfelt, and super funny.
With an extensive background in the immersive and alternative theatre work, James has worked heavily in event character work, with one of his favorite partners, Rainbow Militia. From safari bartender, to Andy Warhol, James has had experience creating immersive characters that can liven a party and make people feel like they are in a whole new world.
Check out some of the groups that James has collaborated, partnered, or consulted with on a variety of different artistic projects.
Rainbow Militia is a performing arts and circus collective working with live music and creating unconventional events across Denver. The core militia of Amber Blais, Toni Baca, Elizabeth Smith and Staza Stone is joined by countless members of the circus community, musicians, photographers, videographers and visual artists in pursuit of their mission: to broaden the love and accessibility of circus and dance through unique and exciting collaborations across the arts.
We create opportunities for learning, sharing, personal growth, and career development, for artists from recreational to professional. We bring our work and approaches into underserved communities, cultivating new voices and promoting simple life skills available through artistic practices. We stand at the forefront of innovation in Denver's independent performance scene. We are tirelessly building a community of artists, supporters, and audience/participants to carry local culture through the 21st century. Colorado-based and globally-faced, we seek to connect our work and community with larger flows and cutting-edge innovations around the world.
The female-run Guilty Pleasures Cabaret, brings sultry charm, feminine energy, refreshing talent, and artistry to the cabaret theater experience. Inspired by music, dance, and costumes that fulfill their guilty performing pleasures, the show was born - thus earning their namesake. We stand at the forefront of innovation in Denver's independent performance scene. We are tirelessly building a community of artists, supporters, and audience/participants to carry local culture through the 21st century. Colorado-based and globally-faced, we seek to connect our work and community with larger flows and cutting-edge innovations around the world.