The biggest show Reedsburg magician Ryan Martin ever performed was for 1,000 people at Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Soon he will perform for an even bigger audience when he auditions for America’s Got Talent when the show hosts open auditions Dec. 3 in Milwaukee.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen but all I can do is try my best and worst case scenario I just try again next year,” Martin said.
Martin preformed in his hometown at Brewster’s Lanes Nov. 17, walking around the bowling alley and restaurant captivating multiple groups of people with his card tricks. Martin has performed at birthday parties, weddings and corporate events and even multiple resorts around the Wisconsin Dells and Madison areas. He even performed outside of the state, traveling to Illinois, Orlando, Florida and Toronto, Canada for shows.
“I don’t perform in Reedsburg as much as I want too,” Martin said. “I’d like to perform in Reedsburg more.”
The 24-year-old’s journey in magic began ten years ago, when his father bought him a magic set.
“I did nothing else,” Martin said. “I just locked myself in my room and amazed myself, watched the DVD’s and then got to learn from some really incredible magicians.”
Soon after, Martin starting walking around Reedsburg, knocking on doors showing casing his talent and getting himself comfortable with performing in front of different types of people. Brenda Wollin lived on the same street as Martin and witnessed him grow as a magician with every card trick he performed in front of her house.
“First I thought it was strange but then it was really cool,” Wollin said. “We would see him at the restaurants in town and everywhere. He would do it anywhere.”
Riley Wollin, 11, of Reedsburg said when Martin was outside his house he would always see what card tricks Martin had up his sleeve.
“I used to always go out there and see what he was doing,” he said. “It’s so cool he can do that kind of stuff.”
Besides card tricks Martin also uses other items to show his talent.
“I do stuff with coins and (dollar) bills,” Martin said. “Ones turn into $100, a couple fire effects, there’s a couple things I do with a balloon or mentalism or eating something and having it appear somewhere else, like with a business card.”
Martin said magic is more than card tricks, but about creating an eye opening, inspiring experience and connecting with the people around him. Something he hopes the judges see in him when he auditions for America’s Got Talent.
“I hope they see in me that I’m really passionate and I want to be myself and create a positive impact in the world,” he said.
Besides amazing the audience with his magic tricks, Martin hopes to send a positive message to everyone he meets and shows his tricks too. His favorite card trick, the ambitious card, brings the message of a never give up attitude.
“It just keeps coming to the top again and again and again,” Martin said of the trick. “It shows no matter what you can never give up in life.”
Riley Wollin hopes the Reedsburg magician mesmerizes the judges and the nation when he steps on the stage at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, just like he’s always been mesmerized by Martin’s magic.
“(I hope he does) really good because he is really good,” Riley Wollin said.