17 June 2024

Browser's Bash: Getting to know Ben Train

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Will you be at the 2024 Browser's Bash on Saturday, July 13, 2024?

We are pleased to have the opportunity to do short interviews with some of this year's performers.  Next in the series is Ben Train!

You may already know that Ben:

We're delighted that Ben made time to answer our questions ahead of this year's Bash!


Who inspires you that is not a magician?
Is it too cheesy if I say "my dad"? 'Cause I think he's pretty awesome...

I'm inspired by artists, athletes, writers, politicians, activists, etc. Instead of listing any... you can talk to me and ask. :)
What is your first memory of magic? 

When I was 8 years old my parents took me to the Browser's Den as a reward for doing well (or doing better than I normally did) at school. I'm sure I saw a lot of magic that day, but the one I remember most vividly was the Mismade Queen - a scaled down close up version of the famous ZigZag illusion. I loved that trick, and ended up playing with it so much that I wore out the cards that came with it!

Who from the magic community inspires you?

Rather than give you specific names, I'll break it down into the two types of magicians that inspire me. 

First are the people who focus on growing and building up their local communities. These are the volunteers at magic clubs, the ones that provide spaces for their fellow performers to try things, the ones that organize regular jams and hangouts. I see the Ottawa magic community as an example of people doing this really well. 

The other type of magicians that inspire me are the ones NOT involved in their local communities directly - the ones that just focus on making their own magic as good as they can possibly make it. These are the people inventing new tricks, performing kick-ass magic, and making magic better simply by being GOOD.

Was there anyone or anything instrumental to you becoming a magician?

Sure! In chronological order:

1. Jeff Pinsky made me feel welcomed into the world of magic.
2. Steve Forte and Dai Vernon (videos/books) helped me fall in love with learning magic.
3. Sorcerers Safari gave me the confidence to start sharing magic.
4. Bill Abbott and Bobby Motta made me want to be a full-time performer. 
5. All the amazing friends over the years that inspired me, and continue inspiring me, to keep working on getting better!

Ben Train

Ben Train

Did you ever get discouraged and think about quitting magic?  
God. All the freaking time. I think about shows that went wrong. Audiences that didn't seem to care about what I was sharing. About how bad I am compared to other performers I know. About how useless, in the grand scheme of things, what I do is.

But then I take a breath and remember why I LOVE what I do. About how happy it makes people when I'm able to connect with an audience. About how good I feel when a show goes well. 

Do you have any tour or pre-show rituals you’d be willing to share with our readers?
First and foremost, I set the stage with everything I need for the show and then double check it’s all there and where I need it to be.

Next, I do a quick walk-through of how I want the show to run. This means preplanning where I’m calling audience members from, how long it’ll take people to get on stage, where I’m entering and leaving the stage, etc.

Depending on my mood and the event I might be interacting with the audience before the show or “hiding”, but either way I’m trying to get psyched up for the show. I remind myself I don’t HAVE to be doing this - but rather I GET to do it. And I remember how much I enjoy sharing magic, making people laugh, and connecting with people.

Then I take a big pre-show poop and hit the stage.

What are you most looking forward to about participating in the 2024 Browser's Bash?
I love seeing friends and meeting new people… but if I’m being honest what I’m looking forward to the most is seeing dope magic. 

Do you have a favourite Browser's Bash memory?



Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Nothing makes me happier than seeing magic. So if you’re coming to the Bash I would be DELIGHTED if you show me a trick. .



Thank you Ben for making the time to answer our questions!  We look forward to seeing you at this year's Bash!

Learn more about Ben Train by visiting TorontoMagicCompany.com and follow him on Facebook and Instagram


Visit the Browser's Den of Magic website to buy your ticket and learn more about this year's Bash!  See you on Saturday, July 13, 2024!




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