Today we’d like to introduce you to Fred & Bobbie Becker.
Fred decided at the early age of seven, what he really loved was magic. Beginning at this tender age, Becker devoured any and all information on the subject of “illusion and stage conjuring.” He put himself through college entertaining at restaurants, amusement parks and private parties.
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a BA degree in both Speech Communications and Broadcasting he attended the Chavez College of Prestidigitation and Manual Dexterity, a very exclusive school for magicians that accepts only four students at a time. Shortly after Fred was hired on his first cruise ship contract. Recently he performed on his 80th ship, give or take a vessel.
His wife and assistant Bobbie comes from a musical theater background. Bobbie has held the lead role in many musical performances such as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, The Bakers Wife in Into the Woods, and Lola in Copacabana. Several years ago, she was invited to be the featured singer on board a cruise ship and that began her love affair with travel.
Fate brought Bobbie and Fred together on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. Sparks flew, and the two found themselves joining forces to create a unique combination of magic and music.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The largest overall problem in our profession is one of perception; as a business, we often have to first overcome preconceived notions about what we do. Either people have the opinion that magic is solely children’s entertainment or they have seen a bad magician and think we are all the same.
The latter is frustrating in the sense that if someone watched a bad singer, they don’t automatically assume all singers are bad. But they do seem to do that with magicians. Likewise, magic can indeed be great entertainment for children, yet it also has the ability to deliver moving or motivating theatre for the discriminating audience.
Becker Magic – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Fred and Bobbie under the banner of “Becker Magic” produce and star in live entertainment events for corporate events, performing arts centers, resorts, cruise ships and high-end private parties. Their shows are an eclectic mix of magic, comedy, musical theatre, improv, and loads of audience participation. People leave the show grinning ear to ear, laughing, and saying, “how did they do that?”
What makes the Beckers’ show different? One word-Personality. Yes, your audience will be in awe when Bobbie floats off the stage singing, they will be thrilled when Fred struggles free from that straitjacket, they will laugh when Bobbie demands payment before getting cut in half, or be astonished when Fred plunges 18 live electric light bulbs right through his wife, but most of all they will just enjoy the charisma of these two personalities. As one reviewer said, “It wasn’t just the illusions on stage, but the “Magic” of the two of them together.”
Ask the Beckers what their career highlights are and you a bound to be regaled with plenty of show business stories including; Performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Marvin Hamlisch. One night during the run of shows Marvin literally stopped the show and announced to the audience, “I couldn’t sleep last night wondering how they do that!” More recently they might tell you about heading to Las Vegas to tape an episode of this year’s television show, “Penn & Teller’s Fool Us.”
But ask them which show is the most important and they will invariably tell you, “the next one.” It might be this attention to each individual client that has made Fred and Bobbie in demand nationwide.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
We are lucky; in our business, the reward is immediate. You know that the hard work of endless hours rehearsing has paid off when you hear the laughter, applause and the wows! It is an electric feeling. That is what drives us. There is an artistic satisfaction when you take a performance piece from concept to execution in front of a live audience. You really have to put yourself out there. When it all comes together there is no greater feeling in the world.
On the business side, a mark of success is having a full calendar. That isn’t always easy as you aren’t fully in control of that. In our industry there are agents, meeting planners and all sorts of committees that are part of the process. We must fit their agenda, not the other way around.
- Address: 1312 Cobblestone Ct
Savannah, TX 76227
- Website: http://fredbecker.com/
- Phone: 972 346 4376
- Email: Fred@fredbecker.com
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