After getting a standing ovation on America’s Got Talent Indonesian illusionist Demian Aditya takes time out to reflect on the experience and give advice to young illusionists who have been inspired by his famous YouTube video and the positive feedback he got from the judges.
What or who inspired you to begin studying the art of illusion with such passion and drive?
The one and only David Copperfield. He changed my life with his great illusions. They were so great that I all I wanted to do was be an illusionist like him.
How is performing abroad different than performing here in Indonesia, and which do you prefer?
Totally different—it’s like they’re willing to be entertained. They really appreciate what I do, and if they love it they don’t hesitate to give you a standing ovation. If there is ever a chance for me to have a contract in the US, I would take it without any hesitation.
You have received a lot of praise and positive feedback, but also criticism in response to your performance on America’s Got Talent. How do you deal with people judging you and your work?
I keep trying not to let compliments get to my head and not letting criticism get to my heart. I believe that if there are 50 people who love me there must also be 50 people also who hate me.
What experiences do you most remember about being on the America’s Got Talent stage?
When I saw Simon Cowell stand and give me a standing ovation, even though he is the hardest judge of all. It beat everything and felt amazing.
Where do you see your future taking you now?
The future is still a mystery. If my future is still on the right path, then I will live my dreams.
What advice would you give to youngsters trying to make it big in the world of showbusiness?
It is never too late to start dreaming, and to try to accomplish your dreams.
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