At first glance, one would confuse Ray Taylor for a waiter in a fine restaurant. His trademark black vest, black tie and his straw fedora resembling that worn of the famous Bing Crosby, does give one the impression that this gentleman is not your average Joe. While sitting with Mr. Taylor, and talking to him about his career choice, he gives off an introverted feel for his persona…when actually, he is feeling you out so he knows how to precisely ‘trick’ you to his advantage.
Interestingly, one would never think Mr. Taylor was a country boy raised in Grafton, Ohio by his appearance and with his strong drive and ambition to entertain. Being known by his high school peers as an entertainer and comedian, his years of pranks and comical jokes turned his passion to entertain the crowd into a defining way for his future as an entertainer today.
So you ask, How does one just wake up one day and decide they want to become a Magician? As his story goes, In 2000, Mr. Taylor was on vacation with his family. He had heard that Kozmo Koz, a traveling street performer (Magician)was in the city performing and decided to check him out. After being mesmerized by his performance, Mr. Taylor’s determination to learn the tricks of the trade enhanced. Mr. Taylor than set off on a mission to have Kozmo teach him a few tricks. A year after convincing Kozmo he was not just a guy looking to learn a few party favors, Kozmo let him in on the secrets.
Ray Taylor adapted quite a nickname traveling around the U.S. performing. His fans on the streets know him as “Ray Raymond”. When I asked him how he earned this nickname, he stated..”Hello, my name is Ray Raymond and my dad stutters!” I honestly believed this, and let out a hearty chuckle. Taylor explained, “It was more or less an easier name for my fans to remember me by -with a fun twist and it has stuck ever since.”
Over the course of twelve years, “Ray Raymond” has traveled all over the U.S. capturing many laughs and performing his rare tricks for private parties, weddings, and is mainly known for his street performances around town in Savannah, Georgia. His next hand of magical tricks will be performed live at the Ingenuity Fest, September 20-22, 2013.
Ray Raymond skillfully confused me every time with his bag of magic. Which, I have to openly admit- is pretty easy to do either way, but no matter how hard I tried to study his maneuvers and to trick him back, he still got me every time! He had me laughing through the entire interview.
Feel free to like his facebook fan page and keep up to date on his magic shows. You never know, he might be on a street performing live in your city. “You’ll wonder when he’s here, you’ll wonder more when he’s gone!” (Max Malini)