Faces in the Crowd: Charlie Martin
Comedy magician Charlie Martin has one goal while on stage - to make you laugh.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The great actor Charlie Chaplin is quoted as saying, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Local comedy magician, Charlie Martin, has the same outlook on life. He enjoys making people laugh.
“Performing to me is the best thing in the world. It’s the greatest high that you could ever get, making people laugh going into a stone-cold room, and then by the end of your act having people just rolling on the floor, hopefully … and not throwing things at you.”
As a reserved 8-year-old, Charlie found his dad’s trunk of magic in the attic. He took to the craft and began hosting magic parties at 10 years old.
It was something about being on stage that Charlie was able to overcome his shyness. “Magic was a way to escape from that. It was able to be the vehicle that I can look at people and that got me out of my shyness … but when I’m on stage, I’m definitely an extrovert … I always say that I’m part magician, part comedian, part clown.”
His love for entertaining people only snowballed from there. He went to Barium and Bailey Clown College and made countless people smile with his clown performances for two years.
Then he worked in various comedy clubs all over the United States. He worked for Walt Disney and even had his own show in Las Vegas. But Charlie says some of his greatest memories were as an opening act for Robin Williams. “He was a great guy, fun to work with. Through him, I got to meet a lot of great people through the course of my career … I got to perform for my idol, Lucille Ball, which was awesome.”
Charlie says it’s about creating an experience for the crowd and putting a little happy in their heart.
“The bottom line is, I like to make people laugh.”
You can catch Charlie’s act along with other comedians Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at Hay Camp Brewing. Click here for more information on the show.
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