While movements for racial inclusion rage on in Hollywood, it’s not often that one sees an Asian make it big in the entertainment business. In the midst of that, Johnny stands out as someone with one resonating message: it’s highly possible. The entertainer hopes that his story would inspire other Asians to dream big and work hard to achieve greatness.
Johnny and his family moved to Los Angeles from Taiwan when he was 14 years old. He found it hard to fit in as communication was a challenge early on. English would be the immigrant’s third language, so it took a while for him to pick up. Because of his background and ethnicity, he got picked on a lot in school and was often victim to bullying by other kids. He kept this from this family and learned instead to fend for himself. Because of that, he became independent at an early age.
Johnny started doing magic tricks while still in school. When he was a junior in college, he decided to pursue his passion and do magic shows for a living. Starting in his 200-square-foot dorm room, Johnny worked hard to build his brand. He designed his website and learned how to market himself.
Without access to any mentors, Johnny strived to get better, teaching himself magic tricks, mentalism, hypnosis, comedy, and showmanship. His journey wasn’t always comfortable, as he struggled early on due to the lack of resources. Magic is a trade with a steep learning curve, but Johnny worked hard to master his craft. There was also some opposition within the family as the traditional background of Johnny demanded that he would choose a less risky path. But the magician pressed on.
After seven years in the industry, Johnny got his most significant break. He landed a gig to perform for Corrine Foxx, celebrity Jamie Foxx’s daughter. Johnny performed in the actor’s private estate. While there, he used what skills he had learned as a mentalist to create an emotional connection with Jamie. His hard work paid off, and he got the actor’s favor. Jamie gave Johnny the highest of praises and helped the magician go viral.
Today, Johnny has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry. He attributes his success to his mastery of the art of magic. Johnny shares that all that he has in life is due to his talent. He used magic to make friends, make his parents proud, get the girl of his dreams, and to provide a decent life for his newborn daughter. Today, he hopes to use his magic to inspire others to chase after their dreams. He hopes that his story would encourage more Asians to pursue a life in show business and become the next big stars of Hollywood.
Johnny performs before some of the most massive crowds the magic industry has seen. He hopes to reach the acclaim of magic performers like David Blaine, and David Copperfield. Now with the pandemic, Johnny is also a leading expert in the virtual entertainment world. He has created a virtual magic experience for his audience. Combining magic, mentalist and hypnosis, the audience will experience something they’ve never experienced before. Check out his website for more information! Follow him on his Instagram account for updates.