The Power of Magic Is Alive and Thriving in Michigan Native

By no means did you count on to see the finesse of magic mixed with wrestling in magic to thrive because it does in Michigan native Evan Cloyd, identified to wrestling followers as Jarek 1:20.

We had the chance to interview Jarek and being followers of his work over the impartial circuit, we knew we needed to safe an interview with him after he participated in a latest WWE tryout, even going as far as to make it to the official WWE YouTube channel on a video the place he was showcasing his magic expertise.

Right here is the interview:

Hey Jarek, we’re glad to have you ever with us at present. How outdated had been you once you first began watching wrestling?  What had been a few your favourite reminiscences or moments? 

I used to be Eight years outdated after I was taking part in soccer in my neighbor’s yard on a cold Michigan day. Our different pal was carrying a shiny orange ski masks, when my buddy, Corey stated, “Oh you appear like Rey Mysterio!” I requested who that was, they informed me about wrestling – and that night time Nitro and RAW had been on, I turned on WCW and the primary professional wrestling factor I ever noticed, as an Eight-year-old child, was Diamond Dallas Web page powerbombing Booker T off the stage by a desk. I flipped over to Monday Night time Uncooked, and the principle occasion was The Rock vs. Triple H in a metal cage match for the WWF Championship. I “wasn’t allowed” to look at wrestling due to DX, however I might watch it anyway and tape RAW from the VCR each Monday, in case my mother and father got here in to say goodnight, I might change the channel and never miss something – OR maintain the VHS tape in case something insane occurred and I needed to point out my mates – like when The Huge Present chokeslammed The Undertaker by the ring.

When did you determine skilled wrestling was for you?  What motivated you to take the large leap?

I might wrestle pillows and stuffed wrestling dolls in my basement on futon mattresses for a couple of years, emulating each transfer from the Create a Wrestler move-set within the video video games, moved on to wrestling my mates within the basement with chairs within the corners. I might movie every part with my mother and father’ camcorder and ultimately began wrestling a unique group of mates on my sister’s trampoline within the yard – ultimately we obtained two trampolines within the yard side-by-side. I used to be nonetheless filming us and I discovered the way to be a good video editor by enhancing music movies of our yard wrestling. It wasn’t till I used to be about 13 or 15 that I informed myself and others it was what I needed to do after I obtained older. Deciding I needed to be a professional wrestler was not an enormous leap for me so far as decision-making goes. It was the largest a part of my life since I used to be Eight years outdated so it by no means appeared something out of the atypical to need to actively pursue it, it was regular.

Who evokes you and why? 

The older I get, I’ve to maintain myself impressed, on my own, I suppose. The folks that you simply look as much as once you’re a child are position fashions, and as you become old everybody both turns into your peer or youthful than you (so far as superstar position fashions). After I was a child, I obtained heavy into self-help and studying the way to work together with folks. I drew majority of my inspiration from David DeAngelo, Neil Strauss, Sean Stephenson, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill – and within the wrestling world, Stone Chilly Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Chris Jericho – that complete Angle and Ruthless Aggression Period. I used to be at all times impressed by the folks that may seize and maintain the eye of others, and I went out of my technique to discover ways to get good at speaking with folks.

How would you describe your wrestling type, for these unfamiliar along with your incredible work?

Trevin Adams, of Evolve Wrestling, will say on commentary that my type is: Hybrid Escapology. I’m a official illusionist, hypnotist, and escape artist. I do issues within the ring that may look magical. I’ve the flagpole elbow drop, which seems to be like I’m levitating. My Sleeping Magnificence Punch, some name it a Hypnotic Knockout, seems to be like I knock my opponent right into a hypnotic trance and lay them to sleep – when actually, I don’t need them falling to the canvas and getting knocked again into consciousness. You might usually see cash come out from my opponents’ ears or folded up playing cards popping out of their mouths. Typically I’ll hit ’em with the Magic Chokeslam, the place I don’t even contact them – usually getting confused as a Star Wars Pressure Chokeslam…. however no, it’s the Magic Chokeslam. Hybrid Escapology as a result of I can adapt to most individuals’s type – it’s part of having the ability to talk, study, and perceive folks in a short time. So, whether or not I combat hearth with hearth, or with water, I can sustain with their recreation and be two steps forward due to it, or I can have a wholesome distinction and the yin and yang could make one thing actually fascinating to look at.

Prime 25 Strikes of Jarek 1:20

What was probably the most difficult or wildest in-ring experiences you’ve had? 

I as soon as wrestled Chris Dickinson. One other time, I took a Vertebreaker – and my opponent went to his again as an alternative of his butt, I went to talk for assist, however solely scorching air got here out of my mouth. I wasn’t capable of converse for a scorching second there.

You had a tryout with WWE. When you might not be capable of converse on every part, are you able to give our readers an concept of what you had been anticipated to do and what the expertise was like?

The expertise was nice, I used to be very a lot mentally and bodily ready. It’s no secret what they put the attendees by, the coaches even inform us that on the final day: anybody of us might use the web to search out out the drills verbatim. They need everybody that’s there to be in the most effective form they will presumably be. My coach is Brian Kendrick, and Brian has put me by loads of mentally and bodily demanding and difficult days. For the readers, we began with each attendee standing in entrance of the coaches, employees, a digital camera, and different attendees to provide a 60-second promo – I tied a magic trick into my promo. There are a variety of Hindu squats, a variety of push-ups, crunches, set-go’s, burpees, Brookside shuffles, rolling, hitting the ropes. How robust are your lungs? Are you able to end the way in which you began? Are you able to do all of it with a smile?

How was the tryout in comparison with your coaching and work on the indie scene?

Once more, Brian Kendrick is my coach. WWE needed Brian to come back be a full-time coach down on the Efficiency Middle, Brian needed to maintain wrestling and loves residing in Venice, California, along with his spouse. Brian trains his college students almost verbatim the way in which WWE desires issues, I might say. I imagine WWE adjustments up every tryout a bit of bit, to some capability – see what works finest, experiment on a unique order and maybe modify sure drills barely. WWE had the attendees utilizing between three and 6 rings directly, four folks per ring, most of the time – and about 40 attendees. There have been days coaching beneath Brian the place there are solely three college students, and for three hours straight he would push our lungs and minds into an autopilot-zombie mode. “If you find yourself getting a tryout, are you going to stop? We’re about to search out out.” I despatched Brian a protracted Thank You textual content, after the primary day for making ready us in addition to he has and does.

You had been on WWE’s official YouTube channel performing certainly one of your signature magic tips. Are you able to clarify how that took place? We think about that was a surreal expertise for you!

The coaches and employees knew, entering into, that there was a talented magician coming in for the tryout. My buddy, Ryan Katz, is a producer at NXT and he was behind the digital camera each for that magic trick, in addition to filming a variety of virtually behind-the-scenes, maybe B-Roll footage from the tryout. Ryan loves magic as a lot as he loves wrestling, possibly extra. It was Ryan who arrange the entire thing, “Tomorrow we must always movie you performing some magic to the attendees!” We filmed that to, and for, the attendees – and the subsequent day throughout the tryout, Coach Brookside stated that he needed to see the trick I confirmed Katz… so the phrase was getting round to the coaches. The good/most surreal factor about the entire expertise is simply seeing, “Jarek 1:20,” anyplace on WWE.com. That was a reputation I got here up with after I was 11 years outdated and saved it all through the yard trampoline days, so to see an 11-year-old’s wrestling identify make it anyplace with the WWE brand on it’s an superior piece of the puzzle.

Test the video out:

This magic trick left WWE tryout attendees speechless

What obtained you interested by magic and illusions?

The idea that it made me really feel dumb. The idea of me considering that the particular person displaying me the trick was actually sensible. I needed that feeling, the sensation of, “I do know one thing that you simply don’t.” In a method, it’s the very same factor as professional wrestling – I’ll simply go away it at that, I’m sure you possibly can give you all of the parallel ways in which professional wrestling and magic have duplicate layers to them.

You’re mates with 205 Reside Famous person Drew Gulak. Are you able to inform us any fascinating tales you two have shared?

Drew Gulak was the primary to conceptualize me pulling a coin out from somebody’s ear, throughout a match. One of the best factor about Drew is that he’ll attempt to convey out the most effective in folks, out and in of the ring, which is the best present you can provide to anybody. I used to be backstage at SmackDown, a couple of weeks in the past, after they had been in Los Angeles. Drew says to me, “Go present magic to Shelton Benjamin, proper now.” So I did, which result in displaying magic to a handful of different folks there. Drew will introduce me to folks. Unbelievable human being, straight shooter although, he’ll at all times ask you, “Why?” after which play Satan’s Advocate to make you consider why you’re or aren’t doing one thing.

Past Wrestling (Free Match) Jarek 1:20 vs. Drew Gulak – "Off The Grid" – Disturb Actuality Magic

Which Superstars in WWE do you need to lock up with?

It might be unbelievable to do one thing in opposition to, or alongside with, Brian Kendrick – I’ve footage from coaching days, for no matter it’s value. If I tie up my hair proper, it seems to be very similar to Brian’s. We every have distinctive and various things that nobody else actually does – the way in which he implements the turnbuckles and makes use of the ring as a weapon. There’s absolutely one thing very actual and bonafide that, not less than I, might sink my tooth into. One other reply to the query is: everybody. As a result of they will all educate me one thing.

We wish to thank Jarek for taking trip of his busy schedule to reply some questions for us.

You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter and Instagram at @Jarek120, You may as well try his wrestling and magic-based YouTube channels for extra content material.

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