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Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:41 am

After eight years in Branson, comedian and magician Taylor Reed is still trying to keep his show fresh, and he’s hitting the streets to do it.

“I always go out on the street, shake hands and sign autographs,” Reed said. “And I do some closeup magic if needed.”

He said it’s a good way to let people know about his show and to find out what people like about it.

“It’s not really one thing they like,” he said. “What I hear is that they like the show and they say it’s the best magic show in Branson.”

He said while many who are educated about magic appreciate the skill and slight of hand, many more like the show for its interactive nature.

He’s now working in about 15-20 children per show, he said, and is always looking for ways to include more.

“I’m trying to really become that interactive magic show,” he said. “People say I seem like the guy next door. They feel like we’re friends right away.”

He’s trying to take that comfort level and apply it to the show.

He said the theater he currently performs at, Music City Center, is perfect for his act.

“I was in Las Vegas for 15 years,” Reed said. “And everything was very modern. As soon as I got to town I had my eye on Music City Center because I thought it was trendy.”

He’s enjoyed his last two years at the theater, and he’s set to perform there again next year, he said.

And he should still be including audience members.

“I tell people to bring a camera, because I’ll be using the kids throughout,” he said.

Reed appeared on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” earlier this season.

He auditioned in Tampa, Fla., and was invited to Las Vegas before missing the cut for the semifinals.

Reed performs his show “The Magic & Comedy of Taylor Reed,” Tuesday-Saturday at 2 p.m.

Call Music City Center at 417-544-9075. For more about Reed’s show, visit taylorreed.com.

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