By Chloé Margulis
Tyler Stettler is a sophomore Music Theatre major from Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He always loved performing, including doing magic tricks, singing, and dancing, and knew he wanted to pursue it in his future. Tyler says LIU Post is the best choice for him because it gives him the most opportunities to pursue his dreams. Aside from performing, Tyler has been working to accomplish the “Walking Pull-ups,” after discovering them on social media. The Walking Pull-ups require all upper body and core strength, and look as if the person is walking through air.
What advice do you have for others who wish to accomplish the Walking Pull-Ups?
Any kind of advice I can give is practice and dedication. Without dedication, I don’t think anything is possible.
How long did it take you to learn the Walking Pull-up and what did you do to learn it?
I have been working out a lot more diligently for the next production I am in at school, Metamorphoses, and it was just another exercise to add to my workout. I would just practice over and over again until I could get it. The same way I learned my other hobbies: ukulele and magic.
When did you start learning magic tricks and the ukulele?
I have always been very interested in magic and it has been a while since I tried to pick up some tricks again, but I’ve gotten back into it. As for the ukulele, I started playing at the beginning of my freshman year of college. I always loved the way a ukulele sounds and was always curious about playing one. I perform with it in school productions, such as Big Love.
What type of magic tricks do you perform?
I very much enjoy sleight-of-hand tricks, things that deal with coins, cards, or something random around the house.
Who inspired you to learn magic?
As a child, my grandma introduced me to Harry Houdini and he always amazed me with how perfect his tricks would be executed and how thought-provoking they were.
What is your favorite trick to do?
I have yet to use magic in a show. However, in my last production at school I was able to play the ukulele. It was really fun to be able to combine one of my fun hobbies with, I guess you could say, my serious hobby: performing in productions and shows.
If you woke up tomorrow and couldn’t use your hands anymore, what would you do?
If I couldn’t use my hands, I would still act. Some of the best performances in acting were characters that had no control over their bodies. Take “The Theory of Everything,” a movie released in 2014, for example. In the movie, Cambridge University student Stephen Hawking falls in love with fellow student Jane Wilde, despite his motor neuron disease. Actor Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking is magnificent, especially since, for half the movie, Eddie couldn’t talk or move.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to graduate from LIU Post and continue my career as an actor, wherever that may take me. As long as I’m doing what I love to do, I’m really open for whatever the future may hold for me.
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