Ethan,Don't run before you can walk.Set yourself up with several Magic Acts first. Illusions rarely work with a very young performer. They are the big mysteries, the Grand Magic and sit better on an older magician, ie one well into his 20's and beyond.Somehow with a teenager ( and there are a very very few exceptions) illusions always look more like a puzzle for an audience to solve. The maturity of the performer is missing and youthful cuteness takes its place.
Do study illusions,; check out the Doug Henning, David Copperfield, S & R, Jeff McBride DVD's and the one Harry Blackstone did, plus any of the old & new Masters of Grand Illusion.Then gradually grow into them. There's a whole lot more magic to be learned and mastered before that.
Illusions are basically big theatrical effects so you need to study Theatre & Acting and above all experience the techniques of Acting and Theatrical production. Join a group. learn how to perform TO an audience. How to put over dialogue lines, how to move and gesture, interpretation of lines, how to use your voice..it's not simply talking into a microphone.; study costume and makeup.Along with this try out different styles of Magic.Perhaps even playing our Art as different characters.
Study Magic's History and all the great performers who have gone before. Experiment, Explore and Create.
It's seems a long long road BUT it is the most interesting, exciting,fascinating, never ending, never completed journey you will ever make.
I'm still walking the road and still discovering things.
Don't neglect the BOOKS on Magic. They will make you think and resolve things yourself. Read Tarbell,Fitzkee, Steinmayer, Alan Wakeling, Chris Carey, Ken Weber, Jerry MacGregor, Darwin Ortiz, John Mendoza & James Rencaux's and Edward Maurice's (UK) booklets on Showmanship and presentaion.
Allen Tipton UK