While I always want to encourage kids to learn a magic trick or two, that's not what this post is really about. I want to tell you a bit more about my journey in magic and what it really means to me. I will share everything from my first magic show, all the way to the shows I currently do, and a fun story of how I met David Copperfield. This will be a longer story broken up into a few parts, so please follow along and watch for the next one in just a day or two if they are not already all released.
I remember getting my first magic kit as a child. I was super excited to learn everything in it, and amaze my friends, and family... I think I was around 8 years old. I remember opening it up and looking at all the pieces not knowing what they were used for, or how to use them. This was long before YouTube or any major releases teaching magic tricks. I set up my box as a performing stage and gathered the first thing that stood out to me. I flipped through the black and white booklet, and read through the instruction. With every step I would move the pieces around to the best of my understanding. Eventually I made my way to the end of the instructions, and had performed my first magic trick. What trick was it? I had no idea. In the moment I didn't understand how the movements I just did created an illusion, or as if I had magical powers, Maybe I didn't do it correctly.. Lets start over I thought. Going through them step by step, once again I did my first magic trick, and once again I had no idea if I was doing it correctly. It wasn't but a few days I had pushed the magic kit (or what I hadn't lost of it) into my closet and never went back t it.
One day in school (Hawthorne Elementary in Keokuk IA) we were told there was going to be a Magician come and perform, and I was excited. This was the first time ever seeing a live magic show. I didn't know what to expect, maybe he would make a school bus float or a tiger vanish into thin air. It was time for the show. We gathered in the cafegymitorium (you know the cafeteria, gymnasium, and auditorium). I sat about middle of the group and about half way through the show I was picked to help out with a trick. At that time the Magician might as well made the Statue of Liberty Vanish because I was truly amazed. Even though the trick was a simple trick almost every performing magician knows using newspaper, and water...It felt like real Magic.
I will never forget the feeling I experienced watching that Magician perform. Even though I was very young it is a feeling I strive to create in others every time I perform to this day.
In the part 2 we will jump ahead a few years, and I will share the moment the magic stopped becoming about the tricks, and more about the performance. This is the moment where I understood magic is truly a form of art that can translate to any age, and gender, religion, or language. Magic is for everyone to enjoy, and to be shared.
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