We all have to start somewhere, some before 10 years of age when a magic kit is gifted, others in their 30s when they’re served a YouTube video. I did receive a magic kit when I was 5(ish), but the bug hadn’t bit just yet. I subscribed to the 33 year old Chicago suburbia husband and father of two, latching onto an astonishing space of close up magic online. Even better, those I witnessed performing miracles with a deck of cards or a coin were cool… tattoos, thoughtfully dressed, skilled videographers and storytellers, and personable.
I live in the Chicago area, naturally I’m drawn to the local greats; Aronson, Bannon, Marlo, Burger, and the wickedly talented and gracious team at the Chicago Magic Lounge and Magic Inc. I imagine there are others in Chicago I haven’t had the honor of being exposed to, I can only imagine. My influences don’t stop within Chicago, they stretch globally into German, Spain, UK, Ireland, Italy, France, Austria…you know who I’m talking about.
In the past two years I’ve built a magic library of books and DVDs, I’m eager to learn every principle, theory, trick, sleight, idea, concept, and thought process passed down through the thousands upon thousands of works written and spoken within. I’m enrolled in Steve Faulkner’s card magic course, and a while back in enlisted myself to become a member of the [now] OG Sleight Club. Needless to say, I’m equipped with enough knowledge and resources to support several lifetimes of magical teachings in Cards, Coins, and Mentalism…and I love it all.
This post will be short, it’s my beginning and its purpose serves as a dauntless effort to initiate accountability into a journey of becoming a student. The road will be winding, treacherous at times, occasionally downhill, but always headed north.