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Topic: What got you started?
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 23, 2002 05:39PM)
Twenty years ago I saw Marshal Brodien selling a magic set on T.V. commercials. I was curious to what his secrets were. I brought one. I showed a few friends. I was more amazed than they were. I took it more serious as a hobby. Now it is my fun time job.


Dynamike :bunny2:
Message: Posted by: Mark Ennis (Dec 24, 2002 08:06AM)
I was always fascinated with magic and I knew a couple of self working card tricks but nothing major. 10 years ago, a coworker performed coins across and hanging coins. The next day he performed Card Warp and Out of this World. I was hooked from that day.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Dec 24, 2002 10:44AM)
I was five and at a friend's party, his mother hired a magician. To this day I can only remember him turning his handkerchief into a rabbit puppet, but whatever he did made me go out and get my first magic book. He changed my life... if I ever run into him again I'm going to punch him! :rotf:
Message: Posted by: Kathryn Novak (Dec 24, 2002 11:26AM)
Truly interested in performing magic? The first WGM special. I set out to prove that not all magicians who perform have an overly large, inflated ego. Man, that looks so hypocritical when I look at it... :lol:
Message: Posted by: R2 (Dec 24, 2002 11:42AM)
April 1975, "Doug Henning" appearance along with Bob Keeshan on Captain Kangaroo.....

Stringy hair, buckteeth, tye-dyed shirt, bellbottoms, goofy laugh...(Hey that sounded like me at the time)?

Poor Mr. Green Jeans though eh? Sam Kinison shared with me the sad behind the scenes story on that one.
Message: Posted by: Dark illusionist (Dec 25, 2002 08:36PM)
hmmm I was 7 years old when I got my first magic set. But my interest was really kindled when I was 8 and saw Jeff McBrides mask routine and king of cards. From then on, I was hooked

Message: Posted by: Emily Belleranti (Jan 1, 2003 11:24PM)
I've been interested in magic for as long as I can remember (watched Copperfield on TV, got a few magic sets, checked out magic books from the library, etc.), but I got seriously into it in October 2001.

What happened was I had some money burning a hole in my pocket and I remembered the magic sets I had toyed with when I was younger. My father mentioned a magic shop in our town, and we went there the next day. I got a few simple tricks, and came back two weeks later. This time I got a book of sleight of hand, and that book is what started it all.

Since then I've been obsessed.
Message: Posted by: Bilwonder (Jan 3, 2003 04:05PM)
I was about three. I thought all you needed was a magic wand and POOF (Too many Bozo Circus shows). My uncle used to pop out his teeth. I thought that was magic! Then he did this trick of pretending to swallow a marble and "find it on his chair" after grunting real hard!

My dad noticed my interest and sent for a free catalogue from Vick Lawston in Florida. I looked at the pictures and funny cartoons and when I saw the "Miracle 5 in one Wand" I just had to have it. That was my first trick! Boy was I disappointed! It was just a trick!

But I kept the interest and by the time I was 5 I had several magic sets and tricks and was doing "walk around" stuff at the local bar where by parents hung out! The bartender hired a local magician for his birthday party there and he "took me under his wing." His grandkids hated magic and he wanted to pass it on.

He introduced me to the Abbott's get together where my eyes opened in wonder in town with people floating in the middle of the road and breathing fire on the sidewalk! He was good friends with Neil Foster and from there I got to know a bunch of the regular gang (Sid Lorraine, Jay Marshell...) and saw some wonderful performances. I was jaded to magic on TV thereafter!

When I was 11 we moved from Illiniois to California and I thought I'd lost all my connections.. but the first day of school I found my science teacher was a magician and he showed me how to build things! And so the story continues....
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Jan 5, 2003 04:58PM)
On 2002-12-23 18:39, Dynamike wrote:
Twenty years ago I saw Marshal Brodien selling a magics set on t.v. commercials. [/quote]

Around that time I witnessed his TV Magic Cards. If I were watching, you never saw the world come to a shreakin' halt! I was AMAZED.
Nothing mattered more than purchasing that deck.
Good memories indeed.

Randy Stewart
Message: Posted by: ChrisZampese (Jan 8, 2003 09:13PM)
On 2003-01-03 17:05, Bilwonder wrote:
I was about three. I thought all you needed was a magic wand and POOF (Too many Bozo Circus shows). My dad noticed my interest and sent for a free catalogue from Vick Lawston in Florida. I looked at the pictures and funny cartoons and when I saw the
"Miracle 5 in one Wand" I just had to have it. That was my first trick! Boy was I disappointed! It was just a trick!
It's so true!

Kids think that it's just magic. I have even had some pipe up during a show 'You cheated, you used magic!". My niece (4 yrs) loves my performances and wants to do magic. My parents bought her a magic set for Christmas, she took one look at it and said
"no not pretend tricks, I want to be Magic!"

Anywho, back on topic, I got started when I was about 10, got a library book from the school library and performed my first trick soon after (the vanishing coin under the glass). It was spotted straight away which was when I learned my first valuable lesson. Practice, Lots.
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Jan 9, 2003 10:37AM)
I got interested in magic when my parents gave me a magic set for Christmas when I was 6 The set is now long gone.
Last week I found the same set for sale on E-bay and bought it for less than my parents paid 20 years ago. I don't think I'll be able to use any of the tricks in my act, though. I just bought it because I'm a sentimental, nostalgic, soppy, old muppet. :bunny2:
Message: Posted by: Jay (Jan 9, 2003 10:43PM)
The place: Houdini's Magic Shop, New York-New York Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

The date: September 7, 2001

The hook: Demonstrator working the heck out of the UFO floating card.

Five hours later: Me, in the men's room stall, at McCarran Airport, reading the instruction book over and over.

Sixteen months later: Me, in the men's room stall, reading whatever magic book or instruction or pamphlet or side of the card deck I have with me.

I am a magic-a-holic, and I'm not ashamed. :crazydude:

Jay :bg:
Message: Posted by: jcards01 (Jan 10, 2003 10:05AM)
I was around 12 when I saw John Scarne on the old Jack Paar show. I know, all the young people out there saying, "Who's Show"?

O.K., so I have been around for awhile. Anyway, it was the forerunner to the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and of course now Jay Leno. Scarne appeared several times in a couple of years on this show. I was hooked and have since then only performed with cards. I love all close-up magic and enjoyed being fooled. But cards remain my favorite.

Jim Molinari
Message: Posted by: pyro (Jan 11, 2003 10:04AM)
I've had a leaning towards the occult ever since I can remember. I've been doing palmistry and Tarot readings for people since I was 12. Later on I found some information on magic and was hooked .
Message: Posted by: debaser (Jan 13, 2003 12:51AM)
A gift from Santa

Message: Posted by: uri (Jan 15, 2003 08:43AM)
I was interested in juggling after a fair in my school. Magic came along with it and got a higher interest (although I still do juggling).
Message: Posted by: KJ (Jan 26, 2003 05:10PM)
One of my relatives/friends (can't remember which) got me interested in magic... He showed me a few tricks and I was hooked on it. I eventually got some books to read.
Message: Posted by: Grandpa Kadabra (Jan 28, 2003 02:11AM)
I don't know.

I really just don't know. :confused:

I don't mean that I don't remember. I just mean I can't put my finger on anything that made me decide I wanted to do magic WELL instead of just fooling around with it.

Hey, maybe somebody used magic on me. :idea:
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Jan 28, 2003 08:46PM)
I've been thinking about this one for a few days now. Maybe ten years or so ago I would have said that there were these magic books at the library, my brother and sister and I held a charity carnival in our backyard and I did a magic show with some homemade props. We made about $15 (a lot of money to us!) and gave it to the animal shelter. But now that I think about it, it goes way back before that.

Every summer we would go to the fair. I remember that there was a company selling water softeners, and to get people to stop, they had a giant faucet floating in midair with a big gusher of water coming out of it and falling into a barrel. The faucet wasn't hooked to anything either. Years later I figured out that there was a clear glass pipe in the middle of the stream, and that the fake faucet was mounted at the top of the pipe. But to see this thing in full sunlight, floating there, water gushing out, you'd stop to look at it even as well versed as you are in the mystic arts.

The first time that I saw the thing I was five years old. I guess that I just froze solid and stared, and in the thick of the crowd my family walked off and left me. I had heard the drill beforehand, so I calmly made my way to the announcement stand some distance away and informed them that my parents were lost (not me, I knew where I was)!

I suppose that they were pretty worked up by the time that they found me, but all was soon well again.

This fair also had sideshows. I remember the brightly painted banners gleaming in the sun, freak shows, lobster boy, fat lady, dwarves, everything. We occasionally went into one of the milder ones. I remember wanting to see the giant rat from South America, depicted on the banner with razor-sharp teeth dripping blood as it snarled over human remains. Inside the show they had a capybara (I didn't find out that's what it was for at least a decade). It was just nosing around inside its pen with a bowl of water and a bowl of what looked like dog food. But they sure had our money, and it was in fact the world's largest rodent.

Decades later I told people about this stuff, and they said, no way, the freak shows were all over in the 1940s. But I was in Ohio! It turns out as a kid in the 1960s I had seen the very last of them, not counting modern attempts to revive the form without exhibiting people with medical conditions.

Lately I have made some sideshow banners for my act to go with the medicine show (way earlier than carnival sideshows, but what does anybody up here know). I have researched the patter and the look of the banners. I do the ballyhoo before the glasswalk, and I have had these real old guys come up to me and tell me stories of what they saw when they were kids.

So what I am saying, in my longwinded way, is that despite my exposure to a lot of slick magic in the decades since, the core of my interest is in these marvels with straw on the ground around them, in the hot sun of August in Ohio. I think that as I have found this, I have found a true source of all magic in my heart, the cheap wonders of the amusement park and county fair, before movie special effects, before corporate theme parks, before Las Vegas magic shows with fog machines and stage lighting.

I bought a Svengali deck at the fair once, from one of the pitchmen. Who could resist these guys!

For those of you who really can't remember what it was for you, keep looking. It took me decades to figure this out. Sometimes before doing a show I get stage fright pretty bad and worry about the props, will I be able to remember everything that they throw at me (no I can't just rehease it, I memorize stuff as my show). To calm myself I think about my remotest ancestors, standing in a circle of bare earth by torchlight with a clay mask on. They could open their hearts, transform themselves and enchant their audiences with nothing more than their personal energy and shared mythology. I have read all these books, but it always comes down to that in the end.

Keep searching!



Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Jan 31, 2003 02:24PM)
Doc, You killed me with that story! :rotf:
Just priceless...

Randy Stewart
Message: Posted by: amazingboz (Feb 3, 2003 02:18AM)
I think in a previous lifetime I was probably a court jester as I have always loved seeing people smile, applaud and throw things at me.
AmazingBoz :bunny2:
Message: Posted by: magician81 (Mar 1, 2003 02:50AM)
For me, it's very strange. No one else other than I was into magic; not my frends, family, simply no one. It's that very sudden moment, when I felt I must do magic. It was strange. Up to this day I still can't explain it.
Message: Posted by: Indyfan (Mar 1, 2003 08:44AM)
I've always been somewhat interested in magic, but when my brother hosted a "murder mystery", my character (luckily) happened to be a magician. For my costume, I went to the recently opened magic shop to buy a magic wand & perhaps a couple of tricks; and.....well, I was hooked.

My first tricks purchased were a mini-deck version of 8 Card Brainwave, the Jiffy Coin Trick & a rope trick.
Message: Posted by: Symmatrix (Mar 1, 2003 09:23AM)
When I was 7 years old, I saw David Copperfield do an international TV performance and I got hooked. I told myself I was going be a magician one of these days....That was when I started with libary books; and today I am a manipulator and a card man.
Message: Posted by: Reg Rozee (Mar 2, 2003 02:26AM)
I was seven, and while exploring a secret passage in the house (yes, a real one), I found a very old box of family books (we used to store things in there). In it was a magic book well over a hundred years old. That book got me hooked, and is still in my collection as my oldest (and dearest) piece, at the ripe old age of 144.

-bigwolf {*}
Message: Posted by: XenoMagic (Mar 4, 2003 08:43AM)
When I was growing up, my father was performing as a clown on his own weekly television program. He incorporated lots of elements into his show and act, and among those elements was magic. I became hooked fairly young with both magic and performing, but he wouldn't let me touch his expensive props until I was older. So I (like others) really began actually doing magic tricks with the Marshall Brodien TV Magic Kit.

The kit I owned is long gone... but in this day and age, I still use some of the props my father did in the 60's and 70's. I just wish I still had his guillotine.

Leo Martin
Message: Posted by: Steve Friedberg (Mar 8, 2003 06:15PM)
I blame technology trade shows.

Going to any number of shows in the heyday of the Internet bubble, you'd see companies try to outdo each other in getting people to their booths; I'd run into people like Bill Goldman, Michael Ammar and Joel Bauer.

Then, there were the reporters who were covering the show who also dabbled in magic; guys like Daniel Dern come to mind right away.

I was entranced by the ability to do things that had no right being done in the natural course of events.
Rings would magically link...cards would fly to the bottom of the deck only to rise back to the top with a flick of the wrist...wow, I was hooked.

So, I went to Magic Masters, and was blown away by Svengali decks and TTs and rising cards. Oh, I had to have them all (didn't they see *me* coming!).

And then, one day at a show, I talked with Joel for a minute. I asked him which decks he used. Hoo boy, WRONG question to ask. He stared at me like I had offended him, and replied, "I don't. I go into any city, buy a deck of cards and I'm ready to go."

Well, I was offended...but the more I thought about it, the more I realized he was probably right...I shouldn't NEED trick decks to do magic. And that's when I started looking at how the others do it. I bought some tapes from that fellow Ammar, thinking I could learn a few things. And that led to a book by a fellow I seemed to remember from TV named Max Maven; the book was "Focus."

And the more I learned, the more I realized there was to learn...and that I couldn't learn it all, but I could sure as heck have fun on the journey. And the joy of reading through an effect...from a Vernon, or a Hamman, or a Marlo, or those who astound today...still imbues me with that sense of fun.

There's also the sense of wonder...except now, I'm the one sharing it with others. And that's a wonderful feeling as well.

So, while I blame the trade shows, I thank Bill, Michael, and yes...Joel.
Message: Posted by: Arellion (Apr 6, 2003 07:14AM)
I saw a show on TV that exposed the two card monte effect, and in two days learnt it really well and showed one of my school friends. Well one lunch hour we are walking around and my mate says, "What shall we do?", so I said, "let's do some street magic" and we went and did Two Card Monte for the Head Girl and some really major school people who loved it. The next day I began ordering books on magic.
Message: Posted by: docdazzal (Apr 6, 2003 10:20AM)
My very first experience in seeing magic was on the Ed Sullivan Show...I was pretty young around 9 or 10. I don't recall the magician's name, but he performed the Zombie. I was spellbound! I continued to think about that performance until, at age 12, I was looking for something to watch on TV...it was a Saturday morning.

As I was turning the channel selector, I heard the word "magic"...I stopped turning. I watched in amazement at the magic being done before my eyes...it was Mark Wilson's Magic Land of Allakazam!

That was in 1961...magic has been an important part of my life since then. I've loved every minute of it...and continue to do so! It's been a wild ride!

May all the magic of the Universe come to each of you.

With Magic & Fantasy,
Dan "Doc Dazzal" Bartlett
Message: Posted by: Angus (Apr 15, 2003 01:04PM)
I think it was a natural progression for me from juggling. The shop I bought all my juggling gear also sold magic equipment. After a year of "just looking" I bought one book and was hooked.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Apr 17, 2003 08:16AM)
Seeing Doug Henning when I was a kid started me. Then Eugene Burger got me restarted a few years back. I keep going for the occasional priceless reaction. When I did Card Warp for my step-son, his reaction was "Oh ****!", for example. He was 14 at the time and was so struck by the magic he forgot that his mom and I were standing there. The better reaction though was when he realized what he'd said.

Message: Posted by: magicsoup (May 4, 2003 08:33AM)
As a little kid I wanted to be a street performer like Shields & Yarnell (mimes). When I turned 18 I decided it was time to do something about that, but I couldn't figure out what a mime does. The only thing I'd heard of was a guy in my city pretending to be in a box. Not for me! I decided I would become a juggler. I wanted desperately to perform something. When I went to Toad Hall Toy Store to buy some juggling stuff the magician (Guy Bedard) showed me magic and I freaked! That was what I had to do! Invisible Deck and Color Monte, and Finger On the Card were the things he showed me.
Message: Posted by: Justin McWilliams (May 13, 2003 12:17AM)
My grandfather who was a magician was my influence.
Message: Posted by: Dragona (May 16, 2003 08:12PM)
What got me started was my friend's dad. He taught me a few of the tricks that he used and ever since I've loved magic with all my heart. :righton:
Message: Posted by: BlackSalt (May 26, 2003 01:18AM)
I was in grade 1. My older sister borrowed a magic book from the library. She and a friend put on a little show for my parents and I was begrudgingly included. I watched their performance with the typical attitude of a younger sibling; with a great deal of skepticism.

The two of them caused a marble to roll across our kitchen table without touching either the table or the marble. I accused my sister of her method to which she quoted the magicianís code. My only recourse was to borrow that magic book myself and prove myself intelligent!

Luckily, someone else signed the book out first. My attention was focused on three other books of magic tricks Ö and thus it began.
Message: Posted by: smile4wandini (May 31, 2003 11:06PM)
I always loved to see magic shows then I used bits along with my Photography to get expressions from people. Then Shari Lewis died... I was heart broken for all the little kids that loved her and Lamb Chops shows. I wanted to learn some magic and vent work...then came balloons the rest is history!
I am very active in my local clubs and happy to have found this great resource. :sun:
Message: Posted by: Eric Rose (Jun 1, 2003 05:09AM)
When I was 4 or 5, I had a problem common to 4 or 5 year olds -- I didn't wash my ears very well. My father, a magic dabbler himself, decided to teach me a lesson. He said something along the lines of "Your ears are so dirty you could grow potatoes in them," and then he proceeded to pull a potato out of my ear. I was immediately hooked on magic. I still forget to wash my ears, though.

Message: Posted by: ChrisMagic52 (Jun 1, 2003 10:41AM)
I went to a magic shop somewhere in L.A. and ever since then, I started doing magic all the time.
Message: Posted by: Diavo (Jun 20, 2003 02:02PM)
I honestly woke up one day and decided that I should know some card tricks. So I went to the library and got Magic for Dummies. That was it -- I was hooked.
Message: Posted by: laidback (Jul 3, 2003 09:41PM)
As a little kid I would walk around with an old deck (probably like 25 cards LOL) and ask people to pick a card. Then I would go around and collect them. They would pretend to be amazed, of course. After this humble begining, I stayed away from magic for almost thirty years. Then...

I picked up a few magic books at the bookstore to entertain my neices and nephews. Upon leaving the bookstore I discovered my car had disappeared (really!). The police found it a month later, but it was my first lesson in how expensive a hobby magic can be!
Message: Posted by: c_lamby2k (Jul 6, 2003 08:48AM)
i started magic because of a stripper deck which i got for christmas a while back.

i then started metalism because it seemed more "real" to me

Message: Posted by: SOHartist (Jul 23, 2003 02:43PM)
I've always loved magic. I loved seeing David Copperfield when I was ten, and then the magic show at the library. Then three years later I wanted to visit my local magic shop........now I'm hooked. :love: :dizzy:
Message: Posted by: R2 (Jul 27, 2003 09:48PM)
Doug Henning performed a bill switch restoration on
"The Captain Kangaroo Show"

I didn't know the difference between magic and reality at the time.....Still don't, I guess...

That was the catalyst for my journey on this crazy conjuring obsession....Thanks Douglas for luring me in!~rr
Message: Posted by: Attilio (Jul 28, 2003 10:47AM)
i've been interested in magic pretty much my whole life! i was first shown the 21 card trick and thought it was more of a puzzle than anything else. then when i was about 18, a friend of mine told me about this magic booth that was set up in a gaming store in a local mall. we went to check it out and what really floored me was a packet trick of all things. from that point on, i was hooked!!!!
Message: Posted by: jmm1303 (Aug 1, 2003 11:30AM)
I went to a magic masters shop and saw liteflite and Hummer card and then I found out we had a magic shop and headed over and got hooked
Message: Posted by: Vincent (Aug 1, 2003 06:47PM)
Okay, I've told this story before but here goes one more time:

When I was about eight years old my cousin John took me to Louis Tannens when it was still located in the Wurlitzer Building. I think on 42nd Street but not sure. I walked into this place and felt like I got smacked in the head by a two by four. It was amazing. The people were amazing. The guys behind the glass counters were unbelievable!!!

I purchased some misspot dice, a Viz Escape and the infamous Red Snapper. Around that same time, Don Alan's Magic Ranch was on television. It was truly amazing. A whole television show devoted to magic!!! Over the next few years I realized that my cousin John was a close-up magician specializing in coins. He was absolutely great!!!

As time went by and I became more and more interested and started doing little shows I learned that my cousin hung around in some pretty heavy magic company. I guess today he would be known as part of the underground. Harry Lorayne reminded me of that after John's passing in June of 1997. I was very fortunate to have such a friend and mentor.

Anyway, that's how it happened and it has'nt stopped in 43 years.

Take Care,

Vincent :die: :magicrabbit: :die:
Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (Aug 3, 2003 10:28PM)
I fondly remember watching Doug Henning on tv. But it was Harry Anderson shoving a giant needle through his arm and remaining cool as ice as it dripped blood that sold me on the idea at age 10.

I also remember being at a funeral... yes, a funeral... and me and all of my young cousins being confused and somber at the moment, sitting there in fancy shoes and trying to ignore the organ music, when my great uncle Johnny ushering all the kids into a separate room and giving us cokes and then pulling out a quarter and a deck of cards. For the next hour we were amazed by him.

As I grew older, I often thought of what it meant for him to take all of us kids away from his own father's final moments just to keep us from being too sad. And it was the magic that he showed us that afternoon that taught me that sometime diversion is needed to break up the long stretches of realism. And what is more diverting from realism than magic?

Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Aug 8, 2003 08:27AM)
When I was in third grade decades ago, I was at Disneyworld with months worth of allowances in my zipper wallet that I saved up to buy "something" during vacation. A magic shop was located on the back of a Disney stuffed animal and vacation t-shirt store. I walked in and was amazed that there was such a place, a separate location all its own, that offered magic.

I didn't buy any magic then as I wasn't sure what to do with sponge bunnies, but I did walk out with a squirting nickel. My grandfather, a bourbon drinking WWII veteran that read Zane Grey and had a plate in head, called me a turkey when I squirted his bifocals perched on the bridge of his nose. It was a subtle act of astonishment, but one I remembered.

It's amazing how such a small act for someone so young can leave behind impressions not forgotten. Visiting that magic store when I was a kid left behind some mental fertilizer that my brain chomped on until several years ago.

Years ago, I was working a hardware trade show and the guy next to me, selling deck screws, had a couple of small brass container, color dot tricks. The trick that floored me was a simple coin vanish from his hands. He taught the sleight to me and that officially started magic for me.

Thanks for these boards. There's worth in thinking through the what's and why's.

Message: Posted by: eeesp (Aug 12, 2003 06:19PM)
I was 10 and I had trouble making friends so I ordered from an add that read "Bake a cake in a hat. Amaze your friends" thinking that would do it. Impress them and feed them. To my disappointment it was only a trick. I tossed it in my junk drawer and forgot it until the urge to get people to like me prompted it's re discovery. I got a tweenky and did the trick for my family. You can imagine there reaction.

Message: Posted by: NJJ (Aug 14, 2003 12:43AM)
I won a $5 gift voucher to a novelty shop that had just opened and bought a silk to egg. From then I was hooked. 20 years on, the shop is still there, in fact I popped in this morning. :)
Message: Posted by: landmark (Aug 14, 2003 10:27AM)
When I was a kid I used to watch Mark Wilson's TV show Alakazam. More recently though, my sister in law told me about a psychic who had performed at a party she was at. She was absolutely transfixed. SHe talked about his blindfold work and readings that he did for the crowd. I said, he sounds like a really good magician. She said, no you don't understand, he had a gift. What he did was impossible to explain. He read my mind of a word from a book I chose.

At this point I thought, Wow, fooled by a simple book test. Here is an intelligent woman totally believing in the impossible. This is powerful stuff. You can change people's perceptions of the world. And so i vowed to learn more about this . . .

Message: Posted by: mystic shriner (Sep 27, 2003 05:03PM)
My Uncle Kenny officially got my interest in Magic when I was really little. He'd go on these vacations with my Aunt and bring back coin and card tricks...
When I was 10 I was going through some really rocky times with my family, lots of stress to the point where I started stuttering because I just could'nt function mentally, then finally I just shut down and did'nt talk at all. After about a year of pretty much being mute and having been informed I'd have to probably repeat the 5th grade in a special ed course, this old magician named Clem Magrum came to our school to do a show. He gets me up on stage to do the waterfunnel routine and by accident I look down and see exactly how he does it. He looks at me, gives a wink and says "Magicians don't tell their secrets, can you promise not to tell your friends the secret?" And for the first time in about a year I spoke "Yes". By this point in the show I had decided after watching a few tricks and being completely mesmerized that I was definetely up for this. So when he made me promise, I knew that I could keep a secret and that I definetely wanted to be a Magician. After that I did'nt have to repeat 5th grade, they realized I wasn't special ed material and shipped my happy butt off to 6th grade while my Uncle Kenny started getting me a new magic trick every holiday! Magrum's been gone about 10 years now, but my Uncle is still around, he loves to see my newest tricks every Christmas while he still brings back his own from various vacations with my Aunt to entertain my kids. :smiletear:
Message: Posted by: Tate (Sep 27, 2003 09:16PM)
Like many who have posted, I can't remember what got me hooked. I just always liked magic.

However, there are three things I want to tell you about. When I was an early teen, there was a "Cartoon Carnival" type show on my local station. It was a live, local show. Occasionally there was a magician on the show, dressed in a chinese robe. He was pretty good, but (being a kidshow) some of his stuff flopped - and then worked, but he couldn't figure out why. When I was in my late teens, I went with a friend's family to a nearby campground for a weekend. One night there was a magician performing under a picnic shelter. He was good! He did comedy, family-show effects, but he also did a "skill" trick or two to show that he knew his business. A few years later, I had moved about 100 miles away to go to school in Raleigh, NC and found that there was a magic store. I got to know the manager pretty well and he basically became my mentor.

All three magicians were the same man, George Vaughn. George had lived in my home town for a while, working at the TV station. He had an agreement with the owner of the campground; George performed in exchange for a campsite. George left the station and the owner of the magic store wanted someone to run it and he hired George.

To this day, I am still amazed by this.
Message: Posted by: zombieboy (Sep 28, 2003 10:10AM)
When I saw Jeff McBride pull cards out of his mouth on TV. I wanted to learn just that move, but after I did I realized that there was more to this card stuff...And the rest, as they say, is history.
Message: Posted by: Magicol-1 (Sep 29, 2003 07:33AM)
What got me started was an Adams Mr.Magic set that I got for Christmas when I was about 6 or 7. What got me hooked was Doug Henning.

Message: Posted by: Chad C. (Sep 29, 2003 09:01PM)
I always got a magic trick as a souvenier when my family would go on vacation. There was a magic shop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee that I remember from way back. But then it faded until I got to college. I was taking a night class in Biology and the professor was a teacher at a local high school. The first day of the 3 hour class, he told us science was all about observing-then he proceeded to take out a silk and have us describe everything we could about it.

After doing that, he put the silk in his fist, opened it, and it was gone. I was floored, and hooked from that point on. Not long aftewards I decided to go into teaching, and the summer before I started I found a little magic shop in the town near where I live, and I went and bought a silk and tt. You can imagine what I did as my opening activity in my class.

The rest is history.
Message: Posted by: taller8 (Oct 12, 2003 01:23PM)
Sponge rabbits at the Disneyland magic shop a long time ago. That still is such a strong and fun effect. The classics never die, just get improved.
Message: Posted by: joculari (Oct 24, 2003 11:00PM)
Three Clementines in my lunch:

Juggling; balls, clubs, knives, fire. I wanted something new to add to a routine and found a magic shop in San Francisco while looking for a new set of torches... hooked.

All of this has happened over the span of one year.

I still juggle of course.