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davidpaul$
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My father used to do some simple tricks when I was a young boy. I was impressed but that was about it and my father would only do them from time to time. Then years later in 1995 my dad was hospitalized for a long time and when he came home I visited a magic shop to pick up a few things for him as a gift. Well the demonstrator showed and sold me a couple of effects and in the midst of learning them to show my dad I WAS HOOKED! I can't explain why but from that time until now I've been involved almost every day in one way or another with this fantastic art. The name of that magic shop is The Cuckoos Nest. Still alive and well since the late 1970's
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Let me see...I have always been around showbiz, since my dad was a lawman by day and a singer by night, and I loved everything about it. I got to accompany him to radio shows, TV shows, rehearsals, I met other artists, and a couple of magicians. That is where my interest in the performing arts came from.

My interest in magic... It happened by chance. An older family member presented an effect for the other children and me (we where little). She weaved her tale and at the right moment squeezed a machete filer until drops of water appeared on the metal. We where surprised to say the least. Learning the method to the trick didn't crush my belief in the paranormal(not a very popular stance in magic circles now a days), but it made me cautious of other "miracle workers". What got me interested in magic was the look of awe on the faces of the other children when presented with the miracle. I see it every time a magician weaves a tale and presents an effect with perfect timing. I want to see it again, but I want to be the one weaving the tale.
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Oh, and I forgot to say that maybe leaving all the Islands behind and buying a needle through balloon, Svengali, TT, and lots of self working tricks, at Jacks in downtown Boston helped too.
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David Copperfield TV special got me into it, back in 1994. But then I gave it a break for about 10 years, then got back into it in 2004.
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My mother took me to see a live performance by a magician when I was a very young lad growing up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the early years following World War II and the Manhattan Project. That would have been in the early fifties. (That's right, I said "fifties".) I believe the venue was the Oak Ridge Playhouse but I might be wrong. It could have been at a school auditorium. If any really old, old timers, have any idea who that magician was please let me know. I'm dying to know.

Anyway, during the show, early on I think, he poured milk into a paper cone which changed into confetti as he threw it from the stage into the audience. Wow! Can you imagine that.

Later in the show he disappeared onstage (Metamorphosis I believe) and instantly reappeared behind the audience running down the aisle after yelling "Here I am!". I remember that like it was yesterday. I was utterly astonished.

I asked my atomic-scientist father (who knew everything of course) how the magician did those things and he could offer no explanation. Double wow!

A number of years later, in the sixties, a TV personality (Jackie Gleason I believe) devoted one of his weekly shows entirely to magic. I was spellbound. The last effect at the end of the show was a levitation (Asrah) performed by Milbourne Christopher. That was it, I could not stand it any longer. The next day I rode my bike across town to the public library and found two books about magic. One was The Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay and the other was Milbourne Christopher's Panorama of Magic.

What jewels! Christopher's book enthralled me with the history of magic and Hay convinced me that I could do it too. Somehow I found the address of the Ireland Magic Co. in Chicago and started saving up my nickles, dimes and quarters to buy tricks. I followed Hay's advice and only got tricks a "real" magician should know: a set of German wood Multiplying Billiard Balls, a set of aluminum cups and balls, some silks, and a plastic wand. I used real silver dollars for my miser's dream. I built two magic tables in my dad's garage workshop and my mom sewed the black felt tops...gold fringe, two black art wells and a servante. Hot dang I was on my way! But not for long.

The U. S. Army, travel abroad, law school, marriage and raising a family drew my attention away from magic for a long time. But it never disappeared completely. Recently, I was lucky enough to stumbled on this site, meet some really fine people here, and well...I'm on my way again and loving every minute of it. I almost feel reborn. The pleasure I derive from entertaining my family and friends with magic is beyond words.

Recently I bought volume three of Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic. He dedicated his first volume to his wife and children as I recall. Quite a few years went by before he published volume three so I was curious to read the dedication. It reads: "To the joy I found in life." My God, he said it all didn't he?

So GypsySojourner, welcome to this world. I hope you travel through it far and wide. May it bring you joy.
Bapu practices law and conjuring in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
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I saw a lot of shows in Las Vegas while I was growing up. After a while I found a local magic shop and picked up my first scotch and soda and a stripper deck and I was off to the races!
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Derren Brown and David Blaine really got me interested. I remember seeing Blaine throw a card through a window and thought it was awesome. But what really did it was a mate giving me his copy of RRTCM as all he bought it for was the shuffles. So once he learned the hindu shuffle and the riffle shuffle and the overhand he wasn't interested anymore, plus he gave a deck of bikes so I had something to practice with. Bonus!!
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Paul Daniels did it for me, although I didn't take it up at the time he was on tv. A few years later he was a guest on something, can't recall what and did a card trick. I decided to follow up then and found RRTCM...
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I grew up in a household surrounded by magic. My father toured as an assistant to the legendary Blackstone Sr. before going on develop his own act and open a magic shop.

My mother would join my father on stage, from time to time, to assist in the larger illusion shows. I myself made my first stage appearance as a child, pretending to be "hypnotized" then levitating in a "kiddie car".

Growing up, I spent much time in his father's magic shop in the company of both amateur and professional magicians learning the tricks of the trade.

Later, I would go on to study acting in college and improvisational comedy at the Second City Training Center in Chicago.
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I always loved magic, but never knew how to learn it. I thought the only possibility was to know other magician. So I enjoyed watching magic on TV, but never learned anything. I work with young people, and one day, I thought, it would be great to learn a few card tricks, to have something extra to entertain them. So I went on YouTube, looking for some tutorials, and what I found, was far more interesting, then I would expect... Then it all started. I started practicing first sleights, found some magic websites, read about magic. Nevertheless, I still think that the best help is contact with other magicians, which today, I can enjoy.
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