I have been fascinated with magic ever since I was about 10 years old. My friend’s father showed me a couple of tricks. Today, I look back at those two effects and think about how simple and silly they are. Yet, back then, it was the most incredible thing I ever saw.
I bet my friend’s father had no idea those two simple tricks (think of a number between 1 and 10 … you are thinking of seven; and think of a number between 1 and 4 … you are thinking of three) would lead me on a lifelong quest to learn, practice and perform magic, as well as write about the art and some of the top performers.
After high school, I got away from magic until I met Leland Pennington, who rekindled the passion and took me under his wing. He made sure I had books to study, DVDs and VHS tapes to watch and people to meet as I began reestablishing myself as a magician and mindreader.
I cannot thank Leland enough for what he has done for me and what he has meant to my life. He opened up an incredible world of mystery, delight, amazement and entertainment. He taught me to keep things simple and to never get a laugh at a helper’s expense.
Leland’s advice has served me well. I get incredible feedback from my shows, and I garner a lot of repeat bookings and word-of-mouth referrals. How does this happen?
I believe it goes back to how I handle my audience and those who volunteer to help me. I treat them all with respect, and I never belittle them. In the end, everyone has some laughs, has a good time and gets to see some amazing magic.
As others come into your life, be careful how you treat them. You might be sending them off on the adventure of their lives. What you say and do might just add magic into someone’s life.