Magic has always been something that I’ve had an interest in. For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be a magician. I recorded a lot of the TV specials that magicians did in the 90s, I had a few magic kits in my room, and I had all the books. As I grew older my passion for performing magic dwindled, but my love for watching magic grew. I know that magic revolves around distraction and sleight of hand, but for me the sense of wonder is still there. I personally believe that everyone should at least know one good magic trick, especially if you are a grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, or just a living human being.
When J was a baby I remember having a conversation with myself that I was going to fill his world with a sense of wonder and joy. That he would believe in the unbelievable. When he was old enough to sit up on his own and focus for more that 2 seconds, I started with simple coin tricks. I remember the look in his eye the first time I “pulled a quarter from behind his ear”. The simple coin trick only lasted so long before he realized that I was palming the quarter the entire time, but he would still laugh so hard when I would do the trick because he loved it so much.
I knew I had to step up my game, so I started buying decks of cards with the intention of learning so many card tricks that J would never know what hit him. I started reading magic blogs, and watching YouTube videos, but J was still young, and I couldn’t hold his attention enough to get the pay off of performing a card trick, so I went back to the simple coin tricks that I knew. Time went by, I worked on a few freelance post-production audio projects, I started this blog, and I eventually forgot the card tricks that I had learned.
Fast forward to this last summer, J and I were playing a card game while watching a magic show on Netflix and he asked me if I knew any card tricks. I told him I might know a few, and his eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning and Santa had just left him a Radio Flyer Luke Skywalker Landspeeder. I shuffle the cards and start telling him a story about the trick I was doing (completely made up BTW). He picks a card, I tell him to put the card in the middle of the deck, I expand on the story while shuffling the cards and tell him that if I put enough pressure on the cards that his card will magically flip in the deck. I told him that I don’t know if I had the strength and needed his help, he pushed on the deck of cards with me and poof. We went through the deck and there it was his card was the only card flipped the opposite way. He freaked out and ran straight to his room screaming about how amazing that trick was. He told his friends at school, strangers in the store, and pretty much everyone else that he saw that I knew magic.
That experience brought back a little bit of the spark I had as a child for performing magic. I decided that instead of performing for the masses, I would learn card tricks for J. To again build that sense of wonder and belief in the unbelievable. This is why I think that everyone who kids in their lives, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, etc. should have at least two magic tricks in their pocket. There is so much happening in the world today that kids need a little magic in their lives.
Just a little note, if you’re looking for a trick that will blow the minds of the kids (and adults) in your life, you might want to learn this trick. J asks me to do this one at least 4 times a week.