Ever since I started learning magic, I’ve been fascinated more by the mechanics in which a trick is created rather than doing the tricks themselves. I fell in love with it when I saw a kids magician in Singapore while visiting a friend. I was very young at the time, I think only nine or so, but after watching the magician pull quarters out of ears and noses or when he turned a dove into an origami bird that then took flight I knew that I wanted to be able to do those same things. So I began to learn.
As the months passed while I explored my newly discovered hobby I began to realize that I was more interested in designing tricks and learning about the engineering process behind some of the more complicated illusions. That’s what was really fascinating for me. For a time I was only concerned with reverse engineering a trick – I enjoyed breaking down the process. I’d go to a magic show, study the illusions and tricks being performed then return home and try to recreate them. I wouldn’t look anything up unless I was absolutely unable to discover the secret behind their tricks.
Now I don’t have much time to invest in illusions and tricks these days. I do however still love magic and I often encourage my nephew to visit magic shops. I’ll take him to see a magician every chance I get – I believe with all my heart that magic can still be wondrous even if it’s not real. It’s only as real as we allow it to be and finding value in any part of it is important. I hope that he might pick up where I left off some day and be able to design an illusion of his own.