I must have spent three to four hours a day working on those coin tricks. The first years of my ownership of the manual and it’s coin I probably drove my parents crazy, assuring them each time that I had finally got the trick right. Eventually I did get one right, then another, and another. Until I had mastered almost every trick in that one book. Then it was back to the shop for a book on card tricks, and spending the next year of my life mastering those. It wasn’t enough for me to simply learn a bunch of tricks, or to be able to just pull them off, I had to make sure that I had every last aspect of the trick memorized and mastered.
Even today, as I work for the most part with a Louisville KY Roofing company, I pull these little tricks out with nails, or pieces of shingle to mess with coworkers. From that summer forward, was a means to me to amaze people, to randomly pull off the impossible, and I loved being able to do it right in front of their eyes. To have them guessing, and wondering and not knowing how I did something, when the trust was simple enough, and hidden under the layers of hours spent practicing. I had no idea how much practice it would take, but at the same time, I didn’t pay attention to it, I was too absorbed in the act itself.
When I signed up for my high school talent show, it was the first opportunity I had to perform live in front of an audience that wasn’t related to me and obliged to feed into my ego when I pulled off a trick. I remember being so confident that I was going to blow everyone’s mind, and instantly be catapulted to popularity with my school. I didn’t quite know that not everyone shared the love for magic that I did, and even though my set went off without a hitch, for the most part, people didn’t care all that much. I placed third to a mediocre band, and a girl who could really work a bunch of hula hoops at once. I’ll admit, I was a little dejected, but it gave me the outlook I have today. I don’t need to impress everyone, I just have to impress the ones who care.
I got some compliments from people after the show, and even one person stating that I should have won, and a big part of me held onto that as a good enough response, though I still wanted to win. I kept working, formulating my own tricks, and honing my craft to perfection. And now, I play birthday parties for local kids. Never said the story would have an amazing ending, or some big finish. I became the person who inspired me, and looking at it from that context, how can I be anything but happy? Because one day, I will influence that right person, who will take the same magical journey I did.