I’m proud of my background as a magician. Although I don’t use my magic skills now as much as I used to, I love being a magician, and I’m proud of being part of a huge history American performing arts… the history of magic.
One of the all time greats was a guy that non-magicians have never heard of: Dai Vernon. Magicians called him “The Professor” and I was pleased to meet him one night when I was working at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. The Professor was well known for sitting on a certain sofa and more or less holding court.
When I met him, I think he was well over 90, and wasn’t tracking as well as he would have liked. (That’s my way of saying that I met him, but I’m not sure he met me.) But it was a thrill nevertheless. I have many of his books, And I’ve studied tricks that he helped make famous. And that night… it was totally cool to shake his hand.
What’s my point? I’m not sure I have one, except to say that it is very cool to be part of something that is bigger than myself; it’s cool to be a magician.
Thanks to Magician and Blogger Glenn Bishop for the Dia Vernon Photo