Magician David Kwong, known for combining his mastery of crossword puzzles with magic tricks, travels a lot throughout the year, and always with a red toolbox to hold his tricks.
To an audience, he’ll reveal only the contents of the box that are necessary — a pack of cards, a Rubik’s Cube. But the rest of his tricks and props remain a mystery, except when he’s passing through security at the airport with the toolbox, and Transportation Security Administration officials become suspicious of its contents. “They’re normal-looking objects with other things hidden inside,” Kwong explains. For example, one of his tricks involves hiding a dollar bill inside a kiwi. To make his case to the officials, “I’ve done a lot of magic at TSA.”
The mysterious toolbox notwithstanding, Kwong is revealing the science behind his magic and illusion in a new book, “Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success” ($22.99, HarperBusiness). Here, he illustrates how anyone can apply seven principles of illusion to their lives to gain a competitive edge — and protect themselves against manipulators or con artists. Read more….
Sam Rowe Troy Von Scheibner for The Telegraph
Clean fingernails are essential and you will be poor for many years. Troy Von Scheibner explains why the life of a magician is not always magic.
1. You will be the most popular and hounded person at any party
Everyone is compelled to ask to see a trick as soon as you say ‘I’m a magician’. Then, once you show one person a trick, it’s scary how it spreads like a virus – then everyone knows you’re a magician and you have to do tricks all night. Obviously getting into magic you want to show people tricks, but sometimes you just want to chill.
2. You never leave the house empty handed
I’m always prepared, especially these days. People see me on TV so they’re like, ‘You’re that guy, show me something’. I might borrow an object off them, but I’ll always have a pack of cards on me. I guess if you’re a doctor you probably get it as well, like ‘I’ve got this thing…’ or if you’re a comedian: ‘Tell us a joke!’ It’s an occupational hazard. Read more…….
SALEM — For everything Salem is known for, having an official magician hasn’t been one of them.
The City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to name Salem native Anton James Andresen as the city’s first official magician. Councilor-at-large Jerry Ryan proposed the honor.
Most people around Salem might know of Andresen, but by another name: Anton the Great, an 18-year veteran of “Salem Now” on Salem Access Television, where he’s been performing alongside Leo Jodoin doing tricks as part of holiday and other non-regular programming since he was 13 years old.
Official magicians are near impossible to find. One of the most noteworthy examples of someone bearing such a title was in New York City, where Abraham “Doc” Hurwitz built a name for himself and entertained millions as the city’s official magician leading into the 1970s, according to the New York Times.
But for Anton the Great, this is a unique honor… Read more..