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….