Many people say that magicians have something special to
create amazing tricks with cards or using different instruments to create illusions.
I was watching this guy (a magician) do some tricks with cards. People were amazed by his tricks, and this guy (the magician) was excited seeing the people applaud and say things like, "That's amazing!" or "He's awesome!"
At the same time I was watching the cards to try to discover how he did the trick there. When he was done, I took the cards and checked to make sure they didn't have something special or rigged. I was disappointed not to find anything.
This guy (the magician) involved the whole crowd with his tricks, he was great!
I asked him if he can teach me some tricks, you know, nothing difficult. He seemed flattered that I asked, but he said:
A magician never
reveals his secrets.
I tried to be diplomatic and said that's not 100% true, because on the Internet, at the magic stores, in the magic sets, and on DVDs and books, we can find a lot of magicians showing their tricks. (I was thinking to myself how to win this guy over.)
The magician looked at me and replied politely: Yes, there are a lot of magic books and videos, but do they have what you're looking for? If so, just go buy them instead of asking me to teach you my tricks. He got me!
I remembered I had a couple of videos to do some magic tricks with cards, but I put them on my bookshelf and they've been there forever. The tricks were really hard, and I didn't understand the instructions. It was almost as if the videos were made just to get the magician's name out there or for people who already know magic.
I told this guy (the magician) that I couldn't learn from the videos because the tricks were too complicated. I said if the videos had worked, I wouldn't be asking him to show me some tricks. I asked him again if he could teach me a few
simple magic tricks with cards. What's the secret? I asked.
The magician started to laugh. Then he said, "Do you want to know the secret? Just convince yourself that you can do it. Practice a simple trick and share it with others."
How to do Magic Tricks with cards?
The real magic is not to do a lot of magic tricks, but
to do one trick very well, especially with cards." He
told me I could apply this philosophy to everything in
my life. Learn one thing at a time and practice it
often. Then he told me a little about himself.
magician said he had been a very shy teenager. For him,
speaking in front of other people was scary. He said,
"You can imagine how I felt trying to start a
conversation with a woman or even a large crowd of
people at school or work." The magician said he
eventually discovered that he could use his magic tricks
as conversation starters. One time, he saw a woman at a
bookstore who was looking through some books on
philosophy and self-esteem. He walked up to her and
said, "Do you like magic?" She looked at him like he was
a weirdo but said, "Yes." He took out his cards and
showed her a magic trick he had learned. She was
surprised, and after the tricks, they started talking
about philosophy. Ever since, she's been one of his best
friends and she still remembers how he used magic tricks
to start their conversation.
The magician told me he also used magic card tricks as
an ice-breaker before a speech he had to give in a class
at the university he attended. It put him at ease with
the audience and helped him relax.
later, the friend he met at the bookstore got a job
selling cars at a luxury auto dealership. She was very
nervous, looking for the right way to start a sales
speech or a conversation. She called the magician and
asked him for the card trick he had shown her years
earlier. So he sent her a few of his simplest, yet
popular, tricks. Two weeks later, she called him to say
thank you for the magic tricks with cards and how she'd
used them to start conversations and sales pitches with
customers. It helped her self-esteem and confidence.
One day, a businessman with a lot of money to spend on a
luxury car came into the dealership. He was coy about
what he was willing to buy, and three hours went by and
he hadn't made a decision. She took out her cards and
showed him one of the tricks. He was amazed at the trick
and liked her attitude. Then the businessman said he
wanted to take a card but not put it back in the deck --
that if she could guess what card he held, he
would close a deal with her. She did the trick, and not
only did she guess what card he held, but she flipped
over her business card -- revealing the same number and
suit of the card that he had chosen. The man couldn't
believe it, but true to his word, he bought a car from
her that same afternoon. She went on to win best vendor
of the month two times and eventually got a promotion
with more pay.
The point, the magician told me, is that magic tricks
can help one discover something else inside of
themselves -- including discipline and self-confidence.
I told the magician that I understood, and I thanked him
for the story. Then I asked him again, "Can you teach me
one card trick?"
The magician smiled and said he would film some tricks
for me to learn. They're simple, but amazing. Now when I
have a speech to give for my company, I open it with
some magic tricks with cards. And now I want to share
this video with you.