In a world of 9 to 5′s, screwed up relationships, bank accounts in the red and totaled cars, somewhere, someone is lighting a playing card on fire with his bare fingers and making it show up across the room, out of thin air. Magic. Having grown up in Los Angeles, I’d like to say that nothing surprises me; nothing really floors me. And maybe it was the fact I was drinking away a quarter-life crisis.. But I fell head over heels for Patrick Davis, a New York Magic Man, and the magic that snapped me out of my every day funk.
In a world of 9 to 5′s, you too can make magic happen. I hunted Patrick down and asked him a little about what he does.
Magic. What’s the appeal? What do you love most about it? And let’s be real… is it a lover magnet?
I think the main appeal of magic for me lies in the fact that I’m breaking the rules of the universe. I get to find new ways to circumvent the possible and do the impossible on a daily basis. Magic also makes others happy. I’m not sure I’d be satisfied doing a job where I wasn’t making the world a happier place. As for love? Well, I’ll say it definitely doesn’t hurt and leave it at that.
What set you to follow the path of becoming a magician and leave the life of us normal folk behind?
It seems like almost everyone experiments with magic when they’re younger. Magic is all about secrets, and I think as a child there is great fun to be had in knowing something that adults don’t for a change. I guess I just never really outgrew that. It never stopped being fun for me.
What literal steps did you take to get to where you are today?
I am almost 100% self taught. One of the neatest things about magic is that unlike singing or acting or any other skill that requires some innate talent, magic is available to anyone willing to take the time to practice and learn it. The real secret to magic is that most people won’t believe how hard magicians work just to trick them.
What’s the coolest trick up your sleeve?
Anything with fire tends to go over well. The key is to play with the spectator’s expectations. Almost everyone has seen a card trick before and is familiar with the Pick Card, Lose Card, Find Card format. But if you can disrupt that pattern, instead of finding the card making it appear inside a book of matches on the other side of the room for example, then you’ve just hit a new level in their minds.