We all need to be inspired, encouraged, influenced and these influences help mold us into the person we are. So, let me tell you a little bit about the people who influenced me in magic. There are four specific individuals. But first a little history... My first interest in magic started in about 1969, I remember watching television and there it was the “TV Magic Cards.” I was hooked. Then came the “TV Magic Set.”
Let me tell you about my days at the Magic Cellar nightclub. It was located at 630 Clay Street in San Francisco. “Earthquake McGoons” was the name of a famous jazz nightclub located at that address and there in the basement was housed the collection of Carter the Great, the famous magician. A little history to go with this first and the story I am about to tell you is as amazing as the Magic cellar was itself.
Who was your biggest influence when you got involved in magic?I loved David Copperfield's early TV specials because there was always a some sort of sketch, story or vignette in his shows. I was captivated by those pieces because the magic seemed to really mean something to the story; a characters hopes, dreams, fears. And, David Copperfield's magic was always very escapist and magical.
Our club is very excited to present the magic of David Hirata [ thingsimpossible.com ] this Friday and Saturday night. As the first magician to receive a standing ovation in our new club location on Main Street, it was sure time we followed up with him from our last Q&A session. Have a question for David? Post a comment below, and we'll get right back to you!
My interest in magic started back in the late 60s. While my father and I were watching television, we saw an advertisement for “TV Magic Cards.” The trick blew me away, and I was hooked. Later on, I saw a fellow at the county fair selling the “Svengali Deck” of cards. As he performs, I realize this is just like the TV Magic Cards – must have watched the guy for two hours straight! I finally bought one of those decks, and have been in love with magic ever since.
Enjoy this short film created with Magician Timothy James at California Magic Club. Have you seen him before on our stage? His show business credits are many including Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and hundreds of performances all the great state of California. He's a regular performer and he comes highly recommended!
Tell us a bit about yourself? I’ve always enjoyed watching magic ever since I was a young boy. Whether it was watching my father perform magic or watching David Copperfield on television, I couldn’t get enough of it. As a teenager I joined the Society of American Magicians with my father and there my education in the world of magic took off. Now I enjoy performing for audiences just as much as I enjoyed watching it as a kid.