Ved in My­self o One Else Did

The fa­mous il­lu­sion­ist re­veals the true se­crets to his suc­cess

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There are plenty of il­lu­sion­ists out there. Why do you think you’ve been so suc­cess­ful? CA: I don’t think I’m spe­cial — I just had pas­sion and per­se­ver­ance and fo­cus. I be­lieved in my­self when no one else did.

How did you get into magic? CA: When I was 6, my Aunt Stella taught me my first card trick. I was ob­sessed and drove her crazy try­ing to get her to teach it to me. Then she did and I re­al­ized ev­ery­one else did the same damn card trick!

You’ve cer­tainly taken things up a notch since then! CA: I’m push­ing the en­ve­lope. I’ve amassed a great team and we cre­ate stuff out of a 60,000-square-foot lab­o­ra­tory — there’s no place like it.

How do you cre­ate your tricks? CA: They start in my mind and then I work back­wards think­ing of ways to ex­e­cute them. Then I pre­sent ideas to my team and we brain­storm ways to build it. On Trick’d Up, there are tricks and demon­stra­tions that took 16 years to de­velop.

You lev­i­tate and split peo­ple in two in the TV spe­cial. Some will surely say edit­ing and ac­tors are in­volved! CA: Peo­ple will come up with ways to ex­plain things away. We don’t do any of that, which is why I al­ways say come see me in Ve­gas — you’ll

NYC’S Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc points out that the mom of four’s un­nat­u­ral­look­ing up­per lip now “ap­pears larger than her lower” and says it should be evened out.


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