The Magic Trick That Changed My Life

Reader's Digest - - Contents - by nate stan­i­forth from the book here is real magic

Af­ter per­fect­ing it for six years, a ma­gi­cian tries out his big stunt.

Ibe­came a ma­gi­cian by ac­ci­dent. When I was nine years old, I learned how to make a coin dis­ap­pear. I’d read The Lord of the Rings and ven­tured into the adult sec­tion of the li­brary to search for a book of spells—nine be­ing that cu­ri­ous age at which you’re old enough to work through more than 1,200 pages of ar­cane fan­tasy lit­er­a­ture but young enough to still hold out hope that you might find a book of real, ac­tual magic in the li­brary. The book I found in­stead taught ba­sic sleight-of-hand tech­nique, and I ded­i­cated the next months to prac­tice.

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