Phil and I have been in the business of selling magic for 37 years and we’ve met people from all over the world, young and old, professional and amateur. You can tell a lot about a person, no matter how old or young or what part of the world they are from, or what their religion is, by how they react to magic.
Today I had a young married couple come in from Ottawa just to come to Perfect Magic. They had a couple of kids but they were not with them. The father had never done magic before but was extremely enthusiastic. The wife was lovely and ecouraged him. He had never done a magic trick before. He left with a big bag of tricks and was as happy as could be. They both thanked me profusely for taking the time I did with them, and I told them that’s my job. That’s what I do. No, they said. They felt I went over and above what I would normally do and I explained that since they had never done magic before I wanted to make sure they bought the right things. What they didn’t know was that I was receiving such pleasure from their reactions that it was fun, not work for me.
I did tell them that I knew they were nice people, not because they bought a lot of magic, but because of how they reacted to the tricks. Some people hate to be fooled. They can get nasty, demand to see the deck or whatever. Others just thoroughly enjoy it and are not afraid to show it. They were those people. They are the people that make it worth while.