David Acer sort of feels like a third son to us. All our kids (4) worked at Perfect Magic Shop when they were growing up and so did David when he was 14 years old. That would be in the 80’s.
Last week, some 30 years later, and many times since, he came to pick up a few things. We reminisced about Al Goshman. David remarked upon the fact that this chubby older man was not the person one would look at walking down the street and say, ” There goes a magician.” And yet he was amazed that when Albert performed, he was transformed and his fingers danced in a way one wouldn’t believe unless you saw him.
And why am I telling you this? Because while David was here I asked if he could write something for our readers as to what got him into magic as a career and what word of advice would he give to aspiring magicians. Last week Michael Ammar wrote something and I thought my readers would be happy to hear what other people who were successful in magic had to say. He immediately agreed. That sent me on a hunt for photographs of David. By sheer coincidence the first photo I came aross of David was one of Albert sitting behind his booth at a Magie Montreal 1988 Convention.
In any case here is what David had to say: While you’re at it, Check out David’s best selling book “GOTCHA! 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends” http://www.davidacer.com/david-acer-magic-catalogue-Gotcha.html .
Q: What was the first trick that made you think this is what you want to do?
A: Well, I’m still not sure this is what I want to do, but assuming it isn’t just a decades-long phase I’m going through, I’d say the trick that pulled me in was the old broken-and-restored toothpick in a handkerchief. I remember fooling my mother and step-father with that – I mean really fooling them – when I was nine or ten, and that started me on the path to deeper mysteries.
Q: What advice would you give aspiring magicians?
A: Never iron flash paper. Also, try to be yourself when you’re doing tricks. That usually means presenting them in a way that makes you care about them. Talk about your job, your family, your life, good, bad or weird. If you care, other people will care. But if you have to invent a reason to care, maybe it isn’t the right trick for you.
Thanks, David, for the tips. I hope the readers enjoy it as much as I did!
Enjoy the photos