Unlike many entertainers, I got the magic bug late in life.
Stationed in Fort Polk La. serving my Country in the United States Army, my platoon ran a 10k in New Orleans to celebrate Veterans' Day in 1985. After the run my commander told us, " Have fun in New Orleans, be back on the bus at midnight"
Little did I know how that statement would change my future. I wandered into a magic shop by chance and the owner showed me a couple of tricks. I bought one and after showing my friends and seeing their reaction I went back and bought two more. I WAS HOOKED.
My hobby went that way for a few years until I met my wife, she told me I was good at magic and should perform at parties. She arranged my fist gig and from that show I got many more. Shows started gaining in numbers so much that in September of 2000 I left my FULL time job to continue my FOOL time one.