When I was 13 years old I learnt about The Trilogy and The System by Dan & Dave, and I was in awe. This duo was so incredibly cool. They made me see that magic can be cool. Looking back, I'd go so far as to say the reason I've stuck at magic for so long is because of these two.
They became my idols, I bought all their products and watched every video they'd ever made, I was bowled over by what they could do with cards. These were (still are) immensely inspiring chaps. Then, in about 2009, at an otherwise dull magic convention, I got to meet them. Starstruck is an understatement. These uber cool guys were not only real people, they were so down to earth and approachable. And I even got to have my picture taken with them! It was unreal! Today, these lads are my friends and I feel very lucky that I get to work with them.
Here's me and half of the duo, Dan. We filmed this project in November 2016 in San Diego, it was a real challenge because the filming location was quite close to an airport, so we were battling the sounds of planes flying overhead every two or three minutes. The shoot was great fun, though, I think the trailer captured the atmosphere perfectly.
In the Summer of 2016 I was staying in Kentish Town, North London, with some friends. It was a very artsy time, involving waking up at about 2pm and getting to sleep around 6 or 7am every day. It was a simpler time. It was a better time. That Summer we shot an hour long tutorial video going through the nuances of handling doubles, card steals, structuring and pace of routines, and it all came together into this beautiful project. Hessian is my favourite card trick. Here it is.
I met Jacob Rosenberg in March 2017 when me and a few friends of mine were putting on a secret magic show in what was the old Federal Reserve building in Downtown Los Angeles. Ever seen magic performed in an underground bank vault from the 1930's, complete with original vault door? Definitely one of the cooler / more unique venues I've performed in. Jacob was planning to film a project with my pal Franco, and Fadi and I tagged along for some of the shoot.