Magicians usually become magicians because they experienced a sense of wonder seeing a cool trick as a kid, and they want to re-create that awe for audience members on a regular basis.

But what happens when a professional magician stops feeling the magic of magic?

That happened to my guest today.

His name is Nate Staniforth, and he recently wrote a book titled Here is Real Magic. Today on the show, Nate shares how he got into magic and became a professional magician, only to become disillusioned with his career. Nate then talks about how he embarked on a search to re-discover the magic of magic, which took him to the slums of India where he encountered a three-thousand-year-old clan of fire-eating street performers, and re-kindled his sense of wonder. If you’re feeling burnt out from your work or disenchanted with life, this episode will have some insights for you. 

Show Highlights

  • How Nate got into magic as a career
  • What is it about magic that so entrances us? Especially as adults?
  • What’s the career path of a magician?
  • The workman-like approach that Nate takes to magic (and that pervades the industry) 
  • Is magic an art or a craft?
  • How did Nate’s wife feel about his being a magician?
  • Houdini’s influence on Nate
  • How Nate lost his wonder for his profession and became jaded
  • How magic is like a novel 
  • The 3,000-year-old tradition of magic in India (and how Nate ended up there)
  • Experiencing wonder and awe as an adult 
  • How Nate brought the wonder back to his day-to-day life 

Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast

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Nate’s website 

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