Card Tricks, The One Hobby That Keeps Me Going No Matter How Hard The Storm Is

Day 89/365: David Blaine and his magic is real, in the coolest way possible

My first ever deck of playing cards, turning 18 this April
“We are all capable of infinitely more than we believe” — David Blaine.

About 18 years ago, when I first landed my mouse on an internet link, I stumbled upon a Youtube video that would change my life. In it David Blaine, a weird magician dressed like a hobo was doing some magic on the streets of New York City. I was curious, so I searched for some more.

I loved it so much, I started looking for card tricks explanations right away. I was hooked on card tricks, and I watched that video so many times, I figured them out and started doing them for my friends.

Imagine a 10-year-old with a pack of cards and 7 or 8 police fighters around him in front of a nightclub. Then imagine one of the police officers naming a card, and then that card appearing in his back pocket. Imagine the wild reactions by his colleagues and the 2-dozens peope watching the performance outside of the nightclub. That was me 10 years ago.

Back at the main story, the internet was still at its beginnings when I was 7, so buying my first deck of Bicycle cards was no easy task. I had to book them online, then wait for them to come to Romania, all the way from the US, and then get them in the mail, some 2 months later. I still got my first deck of cards that I’ve ever bought, a Black Tiger deck from Ellusionist. Oh, youth!

How I learned magic

Then came the DVD’s, also from Ellusionist. Keep in mind that, back then, all we had was a dial-up connection and nothing else. That was not a powerful enough connection for me to download explanatory videos, so I found this guy online who was able to burn me some card magic DVS’s and mail them to me. I paid a fortune for them, but I finally got the collection of magic tricks I’ve always wanted and started practising right away.

Magic is real

Practising magic in front of a mirror to calm yourself down might sound a little crazy for many of you. For me, it was, and still is one of the few things that keeps me going no matter how hard life hits me. It kept me moving when my grandfather died, which was the first time I suffered grief, at age 10.

It helped me through grief from when me and my girlfriends decided to part ways. It helped me through when I lost my job, my uncle to cancer and everything that has happened to me in life.


David Blaine and his magic might be just simple card tricks designed to astound and fool the audiences, but for me, they’re almost spiritual. If I could meet David one day, I’d just shake his hand and thank him, because so far, he’s been the best mentor that I never had and a true magician.

Not because of his tricks, but because of the inspiration that he shared with the world through his stunts and magic, and his unmeasurable wisdom.

“As children we believe that anything is possible. The trick is to never forget it” — David Blaine

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