Speaking through a Deck of Cards

Wislawa Szymborska said, “You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects.” Help us see something ordinary in an extraordinary light.

‘And voilá my amigos! All four beautiful queens.’ I reveal the top four cards of the deck with a thin smirk. The kids simultaneously call out ‘Show us more! Show us more please.’ Regardless of age or gender or culture, everyone loves a well-executed card trick.

Ever since childhood, I was always interested in cards, whether they featured Pokémon or the familiar suits of a Bicycle deck. Technology has introduced humanity to a world where our imagination is our limitation, but it’s amusing to notice how quickly people become indulged into a plain pack of playing cards.

Paradoxically, a single flick of the wrist can dazzle and impress more than computer graphics. I devote many hours to master reflexes which last only one-tenth of a second perfectly. Not only the tricks themselves, but a successful magician must also be an entertainer. I make a great effort to implant stories and naturally blend in card flourishes between tricks. This way I can effectively catch the attention of the audience and put on a show. When everything goes right, I sit back, smile, and fully appreciate the looks of amazement and bewilderment as I show people something ordinary in an extraordinary light.

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