It all started at his aunt's boring party....
(don't tell her we said that!)
To keep myself busy, I went into the other room, developed a few magic tricks, filmed myself performing the tricks, and then posted them online. A few days later a talent agency found the videos and had no idea how I was pulling them off. I was honored and fortunate that they asked me to join their team as a Creative Consultant so I could help develop routines for other magicians like David Blaine, David Copperfield, and Penn & Teller -- and I was only 12 years old!
Over the years, as much as I enjoyed magic, what intrigued me more was the creative process. Not only in magic, but in other aspects of life as well. I started to notice that leaders in various fields were missing creative opportunities because they were unintentionally looking at challenges from the wrong perspective and making assumptions that some things couldn't be possible. The leaders that were ahead of the game were not only looking at solutions from creative ways, but also integrating specific habits within their culture as well to promote this way of thinking.
The more I studied this concept, the more I started to realize there was a struggle with people trying to stay relevant in this digital age with new trends that arise every day. With busy schedules in this on-the-go era, I wanted to know what techniques people were using to adapt & succeed compared to those who were attempting & slowly falling behind.
I decided to live and study with some of the world's most successful magicians, creative thinkers, and scientists to learn what processes they were using to take a vision in their head become a reality: What did they do when they woke up? What did they do when they went to bed? How did they deal with stressful situations? How did they motivate their team members?
I soon learned that being a magician was a lot more than just the person in front of a curtain entertaining the crowd. It was at this moment that the strategies the magicians were using to develop new concepts were more fascinating to me than the routines themselves that they were performing in their shows.
Better yet, I realized that these techniques could actually be applied to other aspects in life to help fix obstacles that teams have been struggling with for years. As a result of seeing the connection between the performing arts & entrepreneurship, I decided to become a keynote speaker for conferences to share my findings in an interactive way.
I want people to realize that magicians are experts at looking at situations from different perspectives to make 'impossible' ideas become possible -- it starts by simply changing your mindset to approach the problem. Although I created a two-hour documentary and 200 page research document on my findings, my keynote breaks down the psychology of how successful teams take a vision in their head become a reality, but more importantly, how to bring a sense of wonder, curiosity, and inspiration to the world -- regardless of what you do for a living or what your life aspirations might be.
If they can achieve the impossible, then you can too.