When I started out back in Louisville, there was Harry Collins. He was my first teacher. He saw that I was so obsessed with magic that he taught me the love of magic.
I always wanted to go to the Chavez school but I could never afford it when I was growing up so a lot of my learning came from magic books and watching other magicians. I was also very lucky that I had a couple of really good magic teachers.
The dove act? I’m still working on it. I don’t think it’s perfect yet. I got my first pair of doves when I was 14 years old. That was the beginning of the formation of that act. So it’s been 24 years now that I’ve been working on it.
Harry Collins was the first magician I ever saw back in 1965 when I was five years old. He was doing a magic show and I was the volunteer from the audience.
That’s sort of like asking a parent who their favorite child is. It’s very hard to determine. Sometimes I’ll get feedback from somebody who liked this part of the show. Others like another part of the show.
We didn’t have a whole lot of money when I was growing up either. I would always ask for magic books or magic tricks for my birthday or for Christmas and the rest of the year I either had to mow lawns or find part time jobs to help supplement the cost of doing magic.