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Needless to say, I learned at an early age that there’s no reason we shouldn’t make a living doing what we love. Many of my friends are making that transition right now, and I’m doing everything I can to help them. I’ve had a lot of help on my journey and now it’s time to give back.

More on that later.

Back to the story…

One might think that magic is a purely artistic endeavor. Not for me. I loved creating  just as much as performing. My second love, engineering, has always played a major role in how I view the world. If it doesn’t exist, build it!

I suppose it’s no surprise that I ended up in college pursuing a degree in Engineering-Physics (robotics and automation, specifically). The money I was making from magic easily paid for my tuition, a nice place to live and a diet consisting of more than ramen noodles. And I had plenty of time to study since I was only “working” about 10 hour a week.

But somewhere around my third year, I started having doubts about performing as a career. What if I couldn’t work for some reason? If I didn’t show up, I didn’t get paid.

So I started imagining a future where my income wasn’t directly tied to my effort. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get there, but that had never stopped me before…