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Falling in Love With Magic

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Published on 12 Nov 2021 / In Film & Animation

Conjurers perform skillful tricks, not miracles. But when the magician first saw one of his idols perform, he wasn't sure whether he was seeing "a demon or an angel."<br /><br />Question: When did you first fall in love with magic?James Randi: Well, let's get some definitions going first of all. <br /> I prefer to call it "conjuring" because magic would be controlling <br />nature by means of spells and incantations and I've tried spells and <br />incantations.  They don't work.  You've got to use tricks, you see.  So, <br /> conjuring is approximating the effects of what would be a genuine magic <br /> miracle of some kind.  So, with that definition in mind, I got <br />interested in magic; I was one of those unfortunate kids, I was a child <br />prodigy.  And believe me that is an unfortunate circumstance.  I had a <br />very unhappy time of it and I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and <br /> I stayed out of public school because I didn't need it.  I was <br />self-educated.  And so I took a trip to the Casino Theater on Queen <br />Street in Toronto, Canada, many, many years ago.  Just a little guy, <br />about so big.  I guess I was about 12 or so at the time.  And I saw a <br />magician.  Oh, man, that got my attention.  I figured maybe that's <br />something I could know something more about.  <br />Up until then, I was going to be a chemist or an archeologist; one or <br />the other.  I didn't know.  But archeology and chemistry lost me to the <br />art of conjuring and I immediately took it up and learned a few things <br />and here I am.Question: Which magicians did you admire growing up?James Randi: Well, the magician I saw at that theater on that <br />Wednesday afternoon matinee was Harry Blackstone, Sr.  A rather short <br />gentleman dressed in tails with busy white hair and a bit of a lisp.  He <br /> spoke like this, more or less.  And he was wonderful.  He was a giant.  <br /> He was... well, either a demon or an angel, I wasn't quite sure.  But <br />he could do wonderful things and it really got my attention.  And from <br />then on, I started to meet the other people in the business all the way <br />up to Blackstone, Jr., who was his son and took over the trade after his <br /> father died.  And both of them are now deceased unfortunately, and I <br />miss both of them. Recorded April 16th, 2010Interviewed by Austin Allen<br /><br />Question: When did you first fall in love with magic?James Randi: Well, let's get some definitions going first of all. <br /> I prefer to call it "conjuring" because magic would be controlling <br />nature by means of spells and incantations and I've tried spells and <br />incantations.  They don't work.  You've got to use tricks, you see.  So, <br /> conjuring is approximating the effects of what would be a genuine magic <br /> miracle of some kind.  So, with that definition in mind, I got <br />interested in magic; I was one of those unfortunate kids, I was a child <br />prodigy.  And believe me that is an unfortunate circumstance.  I had a <br />very unhappy time of it and I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and <br /> I stayed out of public school because I didn't need it.  I was <br />self-educated.  And so I took a trip to the Casino Theater on Queen <br />Street in Toronto, Canada, many, many years ago.  Just a little guy, <br />about so big.  I guess I was about 12 or so at the time.  And I saw a <br />magician.  Oh, man, that got my attention.  I figured maybe that's <br />something I could know something more about.  <br />Up until then, I was going to be a chemist or an archeologist; one or <br />the other.  I didn't know.  But archeology and chemistry lost me to the <br />art of conjuring and I immediately took it up and learned a few things <br />and here I am.Question: Which magicians did you admire growing up?James Randi: Well, the magician I saw at that theater on that <br />Wednesday afternoon matinee was Harry Blackstone, Sr.  A rather short <br />gentleman dressed in tails with busy white hair and a bit of a lisp.  He <br /> spoke like this, more or less.  And he was wonderful.  He was a giant.  <br /> He was... well, either a demon or an angel, I wasn't quite sure.  But <br />he could do wonderful things and it really got my attention.  And from <br />then on, I started to meet the other people in the business all the way <br />up to Blackstone, Jr., who was his son and took over the trade after his <br /> father died.  And both of them are now deceased unfortunately, and I <br />miss both of them. Recorded April 16th, 2010Interviewed by Austin Allen

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