“There’s nothing intuitive about sleight of hand.”
Learning magic — i.e., learning to lie by passing off unnatural actions as natural motions — can be a difficult process, thanks to the practice needed to master certain sleights compounded by the infinite number of sleights available. Back in the day, many of the greats in magic studied under legendary mentors and enjoyed long-lasting relationships with them.
Aaron Fisher, card magician, technician and all-around genius, enjoyed one such relationship with Michael Skinner. He called it a kohai-senpai kinda thing (with a pretty good Sean Connery impersonation, truth be told) in this Artist Interview. He also said that today’s magic community, which has grown in many different directions on the Internet, hasn’t lost that chance for connection — rather, it gives magic students hungry for direction many more options.
We had a great conversation with Fisher about that and much more in this podcast. Enjoy: