How a Card Trick Let Me Fulfill a Lifelong Dream

March 1st, 2012 | Team Ellusionist | Filed Under General

This post if from one of our team members Adam Wilber. You may know him from his previous release Earbuds. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Adam, and let me say, this guy is passionate about what he does and how he does it. He recently told me about a contest he won and how it allowed him to live out a dream. He wanted to tell all of you about it as well.

                  My name is Adam Wilber. I live and work in Burlington, VT at a company called Seventh Generation. On nights and weekends I perform close-up magic for adults as well as the occasional kid show. I have been working as a part time professional for the last 10 years.

                  My full time work with Seventh Generation is as rewarding of a job as one could imagine. The company produces house hold cleaning products that focus on sustainability as well as healthy living. The reason I bring this up is to put into context how working for this company landed me and my fiancé in the most inspiring magical theater on the planet, The Magic Castle.

Seventh Generation hosted an in-house contest that asked people to show how you speak for the trees. We had just partnered with Universal studios for the making of the movie The Lorax .

For those of you who don’t know what the Lorax is let me briefly explain. The Lorax is a Dr. Seuss book about a little orange critter who speaks for the tree’s as they have no voice of their own. It’s a beautiful story that will play a huge part in educating the children of today about the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle before it’s too late.

The rules of the contest were very simple. Be as creative as you can to show how you speak for the trees in your everyday life. The prize was two tickets to the world premier of the Lorax movie in Hollywood.  Airfare, food, hotel and entertainment were all paid for by Seventh Generation to the one lucky winner. I decided to enter this contest with the goal of winning a chance to not only see this movie but also to secure the opportunity to visit a place I have dreamed about for many years …The Magic Castle.

My contest entry was a simple card trick with a voice-over added that showed how I speak for the trees.

Here’s the video if you choose to watch it:


Soon after entering I was approached by one of the judges who told me I had won and that at the end of the video 3 out of the 4 judges were literally in tears. This was a powerful moment.

It paints a perfect picture of how scripting a trick to your style and remaining honest and true throughout a performance can cause serious emotional connections with your audience.

This trick was in no way innovative, mind boggling or perfectly executed but the emotional connection it made with the judges struck a chord and in turn got me a trip to Hollywood!

The day had finally come when I would get to visit the place I have dreamed about for almost my entire life. We had late dinner reservations at the Castle so we ended up getting there 3 hours early so I could soak up as much of the experience as possible.

In a word I would describe the Magic castle as…Inspiring. This place was wall to wall, floor to ceiling, Magic! We got to see the close up performance before dinner and then had the privilege of seeing John Carney perform his after dinner show.

This was one of the best magic performances I have ever seen. It was elegant, funny, beautifully scripted and to top it off it fooled the hell out of me.

There are certain things in life that make lasting impressions and change the way you think about the direction your life is in. I can honestly say that this trip was one of those moments.

As I sat in the hotel room waiting to leave Hollywood to go back to Vermont, I couldn’t help but think of the opportunities and experiences that would come my way if I were to leave the state I know and love to move out west and join the community of this breathtaking place called The Magic Castle.

I would like to leave you with the idea that it doesn’t take much to connect with an audience, the best thing I have found to ring true over and over is:

Being yourself while performing your magic is what will allow your audience to be emotionally engaged and delighted by your magic.Nobody can be you just as none of us can be Slydini or Marlo or Malone but each and everyone one of us can be the absolute best representation of ourselves and that is magic in itself.

I would personally like to thank Adam Wilber for sharing this story with me and everyone in the magic community. I’m proud to call this man my friend and I look forward to continue working with him. Please leave your comments below on how magic has helped you accomplish one of your dreams, or how your using magic to get there.

-Xavior Spade



  1. Brian J. Parker on:

    This is lovely, and makes me love Seventh Generation even more (a company I was already fond of).

    Are all those cards handmade by you, Adam?

  2. Adam Wilber on:

    Hey Brian,
    Thank you for supporting Seventh Generation and the cards were hand made spicificly for the contest.

    Best wishes,

  3. Joel Magdaleno on:

    NICE MAN! Wicked, in context, inspiring magic! Keep up the good work!

  4. Joel Magdaleno on:

    I mean nice, Man! not nice man…although I’m sure you’re a cool guy n all!

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  8. I like this routine Adam. You call it a simple card trick…no it’s not. It has some seriously advanced “moves” throughout it. No impossible stuff but way beyond beginner that’s for sure. Good pacing,interesting message, sensible narrative. The “special cards” don’t strike the viewer as “trick cards”-because they really aren’t. They are “ordinary pasteboards” in the sense that the viewer doesn’t automatically think..” Oh, those are trick cards.” He thinks, “Those are unusual cards but they aren’t “trick cards”. Thanks for sharing. You deserved the win.