What are you really doing?

March 10th, 2012 | Team Ellusionist | Filed Under General

A quick sharing of something I believe in

Over the last week or so I’ve had the chance to meet with and session with some of my friends who are magicians. Some you may have heard of and others you have not.

Their names are not important to this topic, but it’s important to know that there are so many magicians out there with amazing skill that you have never heard of and the knowledge that I’ve been around in the past week at times seemed, well, intimidating to be frank.

Thankfully I know these people on a personal level and we all share the same feelings, though to save our egos we keep it to ourselves. I did notice another thing we all shared. It is an intense passion for magic that goes beyond reasoning.

For a long time I felt that the people who release material for sell just did it for the money and recognition. I felt they did it for selfish purposes.

And I’m sure that there are those out there. But I feel that for the most part there is a sincere need they they need to fill. It’s the need that I have. It is the need to teach and to help. On many different levels.

Personally I love to teach. For years I had and still have the pleasure of teaching many magicians. I alway and still strive to do my best to give them the absolute best guidance and information.

And now Ellusionist has allowed me to live my dream. I get to wake up everyday and do what I love. I get to do magic, talk about magic and, more importantly to me, I get to share my ideas and hopefully teach some of you something. I never thought that a company like this would be so passionate about magic like I am. I never thought that they would put magic above just making sales.

Although I’m new to the Ellusionist Team I feel that I’m part of something bigger. I experience everyday the process to bring to the magic community more then just tricks. More then just cards. I’m a part of my dream! And hopefully my advice will help you achieve your goals and dreams.

Why am I talking about all this?

Well it’s because I know what I wanted to accomplish and I decided to do that. Everyday I feel closer to my goals. But I feel that for some of you, well, you just do it because you think it’s cool which is ok. Maybe you feel that it helps you fit in or give you and edge for something. All of those reasons are ok. But be honest with those reasons. Don’t do a few tricks then decide to call yourself a professional magician. Decide what it is you want to accomplish, in magic as well as in your life and think of nothing else. Un-train yourself to know what failure is. If you don’t know how to fail then how can you?

What are you really doing? Take some time and think about it. It’s about more than just magic.

Please leave you comments and tell me what you think

-Xavior Spade


  1. Bernard Lieberman on:

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve begun to feel the need to share my joy, passion, and wisdom with others in logical ways that help my fellow magi. I recently changed my lifetime path and am working very hard to make things happen. I gave my lifetime a lot of thought and feel so much happier making the decisions I’ve made and wouldn’t regret any step of what I’ve done.

    Having that positive mindset is half the battle… I’m of the belief that if you truly believe in yourself, all else will follow. Build yourself up and make it happen!

    A quote Steven Cohen sent out in his newsletter some time ago which really spoke to how I feel at the moment:

    “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
    -L.P. Jacks

    I love what I do and I do what I love.

  2. cornelius wilson on:

    i believe to love what your do and do what you love is the ultimate goal. i have been practicing magic for about 8 years now. and i know why i do it. i do it for the wonder, and to bring out the wonder in others. my hope is to remind the imagination that there are still no rules and that it can be allowed to soar. honestly the smiles, wonder, and sometimes fear (you know the type of people im talking about)is the payment i desire.

    Now the other side of me love working on new effects. some are a combination of the classics and others are (hopefully) a new way to do the impossible. unfortunatly these are not geared around easy to use and marketiblity. instead there here to mask the common tales and spark other minds and ideas on what can be accomplished. for even through my mistakes i grow.

    -so fingers crossed, while still palming a card-