My name is Dev and I am a 21-year-old magician based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Before I started taking lessons from Aaron I had been learning and performing magic for about 4 and a half years. In those years I had learned and performed a lot of different sleights and tricks (most of which involved cards) in various environments (social gatherings, schools, university, restaurants, coffee shops, malls) both professionally and ‘not-professionally’. Apart from the initial few months, I like to think that I was successful more often than not in these performances and would very rarely feel like I didn’t do a good job. Spectators, almost always, seemed to enjoy what I was showing them and were very supportive. I believe that is the reason why I love performing magic (it makes people and me happy!).
However, despite receiving great reactions to my tricks and plenty of encouragement and support from my audiences, a lot of the time I would receive comments such as ‘you’re really good with your hands’, ‘you’re so fast with the cards’ or ‘you have great sleight of hand’. These were all meant to be compliments but they bothered me because I never wanted the spectators to think that I was doing sneaky things with my hands and the cards, I wanted them to believe (even if just for a moment) that they were witnessing real magic. I wanted them to experience that incredible feeling of seeing a miracle happen right in front of their eyes.
Looking back, I am certain the reason this happened was because of the way I approached the process of learning and performing magic. Back then, my approach to magic was quite straightforward, you learn the method behind a trick -> you practice it until you feel confident enough to perform it -> you perform it. I always added a little bit of my own touch and presentation to these tricks but I never spent too much time thinking about the other different elements that make up an effect such as structure and misdirection.
Adopting Aaron’s Miracle Man Method (3M) has changed that and consequently helped me get closer than ever to create that feeling of real magic in my spectators’ minds.