Once upon a time … I was a hard working magician based in Cheyenne, WY. One day, I saw a poster for another magician’s show at a popular venue in town. Confused, curious and a little defensive, I contacted this magician to see if he wanted to meet for a drink. 

I remember that night very well. We met a brew pub on a freezing cold evening in February. We sat and swapped stories of shows that we’d done, books we’ve read and magicians we admired. Turned out, we had a lot in common. 
Later that spring and summer, he and I collaborated to develop my first stage show. The first time that I performed the show was at an event he had created. Over the course of the next couple of years, he and I along with two other magicians in Cheyenne started to meet as often as our schedules allowed. All four of us had very different styles and backgrounds. The ideas that flowed from those sessions where wild, lofty and ridiculous. It was the stuff of magic. 

Magic is a part of my family. My wife isn’t just the manager of our production schedule. She can keep up in a conversation on magic theory with anyone. These other magicians became part of my family. They would play with my boys and come over for dinner. We aren’t just fellow magicians, we have become brothers. We worked through the hard spots of life together. I know more about their personal lives, fears, hope and dreams than most people around them. 

Yesterday, Aiden Sinclair appeared on Americas Got Talent. Yesterday, I teared up as I watched a dear friend achieve a dream that he has been carrying and working towards since I’d met him. Yesterday, I was reminded of the late nights with cards, beers and laughs. I smiled so hard, I hurt my face. 

On the magic chosen
If you are a magician, and you saw Aiden’s performance, you likely recognized the trick that he performed. It’s a classic. It’s beautiful. 

Many magicians will be very critical of he performance. I believe it is a combination of a few things, they are jealous, they are arrogant and they have been wrapped into the mainstream thinking in magic. 

The current climate of magic is that everyone feels they need to create something “new” and “different.” Aiden and I have discussed this topic at length so many times. I have had that conversation with many other magicians too. Aiden is a master storyteller. He is a talented sleight-of-hand worker and a veteran performer. He has more chops than most. 

Frankly, I completely agreed with his selection of trick. At the end of the day, what matters is the impact on the audience. Let the audience decide if the trick was good or not. It was magical.