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David Todd

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Hi, my name is David T. Nethery. Middle name is Todd.  My stage name , if I perform (which is infrequent nowadays) is David Todd.  (easier to spell and remember for most people) .  I've been involved in magic in some way since the early 1970's when I was a boy  ... the usual route : saw a magician at school, then saw another magic show (in an actual theater) , Bill Bixby in the "The Magician" series , also Mark Wilson on television  ...  I checked out all the books in the library I could find on magic,  then discovered magic catalogs advertised in the back of magazines like Boy's Life  -- Vick Lawston's House of 1000 Mysteries , Flosso-Hornmann Magic Co.,  Abbott's  ...  found out about Genii magazine and subscribed.   I started performing shows for money by the time I was around 12 years old ,  birthday parties, school events, church events , eventually started making some pretty decent money at it into my teen years.  For a while it seemed like magic would be my career path ...  I stayed active with magic into my early college years, however I was also very interested in animation and filmmaking  , so that's what I eventually pursued in college and as a profession.   I got to the point where I had to choose between magic or animation ... animation won.   To finance my move to Los Angeles, California (the hub of the animation industry in those days and in many ways still is , although I no longer reside in Southern California)  I sold off most of my magic props (but fortunately I kept my magic books !  and a few small props and accessories ).     During the years when I was most heavily involved in animation (which is what I still do for a living)  when I was working at Disney Animation I had several times where my interest in magic was mostly dormant for years at a time  (we worked hard on those animated films and it took up all my creative energy) however, the interest never totally went away , always bubbling under the surface,  but I stopped performing regularly because I didn't have time to keep up with regular practicing and I'm a bit of a perfectionist.   I would say these days magic is a cherished hobby.  I'm interested in the history of magic.  I enjoy tinkering and making props although I don't have a real workshop , so I mostly work on small things I can cobble together with pre-existing materials or make with small hand tools.  I still work in animation as a freelancer and consultant . I've also taught animation at an art college.  I'm glad to be here.  

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Welcome David. Lots of friendly and knowledgeable here and lots of discussions on all phases of magic. You'll find many that strayed from magic at some point in their lives but have come back. The passion may smoulder but never goes out.

So find a discussion you like and dive in.
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Welcome. Great background story. And we’re glad you’re here too.
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Welcome David! To me, animation IS magic.
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Welcome David! To me, animation IS magic.


Yes, to me there's a lot of cross-over .   At their best both animation and magic create a beautiful fantasy-based entertainment that is also capable of creating profound meaning (or at least a few laughs !  And laughter is important).  Walt Disney is someone who appreciated magic and in his own way is a bit of a magician.  Walt was and is an inspiration to me in many ways.    In my time in animation I've met a number of animators who were either magic fans or have also performed magic at one time or another in their lives.   Two who I'm reminded of are Joe Ranft and Greg Manwaring.   Joe was a storyboard artist and writer , first at Disney and then later he was one of the principle creative forces at Pixar Animation.  Joe was quite skilled with sleight of hand. (sadly Joe died in 2005 in an automobile accident).   Some of you might know the name of Greg Manwaring from his illustrations of the book "Wise Guy" by Harry Anderson and Mike Caveney.  Besides being an illustrator and animator , Greg is a very fine magician.  I thought about Greg because I was recently re-reading the book "Wise Guy".
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Hello and welcome! It is nice to meet you. You will find this a really cool place to hang out.
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Welcome to the forum David!
Animation is the only way to do magic UNLIMITED! ^_^

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Welcome David! Glad to have you here with us at the forum!
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