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Rudy Tinoco

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The first time that I really got bit by the magic bug was when a magician invited me to help him perform a trick at a Christmas party that was held at San Jose City College. I was about 9 or 10 years old.

He had me place various ingredients in an empty pan, he lit it on fire and had me put the lid on the thing. He gave me a wand (that seemed to break in my hand) and had me tap it on the lid of the pan. I proceeded to whip the pan way too hard and he had to stop me. When he lifted the lid, the pan was full of candy which he threw out to the kids. 

I was dumbfounded and he seemed to forget that I was even there, but that was the moment when I became enamored of magic.

What was that moment for you?

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Hi Rudy,
great thread and great story!

My father performed (the only time I saw him doing magic ever!) glass through table-top for my 4 years elder sister and me at my age of 4.

That was so incredible! A real glass and a real solid table! I knew it was solid because I was looking for holes in the table-top afterwards! No way! But It seemed that my sister knew how it was done but both never told me...that was digusting! -

About 4 years later I found that a girlfriend of mine own a magic box (Stelco) with top hat, a wine-bottle, funny coins, a strange eggcup where a small ball returns permanently, a coin that vanished when dropped in a glass of water etc. That took me finally in! We took a small table and performed on the street for people walking by. The local lybrary, a youth magazine called "YPS" with magic gadgets from time to time and  a reliable magic dealer in the far munich (Rudolf Braunm├╝ller) did the rest.

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Hi!

In my case, I meet a magician in a clown course when I was 15. He did some magic to me but when the bug really bit me was when He did the Dani open Triumph. I was so shocked that I decided that I want to do that.

Funny enough, I do not want to learn that effect, maybe because is the one who bite me hard.
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I guess I got a late start because I was 22 before it happened. I was working with some folks at a restaurant and the afternoon was really slow, so one of the guys pulled out a deck of cards and proceeded to do card tricks. I watched in stunned amazement at a trick I later learned was simple "magician's choice" (so don't tell me it doesn't work on laypeople). That afternoon after work, I drove 30 minutes to the closest bookstore and found their only book on card tricks ("Scarne on Card Tricks" by John Scarne...still one of my favorite magic books). I took it home and it started my love of magic. Don't get me wrong, I had grown up watching the David Copperfield specials and loved those, but I never actually wanted to perform magic until I saw that kid do the tricks close-up that day.

And I still perform one of those first tricks I saw him do now, 25 years later.

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It started with my Uncle Ziggy pulling nickels out of our ears when we were in lower single digits. I also saw magic as a kid at the local summer recreation program, on TV (Bob McCallister's Wonderama and Mark Wilson Magic Circus, etc.).

But the bug really hit when I saw Doug Henning's first TV special. The thing that sold me was that Doug had long hair, was wearing jeans and was on TV making a living. This was the exact opposite of what my mom was trying to drum into my head (short hair and a suit).

The next big spark that sealed the deal was the first time I saw the chop cup performed by Blaine Harris at his Premier 75 Magic Studio. The double load ending fried me so bad, I still have scars. I saved up, bought my own Don Alan chop cup and I've been performing it ever since.
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A guy came into the bookstore i worked at and kept making coins appear and disappear, and i asked him if that was something i could learn. He told me about Magic Inc. First book i ever bought was Bobo's. That was about 15 years ago.
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T.V. Magic Cards - The classic Svengali pitch writ large. I wore out my bridge-sized deck - the two of clubs was the short card - just in time to catch the commercial for T.V. Magic Sets. A rabbit paddle, sponge rabbits, multiplying billiard balls... Oh, and an imp bottle that drove my sister bonkers. After that it was books from the library until I discovered the old Johnson-Smith catalog. I was 12. Sometimes I still am.
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A couple of older neighborhood kids performed magic shows locally and I used to love to watch them both. I think I was 7 or 8.

Then at a friends birthday party I remember the magician did an effect where he kept threatening to do the spike through the kids neck, then when he finally put the wooden collar around a girl and pushed the spike through, sitting right below I could see the spike didn't go through the neck lol. Got my attention and interest.

The kids magician also did something for the parents at the back of the room, a cartoon card thing based on Old Mother Hubbard.

Old mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her poor daughter a dress, when she got there the cupboard was bare and so was her daughter I guess, ended with cartoon of naked daughter. Sitting right at his feet I saw it.

Not stuff today's kids magicians would do!

When I turned 18 and got two credit cards, I spent a small fortune getting packages of effects every week from The Supreme Magic Co.

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