Magic man I perform magic for folks at Reinke Bros. It keeps people entertained while they're waiting in line for the haunted house. My father was a magician in Chicago. He was a rope magician, …
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I perform magic for folks at Reinke Bros. It keeps people entertained while they're waiting in line for the haunted house.
My father was a magician in Chicago. He was a rope magician, meaning he did sleight-of-hand tricks with lengths of rope. He was my hero and my best friend. Every act I do, I incorporate a rope trick in honor of him.
I like the participants and volunteers in my magic shows to be successful. In the old days, magicians would do magic tricks where they would always win. They would do a trick called a 10-card poker deal, for instance, and they would win every hand. Well, I lose every time. Then I say “wow, you're quite the poker player!” I think that's better for magic.
When I do my act, I hope people get the awe of being a kid again. I think we're all just big kids, and if you're not, I feel sorry for you.
With the bomb squad
I worked for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office for 24 years. I was part of a bomb squad, and I was there when three bombs went off when we were cleaning up after the Columbine shooting in 1999.
Even today, I don't do explosive effects in my act. I don't like fireworks, either. I'm just done with things that blow up.
Laugh or go crazy
Within two months of going to patrol, I was shot. It changed my life. After that, I learned as much as I could about not being shot again. I started training officers.
I still have a shotgun pellet in my hand. When I got shot, the first responders found me sitting there laughing. Law enforcement, doctors and nurses, firefighters — we have to laugh, or else we'll go crazy. If people heard some of the jokes we tell each other, they'd think we were nuts.
Hold onto your sense of humor.
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