Rick Smith Jr. is the Guinness World Record holder for card throwing height, distance, and accuracy. He's been on the talk show circuit, performed all over the world, and most recently on Dude Perfect, a YouTube channel with 26 million subscribers, in a video that reached over 52 million people.
"What does card throwing have to do with magic?" he asked the crowd at Magi-Fest 2018. "Nothing."
But that hasn't stopped him from using card throwing as his path toward greater success in magic. After showing off his skills to the crowd, he talked about his own career. While he'd seen some success travelling to schools to perform tricks and give speeches, he'd had trouble breaking out into the wider, increasingly over-saturated world of magic performance. It wasn't until he discovered his own uncanny talent, almost by accident, that he decided to use it to parlay that ability into more gigs.
While the talk itself was relatively brief and generalized, it's still incredibly useful advice for any budding illusionist. What skills or interests do you have that aren't magic, and how can you use those to build your career and help you stand out? Do you have an encyclopedic knowledge of film? Are you a computer whiz? Can you play a wicked cover of the saxophone solo from George Michael's Careless Whisper? Whatever skills you have, find a way to work them into your act. It'll likely be better for it.
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