Bruce Chadwick

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It is a remarkable feat to be a magic professional for one’s entire adult life. Such has been the life of Bruce Chadwick.
Bruce began his magic journey as an eight-year-old when his father purchased a few mail-order tricks from the Johnson Smith Company. He was amazed beyond belief when his dad performed the simple Ball and Vase trick. Then, when his dad reached up and plucked a cigarette out of the air with his Cigarette Catcher, Bruce was dumbfounded.

“In the course of a few moments,” says Bruce, “the course of my life was set. I have been faithfully unemployed ever since!”

 

Bruce believes that most magicians forget how powerful magic tricks are to someone who has never seen them. “Any time a person’s perception of reality is shattered, that moment can have monumental, life-changing consequences.” He believes that when magicians make it a point to remember the amazement they experience the first time they see an effect, then they have a powerful measuring device on how those same tricks can impact people the first time they see them.

Throughout his childhood, Bruce’s love for the art of legerdemain grew. He devoured the magic books from his school and public libraries in his hometown of Midland, Texas. He mowed lawns, did odd jobs, and saved his allowance, all for the purpose of mail ordering his next magic trick. Any time relatives came for a visit, Bruce was there with his box of tricks. He performed shows in the living room and charged neighborhood children fifteen or twenty cents admission.

At age twelve, Bruce performed his first birthday party for children barely younger than he was. The show was a great success; his five dollar payment was immediately mailed to Douglas Magicland in Dallas, Texas, for a Snake Food Can, an effect he still cherishes in his now vast apparatus collection.

Both Bruce’s father and grandfather were avid woodworkers; he was exposed to industrial arts at an early age. Money was always a premium and the idea of building homemade apparatus was never debated. In seventh through ninth grades, he took shop classes in school. There he was introduced to some of the more intricacies of woodworking, drafting, electricity, and metalworking. Read this month’s cover story in M-U-M by Clicking HERE

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