My name is James and I live in northern Indiana near the Michigan state line. As a young kid the only magic that I was exposed to was what I had seen on TV. I don't remember who the magician was but after seeing him pull cards out of thin air, I knew that I wanted to learn how to do that. Having little to no resources to learn from at that time in my life magic slowly slipped to the back of my mind and life went on as it always does. Years later my Dad showed me the only card trick he knew and told me when my hands got big enough to do the secret move he would show me how to do it. Well, he kept his promise and that's when I learned the "glide" move. (Not sure if that's the real name or not) but I was able to show you the card on the bottom of the deck but not give that card to you. So, after that I had been at a book store with friends and saw a hard back copy of "Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic" and I bought it. I learned a few new things from it and still have that book to this day. But with all things in my life at that time, once again magic slipped in behind other stuff going on. Never forgotten just put away for awhile. Many years went by and the only magic I would do was the simple French drop and the coin comes out of your ear. Until one day after getting married and having two boys. We went out to dinner one night at a local food place. Ryan's Steak House and that is where I met my new friend Steve Vaught. He was doing walk around magic and did some for my boys (and me too). Steve got me thinking about my magic like never before. I got on line to look up what I could on magic because now I wanted to do what he was doing...allowing people to enjoy themselves by performing magic for them. That's where you guys come in here at Theory11. I found your site and have learned so much from not only the stuff I bought but from the forums too. I may not write much in the forums but I read a lot and learn a lot from all of you. I would also like to mention that Steve introduced me to a (let's say younger person then me) Nick. To see what he can do with magic has inspired me as well. So, in all...thanks to Steve, Nick and ALL of you here at Theory11 for bringing magic back to my life in full swing. Also want to thank my loving wife for putting up with being my go to person when I'm ready to show a new trick. (As a side note I should have mentioned that I used to keep to myself. As Dan Sperry put it "Loser" but now you all are helping me break out of my shell with my magic.) Thanks for the opportunity to share my story.