reply to snc Hey I'm Jake from New Jersey, Magic has impacted my life like you would never imagine. Before magic came along i was not outgoing at all. I did not even have that many friends to be honest. It was really sad in a way. The first effect i ever came into seeing was not on tv nor was it a magic show. It was actually a kid in my grade named Jake as well. He showed me a trick called the two card monte. Once I saw those two cards in my hand the whole time switch to different cards it changed the way i thought forever. I literally once i knew how to do it showed anyone I possibly could. I amazed people who I have never even talk to. ever. This made me want to learn more and more tricks similar to the two card monte as I figured out it is most used by David Blaine. So I looked into him and he became my favorite magician. I learned more of his tricks and moved outside the box into more general magic like rubber band type tricks. Every time I showed someone if I didn't make a new friend I would atleast feel like I had gained their respect. Magic for the rest of that year was incredible meeting people to show the tricks to. Who doesn't like magic? seriously. Yet I felt almost lonely in a way as if I couldnt relate my talent with cards to other people except Jake from my grade. So I looked all around and bumped into theory11. This site just stepped my game up in magic more than it ever could. I have made friends through this site who do similar tricks as me so they are able to help out on what to do better, as I am able to teach them as well. I actually have met people such as Dan, you may know him as Polymon or Jack Webster and it was such a privlage as I said on how we could be able to share similar intrests, and all this happened through one website! For the last 2 months I will come out and be honest to you saying that I had taken a little break. Actually I thought it was more like I was finished with performing. Yet I didn't want to the love for it started to fade away. Someone then told me that they have had the same experience and it will deffinetley come back. That it did. I now hope to get a little bit more involved with the site and forums as I have suddenly seen why I loved performing so much in the past. When I perform all the attention is on me. I feel like I am in a black room with light just shining on me. There is nothing I love more. Than as a bonus I get the reactions at the end. It is like the sweet cherry on top! As we all are aware summer is coming up very soon! I am thrilled as I am sure many other people are too. What got my even more driven towards magic is now I have been hired for my first entertaining job. It's a start! I will be walking around performing for many different tables being able to show people what I love! I hope this will only bring me good things in the future and I could value magic and use it later in life.