Hey. September last year, a friend showed me a simple magic trick, which left me speechless. For the life of me I couldn't work out how he had done it; the only explanation I had was that he has amazing slight of hand, which would be almost impossible... He didn't, there was barely any skill involved. However, from that day I've been addicted to magic. Addicted is a strong word, but I think it's true. I go about my normal life just like I used to, but now I do it holding a deck of cards. If I'm out with friends, at school, in the cinema or swimming (alright, maybe not swimming), I'll be playing with a deck of cards, practising anything from flourishes to slights. After that day of been shown that trick, I went home and learned my first ever magic trick, which involved a DL. Sadly though, I wasn't quite ready to execute a DL, and I failed miserably. But, over the last year I've been improving - not only skill wise, but with my presentation and confidence. I started off performing as a nervous wreck, but in the last months I've got to the point where I can perform at an instance, without feeling a hint of confidence issues. Magic and cardistry has actually taken over my life... I would go as far to say it's changed me as a person. I'm more confident, and I feel like I've achieved something that not many other people have. Previously, I would never dream of walking up to a bunch of strangers and started talking to them; but now, I love doing it. I've met loads of great people through magic, and have made many great friends, all because of these pieces of paper. Anyway... Back to the point. I don't know what other peoples views are on magic and cardistry, and I'm sure a lot of you may be thinking that I'm a sad loner. Oh well But if you don't , and you feel the same way as me, what are your reasons for spending a big proportion of your life playing with cards? Do you do it because you find that it fills up your spare time, or because you love performing? There must be several reasons people have for doing magic or/and cardistry, and I'm just wondering what your reasons are. Sorry for such a long post to just ask a simple question, but I'm in a writing mood Cheers. Rob.