Saurabh began his interest in magic when um, Saurabh is the one writing this. Lets be real.
After fourteen years of enduring paper cuts from the edges of playing cards, I have transformed a hobby into a passion. At twenty-four, I sit in front of my bathroom mirror with a deck of cards and stare into my own eyes, reemerging fourteen years younger.
At ten years old, I performed my first card trick, which my grandmother ruined. She knew how it was done. I went back to the bathroom mirror to practice, and three years later, I emerged with facial hair and a complete magic routine. This time I performed inside my theater (my living room) with a six person audience (my family). Nothing could get me down. At least not yet.
Hi! Im Saurabh the Sorcerer! I had just learned about alliteration and was excited to use it. That was all that went smoothly during the show. I could not find the selected card, the coin did not disappear and my magic box was not so magical.
Before I discovered the art of magic, a typical day of elementary school involved muttering a few words through a closed mouth and no eye contact. This changed when I watched David Copperfield fly across the stage in a TV magic special; I wanted the magic he created between his hands (and the gorgeous girls he had linked to his arms). The fire in me had been sparked; I began fiddling with cards, performed in front of family and took trips to the magic shop to buy the coolest gadgets. Most aspiring magicians stop at that point. I did not.
The fiddling led to never leaving home without a deck of cards, the performing extended to anyone that would watch and the trips to the magic shop became weekly. I was addicted. I slowly watched in my mirror as the cards, coins and cups took on a life of their own. I was no longer performing tricks; I was performing magic.
Continuing through high school and college, I performed professionally at restaurants, birthdays, weddings and the occasional bar mitzvah. The first words that came out of strangers mouths were, Show me a trick. I showed them a miracle. Their reactions were [censored], testifying that I had amazed them. Confidently engaging large audiences, I began finding the card, the coin disappeared, and I no longer needed a magic box.
I started as a member of the Magic Castle Junior Program at fourteen, and have since graduated to a Regular Member. After performing for more than a decade, I have showcased this talent globally to a large client list. Most importantly, my passion has changed the shy Saurabh into a supernatural sorcerer. I go back to my warehouse (the bathroom mirror) and ask, Magic mirror on the wall, will I still be the card-flinging, reflection-staring, alliteration-daring, sorcerer of them all?
It answers, ShahMagically.