about 2 years ago I took up magic. It was at a time when I just wasn’t able to find much free time in the way of being able to go into Osaka or Kyoto for rock climbing nor find enough people to play basketball. I still remember what made me want to learn – my students. I was invited out to go drinking with some students and on the way to the station afterwards I remembered I had a really simple (but very effective) trick that I hadn’t used in years and decided to show my students. They were amazed. They begged me to tell them how I did it and it was at that moment I thought – hey, why don’t I try learning magic?! In college I was taught by a professional and learnt a few tricks but I wasn’t very good at all. Still, I thought, why not and went home to find out if I could train myself in my blank time slots. Luckily nowadays there are so many DVDs available to help train yourself and while it took me close to 6 months before I got anywhere (2 hours a night) I finally started impressing some people. Now I’ve mastered lots of tricks and just love amazing my students as well as my friends. I even perform magic when I’m out handing flyers just to give them a little something extra. I practice on the train, in my classroom, at restaurants, wherever – which is one of the main reasons I decided to start. All you need is a pack of cards, some books or DVDs and free time. Of course eventually you’ll need an audience but each day I’m lucky enough to have an active audience – my students. So while my students come for an English lesson every now and then they get a nice little bonus and can see something amazing. If you’re ever interested in seeing a trick just let me know.