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Born: 1973-04-04
Profession: Entertainer
Nation: American
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People haven't even begun to tap into the potential of what the mind is possible of doing. We only use a certain percentage of our brains.

Tags: Mind, Possible, Potential

We are all capable of infinitely more than we believe.

Tags: Capable, Infinitely

Well, I also love magic, which is, you know, different than showmanship. Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder.

Tags: Art, Hand, Love

As a kid I used to hold my breath longer than anybody else, and then I heard stories about people accidently underwater for 45 minutes - how do you recover from that? It's not a miracle. Something allows us to survive.

Tags: Anybody, Else, Used

I don't think you can say something is or isn't magic. That's what was cool about Houdini, because he was a magician who had a magic show, but he was also an escape artist, and they kind of, over time, blended together. They both kind of enhance each other, I think.

Tags: Cool, Time, Together

I remember finding a Houdini book at the library and seeing an image of him chained on the side of a building. He looked so intense and scary, and I couldn't get that image out of my head. That started building up my love of magic.

Tags: Book, Him, Love

I remember my mother had this deck of cards that her mother had given her and that she passed on to me. It was a gypsy tarot deck that I used to carry everywhere.

Tags: Her, Mother, Remember

It was just like a digital fixation with cards and math and science and then I started to look at images of great magicians from Houdini down the line.

Tags: Great, Science, Started

When I was about 19, I shot a tape of me doing magic just to people on the streets, and I would edit together all the reactions and I kept pushing this idea, and then ABC came on board and made my first show.

Tags: Idea, Show, Together

Whether you're shuffling a deck of cards or holding your breath, magic is pretty simple: It comes down to training, practice, and experimentation, followed up by ridiculous pursuit and relentless perseverance.

Tags: Pretty, Simple, Training

Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. And I was just intrigued with that idea.

Tags: Art, Hand, Idea

My mother encouraged it so much. She was so supportive. Even if as a kid, I would do the dumbest trick, which now that I look back on some things, she would love it, she would say that's amazing, or if I'd make the ugliest drawing, she would hang it up. She was amazing.

Tags: Amazing, Love, Mother

But as they say about sharks, it's not the ones you see that you have to worry about, it's the ones you don't see.

Tags: Sharks, Worry

I'd always wanted to do these types of things - pieces of magic I could put out not as illusions, but really doing it.

Tags: Magic, Put, Wanted

I just believe that the feeling of wonder is amazing. I am pushing myself as far as I can humanly push myself... I can only hope for the best and expect the worse.

Tags: Amazing, Best, Hope

I was obsessed with the idea of fasting and isolation.

Tags: Fasting, Idea, Isolation

In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds.

Tags: Minds, Ourselves, Truth

My only fear is the unknown.

Tags: Fear, Unknown

As a kid, I always was obsessed with Houdini.

Tags: Houdini, Kid, Obsessed

Basically, I was a kid growing up with a single mother in Brooklyn.

Tags: Growing, Mother, Single

I believe that fear of life brings a greater fear of death.

Tags: Death, Fear, Life

I consider myself a showman, and I love magic, and I love art, and I love performance, and they're all separate.

Tags: Art, Love, Magic

I do a lot of research on what people have done in the past.

Tags: Done, Past, Research

I have not had time to reflect on my own truths in many years.

Tags: Reflect, Time, Truths

I hope people remember me as a guy who brought magic to the people. You know, pushed the boundaries of wonder.

Tags: Guy, Hope, Remember

I think anybody can do any of these if they train. I don't recommend it, but anybody could do it if there was a need.

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I think everything I do is normal, not paranormal but normal. It's using the power of the mind to achieve whatever we can endure.

Tags: Mind, Power, Whatever

I think great whites are the most beautiful and perfect creatures I've ever seen.

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I think that ,when you die, you go back to where you came from before you were born. So I don't think death is a bad thing.

Tags: Bad, Death, Die

I think that when Evel Knievel crashed over the fountain at Caesar's, it kind of gave you a credibility and then anticipation for everything he did.

Tags: Caesar, Fountain, Gave

I thought instead of burying myself under dirt, I'd bury myself under water so everybody could see that you're there.

Tags: Everybody, Thought, Water

I'd go to Coney Island to hang out, and I saw a magician doing a rope trick on the boardwalk. I was fascinated. I guess that's how it started.

Tags: Guess, Island, Started

I've always liked artists like Chris Burden, who would take performances, put them in galleries, and then do things that were on the edge.

Tags: Artists, Liked, Put

If I asked you to stand in one spot for 35 hours or a certain length of time, you could do it.

Tags: Hours, Stand, Time

My mother was a teacher, and when she wanted to show me art and literature and science, she'd take me to museums, parks and free exhibitions.

Tags: Art, Science, Teacher
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