And by that, I mean illusions, not all that Harry Potter rubbish.
Even as a kid, I always enjoyed magic shows and never missed watching David Nixon on the telly.
Paul Daniels, like him or not – and I know many didn’t – was a very accomplished conjurer and I made a point of never missing his shows on BBC1, either.
Other notable magicians have had television shows over the years and I’ve watched them all. Well, most of them.
And, I’ve even been known to perform a few small tricks myself in the past… just to family and friends, of course. But, it’s something I fell out of doing – enjoyable as it always was to amaze people.
It takes a lot of time to do it properly, see. Time and practice. And practice. And practice.
And I never seemed to find enough time or determination to follow it through. Too many other interests going on.
So, when I see a competent magician performing, I have a great deal of respect for them, because I know just how much effort has gone into what they are doing.
And last night, I went with my friend, Paul (a like-minded magic geek), to see Dynamo, at the Hammersmith Apollo.
It was this: marvellous.
And even though between us, Paul and I figured out how Dynamo did many of his tricks, he still drew a big round of applause from us, because we know how much time and effort had gone into making each trick seem like real magic.
Where gasps and cheers came from the 3,600 strong audience, Paul and I nodded our heads and clapped in appreciation for what we’d just seen. Of course, we never figured it all out and those tricks that left us baffled, got even bigger cheers from us.
But, one of the highlights for me, was listening to the lady sitting next to me, who was explaining to her husband how many of the tricks were being done. If she’s right, then Dynamo has had magnets implanted in his fingers and wears a special pair of shoes that allows him to walk on water.
And that is one of the strange things about magic, because no-one is ever content to just be amazed. People always want to know how it was done.
And trust me, when you know how a trick is done, it always loses some of it’s magic.