At twelve, I purchased my first book on sleight-of-hand. A year later, a hometown seafood restaurant hired me as a close-up magician to misdirect patrons from their wait. Around that time, I even used an exposition on “Deception” to qualify for the 2003 state speech tournament. Throughout college and medical school, my performances gradually turned into an amalgamation of mentalism (psychological magic) and visual illusions. For two decades I have studied devious methods to baffle a technologically-savvy adult audience.

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