A Letter from the Author
Updated: Sep 7, 2018
Hi, my name is Alex Apter (but you may know me better by my stage name, Alexander Morgan) and I'm a magician, but chances are you already knew that being that you had to journey through my website and answer a magic-related question to get to this blog (by the way, if you're not a magician and somehow managed to make it into this blog, please leave this blog now. I'm not saying that to be mean or to hide any magic secrets, but because everything spoken about in this blog will confuse you and not make any sense).
Anyways, a quick non-magician bio about me: I'm clinically diagnosed as having ADD ("Attention Deficit Disorder" for the uninformed), I'm from NJ & have lived here my entire life, I'm a huge fan of the British TV show Doctor Who, and (at the time of writing this) I'm in my sophomore year of college (university for any non-American readers) studying business administration (which I plan on changing to marketing when I transfer to a four year).
And now for my magician bio! Albeit, I did get my first magic set at the age of 4, I didn't become too interested in magic until I was 13 years old when I was held back in seventh grade. In the years prior, I had no friends and was bullied on a nearly daily basis for Lord knows what reason(s). During the summer of 2010, I was informed that I would be repeating the 7th grade and that, due to my then-horrendous handwriting abilities, I'd be receiving occupational therapy during the following school year, too. It goes without saying that I was not looking forward to the upcoming school year!
At the beginning of the school year, I thought of all different ways to reinvent myself just to make people want to talk to me and acknowledge my existence. After being in school for 3 weeks that year, I began my occupational therapy. During my first session, I was told to shuffle a deck of cards. When doing such, my therapist jokingly stated "You're like a magician!" Her saying that prompted me to go home and re-learn as much magic as I could. Being that I couldn't find my Lance Burton Magic Set from back in the day, I did the most original thing ever and YouTubed "Learn Magic Tricks." Luckily I found a few quality videos from a man by the name of Justin Kredible (yes, I'm talking about Justin Willman). Justin taught some very basic sleight of hand magic tricks that caused some of my classmates to do some very interesting things: smile and talk to me! But it wasn't until one day when I showed my then-crush a trick with a Svengali deck. When I finished, she asked me with a smile on her face "Are you a magician?" It's kind of obvious that I said yes... BTW, special thanks to Justin Willman for helping me re-learn this art and special thanks to Alexa (how are you even reading this magicians-only blog?) for prompting me think on my feet and say "Yes," which in turn made me keep learning more magic to show you and everyone else, leading to me turning my hobby into a career.
Oh yeah, and aside from performing basic sleight of hand magic, I'm also a mentalist and my favorite magician is Steve Cohen & my favorite mentalist (because there's a difference!) is the infamous Derren Brown.
"Okay, so now that we know about you, what are you gonna write in this blog?" Chances are you just said something like that. No? Well pretend you did. This blog will contain everything from basic product reviews all the way up to helpful business/marketing info that every performer should know and everywhere in between.
In closing, I'd like to say a few things.
Personally, I don't know if this blog will last; hell, this first post might be my last post, too. It doesn't matter if I only make one post or one-thousand posts, what I can promise you all is that I intend to make all of my posts fit into at least one of the following categories: informative, insightful, helpful, or inspiring. Furthermore, Rome wasn't built in a day, so I can't promise (at least in the beginning) a steady, chronic flow of blog posts. To stay up to date with my blog posts, feel free to sign up for email notifications to know when a new post goes up (it's free and you have my word when I say I will never send you spam): http://eepurl.com/dmAH45
As you probably know, this blog costs you zero dollars and zero cents to access. If you enjoy anything I post, please take a moment to help this broke college student out and leave him a donation: paypal.me/magicaltimelord (Yes, I love our art and Doctor Who so much that I made it my PayPal URL.)
If you ever have a question or a request for a potential blog post, feel free to contact me on Facebook (my name fluctuates between Alex Houdini Apter (Houdini and I share the same birthday: March, 24th) & Alex Morgan Apter).
Thank you to everyone who made it to the end of this post! I truly do look forward to making content for you all to enjoy!
~ Alex Apter (AKA Alexander Morgan)