there were no magicians in the family, he remembers the
first three tricks that were taught to him by his father
and grandfather, which still fools some magicians today.
His first paid performance was while in 8th grade,
performing for a twins organization. "What a trip to
look out into the audience with 100 sets of identical
twins staring back. " Little did he realize that, years
later, he would have a set of identical twin daughters
for his very own. Now that's a lucky
While in school, during a swimming
exhibition, Dan jumped from the high dive, into the pool
with two pairs of handcuffs behind his back. The impact
from hitting the water created two cuts to his back with
blood rising to the water's surface to an astonished
In the 1970's Dan was often sought after
to perform and lecture the magic convention circuit.
There he would explain some of his original creations
and the finale to his "magic for magicians" act was
turning a pair of doves into a beautiful white
After moving to Florida, Dan became a
demonstrator in the magic shops at Walt Disney World.
"We had a small stage in the shop where we would present
15 minute performances, like a "dealers show" of the
items we sold.".