The team at The Merchant of Magic received a parents letter earlier in the week. It's a fine example of exactly why we run the magic shop.
I have been meaning to write and thank you for so long now for the inspiring and magical visit Edwin and I enjoyed at The Merchant of Magic last month, you were so generous with your time, advice and amazing magic we just looked at each other for days saying, How did he? Can you believe …, but I saw the cards in your hands the whole time! Edwin is totally hooked on magic now, and loved his sponge DVD and Starlight cards for his Birthday, which as you mind read was on the 1st September. His Dad bought him Junior Membership of The Magic Circle, so he hopes to be able to go to their workshops and my parents got him tickets to see The Magic Circle Christmas Show.
Your download books are very helpful too, and reassuring, he tried some of his sponge magic at school only to learn that teenagers and sponges didn’t mix, they wanted to grab at them and him! (His cousins were very impressed however with Sponge Magic!) He found his confidence again with his card magic, and made his Dad and I gobsmacked when he rubbed the 3 of Diamonds into a 2! I made him a little frame to keep the card that turned up in your shoe, because the experience of learning magic from you was amazing and something I don’t think either of us will ever forget!
I’m very sure Edwin will have loads of ideas for his Christmas Wish list soon, and I will be back online placing an order at Merchant of Magic! Edwin and I are also following Merchant of Magic on Facebook so will keep up-to-date with the postings.
Again, I’m sorry this has taken so long to write, but truly thank you for inspiring Edwin, he has one other thing in common with Dynamo, that being not Crohn’s Disease but its relation Ulcerative Colitis, when Edwin isn’t able to be tearing up the Basketball Court because of fatigue which has hit him a lot over the summer, he gets absorbed in learning magic, which I don’t think he will ever tire off or run out of things to learn. This gives me great comfort too, so thank you so much, it was wonderful to meet you. – Kind regards Julia
It's so nice reading letters like this. Not only because it gives us feedback on what we are doing at the magic shop, but because it shows that a bricks and mortar magic shop can still inspire magicians to develop their magic and gain so many positive rewards from it. We embrace the internet as a learning tool for magicians, but it has it's disadvantages. Visiting a real magic shop, talking to working magicians, and seeing magic tricks performed live is priceless to serious magic students.
Huge respect to Edwin for all the passion and hard work he is pitting into his magic. That commitment will take him far! It's great to see he is wanting to take part in the magic community by joining the Magic Circle, and that's going to help push his learning forward dramatically. Keep up the great work Edwin. With that attitude maybe we have just published the first mention of a future world famous magician.