Is it me? Is it him?'”
A lot of people thought the next name in the class of 200,000 would be a kid named Magic, that he would be a young student with some magic tricks. But he was actually a guy in his 50s, a father with three grown kids.
“He’s a person who goes with his family to dinner every night,” said Peter Cunha, deputy superintendent in charge of the Los Angeles County Magic Academy. “He likes to share magic with the world.”
The school that opened its doors to him is more expensive than some schools, which have to make up the difference through tuition and other expenses, Cunha said. With the school, he said, he’s able to take the family off rent expenses.
“I’m going out of my way for him,” Cunha said. “It’s because I want him to have a chance to do magic, to have something to work towards.”
Magic doesn’t just inspire confidence in kids. It has enormous impact on children, says the Los Angeles County Magic Academy.
“The number one reason why the kids are coming back from the show, which the Magic School is doing every year, is because of magic,” Cunha said. “I love to joke that they come back from the show because of the magic.”
Cunha says kids who come to the school have confidence, learning their stories and taking lessons while they are working on new tricks. He’s also seen it in young adults.
“A great number of my seniors come each year from high school,” said Paul Gavrilis, a high school student last year who was the first magician to be inducted into the Magic School Hall of Fame.
Last year’s class included 12,000 people. They are trying to fill the school after the first seven years, but so far they are trying to hire at least one assistant every three days.
“It’s hard,” Cunha said with a laugh. “I don’t know whether I can continue because it’s not working, but it’s certainly something I think I’ll continue to build.”
When you go through magic, you’ll see a lot of smiles and a lot of smiles on people’s faces, he said.
“The whole experience really inspires people, and it gives people a purpose. Not necessarily to become better, or to know better. It gives people a purpose and purpose drives us