verybody has to begin somewhere and for magicians and illusionists, it\u2019s no different. Magic.Africa\u00a0founder Marcel Oudejans even incorporates an anecdotal first-time experience at the opening of some of his performances, in a sleight-of-hand display which still leaves me baffled and delighted every time I see it. \u201cWow! That\u2019s amazing!\u201d is what you and the rest of the audience will crow with every progression of the act, which combines comedic timing with nimble fingers that move faster than your eyes can follow. Magician and mentalist Brendon Peel\u2019s first trick was a card trick. \u201cIt was a basic card trick, in fact, one I am sure practically every magician has come across at one point or another,\u201d he says. \u201cEssentially how the trick works is, a person would take any card from the deck, remember it and then put it back into the pack. \u201cI then proceed to go through the cards one after another and magically find out which card it was that the person took out.\u201d Pretty standard stuff which we\u2019ve all seen performed many times \u2013 although that takes nothing away from it. It is actually a much more powerful trick than a lot of magicians give credit for, says Peel. \u201cI thoroughly enjoy it. I hardly ever perform it these days, but it still will always be the first trick I ever performed.\u201d Glenn McMeeking aka Glendini The Escapologist\u00a0lived in the UK for two years in the mid-1990s where he came across Davenports Magic Shop which is near Charing Cross Tube Station. \u201cIt was here I purchased my first escapology shackle called an \u2018Electronic Release\u2019,\u201d he recalls. \u201cThis gave me hours of fun and after purchasing this prop, I was hooked and proceeded to buy books and further magic props from wherever I could. \u201cFor many years I was just a hobbyist who had quite a collection of props and escapology paraphernalia. I only really started performing for audiences in 2007 after getting opportunities to perform at company roadshows.\u201d No matter how our amazing magicians started, they enjoyed the audience reactions from their first trick so much they decided to become professional entertainers!