“The Magic Life” chronicles the journey of three magician hopefuls: a 17-year-old from Beijing who travels to the U.S. to attend magic school, a 25-year-old trying to make rent by performing on Hollywood Blvd for tips, and a 32-year-old New York University MBA graduate who moves to Los Angeles to perform at the world famous Magic Castle. The film depicts the challenges of following an unconventional career path. Forget about parents, family, or friends who may not understand or support your choices – there’s almost an invisible societal pressure in terms of what types of jobs are acceptable. “The Magic Life” is about those who are willing to risk everything to take the road not normally taken. Sometimes the risk pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was searching for things to explore and found one of those “Top 10 Things to Do in…” lists. For L.A., it mentioned taking magic classes at a place called the Magic Castle. It turns out that the Castle is one of those unique places in the world — essentially a clubhouse for magicians. Hanging out there, I got to know more and more magicians. I was struck by a story that many told me. They would meet someone and be asked, “So what is it that you do?” They would respond, “I’m a magician.” “Oh that’s fantastic! That’s wonderful!” There would be a pause and then, “So what is it you actually do?” For those of us who follow an unconventional path, it can be a hard road. Forget about parents, family, or friends who may not understand or support your choices — there’s almost an invisible societal pressure in terms of what type of jobs are acceptable for who you are and where you come from. This film is about dreams and passion. About those that take the road not normally taken. About those that are willing to take risk in their life to build the life they want.