When I was a wee lad back in the 1980's, magic was something that was...magic. I used to love watching David Copperfield when he came on tv to perform his illusions. My grandmother and I would watch in wonder and discuss how we thought the trick was done. First I genuinely thought it was magic. But as I got older I knew there had to be an explanation. But with no internet, and no books I could find on how to complete the tricks successfully, we just had to give our best guess.
Watching these shows got me somewhat interested in magic. I remember purchasing a kids magic kit from my local Hills Department Store. At about 9 or 10 years old, I didn't really understand what to do. It was hard and required too much practice for me at the time. So I just gave up and resorted to watching the magic specials whenever they were broadcasted.
Fast forward 25 years or so and there seems to be magicians on every street corner and YouTube video. This isn't a bad thing at all. Quite the contrary. I enjoy seeing new tricks and illusions and trying to figure out how their done. I even enjoy watching the "magic exposed" videos to see how some of the more exotic illusions are performed.
Even with all this new technology and media, I still enjoy the vintage magic ads and kids magic toys. There's something about them that gives me a nostalgic feeling and takes me back to the time when I had to check through our three tv channels to see if David Copperfield was on. One of the main reasons I like the old magic ads is the artwork. The illustrations were captivating and made me feel like I can be the next Houdini.