Ring 60 member spotlight

J.D.Stewart MD (Magic Dude)

I realized when I started back up with the club that I didn’t know hardly anyone. Wow, that is just knot, he he, right. If I don’t know you, how many others don’t. We are a club, a fraternity, a family, and this page, hopefully, will start introducing us to each other. Our spotlight this month is on our outgoing president the Magic Dude, that’s Mr. Dude to you, J.D.Stewart, who has just put up with two years of presidential glamour ( I think that’s what he said ) . So with no further ado. A big round of applause for…um…uh…what was his name again…o yea…Magic Dude.

Our past head honcho

Growing up I was a weird kid. I looked weird, was socially awkward, and very shy.

We were poor. And to save money my dad cut our hair. My mother made most of our clothes. But my dad did not know anything about cutting hair. And he did not improve with time. He was the perfect example not of 18 years of experience but 1 year of experience 18 times. And my mother was completely untalented in making clothes. I love them both. They tried. But neither of them had a clue. So I looked weird and wore funny clothes.

I thought shaving my head would make me look less weird. So I wore a butch hair cut from elementary through high school. Yeah looking back that was not a good idea either.

We also moved a lot. As a result, I was always the new weird-looking kid with funny clothes. That lead to me not fitting in and getting in fights a lot.

One day someone asked me to be in a play. I have no idea why. But they asked and I said OK. What I found out was the stage was the safest place on earth. As long as I was on stage no one hit me, no one called me names, no one made fun of me. As long as I was on stage I was safe. And I got to wear some cool clothes.

As I mentioned we moved a lot and the summer before my sophomore year in high school we moved to Las Vegas. It was in Las Vegas I discovered magic. What I found was with magic I could make anywhere a stage. And if anywhere could be a stage then everywhere was now safe.

Magic made my weirdness cool. Magic changed me.

I performed small shows through high school and a few shows in college. I then dropped out of magic for several years.

Then in 2001, I decided to get back into magic. That is when I joined Ring 60. I had never been part of a magic club before. I feel so blessed to have had Ring 60 be my first experience. The Austin magic community has been wonderful. The magicians are caring and sharing. I have also been blessed in being able to give back to this wonderful community.

The first trick I performed at the ring meeting was a ring and string routine I developed. It was bad! I kept working on it and developed several things with rope at the time. I started to branch out because someone said to me, “Oh yeah you’re the rope guy.”

I encourage you to perform at ring meetings. It allows you to get some flight time. And you have a sympathetic, supportive audience. Don’t worry about not being good enough. We all suck at the beginning.

Each month we will post another bio of a member of our extended family. So think about, your first magic trick, your first magic show, how did you get involved in magic, why you like magic, where was your first makeout spot, nope not that last one. We need to know more about each other. So, until next time. All magic to you and yours.

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