For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with deception. Not magic exclusively, but all deception. “A Cat Burglar!” was my answer when asked, as a kid, what I wanted to be when I grew up.
My dream was fueled by movies like, “The Pink Panther”. Oh yes, lots of funny from the Inspector, but David Niven’s thief was my hero. He was the very picture of suave.
Another favorite was, “Topkapi”. An elaborate crime movie to steal an emerald encrusted dagger from a palace. And while it was made by Filmways and distributed by United Artists, it had a distinctly foreign feel. Probably because it’s set in Istanbul.
The final moment is burned into my mind, and will live as a constant reminder that despite all our efforts, the best-laid plans bend toward ruin. Or do they? If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean.
“It Takes a Thief,” were my TV lessons. In this show, the main character – a convicted cat burglar – is offered a deal from the Feds: get out of jail and help us catch thieves, and we’ll shorten your sentence.
Happily for this boy, he took the deal. The series lasted three years.
I’ve said this before, if I hadn’t become a magician, I probably would be in jail.