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Q: What is theory11 to you? Why is this site different?
A: theory11 to me is something special, as I’ve had the opportunity to be apart of its conception, in a small way, from day one. The goal behind theory11 is simple, the mission however is not. theory11 will set a new standard of how magic is created, but more importantly it will teach and deliver the methods needed to perform in front of an audience.

By bringing together the top creatives in the art, theory11 will dominate the industry, as it not only has the talent but the effects… let me say that again, THE EFFECTS. And of course there’s the broad since of history between the artists, who understand the desperate need to advance the art by creating new ideas, concepts, and presentations to allow a new generation of magi’s to emerge with an all new insight as to just what this art form is all about. Why is it different? Never before has an army of this stature gotten together with one unison idea in mind. That idea is theory11, and exactly what it means will be different for everyone.

Q: How many hours a day do you spend practicing?
A: In high school probably 8 to 10 hours. That’s 8 hours non stop practicing. These days I’m lucky to get in 2 hours but I don’t think it matters as I’m ALWAYS holding a deck of cards.

Q: What got you into magic?
A: At 12 years old, I came across David Copperfield’s Dreams and Nightmares TV special. I was hooked, and eventually collected a fast array of magic props — trunks full. Later a came across David Blaine’s first TV special, Street Magic. As a young boy interested in The X Games, this type of magic appealed to me more so then the illusions. I could do it anywhere and at anytime. Long story short, the trunk was soon replaced with playing cards, magic books, and videos. I joined IBM which is where I met Ricky Smith who showed me material by Aaron Fisher, Lee Asher and Chris Kenner. The rest is evident.

Q: What’s your favorite brand of playing cards?
A: I enjoy using White Border Bee cards, Tally-Ho, and Steamboats.

Q: How long have you been performing?
A: I’ve been performing for about as long as I’ve been into magic — 10 years. I should stress that I don’t perform professionally, nor have any intentions of doing so. I just enjoy performing impromptu for small groups with no money involved. That might seem odd considering I could probably make a lot of money performing, but I guess I just like creating and practicing more so than anything. I don’t consider this a job, but rather a hobby with benefits.

Q: What books would you recommend to someone just starting out?
A: The Expert at the Card Table and Royal Road to Card Magic.

Q: Who is your favorite performer to watch?
A: Ricky Jay

Q: What do you see as wrong with the industry today?
A: People, I won’t even call them magicians, have realized that this is a niche industry with a bunch of amateurs willing to buy anything. Everything. Each week dozens of products are released by no-name magicians who will not even be interested in the art in a few years.

What sets theory11 apart from the other guys is the collaboration between established, known magicians. Every artist theory11 works with has been involved in the industry for at least 10 years.

 Theory11 interviews Dan Buck
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