Magic tricks are nearly as old as written history. In modern times, magic is a stage show where buildings can disappear and women are cut in half. But it is more than just smoke and mirrors. It is about the show and the magician.
"I'm Josh Norris, and I'm gonna show you a really cool trick that you can do with a toothpick. In a moment we'll come back, and I'll actually teach you how it's done; but first, check it out! Gone. All you've got to do is reach up in the air and grab it."
Some people spend a lifetime in search of a calling. But sometimes it just comes naturally.
Josh Norris spends a lot of his time performing magic tricks for his family and friends. "I've been doing magic since I was 12 years old and so this is something that started as a hobby for me, but right away I knew this was something I wanted to do the rest of my life."
But he says the real magic is in the show.
"Do you have a fruit or vegetable in mind? Take a look at it."
"Oh, it's ripe, yeah? Okay, okay, you got a good one. Drop it in the bag. Drop it in the bag."
"It's really about the performer and his character. Each performer has his own style."
"What is the fruit or vegetable that you're thinking of?"
"A lime. Inside the bag, I reach down inside and I get, check this out, a little lime."
But he pulls out an egg.
"It's really not about the tricks that he does..., but the way that they do them and the story that they tell."
"Reach down inside and show them the egg."
"Let me try one last time... Inside the bag we get... a lime."
"Everyone in my entire life has told me I'm crazy, yeah, except for my family."
That is partly because Josh Norris graduated with honors from the University of Maryland. He rejected several job offers and decided on a career as a magician.
"It wasn't crazy, because this is something I loved, and what's crazy about pursuing your passion?"
It is a spirit of showmanship that keeps Josh performing, and the crowd in its seats.
This night, however, he performs for some special guests."The president of the United States of America... Barack Obama!... You all looked!"
"Barack Obama, ladies and gentlemen!" Even if that is a trick, too. Because sometimes the show is about the performer, and not as much the trick.