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Chastain Criswell is a World renowned Magician and Creator of Magic. He has been published in Juggle Magazine, Magic Magazine, Linking Ring Magazine, and many online Publications. Chastain Criswell is known all over the world! This year he celebrates 20 years as a magician!
Specializing in Close up Magic, Chastain can also Provide Stage performances that consist of – Magic, Comedy, Escapes, Mentalism, Side Show Circus stunts, and Juggling!
Chastain's Show is Fun and Family Friendly, Audience Participation and Story Telling! Make your next big event even Bigger with Chastain Criswell as your Entertainer!
Birthday Parties to Trade Show Floors, Corporate Luncheons to Family Reunions – You can't miss when you have Chastain Criswell!
For your consideration - A Local News Article - Gaston Gazette - Bernie Petit
Since becoming fascinated with tricks and illusions as a child, Chastain Criswell of Bessemer City has strived to become an innovator in the industry.
"You have to strive to be an individual in what you do," said Criswell. "You have to make the performance, the presentation of the magic, different from anyone else's."
In the magic community, Criswell, whose stage show is Magic by Enigma, is known for the "tag" card trick he developed and sold in the late 1990s. The premise of tag, which became one of the hottest selling tricks in the magic industry, is that a person selects a card from a deck and signs his name to it, while the magician takes a different card, punches a hole in it and puts a tag on it. After placing the cards back in the deck, and after a shuffle and a shake, the volunteer pulls the tagged card from the deck to discover his card with his signature.
Criswell, 34, said he developed the trick through reverse engineering.
"I realized this would be a great ending for a card trick and thought, 'How do I do this?'" he said. "I had to go from the end of the trick to the beginning of the trick to develop it."
It's a far cry from where he started.
He landed his first professional gig when he was 20 years old – a birthday party for a coworker's daughter. Like most performers, his first time out of the gate didn't go smoothly.
"I was definitely an imitator back then. Everything I did was straight out of the box," he said.
He accidentally gave away the secret to a disappearing clown hat trick and fell flat with a cake-in-a-hat routine. Worse, while enjoying punch and ice cream after finishing his set, one of the kids at the party unpacked his magic kit and revealed how his other tricks were done.
Undeterred, Criswell continued to push and grow as a magician and a performer.
"It's the only thing I've ever excelled in," he said. "Some people excel in academics or sports. I excel in card tricks."
Prior to that first performance, Criswell, who grew up in Dallas, had been an amateur hobbyist since the age of 5. He'd stay up late to watch David Copperfield and other magicians on television and whenever his family passed through Charlotte, they'd always stop at La Rock's Fun & Magic Outlet, which has since relocated to Lincolnton.
He still remembers the Harry Blackstone Jr. magic set he got when he was six years old. He was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, or ADD, and he said magic helped him with his focus and concentration.
"We all space out sometimes, we all lose focus," said Criswell, who will lead a twice-a-week, month-long magic course at Gaston College beginning Oct. 12. "But as long as you enjoy what's going on, you're absolutely going to focus. With magic, you're learning but you're focusing. I still space out, but it's a lot less than I would normally and what that is; is discipline. You learn discipline through things you enjoy."