The strength of street magic lies in the selection of props and magical gimmicks. Because street magic relies on realism, the props must also be real. And that's what makes Daniel Garcia a truly sick man. Truth be told: We have never seen DG with sponge bunnies, a floating cane, fake flowers or hankies in every color of the rainbow.
Garcia's creativity manifests itself in what he's able to do with ordinary, everyday objects. If you locked him in a Walgreen's overnight, we're pretty sure he'd come out with enough material for another David Blaine special. Yes, we said "another David Blaine special." He was a consultant on "Dive of Death," and according to an autobiography, Garcia turned down gigs with Criss Angel and Cyril Takayama to work the Blaine gig.
Originally inspired by David Copperfield at the age of 5, Garcia was interested in hitting the stage. At 13, he started doing birthday parties and worked in a magic shop. He got paid 25 dollars a day in either cash or tricks. At 16, he added four restaurant gigs to his job at the magic shop. He dropped out of college at 19 and decided to make a career out of magic. But a month later, tragedy struck: His left hand was severely burnt in a fire. Doctors told him that he would regain only 30 to 50 percent mobility in his fingers -- not good for magic. "Refusing to accept the news, I started slowly working my hand out every day for seven months," Garcia writes in his autobiography. "About four to five months out of that time, my hand was in a sling to keep blood flow at a minimum. After seven months, of self home therapy, I was almost back, so I decided to take up guitar to help rebuild dexterity. After about six months of guitar, my hand was back up to 98 percent mobility." The rest is history.
Garcia has authored a significant library of effects through Ellusionist and other magic companies. According to his autobiography, his first projects "Torn" and "The Daniel Garcia Project" were kicked off the Paul Harris Presents line of effects. His library of published effects, available through several magic companies, is significant. Each of them features his signature ability to discover unique properties of the most mundane things.
Garcia has been one of the most influential performers in street magic. Of all the people who say they create "visual" effects, he claims the most honesty. His effects unfold slowly, leaving spectators unsure at first, and gobsmacked afterward. His soft-spoken style layers mystery upon magic, and his sense of humor leaves spectators rolling.
It only takes a few views to understand why he's one of the most brilliant minds in magic today.