David Kwong Podcast

“When you have a passion there are two ways you can do it.”

- David Kwong

David Kwong is an illusionist and puzzle expert and also the founder of the Misdirectors Guild, an elite group of magicians that specialise in magic for film and television.

He’s spoken at TED and As the head magic consultant, David created illusions for the bank-heist film Now You See Me, teaching magic to Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. He has also designed magic and puzzles for Ant-Man, The Imitation Game, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, to name a few.

In this conversation, we get up close and personal with David and find out how his career into magic unfolded.

We discuss:
- The two paths to passion and David offers his perspective on both.
- Honing cross-industry skills and why this keeps doors open.
- Find out what drives prospects and clients away from you.
- Hear him talk on the value of having a broad education and the importance of maintaining your sense of fun every day.

And of course, David shares the realities of working in Hollywood and what that’s really like.

What career David would like to attempt if he wasn’t in his?
What scares him?
What’s the greatest piece of wisdom he’s been given and lives by?