“The energy you give off is a very real thing. When you want something too much, you might give off this anxious energy that scares people away because you’re trying too hard to impress somebody.”
- David Kwong
David Kwong. He is an illusionist and puzzle expert who believes that human beings are driven by the urge to solve problems and “create order out of chaos”. He is 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.
When we push ourselves too hard and come from a space of “needing” and “wanting” we send out the message that we cannot have what we desire. That’s when we find ourselves facing roadblocks, burning out, flailing and repelling opportunities and people.
Our conversation with David reminds us that it’s about “finding something that you truly love and doing it in an authentic way.” He stresses that “authenticity is the real key”.
Whatever it is that inspires you and has your creative juices flowing, follow that. Explore it with tenacity and work your magic. And keep doing working at it even when you find yourself staring obstacles in the face. There's always a way to figure out the puzzle.
“Sometimes things fall apart, and you have to pick yourself up and try again. The fancy term is you iterate. You pivot left and right, back and forth until you find the next way to accomplish things.”
An honest discussion about creativity, wonder and pursuing what you’re here to accomplish.