As a kid I used to hold my breath longer than anybody else, and then I heard stories about people accidently underwater for 45 minutes - how do you recover from that? It's not a miracle. Something allows us to survive.
I was obsessed with the idea of fasting and isolation.
Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. And I was just intrigued with that idea.
In truth, the only restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own minds.
Basically, I was a kid growing up with a single mother in Brooklyn.