Book Review: Nothing is Impossible – Author Dynamo

Dynamo_Nothing_is_ImpossibleNothing Is Impossible: The Real-Life Adventures of a Street Magician

Ever since I caught wind of this remarkable talent, I was determined to seek out as much info about him and his approach to magic as possible. Certainly we have been amazed by magicians of the past, whether it started with David Copperfield, or the stunning street magic of David Blaine, there have been many moments where we just scratch our heads in disbelief and said that, “something I just saw is not possible”.

So the practice of being amazed by new talents is not a new thing however being dumbfounded by the things they do in this day and age is still a point of amazement. We live in a world where just about every trick can be Googled and then revealed thus uncovering the magician behind the curtain. I knew when I saw Dynamo for the first time, that this child hood curiosity would once again be re-awakened. Now just finishing his 3rd TV series season, Dynamo has managed to turn the world of magic over again with tricks we haven’t seen before.

I myself have a huge interest in magic, but never to the point where I could be a performer without several years of practice. One thing you learn right away is that magicians not only know how to do tricks but how to misdirect and manage the material seamlessly from one point to the other. TV is a medium that I assume is even harder to accomplish this with the ability to freeze frame and rewind. Dynamo does stuff that defies visual logic at times and mental logic at others. It is with this introduction that I made it a point find time to read about this great talent.

So the practice of being amazed by new talents is not a new thing however being dumbfounded by the things they do in this day and age is still a point of amazement. We live in a world where just about every trick can be Googled and then revealed thus uncovering the magician behind the curtain. I knew when I saw Dynamo for the first time, that this child hood curiosity would once again be re-awakened. Now just finishing his 3rd TV series season, Dynamo has managed to turn the world of magic over again with tricks we haven’t seen before. I myself have a huge interest in magic, but never to the point where I could be a performer without several years of practice. One thing you learn right away is that magicians not only know how to do tricks but how to misdirect and manage the material seamlessly from one point to the other. TV is a medium that I assume is even harder to accomplish this with the ability to freeze frame and rewind. Dynamo does stuff that defies visual logic at times and mental logic at others. It is with this introduction that I made it a point find time to read about this great talent.

“Nothing is impossible” details the struggles of young Steven Frayne who had to face life threatening odds which not only prevented him from his dreams but could have possibly left him hospital-bound for many years. The stomach disease that he suffered from forced him into an operation that restricted feeling in his legs due to the temporary severing of his nerve endings. Steven was forced to have to re-learn to walk, and all the while his hospital stay gave him more reason to practice his chops, plan out his dream plan and inspire him to keep trying despite the odds.

As a local performer, Steven was able to make enough cash to stow away for bigger things, Still living at home, his plan was to travel to the US and visit several of the area’s greatest cities to get exposure by not only performing to people on the street, but to also meet up with many of the great magicians along the way.

This mission began like any other first attempt, it was slow to start, but eventually he came up with a plan to appeal to the culture with a rap inspired street magic DVD. The intent was to capture on camera the reactions of others as he performs his magic. While it is assumed that stars are born overnight, Stephen had quite a ways to go to prove to the world what he had to share.

The book covers several moments that Steven managed to make his way to backstage areas. The goal was to of perform for noted raps artist in order to get their reactions on tape. It became a defining moment when Steven attended magician conferences and amazed many of the top talents attending. The road to success was starting to get clearer with a few basic things overshadowing everything….Steven’s determination and raw inventive talent. The book works much like an autobiography detailing the process of creating a show reel, shopping it around and then having to deal with countless studio executives.

If you have watched the TV series, then this book works hand in hand as Dynamo discusses some of the magic acts he performs along the way. What we don’t get from the show is the countess hours that go into making the shows happen.

Even the re-filming aspect is explained that goes into waiting for a magic act to feel right for presenting on TV. Dynamo talks about magic and the process of trying to keep things fresh while having to perform 100′s of tricks. Magicians or up upcoming magicians can really learn alot about what kind of hard work goes into taking something full circle and making dreams a reality. It’s a tale of inspiration that to me marks only the beginning of many more products to come from this young man. An excellent read, “Nothing is impossible” proves what sheer determination can lead to when a person puts their mind to it. You don’t have to be a magician to take away what magic can be accomplished here.

Book Review: Nothing is  Impossible – Author Dynamo

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