My first book, The Magic of Skateboarding, is available for purchase now! You can order it here. Take a look at the full-length promo video below.
Just finished my first book, The Magic of Skateboarding. It will be available for purchase soon, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek of the cover.
"The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter"
- Mr. Ollivander
Years ago, I thought deeply about magical modes of transportation. I considered trying to build a hovercraft so I could travel to nearby locations in a mysterious way. After many complications, it dawned on me that a simple skateboard is magical. It was Tony Hawk himself that started skating because he saw guys flying out of empty swimming pools and thought to himself, "I want to do that, I want to fly." So I put a carpet over my skateboard and the flying carpet was born.
The way Gandalf appears in this clip (at 1:01 minutes) is one of my all-time favorite character appearances. It’s an animation - they could have just had him materialize out of thin air - but instead, as the smoke signals fade into the background, Gandalf dashes out from behind a tree, which adds a sense of authenticity to his magic. It got me thinking that nothing really appears - in real life, it is all about the way that something comes into view.
Think about a magician using sleight of hand to produce a coin. If the coin is slowly pushed into view it seems magical, especially if we assumed the hand was empty. No one would assume Gandalf would wait all day behind a tree to create magic for Bilbo, but he could have been, just to make that magical greeting. Consider childbirth - you didn’t just appear in this world in a poof! Every day you see different people, and at some point they appear to you, either from behind a door, wall, horizon, etc. They are sliding into your frame of vision.
If a little smoke appeared before someone walked in, then you’d have a magical appearance. It's all about the style and expectation. It does get complicated, though. When you deal with dreams and computers, things seem like they can just materialize out of thin air, but in our reality, does anything actually just appear?