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Chasing a deal left me out of a job, but not all was lost

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My family is addicted to deals.

Momma McCall taught me the importance of garage sale hunting and that you can always haggle — to make a good deal a little better. My 22-year-old sister taught me how to run a business and side hustle, thanks to her online clothing resale shop. But my dad, an Army chaplain of 15 years, introduced us to the holy grail of savings: the military discount.

Thriftiness isn’t just a quality in the McCall family; it’s a gene. And nothing is more precious than our military discount. …


As a magician of six years, here’s everything I’ve hidden up my sleeves

A closeup of a Black person’s hand holding four playing cards with their backs to the viewer.
A closeup of a Black person’s hand holding four playing cards with their backs to the viewer.
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If you’re an aimless 16-year-old, don’t tell your parents you’re going to become a magician. Save yourself the embarrassment. Tell them you crashed the car, maxed out their credit card, got your girlfriend pregnant — seriously, anything else. Trust me on this.

Magic is changing its image, but many still see it as outdated, geeky, and downright strange. It’s exactly why it became my passion in high school.

I discovered magic as a mixed African American kid. I felt like I had no place in suburbia. Then I saw my future magic partner, Giancarlo Paone, blow the minds of our…

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