Vanish Magic Magazine #98 - Page 13

THE YOUNG MERLIN IN A NINJA SOUL

THE WORLD ' S BEST PARLOUR MAGICIAN

BY JONATHAN TODD

At well under 50 years old , Shoot Ogawa is an iconic legend in Magic . Six time “ Best Magician ” winner at the Magic Castle . Youngest sitting member of the Board of Trustees at the Castle , and 2022 FISM winner of the first prize for Best Parlour Magician in the world . His story is rich and colorful . Born in Tokyo he has overcome obstacles most of us will never have to face . I will leave it to another to write the chronological facts of his life . I am interested in the touchpoints that made him a legend . Who he is , what he thinks , how he thinks about magic , and what we magicians can learn as we aspire to his level of perfection in entertainment and magic . I ’ ll leave the full depth of that to another writer too . In this article , I want to focus on what I ’ ve learned and can share with you about Shoot while working with him . What he can teach us about Magic and Life . This will be a group of thoughts that might one day be woven into a tapestry of his life , when a writer of great status and intellect takes up that challenge . For now , I offer you a peak through the curtain at the essence of Shoot Ogawa .

I am sitting with Shoot Ogawa in Maui , Hawaii . We are at the Fairmont Kea Lani , in Maui , Hawaii , where he is finishing up two months as the Resident Master Magician at The Magical Mystery Show ! I ’ ve watched him work almost every night during this run , twice a night , plus rehearsals and practice . I don ’ t have time for all that watching . I produce this show . I open it often as the house magician . I should