My husband and I both loved magic as a kid. I used to talk my grandparents into taking me to the magic shop when I was a kid-- my husband used to go also. For all I know, he could have been at the magic shop at the same time I was all those years ago. Unfortunately, the shop couldn't make it and closed up. Back then, there wasn't the internet like today so we both lost touch with magic.
Then, when my daughter was about 4 we were visiting Disneyland and saw Dana Daniels. He called our daughter up on stage to assist. Of course he thought she would be timid, which is what typically happens. However, our daughter was just in the process of taking tap dances--- so when he told her to tap dance while he got ready, she obliged!
Finally, he told her that it was HIS show, not hers. Well, she gave him a run for his money the entire show. It was so cute. Later in the day we actually had people ask us if she was part of the show and we told them "no".
After that she was fascinated with magic. We would buy her the little kits she would play with and she would perform for family and ham it up.
On another Disneyland trip when she was 10 she "discovered" the Magic Shop. You couldn't pry that child away. There is a man in there (his name escapes me at the moment) that belongs to the Magic Castle and she would just watch him. We bought her several magic tricks and a couple of books as well.
As soon as we got back home we discovered California Magic, which is in a neighboring city. We couldn't believe we were lucky enough to have such an establishment in our own back yard. Gerry Griffin told us about the SYM and our daughter has been going strong ever since. She now belongs to the SAM, the IBM, and Gerry's VIP club.
Again, my husband and I both love magic. It was our daughter's interest that re-sparked ours. Neither of us perform. My husband is constantly trying to convince me to start, but I have terrible stage fright. Paddy has told me a few times to just get out there and do it. I'm trying little by little. I am my daughter's box jumper so I am trying to get over my fear. I love doing just little things here and there for the kids, but doing a whole show-- that is something I am definitely going to have to work on.
In the meantime, my hubby loves building custom illusions for my daughter. I manage the business aspect, also build smaller custom props, and help her to develop her shows by routining them and working on the storylines with her.
My husband and I both work outside of magic. My daughter wants to continue in magic and work her way through college and then see where she is. She knows the importance of getting a solid education. Whether she will work in magic, or choose to apply her degree toward her future remains to be seen.
The only thing I do know is that we are careful not to press her--- magic has to be her choice, something she loves to do. She can quit at any time, and that is fine with us. No matter what she chooses in life she will have our full support.