Redfield College student's hobby 'magic'

Sleight of hand: Dural student Lucas Itrawan is one half of magic act Cardistry.Picture: Gary Warrick

Sleight of hand: Dural student Lucas Itrawan is one half of magic act Cardistry.Picture: Gary Warrick

Lucas Itrawan picked up a deck of trick cards at a Sydney magic store exactly one year and two months ago.

It was there that the year 7 student at Redfield College, Dural, met Ash and formed magic duo Cardistry.

Since then the pair have become 2014 Australian Junior Close Up Magic champions after taking part in the national competition in Melbourne.

They also busk regularly in Pitt Street.

"Busking is a bit harder because you have to get people's attention, but unlike bigger magic tricks and music they can't really see what's going on," Lucas said.

"It's fun. We meet new people and musicians and make great friends.

"We mostly get people screaming 'Oh my God, how do you do that?' and other people trying to work it out."

Lucas doesn't know how many tricks he can now do and constantly adds new ones to the Cardistry repertoire to impress audiences and fellow magicians with what began as a hobby.

"We're going to take it as far as we can," he said.

"I always carry a deck of cards with me. I take them out if I have spare time and shuffle them or practise new moves.

"Both of us do a trick called 'double trouble' where we get two people to pick a card and try and find their card and it fails.

"Instead we both have the other person's card.

"I like making other people happy and putting a smile on their face because sometimes they're feeling low and have their down moments and magic is just there to help them."

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