Zal became interested in magic at the age of 46. He learned the basics hanging around the New York crowd of magicians who at that time met every Saturday afternoon in the back room of the Bellmore cafeteria, on Park Avenue South and 28th street. He never missed a Saturday meeting, watching and learning from the best magicians in the world, including Tony Slydini, who took him on as a student for six months, Harry Lorayne, the memory expert and a master with a deck of cards, and Sol Stone, among others, a brilliant storyteller and creator of unbelievable coin tricks.
Zal was a businessman, now retired, and is still a professional close-up magician who has created many of his own effects and tricks, which are for sale. He performs at trade shows, conventions, children’s and adult parties, and at restaurants, He offers a 5-week virtual internet magic course to anyone 10 years and up who are interested in magic.
In his own words,” My first gig was on Thanksgiving, the third Thursday in November, 1980. It was atop the twin towers in New York City at ‘Windows on the World Restaurant’. I knew just 3 tricks. I went from table to table doing them. I was so jittery then. A Japanese businessman sitting around a table for 8 people gave me a $20 tip after I did the tricks for the group. I felt higher than a kite. Little did I know that it was downhill from then on, as I couldn’t perform any place higher!”
“As a matter of fact, I still do those same three tricks today. A professional magician only needs to know few tricks for a lot of people. Amateur magicians need to know a lot of tricks for few people.”
Zal now lives with his wife Janet in St. Augustine, Florida. His intention was to bring close-up magic to children and adults there and he has succeeded in doing this. This website was created to reserve space to his children’s magic shows and sign up for his virtual internet magic course, and purchase his unusual close-up tricks.