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On his website, Blake Vogt claims  as “one of the most respected magicians in the industry,” and for good reason if this excellent trick he performed on The Late Late Show with James Cordon is anything to go by.

I’m not going to spoil the trick for you, other than to say it starts with Vogt asking James Cordon, Tony Hale and Jason Schwartzman to pick one of three stools and just gets weirder from there. 

Of course, Vogt is quite comfortable to weirdness, being somewhat odd himself. When asked why magicians, on the whole, tend to be weird (and you do), Vogt told James Galea: 

I think it takes a certain type of weirdness to want to practice the art of lying to people. There’s so much alone time that goes into it. A lot of normal people wouldn’t be willing to go through the amount of hours it takes to become a magician. 

Those hours have clearly paid off for Vogt. He’s created magic tricks for top-tier magicians around the world, has worked as a consultant on a number of Hollywood film productions and has appeared on too many variety and television shows to list here. 

Finally, James Galea asks the question we all need the answer to: Why are magicians so weird? Blake Vogt comes up with a pretty good answer in the below clip from Galea’s show Best Trick Ever. 

Vogt makes some really great points. Magic requires a massive amount of dedication to be able to do even the most basic parts of it well, and the payoff is brief. Only a weirdo signs up for that. The best kind of weirdo.