Daniel Chan is an internationally renowned, award-winning magician. He is regarded as one of the nation’s top corporate magicians and has been called “the perfect entertainment solution for savvy corporate audiences” who promises to deliver “sophisticated magic for intelligent audiences”. Chan, with 20 years of full-time performance experience under his belt, has been featured in Business Insider, WSJ, CNBC & Buzzfeed.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in San Francisco and was bullied a lot. It made me want to prove myself. My parents were divorced, so that also shaped me profoundly.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
Quality, not quantity, and life isn’t a competition… Realizing the importance of pitching media and how to tell your story.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Books are the best way to learn. For essays and ideas, books are better than video, but when old guys tell you to learn a move from a book instead of YouTube, they want you to suffer as they did.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
The recent pandemic was dark. I was fearful as I have a family to provide for. But I remember working hard, I remember a few days when I woke up at 5 am and slept at 2 am to pivot.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the most significant contributor to your success so far?
Having the right business strategy and vision for the future is necessary to succeed.
What is your morning routine?
I wake up, and I meditate, then check the markets and my portfolio. When I was focused on my weight, I would weigh myself and log it.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Reading my daily goals and taking steps to get there.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
- I link goals, so they are related.
- I think of things in terms of dominoes, where when you accomplish one thing, it becomes a chain reaction.
- I ask how what I’m doing fits into the big picture.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
The Magic of Micheal Ammar and Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss, as both books had essays that were thought-provoking and revolutionary for me at that time. In particular, there’s a chapter in Ammar’s book entitled negotiating higher performance fees worth reading for anyone in the arts.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
Your thoughts determine your actions, your actions determine your habits, and your habits determine your destiny. I love that quote so much I’ve added a routine in my show where I recite those lines.