TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Western New York Magician is recovering from a bad car accident.
In his own way, he explains how a love for what you do can overcome pain.
It’s not often you’ll see a magician doing his thing with a broken foot on crutches.
Paul Antonio said, “At one point, “I said I’m going to die under here.”
Just last week he was heading back from a show in Albany when his R.V. stalled. He went to check it out and it pulled into gear, taking him with it.
He said, “It was very nerve-wracking, but I kept as calm as I could be in the situation.”
Thankfully, Antonio got help, and now he’s okay. Just some scrapes, stitches and a hefty cast to show for it. And the next day, he was back at work, like magic.
“I’ve never let anyone down in 36 years, and i’m very proud of the fact. Which is why after I broke the leg, I kept on working!”
There’s something to be said for his dedication to the craft. He was in a huge amount of pain, and needed surgery days later. “There’s a saying in show business, the show goes on.”
And there’s a saying in life: “Love what you do, and never work a day in your life.” It’s something Antonio swears by. He said, “There’s so much more to doing magic then being a magician. The character behind the magician, anyone can go to a magic shop and buy a magic trick and perform it, but there is a difference.”
Its something he plans to do for a long time from now. He said, “I think I’d like to have my last days on stage, that would be cool.”
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