"When Sam Sandler won Close Up Magician of the Year, he couldn’t figure out why everyone was pushing him towards the stage to collect the trophy he had been dreaming about just moments before. They had called his name from the stage, but he hadn’t been able to hear it. For almost ten years, Sandler has been completely deaf."
For this feature in Genii Online, I got to interview Sandler about how his show, his process, and his approach to magic have all changed in the decade since he started performing as a completely deaf magician. He opened up about how hard those first couple of years were and how it took hitting rock bottom to start turning things around, transforming his experience of deafness from an insurmountable obstacle to just another part of his beautiful ongoing story.