Magician Dan was born in Georgia, USA, and has been a resident of that state all his life.
He grew up mainly in Coffee County in the small town of Douglas (the home of South Georgia College, and also known for having the oldest tobacco market in the South). Dan took up magic as a hobby about the age of ten when he discovered the magic book section in his regional library. He also became an avid reader, his favorite fictional reading being science fiction. Dan remains a huge science fiction fan to this day. At an early age, it was Dan’s ambition to be an astronomer, and possibly become involved in the US Space Program. (He never dreamed he would eventually become a well-known professional magician!) In high school, Dan was active in many clubs. He was an honor student, and in his Junior year was the S.T.A.R. Student (the Georgia Student – Teacher Recognition Program) which is for the highest county SAT and GPA scores combined. He was in the Beta club (academic), Science Club, 4-H Club (where he became a Master 4-H member, i.e., a state champion), and Interact Club (the youth division of Rotary International wherein Dan was chosen the first ever District Governor for the South-Central Congressional District). Dan graduated third in his class. During the high school years Dan was chosen twice as a finalist for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) and twice for the federally-funded 8th Congressional District Honors Program (8CDHP). He also appeared, as a young actor, in several musical productions at South Georgia College while still in high school. These productions included “Kismet” where Dan had six separate roles, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado” where Dan had the title role. Dan took up the study of music and piano at a relatively late age (as a freshman in high school), but rapidly developed a virtuosity at the keyboards sufficient to win him a piano scholarship to the 8th District Honors Program (8CDHP), as well as a first-place District award for his performance of the piano solo version of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Dan also performed this piece in the State music competitions. Quote: $750 – 1,000