Magician Trigg Watson performs at Checkered Past Winery on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Magician Trigg Watson performs at Checkered Past Winery on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

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You've been there: You've fallen into amazement, wonder or surprise after witnessing a magic trick. For Trigg Watson, that happened when he was 4 years old. At age 28, he's still delighted when people of all ages are befuddled by his tricks.

Audience members participate in a magic trick by magician Trigg Watson at Checkered Past Winery in Dallas.

Audience members participate in a magic trick by magician Trigg Watson at Checkered Past Winery in Dallas.

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"Magic can be a universal language -- in the same way music or dance can speak to people no matter where they're from," Watson says. He is well traveled, having performed for national television shows, companies and international audiences on cruise ships. Now a full-time magician in Dallas, Watson's shows are inviting, exciting and unique.

And even though his performances on cruise ships drew up to 800 people, he loves the intimacy of a smaller audience.

"It's important for me to have shows here in Dallas where I can invite people and feel a connection to my community," Watson says about monthly performances at Checkered Past Winery, a wine pub in Dallas

You could say Watson has been a magician since age 7, when he started performing magic tricks at children's birthday parties -- a child himself. Watson is originally from Townsville, Australia, where he lived until age 11 and was inspired by his grandfather's amateur magic tricks. When the Watson family moved to New Orleans area, Watson became mesmerized by the street magic performers.

Magician Trigg Watson performs a trick with volunteer Brian Nichols.

Magician Trigg Watson performs a trick with volunteer Brian Nichols.

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Later, he studied what he calls "show business" in college: He has two bachelor's
degrees from Southern Methodist University in theater and business. How's that for training?

He says magic is most believable "when created with the stuff that we use every day in our lives," which explains why he uses iPads and websites like Amazon during his shows. At one show in Dallas, Watson made a person's desired Amazon purchase appear out of thin air -- with a drone, no less -- much to the amazement of the crowd.

He says tired tricks like pulling a rabbit out of top hat are not near as impactful these days.

"Someone who is coming to my magic show for the first time, my hope is that they will be surprised at how much fun the show really is," he says. "It's not just a bunch of tricks, it's also very interactive and there's a lot of comedic moments. It's a show that gives people an opportunity to connect with others by experiencing something live."

The next Wine and Magic with Trigg Watson is Aug. 10 at Checkered Past Winery. Details here.

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