Erik has been fascinated with the arts of magic and subterfuge since middle school. Like many, he took a long break from magic as his interests drifted into other areas. Eventually the draw of magic brought him back with a vengeance. Card magic is the one area of the magical arts that he never completely took a break from. It has been at the core of his fascination with magic since his childhood. While many mentalists sheepishly admit to being "closet card guys," Erik turns that on its head by being an unashamed card nut who admits to being a "Closet Mentalist."