When you’re trying to get your NFL season back on track after a tough loss, a little magic never hurts.
It turns out that the New England Patriots do have magic on their side in the person of John Duke Logan, 23-year-old Bryant University graduate who bafflles audiences — and players — with the regularity of Gronk hauling in a Tom Brady pass.
Logan, son of Foxboro Regional Charter School superintendent Mark Logan, was hired by the Patriots as a digital specialist helping to create the team’s online content.
But when the Patriots found out Logan was also a professional magician, they tapped into the Hanover resident’s talent — making him for all practical purposes the team’s official magic act.
“After I was hired, I was asked to do a regular feature where I performed a trick for a player,” said Logan who has been performing magic since he was a child. “Then when I got in the locker room to do my regular job, players would recognize me and sometimes ask me to do a trick.”
Logan won a number of fans including Jimmy Garappolo, Malcom Mitchell and recently traded quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who repeatedly called on Logan for magic. Videos of Logan’s tricks and interactions with players can be found online as “Patriots Magic Moments.”
Tom Brady was especially complimentary toward Logan during a recent news conference.
“I saw him in here a couple of weeks ago,” said Brady. “He did some amazing things. I think everyone is blown away by a little magic.”
Besides his status as the magician of the Patriots, Logan is also author of the book “The Perfect Illusion.”
Logan caught the magic bug at age 12 when he was bored attending a family party. While waiting, he created a trick that he later performed on YouTube. A talent agency noticed and a contract followed.
“It just kind of took off from there,” said Logan.
Logan performs frequently and speaks at conventions, business meetings, parties and other events. Unlike many musicians who use animals, specialized props or saws in their acts to saw people in half, Logan prefers everyday objects like playing cards, solo cups or footballs.
“I like to use objects people are familiar with,” he says.
Regardless of the props he uses, the tricks Logan performs always seem to amaze. He also uses his magic to reinforce his theme that what often seems impossible can be accomplished if you study or work hard enough.
“I’m not trying to trick people,” Logan says. “It’s not just the magic, it’s the message. Impossible is just a word.”
Recently he performed on a tour with Patriot Mitchell, who had a difficult time learning to read as a child. But he persevered and eventually became a proficient reader.
“If you put your mind to it, you can master anything,” says the magician.
That kind of attitude has also put Logan in demand from business and nonprofit groups who want to leverage the magician’s talent for dealing with clients.
Besides perfecting his magic tricks, Logan has researched and traveled the country studying how entertainers communicate with and win over the public.
“I wanted to learn how they got from point A to point B,” he said.
That’s a topic business leaders are vitally interested in. On Oct. 2, Logan will be the featured speaker during a three-day conference in Boston sponsored by Forbes Magazine.
For more information about John Duke Logan, visit www.johndukelogan.com.