Meet the magician and former CWU student Nash Fung, who performed his reunion magic show on October 17th. Fung’s performance combines the art of magic with the art of motivational speaking to engage and inspire audiences around the world to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.
Q: What inspired you to combine magic with motivational speech?
A: It’s going to be a long answer because it was a long journey. I think my experience at the CWU definitely planted a seed. There was an inspiring speaker, Derek Greenfield, during our welcome week who really transformed my attitude and inspired me to give 100% of my effort. It made me wonder how amazing it would be if I could have a positive impact on the lives of others as well. And when CWU brought in mentalist Craig Karges in my sophomore year, it made me believe that I could also make magic a full-time career: it’s something I’ve been devoting myself to ever since. ‘graduation.
As I continued my career in magic, I learned the tremendous values of being persevering, leading with curiosity, and the power to ask ‘what if’ no matter how crazy our ideas / goals may seem. While the lessons and messages are powerful, they need to be delivered in an engaging manner or the listeners won’t feel connected with them. That’s why I believe magic is the perfect vehicle because the lessons were rooted in magic, and it’s a form of storytelling that will engage audiences.
Above all, I think what Derek and Craig showed me were possible at CWU were the seeds that drove my approach to full bloom today.
Q: How do you define success?
A: Efforts. When you can be honest with yourself knowing that you have given 100% of your effort, the success or failure of your quest is no longer important.
Having absolutely no regrets at the end of the day is ultimate success.
Q: What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
A: So much. But Tokyo, Japan is definitely at the top of my list.
Otherwise my hometown, Hong Kong, because home is always special.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: I don’t watch TV a lot, but “Breaking Bad” is by far my favorite in terms of character development. Afterwards, “Better Call Saul” was almost equally amazing!
Q: What is your favorite sport?
A basketball. Although unfortunately after rupturing my patellar tendon 2 years ago, I could no longer play.
To concern? GO HAWKS (and also come back ASAP RW3).