The second story in an occasional series of stories about careers working with animals.
Professional magician Michael "Michael T." Meyers said he goes by the simple ABCs in his job.
"A for attitude - always positive, avoid the negative," he said. "B for belief - for me, first in my God and then in myself and in the value of others. C for control. (There's) only one person we can control and that is ourselves, what we do, what we say, what we learn, and what we teach."
Meyers is based in Martinsburg, W.Va., but works as a magician throughout the East Coast. He says that there is no requirement or specific education to be a magician, but he recommends learning about theater, drama and public speaking. He says that education in those areas can increase "a performer's ability to communicate properly with their audience."
Meyers performs magic acts with his animals. He currently has two doves (Shadrach and Meshack) and two rabbits (Boots and Oreo). His first bunny was named Haredini.