Ex-conman visits Goodfellow
By Senior Airman Joshua Edwards, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 14, 2015
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
On Dec. 4, an ex-con turned illusionist named Matt the Knife visited Goodfellow Air Force Base to entertain and perform various tricks and tell jokes.
During his teenage years, Matt started his conman lifestyle when he began pickpocketing, cheating cards and creating a burglary ring.
At that time he began calling himself a sharp, a person who cheats at cards.
Matt said, because of this a mafia member gave him the nickname “the Knife,” which he decided to keep throughout the years.
Once Matt decided to get out of a life of crime, he began focusing on a new interest; intelligence.
“Originally I wanted to work in espionage,” he said. “I was deeply, deeply fascinated by James Bond and decided that’s who I wanted to be.”
His new focus didn’t last long though. He said he wasn’t interested in the modern day terrorist, he was more interested in the spy-versus-spy from the Cold War Era, forcing him to rethink his career path into magic.
Fast forwarding a bit, Matt has developed his skills and added additional talents to his reservoir. This helped break 12 Guinness Book of World Records while performing as a magician and mentalist across the world including more than 100 military bases.
"I love working for the military," he said. "On military holidays, I think it's really easy for people to go out and say thank you for your service. I think that is b-------. If you really mean it, then it's imperative that you help out and try to give back."
Matt made his way Goodfellow to provide one of his shows, where he escaped a straitjacket, swallowed a clothes hanger and recreated a voodoo ritual.
"It was really cool to see an illusionist and magic," said Senior Airman Jill N. Yopp, 17th Communication Squadron network operations technician. "I was baffled by the stunt I performed with him. I wasn't expecting him to guess all four items while blinded. Even though he shouldn't have been able to guess them, he guessed them all almost right away."
Once Matt the Knife finished his show, he chatted with his fans and got ready for his next show at a different air force base where he continues to give back to the military.