At the age of four, Brad began to study magic, but did not get serious about it until age ten when he and a schoolmate took the Hearn Elementary School’s “Big Theater” by storm. He began to perform. Local magic shows led to out-of-town magic shows, which would eventually lead to a magic show in space!
Like many magicians, Brad began his studies because he loved the idea of real secrets in this world. Whether it was Bigfoot, séances, Easter Island, voodoo, or secret societies, Brad was hooked. Visits to local libraries, however, disappointed him. He learned that the published secrets of magic are not that exciting. Was this all there was to the art? Or could there be something more—something perhaps not written in books readily available to the masses. He began to study the history of magic in earnest. Here lay the long lost mysteries of the ages, he thought.
During college, Brad began to assemble his library—what has now become one of the largest and most comprehensive privately-held working libraries on conjuring resources. He dedicated his time to learning as much as possible about the principles of prestidigitation.
Unfortunately, Brad was at an impasse at this time. His shows always received peals of laughter and thunderous applause, but something seemed missing. There were too many jokes. It all seemed silly and pointless. Sure, people had fun; but Henderson knew and deeply felt that true magic was far more than momentary amusement.