As a young boy, Peter Prevos always wanted to be a magician. He even shared the stage with Hans Klok, a famous Dutch magician. Hans won the competition, and Peter came last.
Peter abandoned his dream to be a professional magician and became a carpenter. He never achieved this goal because his teachers said that he was too clumsy to swing a hammer. Heeding their advice, Peter attended university and studied architecture. But alas, after one year behind the drawing board, the lecturer suggested that he wasn’t artistic enough to be an architect.
Not perturbed by this third disappointment, Peter eventually became a civil engineer and built structures, islands, harbours, bridges, and pipelines around the world.
Early in his technical career, however, he decided not to be technically minded enough to be an engineer. Peter moved on to study philosophy and management. In his professional life, he now manages the data science team for a water utility in regional Australia.
Peter’s interest in magic tricks and philosophy never waned, and in his spare time, he writes books and articles about management, culture, science and magic.