Millennial magician Eric Wilzig might have performed the greatest trick of his life so far — buying a home on Long Island at 26.
Wilzig, who once competed on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and recently purchased the house with his fiancee, has been working since he was a child. At age 5, his father bought him a coin trick. "Most everyone gets a magic kit as a kid," he says. "Like anything, they grow out of it." But over the years, he mastered other illusions. By the time he was a tween, he was performing at birthday parties for money. "Getting the key to the home was one of the most exciting moments of my life," Wilzig wrote on his Facebook page after recently closing on the Oceanside home with Eliana Winston, 24. "Worked my butt off performing since 12 years old for this moment."
Wilzig and Winston, who are due to be married at the end of the month, bought a split-level in Oceanside with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a saltwater granite pool in the back.They paid $790,000.
The home is "very sleek and modern," Wilzig says, with a gas fireplace, water filtration and a generator. Wilzig and Winston, a gymnastics coach and manager, looked at about 15 homes over the course of a couple of days before choosing this one, he says. They put in an offer and closed a few months later, he says.
Wilzig was born and raised in Woodmere and wanted to stay close to his family. But he also wanted to be near the airport so that he can travel easily for shows.