By Sean Whooley | The Diamondback
"Barber's interest in magic stemmed from when he watched with his mom as a magician perform on America's Got Talent in the eighth grade. He then started watching world record-breaking magician David Blaine and decided to try it out.
"His mother, Lisa, noticed her son's gravitation toward magic but thought little of it. She thought it was a "little hobby." Around 10th grade, however, she noticed him taking the hobby more seriously.
" 'I would find him in his room, online, studying videos and trying to perfect different tricks,' Lisa Barber said.
"Lisa Barber has seen Joe Barber's magic turn from a slight interest to an ambition, and it has only grown in magnitude since Joe Barber arrived at Maryland. She said he developed a passion for it, realizing he wanted to become the best magician he could."
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Image: Maryland 125-pounder Joe Barber performs a magic trick at Terps Got Talent at Adele H. Stamp Student Union on Nov. 9, 2016 (Photo courtesy of Maryland athletics via The Diamondback)