MANILA, Philippines - Kevin Bryan Bautista is the youngest Pinoy professional magician at 12 years old yet he makes sure his budding career doesn't get in the way of his studies.
"Kasi po kahit saan po ako magpunta, dala-dala ko 'yung aking pag-aaral (education)," Kevin said in a taped interview aired on "24 Oras" recently.
In his short live appearance on "Unang Hirit," Monday morning, the young magician said he spends weekdays studying while weekends are reserved for training.
His father Richard told "24 Oras" that though Kevin had always wanted to become famous for his act, he was reminded that "bago ka makilala, kung wala ka namang pinag-aralan, sayang lang din."
Thus, according to Kevin, "Kapag daw po bumaba 'yung grades ko ng line of 7 (70-79), titigil daw po muna ako sa pagma-magic."
Kevin was only nine years old when he started practicing magic tricks. He was apparently influenced by his dad, a clown.
Last month, the teener was hailed first runner-up in the Junior and Beginner category of the International Magic Extravaganza held in Malaysia.
Kevin is the only boy in the Bautista's brood of five, and their family runs a party needs shop. Apart from equipments, part of Kevin's savings is being used to help finance his sisters' education. His mother Rowena intimated, "Halos siya na lahat ang nagpapa-baon, nagpapaaral."
"Pangarap ko po na makatapos sila ng pag-aaral, at [maging] maginhawa ang buhay at sa paglaki nila. At magkaroon sila ng trabahong maganda," Kevin said.