From an interview with the in Asheville, NC:

Q: You’ve performed as a magician — how did you get in to that?

A: I did it as a kid and then stopped. Then when I had the time, I saw a trick with my friend (and fellow musician) Grant Lee Phillips that blew me away. It was a simple close-up trick — the performer took a cigarette and put it through a quarter.

That was the instigation of my pursuit. I worked my (rear) off with books and videos. I think I can say I’m a magician now.

The Pixies are currently performing their 1989 album Doolittle from beginning to end. They rule.