Apollo found a love for illusion as a young boy after seeing David Copperfield and Lance Burton perform. 
At 12 years old, he discovered a magic shop in New York and started taking an hour long bus ride every morning to go to it. He eventually started volunteering there, performing, and being the youngest member of an underground club of magicians. By 13, he was performing street magic, which includes taking tourist watches off their wrists and other slight of hand card tricks.
He went on perform underwater escapes tied up in chains and ropes and made a name for himself in the magician's circles for his reality-warping speed and performance, especially at such a young age.