“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.”
I love magic. Always have. I never wanted or needed to know how the tricks were done, under what sleeve the card was hidden or how a boat could disappear before my eyes on stage. It wasn’t important to me. I enjoyed the illusion and the laughter I heard and felt from the audience, the look of wonder on the faces of children and adults alike; eyes bugged and smiles a mile wide. Whenever I see magic performed I’m a child again. How can anyone not want to be there or feel that?
And yet there are those who just don’t get it. Individuals who don’t enjoy the moment because they’re too busy trying to figure out how the trick was done. I know people like that. You know people like that. Some of you who are reading this might even be people like that. But it’s okay, I’m not upset. I just feel sorry for you. Because somewhere in the past, you lost something that you haven’t been able to get back.
Children love magic. They’re enthusiastic about it because for them life is a mystery filled with dreams and unlimited imagination. They have an inherent ability to see magic everywhere. But as we age, some of us trade wonder for logic; we become practical, we lose our power of imagination and push aside our desire to be surprised. We become smarter and more fearful and require more control over our lives. Magic doesn’t fit in with those feelings.
Some people like to think they’re smarter than the next person; that they can figure out in a few minutes what it has taken a magician years to perfect. So they crane their necks, look under tables, watch the sleeves, follow the misdirects, search the room……and miss the magic. Arrogance can be such an albatross.
As for me, I’ll just enjoy that moment when amazement is followed by laughter and the faces around me are immersed in what their eyes and minds tell them is not possible. How much more beautiful would our lives be if we just allowed ourselves to see a little magic.