Burdened with everyday duties and commitments, we forget one vital thing. Our lives are magical. Just the fact that we are alive and able to enjoy every day, hour, minute and second is nothing short of a miracle.
There is a lot we can learn from magic, and performance in general, that can help in all areas of our lives.
You Won’t Find Your Way If You Don’t Find Your Voice
At any show it’s essential to engage with the audience. If you show enthusiasm and interest your spectator cannot fail to be engaged. If you're withdrawn and shy, it will be a lot harder to connect and give your audience what they want. However it's important to think about what you say and how you want to be perceived.
In all my years working as a magician—appearing at private parties, corporate events, even weddings—there was one thing I learnt faster than anything else. Quality engagement is loads better than enthusiastic jabbering, even when a dozen people are on board. So think hard about what you want to say, how you want to say it, and put all that into practice. This is no different for magicians than it is for anyone in their professional life.
Magic Means Taking Risks – In Tricks and In Life
There is nothing wrong in planning your life – but this can sometimes stop us from experiencing the most exciting things life has to offer. Many of us are told from a young age what is expected of us…at home, in school, and for our future. Creativity and happiness can be stifled because all we do is travel on a well-trodden path.
Magic is all about taking risks; even the most experienced magicians can find that tricks go wrong. But being a great magician means you can roll with those punches and pull the trick back, even without the spectator being aware. Life is no different – things will go wrong when you take risks, and it may need tenacity and resourcefulness to pull it back around. But your experience will be all the richer for it. As a magician, being able to achieve your goal (delighting the audience) despite setbacks is thrilling.
Live your life in the same way, whole-heartedly, be curious and allow yourself to take some risks. This approach has helped me more than I can say, both in my life and with my work.