Life Lessons I Learned from Magic

“Open your heart and mind to magic – the world will open up to you”

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 life. Personally, I learnt a lot about life from magic.

You Won’t Find Your Way If You Don’t Find Your Voice

At any show, it’s essential tocreate a higher level of engagement with the audience. Enthusiasm equatedengagement; dull and withdrawn equals to less? Not really.

In all my years working as a magician—appearing in 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. Magic is a solitary commitment yet bring the concept into the real world; you’ll still require collaboration with the audience and assistants (if any).

Imagine sitting inside a board-room, amidst seniors, colleagues and other board members. You are required to pitch an idea—something that will amaze the audience. You have one at the ready, yet you’re not sure how it will be received over the clamour and hubbub of rival pitch givers.

A quality ridden and well-thought idea will be better than a half-formed one, which you don’t even know will provide the results or not.

Magic Means Taking Risks – In Tricks and In Life

There is nothing wrong in planning your life – from one end to another, thinking of what could go wrong and preparing for the worst. There is nothing wrong in designing a life-plan, designating each lived year with achievements and goals to achieve.

There is nothing wrong, except doing all of this stops us from experiencing life. I was told from a young age what was expected of me…at home, in school, even after I left that life behind for better things. I created some of my own expectations and was disheartened when they didn’t turn fruitful.

My creativity was stifled because all I ever did was travelon the well-trodden part, something thatdidn’t even provide satisfaction. I started taking fewer risks, keeping it easy, simple and predictable. My magic suffered, my audience howled. 

Somebody amazing once said, “If you don’t have the courage to fail…you will not see success”. Allow me totake this quote further by adding that you will not succeed, not due to your failings, but because you didn’t take enough risks.

I hope our little chat made one thing clear…live life likes it’s meant to be lived, whole-heartedly and by always being curious. This has helped me more than I can say, in my life and with my table-magic.

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