So I was recently on Facebook and notice that a friend posted a video clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTy3qG_qInU) from the TV show America’s Got Talent; it’s the TV show hosted by Nick Cannon with celebrity judges like Mel B, Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, and Heidi Klum. Anyway, in this particular clip there is an ex-Marine who goes by the stage name of “Smoothini,” which he says is the ghetto Houdini.
To be perfectly honest this guy was a pretty amazing magician; which got me to thinking about my childhood and how fascinated I was about the many magicians that I would watch while growing up. I can remember Doug Henning, Harry Blackstone Jr., and David Copperfield to name a few.
Now to the majority of people, Magic is considered merely the art of illusion or the art of misdirection or the art of whatever you want to call it but it’s not real; real being the operative word. Because their tricks are real and yet the magic is not, or is it?
Now what I’m challenging you to think about is not necessarily is the magic trick in fact real, but is the magic from the trick real? Now what I mean by that is does the magician use magic to grab a reflection in a mirror (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfe6BKv8mWw), to walk through the Great Wall of China (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpG7w_EaUFY), or to saw a woman in half (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEOTIIb0vUs) or is the magic in the art of entertainment itself. Is the “magic” found in the inspiration and the joy and the wonder within the viewer? If it is in fact the latter, then yes magic is real!
Now I could debate the realness of “magic” because I do believe in magic per se; not necessarily the magic of Harry Potter or Mary Poppins or the Witches of East End and Charmed; however I do believe that the metaphysical power that is innate to all of us that is commonly referred to as the miraculous, the mysterious, and the mystical can just as easily be called the magical.
Is it not magical that you can go to the movies and be transported in time and place filled with emotion, inspiration, passion, brought to laughter or tears by watching light projected onto a screen?
Is it not magical that you can plug in an iPod or put a CD into a CD player and the sounds of music whether in words or instrumental can affect your mood, your mind, and your motivation?
Is it not magical that you can watch puppies and kittens play and your heart expands in compassion and love?
Is it not magic that an individual such as Nelson Mandela or Anne Frank can inspire human evolution, transformation, and change?
Is it not magic that someone like Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarneschelli, or Gordon Ramsay can put a few ingredients together that, once cooked, send your taste buds to a place called heaven?
You see just because magic does not come from a wizard’s wand or a book of spells does not mean magic does not surround us every day in every moment. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of or ever read the book Your Word Is Your Wand by Florence Scovel Shinn or Wayne Dyer’s book Real Magic, but take this as your invitation to check them out; how you view magic just might change if it hasn’t already.
Blessings and Abracadabra