During our Channel News Asia interview yesterday morning, Ning & I were asked what we love about magic. I said it is because magic is the “art of astonishment”. This is a description coined by Paul Harris, a legendary close-up magician or close up kinda guy in his own words. (Incidentally, I met Paul in 1994 in Vegas and thought he is as eccentric as you would think he is from watching his tapes and reading his works).
Paul views magic as creating astonishment for the audience. Everything about the presentation of magic is to elicit that moment of astonishment from the audience.
It is this moment of astonishment that allows a person to truly believe that the impossible has just occured, and by extension, their paradigm of what is and is not possible is shattered, even it is just for a few moments.
However, these moments are very powerful as is it evokes a child-like wonder. A wonder that is often forgotten… or taken over by skeptism, jaded experiences and life lessons.
So, for me, magic is about knowing that nothing is impossible. No matter how unlikely, no matter how difficult, there is always a way. So, it goes beyond just a moment but is the portal to an optimistic outlook on life, knowing that anything is possible. It gives hope. Some people think that hope is dangerous. But hope is what keeps us going.
I draw a lot from Albert Einstein’s quote “Learn from Yesterday, Live for today, hope for tomorrow”. I’ve learnt & am learning everyday. I’m working unconditionally every day, with the hope for tomorrow.
But, one doesn’t really need hope when you believe and know. You just need perseverance, patience and strength. And then it is a conscious choice to be resolute.