Magic is usually just for entertainment. Amusement. Good times.
Sure, it will make you think much more then the average movie or live band. But still... it's just for fun... most of the time.
Sometimes, when in the midst of minor amusements, something serious happens. Something inspiring, something that you'll never forget.
I'd like to share a few of my experiences, and invite the readers to share their own.
The majority of my work is for adult audiences. Corporate special events, nightclubs, etc.
But sometimes I do perform for children. I have a family (all-ages) show that is a ton of fun at fairs and festivals.
Here are a few real quotes I heard from parents after my shows.
-"You don't know how much that meant to us. That was the first time that my kids have laughed since our house burned down. Their brother has been in the hospital for weeks, and it's been very hard on the them."
-"I haven't seen them laugh since the divorce. Thank you."
I also volunteer regularly for charity organizations. While at one of these volunteer events, I experienced the highlight of my career. I once made a little girl laugh... a few hours after her doctor told her that she had 6 months left to live.
At another charity event, I was performing the juggling portion of my show. In my family show, I juggle balls and then I ask a kid from the audience to hold sticks while I spin plates on them. It's fun and empowering for the child because he\she takes all the credit for a spectacular stunt.
Normally during my juggling routine I ask for a volunteer, and every kids hand shoots up in the air!
But on that day, I saw something that I've never seen before or since.
I saw a foot shoot up in the air.
There was a little girl in the audience who was born without arms.
I asked her to come up to the stage, and she did. She sat in the very center of the stage, and held her feet up high making a V shape with her legs.
She took the sticks with her toes, and I spun the plates on top of them like I always do and asked the audience to applaud for this amazing girl! She smiled the biggest and most confident smile I can remember while the whole crowd roared and clapped furiously!
That moment will stick with me for the rest of my life. I think about it whenever I face a task that seems too difficult or impossible.
I'm not sharing these experiences to brag. While I do believe that I'm very good at what I do, I don't believe that these experiences are unique to me, or even out of reach to less experiences entertainers. I would like to encourage everyone to share love and happiness, in any way they can. And no matter who you are, you may someday make a tremendous difference in someone's life.