My affinity for magic dates back to the first time I saw David Copperfield perform on television. In 1981, he made an airplane disappear. In 1983 he made the Statue of Liberty disappear. In 1984 he flew over the Grand Canyon.
He made the impossible seem possible.
I loved that.
And since it is a child’s nature to be curious, to be inspired and to dream, David Copperfield provided all of that with each appearance, or should I say disappearance, on television.
Something happened as I grew older.
I would watch a magician perform, or just anyone perform a magic trick for that matter, and I would clamber to try and figure out how it was done.
I would go to the library and check out books that shared magic secrets to learn how to do the trick.
I would then practice a magic trick over and over again. I would share these tricks with my family and friends. I would record myself on an old camcorder doing my own magic shows.
I wanted to be David Copperfield.
The more I did this, and the more I shared my magic tricks with others, the more I realized how hard it was to sustain people’s level of wonderment and awe.
How did you do that??? Quickly turns into…tell us how you did that!! I need to know how you did that!
It was almost as if wonderment and awe turned into frustration and angst.
As if magic was only meant for people to find answers and reasons.
What happened to wonderment and awe?? What happened to inspiration and dreaming??
What happened to that kid who was glued to the television with the feeling that the impossible was possible?
As I approach the ripe old age of 44 I desire to be that kid again who wants to be amazed. Who wants to see the wonder in things. Who wants to believe in magic.
As we get set to begin a new school year, I seek to bring back magic.
There is magic all around us. We could benefit from taking a step back to be amazed. To find that wonderment and awe.
We don’t always have to know the answers to everything…sometimes it’s just great to feel the magic and move on.
Such is the lesson of magic.
**This blog is dedicated to my son, Carter, who turns 13 years old today. I am constantly in a state of wonderment and awe by you. Keep making your magic, Carter.