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March 28, 20243 min read

The Magic of Now: A Magician's Journey Through the Mind

In the realm of magic, where the impossible becomes possible, and reality is not what it seems, lies a profound exploration of the human psyche. As a magician, I've spent countless hours delving into the mechanics of tricks and illusions, but what captivates me most is not the sleight of hand itself, but the psychology behind it.

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The quote by Søren Kierkegaard, "There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true," resonates deeply with me, both as a magician and a thinker.

This duality of belief and skepticism is a tightrope I walk every day. In a performance, magic creates a space where disbelief is suspended, yet, paradoxically, it is this very suspension that sharpens our critical thinking. As spectators, we are challenged to discern truth from illusion, a skill that is increasingly vital in our everyday lives. 

Through magic, I endeavor to not only entertain but to awaken a healthy skepticism in my audience—a skepticism that encourages us to question, to look closer, to not accept the surface level as the only reality.

(Side note: For more on one of the most underrated skills to have-skepticism, one can't do better than Carl Sagan's- Demon Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark. A must read in my opinion!)

Yet, there is another layer to this exploration: the power of the mind and its ability to shape our reality. In my presentations, I aim to illustrate how our perceptions influence our experience of the world. The mind, with all its biases and beliefs, filters our reality, often limiting us in unseen ways. By adopting a magician's skepticism, we can begin to see these filters for what they are—illusions of their own making.

And it is here, in the recognition of our mental constructs, that we find the power of now. The past, with its regrets and triumphs, is a memory; the future, with its uncertainties and promises, is a dream. But the present? The present is real and tangible. Embracing the now frees us from the illusions that bind us, allowing us to live fully in the moment. This is not merely a philosophical musing but a practical approach to life that magic has taught me. By focusing on the present, we open ourselves to the true magic of existence—the joy of being.

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In my journey as a magician, I have come to see that the greatest trick is not one I perform on stage, but one we all can perform: the trick of living fully, embracing each moment as it comes, without the weight of the past or the anxiety of the future. This is the true magic of the mind, and it is a magic that we all possess.

So, let us be magicians, not just in performance, but in life. Let us question, let us wonder, and most importantly, let us live in the now. For in the end, it is the only time we ever truly have.

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