Magic exists, and exists in the mind. Your mind is so powerful; it allows you to have thoughts, sights, and pleasures. Not only that, but you have dreams. Just sit back and think about that. You have dreams, images, lifelike people and situations, all while you sleep.
It’s an amazing tool, a tool that we as magicians must learn to use. Minds can be misdirected, and not even know that misdirection is occurring. When this happens our art has truly reached its height. It’s when the “magic” really happens.
Every thing we do follows this simple rule, a rule of misdirection. Every single sleight we know depends on one thing, deceiving the mind, misdirecting it. Causing the mind to see something happen, that really isn’t happening, we cause the mind to create a reality that doesn’t exist. But since it is created in that moment, and the mind projects it, it becomes reality. “Magic” happens.
This is more then just art, this is more then just misdirecting. It’s showing people that the impossible is possible. You say that you really can’t take a card, and place it in the middle of a deck, and make it come to the top. But you can, if your mind projects that reality, you truly can do this. In fact, this makes all things possible.
When I’m performing, I tell people I’m not trying to lie to them, I’m not trying to deceive you into giving me money. I’m trying to show them that just because you see something you can’t explain, does not mean it didn’t happen. The fact that you can’t understand it, doesn’t make it impossible. Your own limitations will be set by one thing, your mind. Because your mind will project the reality of impossibility and that is the only reason you will not succeed.
For me, magic has become more then just an art, but the way I observe the world, and the way I understand the things around me. I see things not as limitations, but as opportunities to overcome.
It’s understanding that I am going to set my own limitations; the only person that allows me to fail is myself. My wife supports me, but that doesn’t mean I won’t fail. I will fail because I have allowed my self to, because I have projected the reality that it’s impossible to succeed.
That is the same reason you can’t get that DL down, or because you can’t get that palm down. You might say you have small hands, but I tell you, small hands has nothing to do with it. You have told yourself you cannot do it, and that is why you aren’t doing it.
You’re mind is a powerful tool, and you can use to against you, or for you. It all depends on how you approach your life, and your magic.
Magic, my friend, is real.