Why I Love … Magic

This post is by Mystical Matthew, one of the professional magicians at Shizzle Dizzle Magic.

Being a professional magician means being a little eccentric. Who else would walk around with a fake goose that can supposedly read minds?

Mystical Matthew, The Great Nancini, and Miss. Cleo the Mind Reading Goose

Why do I love magic? The answer seems obvious … or is it? Most people assume I love magic because I love tricking people. They think I get a thrill out of feeling superior to someone else. That somehow knowing a “secret” makes me smarter.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is a bit more complicated. Let’s start here:

“All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”—T.E. Lawrence

As children, the world is a brand new place for each of us. Everything’s a mystery. We embrace the unknown simply because we have no other option. Children are dreamers by design. That’s why they’re so enthusiastic about magic.

Then something happens. We grow up.

Wonder is replaced by fear. We learn that the unknown is a dangerous thing. We discover the hard way that what you don’t know really can hurt you.

We respond by pushing our dreams into the void of darkness and sleep where they’re left to rot. We replace them with the illusion of security.

Somehow we figure that if we can push the unknown out of our consciousness it will stop existing. We go about our daily lives believing that every question can be answered with a Google search.

That’s a pathetic way to live. Dreams are the foundation of what makes us human. They’re powerful things. Look around you. Everything from your car to your cell phone started out as a dream in somebody’s head.

Just because you can’t hold it, see it, or touch it doesn’t mean it’s not real. Those dreams you have that could change the world? They’re real and they’re more powerful than you can imagine.

The only question is whether you’ll embrace them. Let them take over your waking existence. Do what it takes to pull them from your mind and push them into the physical realm.

The first step to doing that is accepting the unknown. Understand that the more we learn, the more questions we’ll have. Accept the danger of the unknown, but don’t let it replace wonder with fear.

I do magic to remind people of this fact. To “jolt them awake.” Ironically, I’m trying to shatter the illusion they’ve built for themselves that their lives are totally in control.

The responses I get are all over the map. Some people respond enthusiastically. They embrace my art because they love the possibilities of their own imagination.

Other people respond negatively. I’ve just shattered their feelings of safety. They don’t like that. They want nothing more than to push my art (and me) out of their minds.

Then there’s a third group in the middle. They start out not really knowing what to expect, but slowly it dawns on them. The feeling of wonder seeps back into their consciousness and they walk away transformed.

These people are dangerous. These people are why I do magic.

I’m not here to “trick” you. I’m here to remind you of the power of your own imagination. I’m here to help you change the world. To make this place better. To leave something worthwhile behind for the next generation.

That’s why I love magic.

Mystical Matthew is one of the professional magicians at Shizzle Dizzle Magic. They specialize in corporate event entertainment. Be sure to check out their blog for that latest about what they’re up to!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for taking the time to write this, Mystical Matthew. We all can use a reminder now and then about the power of our imaginations.

    I’ve worked for more than two decades as a writer and editor, and the world of publishing changes by the day. I always need to look for new ideas, and it never hurts to find a little magic.

  2. You have a fantastic approach to magic but don’t be disheartened by the negative people you can find the people who reacts negatively can be good spectators however normally they have a barrier that you need to break, they have a wall of dislike some because they have had bad experiences with magicians in the past and others because they just don’t like being full however from experience I find if you allow them to take their path and you are genuine as 90% of the time they will be with other people who are enjoying what you are doing you will win them round. The only time I have felt that I might not after my performance they came and found me and apologised to how they were and said how good they thought I was but it is always going to be down to your approach to these people that it is most important.

  3. Why call yourself “Mystical Matthew” do you not think that this creates a sterotypical view of what a magician is, it is as if you are trying to seem different form every other human being why just not call yourself Matthew, especially if you were to perform street magic calling yourself “Mystical Matthew” just makes people think “Oh god, I have seen this type of boring old stuff before”. What do you think ?

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