A couple of weekends ago I watched “Now You See Me”, which if you don’t know is a movie about magicians. I have always been fascinated by magic, illusion and sleight of hand. I haven’t been to a lot of magic shows personally, but if there is one on TV or I have the opportunity, I take advantage.
There are usually three kinds of people when it comes to “magic viewers”. The first kind are the indifferent, take-it-or-leave-it, “that’s quasi-interesting” type of people. The second kind are the people who watch solely to debunk the trick. The third kind are those who WANT to believe and get enraptured by the illusion. I fall squarely into the third kind.
The design of magic is to make people believe what they are seeing, but it only works if the audience makes the decision to suspend reality and believe what they are seeing. As children this is very easy to do. As adults, it’s a bit harder. We are too jaded by the world, too cynical to get caught up in the moment. This is too bad.
Imagine if we all suspended reality for a few short moments each day, what sort of wonders we might experience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting going through the entire day believing you have wings on your feet and can fly. However, the ‘land of make believe’ is still out there. Go find a good FICTION book. Watch an old favorite movie or tv show. Go to Disneyland! (Yeah, I wish!)
Remember that life can be hard and unyielding, but that just around the corner, there might be one more trick up its sleeve waiting to take you by surprise. Don’t walk through life hardened or that surprise might break you.