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Silversleights04
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I'm glad it resonated with you Bob. I'm a child of the '90s, so I grew up during the big tech shift. I feel like technology has made it easier than ever to connect with people and make friends all around the world (like here!), but it can also be a shelter for people where they isolate and distract themselves from the world.

The world still has great mysteries left, but technology makes them so available and solvable that they're almost trivial to some people. I think natural mysteries like the ones found in science and nature are something different, though still mysterious and astonishing in their own way. To clarify by *human mysteries*, I mean mysteries made by humans for the sole purpose of engaging people's curiosity. Puzzles, riddles, escape rooms, scavenger hunts are also great examples. But for me, magic/mentalism is a phenomenal and unique human mystery, it's worth experiencing and it's worth practicing and performing to share with others.

I have no doubt that you'll offer the world plenty of mysteries with magic Smile
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I think I get what you mean, Silversleight. Alice and Wonderland is sort of a giant human mystery in your sense, I think. I suppose that puzzles and riddles can lose their mystery if people decide to just look up the answers. But of course they don't *have* to. Scavenger hunts are great; I'm especially fond of Easter Egg Hunts, because of its association with childhood and with the mystery of the world quietly coming alive again in the spring.


Thanks for your good wishes. Smile
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I live in an area that is heavy forest, it is called the piney woods of east Texas. I live on a beautiful lake and enjoy the peaceful life here. The folks that live and work here are a very hardy bunch and are some of the best folks you would hope to meet. When I am asked to perform a parlor routine I know that the folks there will be hard working folks like welders, oil and gas field workers, heavy equipment operators, truckers. These folks are upset at politics and such also. But they like to escape the pressures of life also, this is where magic comes in. They really enjoy the mysteries of the old vintage effects and many have told me that the stories and history of the older stuff takes them back to childhood and they forget just for a few minutes all their troubles. To me this is what magic is about, not to fool anyone but rather amaze them and in return they give back to you a smile and laugh.
Silversleights04
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Well said Gerald, I couldn't agree more! It also sounds like you've got quite the hidden gem of a home there. It's wonderful that you can give them that escape back to a simpler time, magic is beautiful like that Smile
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Thank you for reply yes we all need an escape now and then. Magic is my method and I try to share it in a way that has some meaning instead of just doing an effect and to try to fool the viewer, folks don't like to be fooled but they do like to be amazed even if for a few minutes. It is funny how certain things will trigger us to suddenly go back to other times in our lives. I can smell popcorn and immediately go back to the carnival and the midway, I am there in my mind the sounds the music the lights funny how that works. I am still a kid at heart and a bit nostalgic, no a lot nostalgic.
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I have been absent for a bit - taking care of my wife in the hospital since October ...
so, to this thread I offer a story for long ago, before most of reader were born - just to plant a seed of thought.

....

This old guy laughed at my latest attempt at performing Winged Silver saying, “somethin’ magic about a coin and you shouldn’t have to work so hard at it.” He indicated I should toss one to him. I hesitated, a bit fearful he might drop my Morgan. He caught it in his left hand and bounced it a bit to get to know it better, I guess. Then he closed his fingers slowly as if protecting a butterfly, blew on his fist and laughed again. His right hand gestured me to look closer as his left opened like a blooming lotus. Nothing! Both hands empty.

Now, I know I am supposed to be trying to figure out, “how he done it.” Least wise a lot of notable magicians tell me so. I just allowed myself to wallow in the beauty and simplicity of it all. The memory is worth nurturing more than the how of it. Finally, I held out my hand and chuckled. He shook my hand with a strange grip where his fingertip brushed the inside of my wrist. I pulled my hand back and stared at it, then back to him. My special coin was in his fingers. A toss and it was mine once more.

“Pretty incredible moves,” I murmured.

“No, he whispered, “You wanted magic. Expected it even. So, it happened.” Then, he wandered off.

I guess I have to practice in the park more often.
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What a great story, thanks for sharing. Hope all is well.
Regards Gerald
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