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Wow!! What a topic. I had the pleasure of seeing Andre Kole perform. For those that don't know, He is a Christian Magician and Illusion Designer. He had a FANTASTIC SHOW, Copperfieldesque. (Andre Kole designed many of the illusions Copperfield uses). The show consisted of full stage illusions, audience participation the whole gammit. It wasn't until the very end of the show that he shared his Chritian Faith. He just spoke from his heart what Jesus Christ had done to change his life and then performed an illusion, that clarified the whole Christian message. Christ taking up residence in your heart, by invitation, and experiencing real change. The illusion was powerful, and it illustrated the message perfectly. Even Jesus used parables, stories, so that people could understand. Anyway, it was the BEST Magic Show I ever went to.
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Having been away for awhile, I have had some time to reflect on this discussion, in particular message vs method. I have come to the following conclusions:

1. As Christians we are to provide our very best effort. You may not have the ability to be a world class professional entertainer, but you should give your performances your very best effort. Ask yourself, if I were doing this for money would I work harder. If you would work harder for money, something that won't last, shouldn't you be working at least as hard for God?

2. I have seen the debate where there are those that fear their performance will take away from the message. There is some validity to this. If your performance is inconsistent from the Christian lifestyle, as defined in the Bible, then you are correct to worry about your presentation.

However, I do believe that it is a bit presumptuous to believe that your performance may overpower the message. Upon reflection, such an attitude indicates that the message is weak. I for one, do not believe the gospel message is so fragile. This would be like a pastor saying he is not going to do his best on his sermons for fear that his personal style would overwhelm the message. Smile

As stated earlier your motivation for what you are doing needs to be examined carefully. I believe inappropriate motivation is what has been responsible for Darmoe, experincing "Christian" performers who were less than Christian in behavior. I can celebrate Halloween, dress up like a witch, but it won't make me a pagan. Just like other's can spout scripture and present themselves as a Christian and not really be one. I know we all are human and we have a sinful nature to contend with, but this should make each of us think about, are we truly living what we profess to believe.

I appreciate everyone's additions to this thread as each has provided me an opportunity to be truly reflective and introspective about my motivations for what I am doing in the realm of Gospel magic.
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Andre Kole will be performing in Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA area) on Wednesday October 16th. Ticket sales will start soon. Meanwhile here is a temporary site for more information.
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