Magic and People in Reality

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Through the streets of downtown Brooklyn, what are those people that actually see magic in front of their eyes, do they believe or do they just don't care? Just a simple, get to the point story you might enjoy :) no twists and turns, just a point to make.

Submitted: March 13, 2015

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Walking through the streets of downtown Brooklyn on my college breaks, about two to three hours, I see people interact with each other, face to face or on hands free conversations on their phone. I pass by a vendor that sells breakfast such as bagels, rolls and beverages ranging from Snapple to Coca-Cola. How he speaks with his customers is a certain sense of delight in my case. Cracking jokes, asking them how was their day, keeping them in attention while they buy food which may make them consider to eat there again next time. “Can I get one small coffee and a sesame bagel with cream cheese?” a man asked. The vendor says, “Sure, why not, as long as you are paying!” They both start to laugh. I thought to myself, “What a beautiful day it is!”  Releasing my joy that he is doing the same work as me; the only difference is that he sells food, I perform magic. Excluding the fact that most people don’t believe in such thing, my confidence is boosted. In my hands were a deck of cards, feeling the surface of the packet revealed a smooth touch to it. Finding a bench, located in front of the Marriott hotel, unboxing the deck of cards. Performing street magic has been a great interest of mine ever since I started it, more than two years ago. I kept on questioning magic, how to do that or is that even possible. Once I found out the secrets, it grabbed my full attention and have been doing it ever since.

Under my category of skills that I conduct, I define the actions of coin, card and ring magic. Majority of it are on all the card skills, that’s how I got started or however any other magician starts, with playing cards. This is easily said that it is unpaid work. In fact, some offer me but I refuse them, I do this to entertain the people and as well as myself. When I say myself, I mean the reactions I receive, they are simply amusing to me. As much I am busy at home, as much as spare time I have during my college breaks. In my agenda, I practice for a full hour or so and then perform it to the public, they never see it coming. Let me let you on a little secret of us magicians. Doing this kind of “work” is not just ta-da and you are done. Just like how I mentioned before, the guy in the vendor was interacting with the people to get their attention, I simply do the same. Doing magic is a significant thing itself but drawing attention to show them my repertoire is a whole different and complex situation itself alone.

Ever since my first semester of college, I practiced and practiced day by day on my breaks. Practice is a big deal when performing magic. You need a lot of patience for it because it takes a while to get even the simplest of tricks done. There is actually two parts to practicing; how to do the trick and how to perform the trick. Knowing how to do the trick, that’s buying the furniture you may say but performing it, that’s building the furniture without the instructions, it’s pretty difficult. So what I do is that when I practice, I like to act out the people’s reactions or any questions they would ask so I can stay on the comfort zone while I’m out of it. I get weird stares from time to time but it doesn’t affect me because once I start the show, they are going to make more weird stares, they are going to be mind-blown and that’s what keeps my confidence going. Practice is always key but it’s not show time yet however because after a few experiences, I found out that just walking up to a person and asking them if they want to see magic was such a bad idea to even introduce yourself as a person. It just eliminates the full burst of energy you had in yourself to perform and just sounds awkward to just walk up to a stranger and ask that. So what I did was actually searched up online some good conversation starters to just sneak in that magic into it.

Some people just decide to walk away because they are bored with the ordinary, they want to see the extraordinary. “Hey man, even my dog could do this,” one said. Eventually I get them off-guard once I do actually show the extraordinary like this trick called the telepathy. “Okay, what I want you do is pick any card from the deck and sign it with this sharpie.” I hand the spectator named James the sharpie and I also do the same as he does. “What do I do now,” he asks. “Fold it into fours and put it into your pocket, making sure that I won’t be able to get it out.” Again, I do the same instructions as him. “Okay man, this is where the awkwardness starts, this is nothing creepy, just part of the trick, I want you to bear with me here,” I say to James while his eyes widen up in shock. I proceed to hold James’ hands into mines, looking at him straight in his eyes. “Hey man, this doesn’t feel right, you gay or something?” As much as funny that sounded, I had to keep still, just a few seconds more. I then let go of his hands, take out the card that was in my pocket and reveal that it’s actually his signed card! “I don’t believe this shit!” he exclaimed. He takes out the card he had in his pocket and saw that it was my signed card. Eyes widened like never before, “Bro you got to teach me that, I’m trying to pick up ladies here!” I chuckled at him and said, “Have patience and you shall get the lady of your life, don’t you worry and by the way, I am not gay.”

It is true that magic is not real literally but figuratively it is when it comes to its synonym, deception where one shows one factor while hiding the other one in plain sight. I had good and bad situations in which affected my utilizing of magic. One good one is when I did the trick perfect, no flaw and everyone becomes amazed. The people that I performed to such as James starts to ask me how I do it or how is that even possible. One bad situation is that they say that magic isn’t real or that’s so fake where it puts my respect level down about people. I understand that these things are only tricks but it’s an interest that keeps me going on a regular day to day basis. At the end of the day, I figure out what kind of people there are such as how James wanted to get ladies, how I am to improve on my social or performing skills and how I can take my “work” to the next level. 


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