With all the hostility that seems to be going on around the world, there are even more people looking to bridge the gap between perceived differences that often seem to become an excuse for the anger.
Magic, the arts and music seem to be a natural way to help bring people together and naturally accepts and nurtures differences between people and cultures.
It doesn’t matter where I am – a street in London or a run down alleyway in India, performing magic is always a way to create a sense of wonder, fascination and acceptance. We all love a sense of mystery in our lives and even if people don’t really ‘believe’ in magic, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to believe at a deep level. That’s probably why so many people are drawn to stories like Lord Of The Rings or Harry Potter – we have an unconscious desire to seek magic in our lives!
And it is truly magical being able to perform to people who don’t even speak my language, but magic brings an instant rapport.
Several years ago I was running a workshop in criminology to a group of Chinese officials – none of whom spoke English. For the first half day of the training it was a real struggle – it took ages have everything translated by an interpreter and then not knowing if it was being translated exactly in the way I meant because I was getting little response!
But then I decided to perform a mentalism effect where I predicted a number that someone was thinking of, and suddenly the atmosphere in the room turned to pure astonishment!
Even in a context where language is a barrier and there is an initial attitude of difference, magic can cross boundaries and bring people together.
I frequently perform everything from stage shows to close up magic and mentalism, and when hired as a wedding magician magic is a wonderful way to bring groups of people together. When performing wedding magic, there are frequently groups of people at the wedding reception who don’t know other people and going up to groups and performing magic is a wonderful way to get groups of people bonding with each other. Whereas a traditional wedding magician might perform card tricks or coin tricks, my style focuses largely on mentalism where people become truly astonished about the power of the mind – everything from mind reading to metal bending that leaves people talking about the experience for weeks.