The Value of Magic and Mentalism
I attended a Chamber of Commerce event recently.
At my table was a person who owned her own real estate company, a commercial banker, a financial planner, and an attorney.
As happens at these events, we introduced ourselves and spoke briefly about what we do – the elevator pitch, as it is sometimes called.
What struck me in this conversation was that each of us believed we had something significant to contribute to our county and to each other.
Real estate agents help home buyers find their dream home.
Lawyers help us when we need legal counsel.
Financial planners help us prepare for the future.
But what does a mentalist do, and it is as important as what these other professionals do?
Magic and mentalism are performing arts; they are also a form of entertainment.
During the great depression, entertainment art forms including live theatre, radio, and movies prospered. This fact speaks to the value that society placed on these services at that time.
But why did those in impoverished circumstances spend on entertainment?
Why did people that might not be able to purchase bread choose to spend what little they had on entertainment?
Magicians and mentalists, by the way, were leading box office draws during this period.
Magic and mentalism offers four things to those who watch or participate.
First, magic and mentalism provides a source of hope.
If we can believe for only a moment that the world is magical or that our potential is great, then our spirits are lifted and our lives improved.
Second, magic and mentalism is a source of joy.
Asking, “What is the value of magic,” is a little like asking, “What is the value of happiness or delightful experiences?”
Magic and mentalism are you unique in the world of entertainment in that their primary objective is the experience of wonder.
Doug Henning said, “ The art of a magician is to create wonder. If we live with a sense of wonder, our lives will be filled with joy.”
How valuable is joy or a joyous experience?
Third, magic and mentalism is a source of healing.
Tony Folden said, “It helps us cope. It allows us time to heal. It helps us forget for just a moment that we are struggling. It also gives us hope that we can bounce back and make a better life. It helps us feel human again. Without it, we would just fade away.”
Finally, magic and mentalism offers us a source of inspiration.
Mentalism more than any other art form can inspire in us the belief that we can do impossible things, that we can achieve our goals in life.
Am I proud of what I do?
You bet I am.
How many professions offer hope, joy, healing, and inspiration to their customers?