Just a while back, I had a wonderful opportunity to be invited to share my Journey of Change with a group of Youth at Risk. It was an extremely fruitful experience for me as I have never imagined to be doing this myself one day.
Just a few weeks before accepting this opportunity to give this talk. I wondered to myself if I were to take this up, how can I be different from other speakers that they probably have seen before. Thinking while I was growing up during my teenage years and having seen many different types of speakers till today, I figured that it would be best to be myself because no one can be the same you :)
The slides I prepared were simple and it was well received as I specifically tried to keep it less serious and not as dry as it should be. It was until the end where some Close Up Magic was introduced to close off, and it had a totally different type of positive reaction. It was an absolute outburst of joy and contentment combined a suspension of disbelief as soon as Magic started to set its’ foot in.
It was as if every single one of them ignored the current reality they were in and allowed Magic to be bring them to another dimension. There was this immense hope and gratitude that filled their eyes besides their screams and gasps of disbelief, and I knew only that good old Magic brought them there. They were absolutely absorbed by the Magic I showcased. I genuinely feel how they felt there and then, even though I was merely just performing at that instance. It felt extremely similar to my first time having seen Magic as a kid. It was like a rush of sparks that had just ignited from within my bones and you cannot never forget that feeling!
I absolutely enjoyed having shared this moment with them. At the end when it was time for goodbye, they all thanked me very happily and I was extremely gratified to see how all of them have responded to what I have given and brought to them.
It is always during moments like these that I know that Magic, has made it’s mark once again. Besides triggering the emotions of shock and surprise, this time, in much more positive and inspiring way, hopefully aspiring them to never give up on hope wherever they are or whatever situation they are in.
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