The holiday season is magical.
In my early-teens I frequented the Greater Louisville Magic Emporium; it was the finest magic store in Louisville and had a small 75 seat theatre in the back. By this time I had performed on that stage a few times – and to me it was like working in Vegas. The shop felt like an extension of the community that I was a part of in my local club.
One day when my mom was picking me up from the store she kicked me out for a few minutes. She explained to the man behind the counter that she needed some Christmas gift ideas for me. In years past she had purchased magic for me from toy stores and the like, but she knew I needed something at the next level.
I was performing for children’s birthday parties mostly, she explained to him, and a few other events. Together they filled a box of supplies for me; some were even those much discussed and oft-fantasized about ‘top shelf props’.
So, my first ‘professional’ magic props were under the tree. On Christmas morning I opened a change bag, mis-made flag silks, a magic coloring book, a trick where crayons magically filled a crayon box, and the piece-de-resistance; MAK Magic’s Stratosphere. I thought I had it made; these props were exactly what I needed. They became staples of my shows for many years. Time has passed since that Christmas morning but those magical memories are still very much a part of me.
The word ‘magic’ is used liberally throughout the month. And it’s no mystery; magic is infused into the DNA of the various celebrations that comprise this holiday season. But magic, our performance art, is non-denominational. Our gift as magicians is the ability to evoke a sense of joy and wonder.
Our club – our magical community – is still for me a special place for like-minded individuals to discuss the joys of bringing our magic to the world. Ring 129 members should be proud of the magic we gift to this and any other season.
Happy Holidays to all!
Ring 129 President