A Message From the President
Wonder is always there. It’s up to us to find it, recognize it, and share it. Imagine you were a
security guard at a museum and were surrounded by Picasso, Van Gogh, or Monet paintings all day.
If you were constantly surrounded by these works of beauty, would you start to take it for granted?
Sometimes we do. And sometimes we need a new perspective to rekindle our sense of awe.
It’s easy for us to take for granted the „magical world‟ we live in because we are magicians. We
are tasked with creating miracles with something as small as a single playing card. Sometimes we
get caught up in the mechanics of our „magic tricks‟ and we forget that our audience is sup- posed
to be seeing „magic‟. Our tricks become as rote to us, as that Picasso-painting to the security
guard. Avoiding that pitfall is a dialogue amongst magicians that would take up more space than
this column allows.
But, I do think you owe it to yourself as a hobbyist, a performer, or simply as a lover of magic to
experience moments of wonder that are new to you. Challenge yourself to experience some- thing
that speaks to your sense-of-awe as much as the first magic trick you ever saw. I know, this
sounds corny and very Doug Henning-ish and maybe it is but Henning genuinely looked for magic
and wonder everywhere. There is no question that Doug Henning changed magic for the better – so
maybe if we seek new magical experiences for ourselves, we will in turn be able to give our
audience a better experience.
Interpret this challenge loosely; Venture around on Google, YouTube, your favorite magic shop
(online or brick-and-mortar), or at a Ring meeting ask a friend to show you something new. As an
example: Do you know about Cardistry? Do you know the story of Servais LeRoy? Have you seen Justin
Willman’s new Netflix series? These are three incredibly different topics and in the last month
I’ve had the opportunity to see or learn about each of them. Experiencing these opportunities
with a curious mind has led to several wonder-filled moments of wow.
We have these opportunities at each Ring meeting too! Just like that hypothetical job in the art
museum, your 236th time at a Ring meeting might seem pretty pedestrian to you but, it might be
someone else’s first time at a magic meeting. It might even be the first time that person has even
had the opportunity to hang out with other magicians. (I remember my first magic club meeting as
a definite moment of wonder). As a Ring 129 member, you have the opportunity and, I believe, the
responsibility of inviting and welcoming new members into our Ring 129
World of Wonder.
All the best,
Ring 129 President