It doesn’t happen very often, but when you get to meet someone you idolize, it’s an incredible moment.
It happened to Resh Gohel, of Darwen, England. The magician is also the owner of Resh’s Restaurant, and his guests last week included two of his favorites: David Blaine and Derren Brown. He got a chance to tell each of them about how the magicians inspired him to pursue magic — Gohel, a performer who works weddings and corporate events, hopes to leave the restaurant behind and perform full-time.
Gohel got to express his gratitude for discovering how magic can influence people’s lives.
“The main thing I love about it is that everybody has problems in their lives, but when you perform to somebody and do something that wows them, they forget about them,” he said to the Lancashire Telegraph. “You know for a fact that they are bamboozled and that they have forgotten about everything else. Nothing else matters for those few minutes.”
The story got us thinking: Are you ready to meet your idol? What would you do if you did? Squeal and giggle? Pump ’em for information? Get an autograph? We believe in the power of positive thinking, so it never hurts to mentally prepare to meet the person who inspires you. And the exchange might help give you some motivation or insight to help push your magic to the next level. Here’s some tips:
Going to a lecture for your favorite magician is a lot different than seeing them while you’re out. At a public event where the visit from that celebrity is the centerpiece, then there is likely a meet-and-greet time or other structured method of getting to talk to them. But bumping into them in public is another matter entirely. Just because you see them doesn’t mean that they are ready to get back to work and deal with people. You should have no expectations for the interaction, whether it’s an autograph or an explanation. All you may get is a simple nod of recognition, so be ready for that, and cherish it. Don’t let disappointment ruin it for you.
If you do get a moment for an exchange, it may be for just one or two sentences. So, a quick thank-you couldn’t hurt. The performers who inspire you have worked incredibly hard and made difficult sacrifices to get where they are. Think of a brief sentence or two that quickly encapsulates your gratitude.
Look inside yourself: See that inner fanboy, jumping up and down, yelling “OMG OMG OMG OMG,” hyperventilating and pulsing with energy from getting the chance to meet someone important to them? Handcuff that inner fanboy and chill. You’re getting a chance to have an interaction with a person (who happens to be someone famous). If you can carry on a conversation like a normal person, both you and the performer will get more out of the exchange.
What’s the one question you’d ask them? What’s the most important blank in your knowledge that they can fill in? Keep in mind that you may never get to ask this question, even if all of the above goes well. Also keep in mind that your question may change as you learn more about magic. But it never hurts to have it ready.
FOUR POINTS is a regular feature that celebrates magicians’ favorite number by highlighting four critical bits of importance, awesomeness or otherwise. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.