Magic. What do we get out of it?

February 16th, 2011 | Sean Fields | Filed Under Uncategorized

When I first started this blog, I asked readers for their input. Well, Lee Asher was the first to chime in with a topic, but fellow Canadian Scott Handford was right behind him with a story that I found so touching, I had to share it with you. I will let Scott tell you in his own words…

“Everyone always talks about how magic influences or affects their spectators, but I rarely see anyone talk about what it means to them. I don’t know how to phrase this as a topic…I’m not getting at ‘here’s how magic makes my soul sing in the rain’ or anything hokey like that.

Using myself as an example; I’m epileptic and used to have multiple seizures a day. That’s not really the kind of thing that goes hand in hand with magic, cards especially…not unless you’re going for the sympathy vote like that kid with the kites on America’s Got Talent.

Anyways, my neurologist told me to take up a hobby that uses lots of manual dexterity to give some of my synapses something else to do with their time. He suggested painting or caligraphy, but I remembered all the lame math-based row tricks my uncle used to show me when I was a little kid and so I went and bought a deck of cards and found a copy of Sleight of Hand by Edwin Sachs at a moldy used bookstore.

Now, I only have a seizure every couple of weeks.

I guess I could say magic healed me….but if I did it’d sound kinda flimsy and new agey.”

Thanks Scott, for such a great story.

Scott’s subsequent question was what has magic done for the performers? We know how it astounds and affects audiences, but what do we get out of it?

This is an interesting question, and one that has many answers. I, like Scott, want to hear your thoughts. Post them in the comments section.

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  1. Thanks Sean.

    Interestingly enough, as of today I actually haven’t had a seizure in weeks and weeks and weeks. Nothing about my medication has changed, everything is still stat quo in the rest of my life, and so I’m left to draw the conclusion that the longer I do magic the healthier my nervous system is. As to intention tremors (as magicians, we *all* face them from time to time but some epileptics shake like San Andreas), I used to have a hard time just holding a deck of cards steady in one hand…but right now I can almost hold my hand rock solid indefinetly.

    I really am curious what magic has done to or in the lives of the rest of the clan.