I’ve dealt with this topic before. When someone says magician, even with street magicians being so popular like David Blaine, Chris Angel, etc, somehow the idea of a Top Hat still comes to mind. I guess that speaks of my age more than anything else and yet a lady phoned the other day because her 5 year old wanted a top hat, more than anything else. And he’s been wanting it since he was 3. That’s a good part of his life that he’s been wanting a top hat, so I guess I’m not the only one that thinks top hat and magician in the same thought.
So call me sexist or agist or whatever you want, but when I came to the shop this morning and saw a middle aged woman, in shorts and a t-shirt, my first thought was that, like so many calls I get, its a different kind of magic they are looking for. Then I thought it could be a grandmother or aunt wanting to get some gifts. Wrong! Wrong! and Wrong! It was a lady who performs magic in schools and hospitals for kids as a volunteer. She was a lovely person, with a great sense of humour, and who had made a lot of her magic props herself. She was delighted to find a magic shop, and of course I was delighted as well. We have other customers who buy stuff and do volunteer shows at hospitals and even buy little tricks for the kids.
These magicians say it gives them a lift to see the expression on the kids’ faces and to see how much fun they are having, and for a while at least,the kids forget about about their ailments.
So a tip of the top hat to the magicians who bring magic to these children.