Who comes to a Magic Shop? The answer seems obvious; magicians and those who want to become magicians or the curious. But there are others that come. And that’s what is not so obvious. And it is those people who make me feel happy that I have a magic shop, even more than the magicians.
Two young girls came in yesterday, not at the same time, but strangely, on the same day. They may have been in their early twenties. To me that’s young. They had both been here before. The first one was vague about what she wanted. At first I didn’t remember her. I showed her a few things and then it hit me. She was so shy she could hardly talk to people. She had told me that the last time she was here. I told her she was in good company. I told her about Romaine, who was so shy as a teenager, he couldn’t talk to people. I showed her a photo of him with his Spanish feathered friend, José. I said that’s why he learned ventriloquism, so he could talk through his dummy. From there he went on to magic. Now he is a world famous magician and is not afraid to speak to anyone!
This time I asked her how she did with the tricks she bought last time. She said she shakes a little still when she does them but she is getting better. She is determined to get over her shyness and she is doing it with magic!
The next person that came in was a teacher. She wanted something that would get the attention of her pupils, and also be part of the lesson. She tried to picture herself as a child and thought of what would grab her attention at a young age. She did not want a magic trick per say, to confuse or dazzle the children. She ended up with the Paper Hat Tears. She liked the idea of tearing something apart and coming up with something entirely different. She felt there was a lessson in that. I told here I wish I had had a teacher that cared so much about me as she did for her pupils.
Then there’s a man who comes in to buy gifts for very sick kids in the hospital, to lift their spirits. These are some of the people, wonderful people, who come to the magic shop.