We learned early in our magic career that most magicians are shy. Are you? One well known magician was brought to our shop about forty years ago, when he was 11 years old, by his grandfather. “Do something for the kid. He’s shy.” said the grandfather. I showed him Mental Photo. That did it. He was hooked. He went on to be a full time magician and inventor of magic tricks. I’m sure most of you have at least one of his tricks or DVDs.
My own grandson, who was a quiet child, not a show-off, not loud, not boisterous and certainly not a performer, but did some magic but not shows, just played around with it a little, was asked by Ozzie Elizoff if he would be in a magic show he was putting on at the Dollar Theatre in Decarie Square. It was a variety show, there was a professional magician, Joe Culpepper, a juggler, Cam Fleming, Rory Alias who was another young magician, and a comedian. Ozzie was the host.
We were in shock when our grandson said yes. When we got to the theatre on “Show Nite” Phil went back stage with our grandson and said, “Are you nervous?”and he said yes. “That’s good. Every performer is nervous before they go on. You need that adrenaline.. But if they start throwing tomatoes at you, there’s the back door to the lane, so you can escape.”
He performed and did well. We were so proud of him. Now, three years later, he’s still not boisterous, but he’s not shy. He’ a self-confident young man. I’m not saying it was the magic that did it, but it was a start.
I have an idea why shy people like magic. When you’re shy you don’t like all the attention on you. When you do magic the attention is not on you, but on the magic. You get the credit for it, but it’s the magic they are watching.
Do a good job and you’ll get recognition and admiration from others. That builds confidence. Soon you won’t only have confidence when doing magic, but in everything else as well. So if you’re shy or know a kid that’s shy, buy him or her magic that’s age appropriate so they can do it in school for show and tell or in a talent show or just among their friends. You’ll be surprised what a positive outcome that will be. We’ll help you choose the right thing for the right person. We look forward to hearing from you.
We’d love to hear what magic did for you.