Last night (April 22, 2014) I had the opportunity of attending Joshua Jay‘s lecture in San Francisco, and this was my first time seen him performing or lecturing. He did lecture in Puerto Rico (my home country) a couple years back, but missed it because it was right after I had moved to the Bay Area. We however have a couple friends in common, so I was lucky to be e-Introduced to him beforehand and he already knew I was going to stop by.
The guy is amazing! He’s approachable, humble, and he’s a true magic geek. His execution is flawless, as is his stage presence, and by watching him you can’t help but think that you’d want to be like him when you grow up.
There’s something really amazing about this lecture, and I guess about magic in general. Magic is not only about tricks or sleight-of-hand. Magic is about relating to others. Magic is about understanding how people react to the things you say, and how they react to the things you don’t say.
Think about it! Magic is about making you a better person. Performing magic helps you in being critical about yourself and to always want to be better at what you do. It also helps you in optimizing yourself in order to be your best in front of others. I’m constantly amazed at how much of what I’ve learned from magic I use in my everyday life, even when I’m not performing a single trick; perhaps that’s IS the trick?