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<pre><code>Imagine yourself walking in a big city, youre on your way to a soothing coffee shop to relax and ease your mind. Unexpectedly, an unknown individual approaches you, he requests to show you something interesting. After a moments notice, you find yourself holding a playing card between your hands. You start to think this is just some cheesy card trick, but still obey the individuals commands to see what he has to offer. He shows you another card and within a blink of an eye, the card transposes with the one in your hand. Flabbergasted, you cant comprehend what has just taken place. You try to search in your mind to configure a solution, but before you ask the individual to attempt the transposition again, he is staring in your eyes awaiting your reaction.
This is the moment of astonishment practiced through street magic. Street magic is instant in-your-face entertainment. There is no fee, set audiences, or elaborate boxes containing tigers. The gritty city streets are a magicians playground, that magician is armed only with a normal deck of cards and ordinary objects. People roaming the streets with their daily routine on autopilot are just waiting for something new to happen. When a stranger requests to show something unordinary, one usually cant resist. Humans enjoy being forced back to their natural state of mind.
Paul Harris, a world-known magician, best stated the effects of magic. Astonishment is our natural state of mind. The experience of astonishment is the experience of a clear, primal state of mind that is associated with a childs state of mind. Think back when you were a child, everything was new to your mind and that natural state never failed to amaze you. As you aged, you learned about the world and filed it into boxes. These boxes contain knowledge to prepare you in future experiences. A simple magic trick however, unlocks and surpasses these boxes. There is no box to file the inexplicable moment. However, this moment of astonishment doesnt last forever. After a few seconds, one soon files the magical moment into an I-missed-something or I-dont-know-what-happened-but-it-was-just-a-trick box. When I perform magic, I can instantly tell when someone doesnt let the magic take charge. Instead of allowing their mind to experience the magic, they instantly state how they think its done or ask for the trick to be repeated so they can catch me. That stubborn spectator restricts the magics role of entertaining. There are two types of spectators, those who think of magic as a puzzle and those who allow magic to puzzle them. Those who attempt to decipher the trick destroy their unique and magical experience.
I have had the opportunity and joy of using magic to unleash that moment of astonishment. I have done it in places as ordinary as a classroom to the insane environment of downtown Atlanta. I love the emotion I feel when I have made a complete strangers day better by performing a simple piece of magic. It takes hard work to perfect a magical routine, but I feel it is totally worth the practice to see someones emotion after being amazed just like a child. These tricks are controllable amazement, and there are only a few events in life that can give an adult the rush connected to magic