What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes. – Harry Houdini

– Posted in: Psychology, Success

I loved magic when I was seven years old. The things I saw, the magician David Nixon do, on TV in the late sixties, captured my attention and imagination at an emotional level.

Also, the character Bill Bixby played in the 70’s TV show “The Magician” was a real hero to me; A compassionate and wealthy magician, who uses his talents as an illusionist, and escape artist, to help people in trouble (the ‘A Team’ without the guns!).

I loved the technical process of a ‘trick’ and the way I could gain adulation from performing it.

In my late teens, and early twenties, some of the most fun I had was performing impromptu magic, sleight of hand and conjuring in a social setting.

Magic was part of my life and, due to my passion; I was invited to join ‘The Magic Circle’ (a prestigious club in London that I never believed I could ever go to).

Being surrounded by like-minded people was just fantastic. The person that had the most impact on me was the, renowned and respected, escapologist and magician Alan Alan (Alan Rabinowitz born November 1926). I learnt so much from him; and it was all based on his concept of misdirection.

He said, “Misdirection is the art of initiating a train of thought in the mind of the spectator.” and “You can tell the most outrageous lies as long as you base them on a single grain of truth”.

During a magic trick, there is a journey from the start to the surprising end.

In hindsight, I realise that the process he described was to create a specific map of reality, and encourage the spectator to be totally engaged with that map. I could then do something, which some people might say was obvious, without the spectator noticing.

Something completely outside their version of reality.

Magic leaves people baffled, confused and entertained because of the way the magician manipulates their thought processes.

The magician plays on the fact that we each create our own map of reality and he or she can facilitate that creation.

If we leave aside the entertainment aspect of a sudden change in our map or reality, we are still left with being confused and baffled by a sudden change.

Our own thoughts create our reality so if we meet someone who believes that their reality is the ‘only one’ then there is always room for confusion, bafflement and even upset.

The realisation that thought creates our reality enables a person to let go of confusion, bafflement and upset because it is their own thoughts that create that confusion, bafflement and upset.

We create our thoughts and our reality, so let’s make them both amazing.

It is up to us which thoughts upon which we focus the energy of our minds. We can only be conscious of our thought because reality does not exist outside our own thinking.

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