As a pageant titleholder, I’m known in my community as the girl who advocates volunteerism and speaks out on confidence issues in teens. I am simply one of the most straightforward, genuine people that you will ever meet. People look to me for advice on everything from ethics and social standards to last night’s calculus homework. I can’t tell a lie, and I’m always completely honest with everyone.
The majority of people who know me based upon my involvement with pageants have no idea that I’m also a magician (it’s just not what I’m known for... yet). People know me for standing onstage and speaking on the importance of role models or the key elements of motivation. But a lot of times, when I get offstage, I’ll perform an effect for an unsuspecting individual. I’ll use any trick, but my favorites under these conditions are those that don’t look like your stereotypical magic tricks. I love anything that uses ordinary, everyday items, especially if they are readily available (at a banquet? Bend some forks!).
What I love most about doing this is that people don’t realize that I’m deceiving them. They truly believe that what they have seen is real, and they are speechless. They just stare. Suddenly I have created something in their minds that is very real and very magical. The simple illusion that I have performed has become the true manifestation of awe and wonderment in their eyes. When people feel that they know every bit of your mind because you have presented it to them with candid emotion and deep feeling, it gives you a great deal of integrity. This is what I use to instill trust in people so that when the time is right, I can genuinely take their breath away.
I have studied a great deal of psychology, and it has taught me that your sleight of hand isn’t always the most important part of your performance. The most valuable element in any effect is your ability to make the spectator mentally accept what you have done as the cold hard truth. As a performer, you can apply tons of psychology and use it to your advantage. Psychological influences have become the sole basis for all the magic that I do. For this reason, I absolutely love performing one-on-one. I find it easiest to reveal my deepest nature when I’m alone with somebody, and it gives me the ability to really get a grasp on their thoughts and emotions. I am completely open, and I actually believe right along with them that what’s happening is real. I’ve found that in order to be successful in moving others, you must first be in touch with your own emotions.
What moves you? If you truthfully answer this simple question and are completely straightforward in your response, you will find what can stir the wonder and emotions of just about every spectator out there. Practice your magic and find what takes your own breath away. Now perform that magic, allowing yourself to be as moved as you want everyone else to be. One human’s perception and expression feeds off of another’s. All you have to do as the performer is initiate the feeling. Once you have done so, your spectator will open up, allowing you to radiate energy off of each other as it magnifies. Emotion is the most beautiful result of any astonishment you evoke, so play it up. Be in touch with your own emotions, and with time you will find your audience doing the same.