Can magic change a persons life? In my humble opinion, yes, it can. It changed my life.

You might not believe me but I am very much an introvert…shy if you will. Magic helped me get out of my shell.

Growing up I would watch magicians perform on television. Big names such as Doug Henning and David Copperfield.

In fact, Copperfield in the 80’s did a routine with a dancing cane. When I saw the dancing cane available from a magic catalog I bought it as soon as I could with my paper route money. I practiced that dancing cane routine for hours (years even, before performing it for an audience). And, I had a lot of fun doing it.Wisconsin Magician Steven Dickinson Performs at the Golden Rondelle

I loved that cane and first performed it live a few years after getting to my high school classmates in drama class. The class enjoyed it and my teacher, Sara Joelson did too since I received a very good grade for it. I performed the dancing cane routine to the song “All I Do Is Dream of  You” from hit movie, “Singing in the Rain.” (On a side note this was a slow ballet from the record LP sung by Gene Kelly not the upbeat version that was in the movie sung by Debbie Reynolds.)

So can magic change a life? It sure can! It took a shy boy who was a middle child in the family and give him what he needed to be noticed and feel appreciated. But more than that. The greatest reward was that I saw people with amazed looks and smiles on their faces. I was making a difference in other peoples lives. Their happiness made me happy.

Here I was a punk teenager being able to encourage others, make them laugh and smile with magic, comedy, music, bright colored silks and snow white doves.

Yes, magic can change a life, it changed me.

Have an awesome day,