Magic is a timeless art. Since the beginning of time, people have gathered around to see people perform illusions and seemingly conjure the impossible: from the Egyptians performing cup and ball tricks to jesters performing illusions during the middle ages to modern day magicians performing on television, at parties, and at events. Magic just seems to transcend time.
Growing up, I adored magic and even tried putting on my own magic shows, but what I enjoyed about following magician Jason Moseley around and watching him perform wasn't just watching his illusions, but watching the way the crowd would react to him. There was something beautiful and cathartic about watching grown men and women being in a state of awe and glee at being fooled. As Jason remarked, it takes you back to your childhood when everything was new and you were constantly learning. Since we live in a time where we have all the knowledge in the world in the palm of our hands, and we have the answer to every question we could ask (and more answers to questions we shouldn't bother asking), it's easy to feel like we've seen it all. But when we are viewing magic -something we don't understand, it puts us in this joyful stupor of not knowing. In that moment we are experiencing something beyond what we know and understand to be true.
My time with Jason made me realize I don't think we really want to know or understand everything. I think we get bored in our belief 'we know it all', and that's why watching one card change into another, or have an object disappear and reappear somewhere completely different can create this glee inside of us. I am thankful that there are people like Jason who have dedicated there lives to such an interesting art of trickery and illusions. I would benefit from more regularly being humbled by the fact that I actually know very little, and realizing that there is actually joy in that.