• James Tomlinson, Magician

Why we will always need magic.

Performing as a magician around Kent has changed how I see magic. I always knew that I enjoyed watching and experiencing magic but I never understood why until i went further in to the art.

Perhaps, as adults, we can forget what it is to be amazed by things as we begin to make sense of the world. Our brains are wired to learn and make sense of everything around us, and eventually our day to day life becomes familiar and logical. Before this happens, as children, every day has something new for us. Just look at a child's face the first time that they experience something new they can not explain or learn something new - their perception of reality is changed in a split second. Their eyes fill with wonder and amazement. This, to them, is a moment of magic.

"I love the way that true astonishment can even make a grown man feel like a kid again." - Dynamo.

Magic provides a moment of wonder, when everything you believed to be impossible can be doubted for just one moment. When you allow this to happen you can be pulled out of your own head away from whatever might be bothering you - a temporary distraction which can leave you feeling amazed. We all need this from time to time. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many other fantastic magicians around Kent and I always seek to experience that feeling of amazement that we all have when we discover something new.

"Magic is not about having a puzzle to solve. It's about creating a moment of awe and astonishment. And that can be a beautiful thing." - David Blaine.

For me, doing the seemingly impossible for people as a magician is not about fooling them. It's about giving them an experience that makes them feel that childhood wonder again, allowing them to doubt what they have known to be true for just one moment. For example, we can not stop our pulse - but, I did it for a medically trained professional that joined me for a show at Houdini's Magic Bar in Broadstairs, Kent, in order to give them an experience that went against what they knew to be true.

Whichever magician you meet, allow yourself to have that feeling of amazement and childhood wonder. And if you are in Kent, perhaps it is me that you will meet. I would be honoured to give you a moment of awe and astonishment if you would allow me. For me, it's what being a magician is all about.

We all need this feeling of childhood wonder from time to time, and that is why we will always need magic.

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