“Pick a card, any card. Now put it back in the pack. Is this card, the 3rd card I have just retrieved from the flowerpot by the door your card?”
Of course it is, and everyone gasps and everyone claps, and nearly everyone accepts that doing this illusion must have been pure magic, and could only be performed by a highly talented magician. It is this magic that everyone craves to see, it is this thrill that makes every trick unique. If a trick is dangerous it adds spice, people want to see if the assistant really dies, but also does the magician save the day ………?
But where does this need to believe really stem from, what is the actual driving force that makes everyone want the tricks and illusions to be a mystery, an unsolvable art? Can anyone be a magician or are the true members of the Circle a closely guarded troupe of true believers who know secrets far beyond those of how to saw a person on half?
Forget for now the original secrets surrounding the mysteries of the Lord and his potential Son, Jesus, the philosophical arguments are too involved and number too many to become a reason to need to believe in magic.
There can be little dispute that a person called Jesus was born around 2000 years ago, and he was some sort of teacher. There is no argument, from any religion, about this or his death by crucifixion. Whether he was God’s Son or not, this is not a platform to debate this.
So, the need to believe lies elsewhere, it lies in mythology conjured up by images of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and even the Tooth Fairy. Do they exist? From a young age children are told to believe; without hesitation they are extolled the virtues of believing and then they will get presents at Christmas, eggs at Easter and money when a tooth falls out. How can they risk being forgotten and left out? How can they not believe?
As a child grows an air of wisdom falls over them, gradually many cease to believe fully in these characters that have been portrayed. They want to keep believing, the parents do as well, but there creeps in that nagging doubt, the child seeks to find out, and often thinks they have proof that Santa and Co. do not exist.
True magicians hold the same sort of mystery, they are surrounded by a cloak of concealment that makes their every move one of strange and wondrous delight. If the belief in this magic is removed then the magician and everything that goes hand-in-hand with it disappears as well. Worse, so does any shred of belief that is in place for Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and every other Fairy Tale creature.
Magicians can turn rock into a rabbit, they can walk through glass or find your chosen card in a pile of many. People watch these events on television, they see them live and always they stand in awe as they are achieved. Seeing one trick performed reawakens a belief that may have been lost before, but that belief has been there from childhood.
But it is there, it stems from the days when every event, like Christmas, was filled with the magic of mystery and secrecy. Would Santa come, would he like the milk and cookies left out, will the reindeer be alright? The list goes on, and it could be applied to the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman or others, but the reality is that here is where the belief in magic truly began, and this is the real reason why the belief in magic must remain.