All magicians have stories that they could fill a book with. Not all of them have happy endings. This one I’m going to tell you does. I was at a nursing home last year and the residents had severe special needs. When I go to places like that I try and find a couple of people who can and are willing to participate. I get them to answer questions or assist me in performing the magic tricks.
I found a man named Oscar (not his real name). He was really enjoying the tricks I was performing and was participating very well. I kept going back to him at different times throughout the show to get his response and to involve him as much as possible. I like to emphasise audience participation in a big way, even if most of the audience are unable to. The show went great and I packed up my props to go home. As I was leaving, one of the nurses stopped me and said, “Do you know that Oscar has never participated like that before? We had animals come here yesterday and tried to get him to come outside and see them. He wouldn’t go out. We have tried various things to get him to open up and he never has, until today. You have done something no one else has been able to do, reach Oscar.” I nearly fainted.
That was one of the most incredible moments I have had since becoming a magician. It was a “WOW” moment that you don’t often have but will remember the rest of your life when you have one. They leave you nearly breathless. I left there on cloud 9, never wanting to come down. I was determined to have more of those moments in my life and in my shows.