Living a Creative Life With Magic

I just finished reading “Big Magic: Creating Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert is the same woman who wrote the massively successful book “Eat, Pray, Love“.

I’ll admit that I was drawn to the book because of the title and the awesome cover. Quickly I discovered the book was about one of my favorite topics, “Creative Living”. In it she discusses attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.

I remember being a 10 year old magician and after my shows business-y adults would ask me, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

I wasn’t too sure… I was just a kid after-all. But I would answer with things like:

  • “I want to be a famous magician on TV.”
  • “I want to perform grand illusions.”
  • “I want to perform on cruise ships.”
  • “I want my own show in Vegas.”

As I grew up, I realized those weren’t authentic goals. I just answered that way because I thought that’s what I was supposed to say.

I’ve realized that I don’t want any of those things. I don’t believe crossing those off my list would make my life feel more complete:

  • TV Magic? I don’t wish to spend my time in production meetings or rapidly developing TV only effects.
  • Grand Illusions? I don’t want to lug around tons of gear. I want to be a magician – not a professional mover.
  • Cruise Ships? I don’t want to be more familiar with airports than I am with the history of an effect.
  • Vegas Stardom? I don’t wish to chase after fame. Becoming famous is outside of my control anyway.

How do I answer now when someone asks me “What are your plans?”

My plan is to perform magic as much as possible. To become the best entertainer I can be. To be a lifelong student to the art of magic. To continue to make my living just off of magic.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to produce a TV magic special, take on a cruise ship contract, or perform a show in Vegas. My point is that I won’t define my success by accomplishing certain tasks. They may happen along the way, but I don’t need them to be happy.

I’m just as happy when I’m performing a birthday party, a corporate awards banquet, or a high-school graduation. None of those venues or the audiences are less important to me. I am striving for mastery of my craft so that I can deliver the best possible show that I can. It gives my life purpose to perform – no matter the audience or venue.

That’s my whole point. There’s no guarantee that I’ll become some massive success. My goals is to show up everyday and work on my magic. I know that I can lead a creative happy life, if I just follow that path.

Onward ever, backward never. I’ll never stop creating. I love the process. Practice, practice, practice. Perform, perform, perform.

How do you live a creative life? Leave a comment below!