Full discloser, I am a magician, a conjurer a prestidigitator and so on. I make magical things happen but always explain to my audiences that my performances are illusions, not reality. Funny thing is though, most of us live with illusions. Illusions about who we are, illusions of who we could become.
Depression and Anxiety
But that’s okay. Because it helps you hang on and unlike some of us, avoid not fall into the quicksand of depression and anxiety.
For some reason I get tense when people chew gum. Especially while talking and crunching it in their mouth at the same time. It probably comes from directing a myriad of actors, some of whom I’d have to have get rid of their Trident when acting.
Missed the Séance
Sadly, I missed the recent virtual and live Harry Houdini séance on the day of his death on October 31st from his gravesite in Queens, Houdini said that when he died he would come back if he could. I bring up Harry because he apparently was delusional, with many inflated ideas of who he was. But an avid reader of Houdini biographies starting at age 8, I learned how he was able to pick himself up despite setbacks of which there were many. He ultimately beat them all one at a time.
Harry Has Yet to Come Back from Beyond the Grave
These seances happen every year and I attend them when I can. They occur either here in Manhattan, where he lived when he was alive, or as mentioned in the borough of Queens where he is buried. I need to be more mindful when trying to conjure up Erik Weisz (his real name). I guess it is time to start chewing gum.
I used to do yoga. It was great. I lived in midtown at the time and my local gym was just around the corner from what I called home. These days no yoga. Sometimes I think that if more people did yoga we wouldn’t have a lot of the problems we do today..
Will the Magician Survive?
All of us who stuck around are Pandemic Survivors. Not all people have remained. This was reflected by someone in last night’s virtual magic show.
His magic act, streaming from his home, had the theme of suicide. A lot of the other magicians were a tad freaked out by this. I thought it was great. He was brave and original. Because it is true, being in this trap known as COVID-19 can get to you.
PS. The guy didn’t kill himself, he just included a rope trick at the end that had him wrapping it around his neck then magically pulling it through this area.
Our special city has been undergoing changes, some of which are not good, while other aspects are as flourishing as ever. It is a tough time being a New Yorker with the new layers not only including the Pandemic but also the worry about personal safety.
Although not positive, it used to be that gangs only fought with each other. Now their frustration has built as it has for all of us, but the result now can be violence.
The Flight from NYC
All across America we must be vigilant with keeping our homes secure. Manhattan has lost a lot of folks who took flight out of fear of the changes we have been experiencing.
This is the day that many of us have been waiting for. The day when we get to come together as a nation and cast our votes. Depending on where you live in turn reflects the difference. For example you may live in a state, town or city that historically has voted in a particular way that is not aligned with your belief system.
You can make a difference in this scenario by casting your vote and reminding other like minded people to do as well. And if you turn it into a revolution all the better.
But even if you live in an area that usually has mass turnout for elections that elect those you believe are best, you still should vote. Securing a win in your state, town or city starts with you showing up the polls.