The first field that people may think about that’s not related to an office, but you can apply real life lessons to, is sports. There’s a reason why so many people have quotes from players and coaches etched into posters, their email signatures, etc. However, the world of magic has just as many valuable life lessons as sports. Don’t believe me? Here are five principles used in magic that you can use in life immediately.
5. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Of all of the magicians that ended up becoming famous on a global scale, you can probably count on one hand how many of them didn’t have a mentor or teammates. Just like in the professional world, you’re not going to make it very far if you’re not a good team player. Magicians learn from each other, share experiences and help to propel their peers to the next level. This is generally great life advice, as you need to lift people up and, in turn, they will lift you.
4. Impress Yourself First
Have you ever had a time where you find yourself doing something and think “what’s the point?” These are feelings we get when we may accomplish a task we believe nobody will be impressed by. However, if finishing that task made you feel proud and impressed, it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks. This applies to magic, as well, with some magicians’ favorite tricks being ones that aren’t massive crowd pleasers. As long as it makes you happy, that’s all that matters.
3. Cause and Effect
In everything in life, including magic, there is a cause and effect. After all, every action has a reaction. “We need to believe in free will to live,” magician Penn Gilette said. “Part of built into the way we live in order to remain sane is cause and effect. And in magic, you have separated cause and effect. You have a false cause and an unrelated effect very often.”
One thing that you absolutely must be able to perfect as a magician is the art of misdirection. This may sound like a shady thing because the first thought that pops up is lying to people by drawing their attention to something else. However, the magician’s form of misdirection has a more innocent connotation. Think of misdirection as putting someone at ease because they feel confident that they know the right answer. Misdirection is more of a teaching tool in terms of psychology in that people shouldn’t believe what they see or jump to conclusions too quickly.
1. Practice Makes Perfect
Whether or not you fully got into magic, there was a time when you were a kid and saw a magic trick and tried to replicate it yourself. Many aspiring magicians tend to give up pretty quickly after finding out just how hard it is to pull off a lot of the tricks, but there’s a tenacity you can learn from magic. Those that end up at the top of the field practice their craft until they can do it without thinking. This applies to just about any professional situation. Think of it like a basketball free throw, where some can do it with their eyes closed because they’ve practiced for so long.