I have always associated magic with the Harry Houdinis and David Blaines of the world. Reading changed my perspective and made me realize these "magicians" were not creating magic; they instead used well-rehearsed tricks meant to distract and deceive. Do not get me wrong, their tricks require a level of skill that is way beyond the aptitude of the average citizen. However, true magicians are defined as having "any extraordinary or mystical influence, charm and power" or the ability to "drive illness from the body".
I believe a larger group of people fit this description. ARTISTS! Artists are true magicians!
The more I read, the more I associate artists with the magic spoken of in history. From thin air, artists are able to conjure up and transport us to unimaginable worlds. Their magic can penetrate our defences and influence our emotions. In fact, there are magicians who use calculated vibrations and create experiences that bring us to tears. We call this type of magic music, and it can embed itself in moments of history granting you an opportunity to time travel when heard. Magicians like Shakespeare and Beethoven have discovered eternal life through their creation. Public art pieces like the Egyptian pyramids continue to perplex our imaginations to this day.
We are all born wizards with the capacity to create magic. Our lived experiences influence the type of magic we create or understand. Therefore, it is extremely important we read diverse perspectives and write as often as possible. It strengthens the link between imagination and the universal magic called creativity.
So dear magician, when was the last time you practised magic?
Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali was announced as Edmonton’s seventh Poet Laureate, opens a new window on June 27, 2017.
He is serving a two-year term until June 30, 2019.
So who are some of our Poet Laureate’s favourite magicians? Instrumentalist Leo Rojas, rappers Tupac Shakur, Eminem and Nas, and comedians George Carlin, Dave Chappelle and Eddie Murphy – for starters. Below is a list of “works of magic” he recommends.
Works of Magic
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossein
3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
4. Things Fall Apart, opens a new window by Chinua Achebe
5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.
7. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
8. One-punch Man by ONE
9. Hunter X by Yoshihiro Togashi
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