I was not having a good time tonight. Technichal and logistical problems were driving me nuts. In fact, I’m at my parents house right now, and I walked in to my moms room to ask her how easy it was to get on the roof, because I wanted to jump off of it. (before anyone freeks out, I was kidding.)
She was watching America’s Got Tallent on TV, and it just happened that a magician by the name of Landon Swank was up to perform in what I think is the semifinal episode.
I love magic, and I’m talking about stage magic here – the art of illusion. I’ve loved it since I was a kid, so I had to stop and watch him perform. It was so elegant, so beautiful. He was in this stage set of a living room, and I was thinking about all the things he could have hidden in it. All the tricks he could do with it. But rather then the all too common trick-a-second, blink and you’ve missed it kind of magic that is so often done today, he took a different aproach – doing a slow, gentile, almost meditative sequence of effects in a story progression.
I’m not going to try to describe it, I’m sure it’ll be on his page on the official site:
http://www.nb c.com/americas-got-talent/contestants/landon-swank/ 
and if not, I’m sure it’ll be on youtube.
It was beautiful – it wasn’t trying to say or do anything, other then “here’s a bit of wonder I want to share with you.”
I LOVED IT
As I walked out of the room after the segment ended, I noticed that I fealt totally different. I wasn’t exausted and overwehelmed any more, I fealt comfortable, and ready move forward, and that, my friends, is the power of beauty.
Have you ever had an experiece like this? what does it for you? I’d love to hear in the comments!