Author: Erik Anderson

I’m SO Excited!

Tonight I’ll be at the Applebee’s on Manchester Rd. in Ballwin doing tableside magic for their Tuesday kids night. I love doing restaurants! There is something about close up magic that is just … more magical somehow. Part of it is that it happens right under peoples’ noses (and sometimes even in their hands). They can’t believe what they’re seeing. And I especially like giving kids a sense of wonder with something that does not have batteries or a screen.

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I worked many restaurants when I lived in Iowa. I’m looking forward to doing it again here in St. Louis.

If you get a chance, check it out.

 

One of my favorite things to do …

I met a fun couple a few weeks back. Unfortunately, they’re moving out of the area. Their son was interested in learning to do some magic tricks. So I got to do one of my favorite things. I love putting magic books in kids’ hands. For years I’ve made it a point to pick up beginning magic books cheap at half-price books stores and garage sales and then find them new homes. Magic is great for things like reading and following directions.I made arrangements for them to meet me at a coffee shop yesterday, and I gave him a magic book to keep. Then, to make the whole thing very special, I did some magic for him and he was absolutely amazed.

I remember the first time I saw a magician and was just utterly blown away. It’s a powerful moment and I’m glad I was able to give him that experience. He left full of excitement clutching his new book with a great big grin on his face.

I left with a pretty big grin too. It was a good day.

A cool conversation on a hot day.

It’s amazing what can happen when you open yourself to possibility and just DO something.
In an effort to escape the 103 degree oven outside, I ducked into a coffee shop enjoy the air conditioning and the largest iced tea I could get my hands on.

I found a table, sat down, plugged in my devices and prepared to get to work.

There was one other person already working at the table when I sat down. I introduced myself and, explaining that my wife and I just moved to town, asked them, “What’s the one thing someone new in town absolutely HAS to see or do?”

It’s currently my absolute favorite question to open a conversation with. People are generally more than happy to be helpful; and I get some GREAT ideas for things to do.

The conversation that followed was surprising and delightful. The details are not important. What is important is that I was able to share wonderful stories and find shared experiences with a complete stranger.

Not bad for someone who, left to his own devices, defaults to being an introvert.