At a time when the world seems more divisive than ever, it’s important to remember that there is still good in the world. That’s why we’d like to take a moment to recognize the mindfulness magicians of the year: sensitive, social-aware individuals who are making a difference in the lives of others. These special people can be found in all walks of life, from educators to mental health professionals to, yes, even professional magicians.
Magnifico The Magnificent
Real Name: Dave The Magnificent
Signature Illusion: Coaxing a small rabbit out of the magic hat using kind words and statements of validation.
The Amazing Carl Abernathy
Real Name: Karl Abernathy
Signature Illusion: Cutting a woman in half, but only with her prior consent or when in need of an autopsy.
The Great Laverne
Real Name: Etherea Sparkle
Signature Illusion: Escaping a toxic relationship.
Explozo The Human Terror!
Real Name: Explozo Johnson
Signature Illusion: Transforming a dirty, littered, vacant lot into a basketball court for disadvantaged youth using only local municipal funds.
Real Name: Debbie Sue Lynn Nefaria
Signature Illusion: Places a coin behind an audience member’s ear, and is able to make the coin mysteriously disappear! In actuality, the coin has been donated to one of several local charities.
Real Name: Preston Chang
Signature Illusion: Levitating above the audience, while at the same time explaining to the crowd that no person is ever truly above another.
digital illustration by Marty Dundics