I am thankful for every morning. Because I have the incredible opportunity as a magician to wake up each day and do what I love; work to bring happiness to others through magic. I vanish borrowed diamond rings, magically multiply money and cause inanimate objects to come to life. I have opportunities to perform at standard functions-like a corporate holiday party-or those more unique-such as a Passover Seder. My briefcase is a deck of cards and my office is the closest coffee shop. I’m incredibly lucky to wake up every morning, anxious to work on this magical world of mine that I’ve created.
It is my job, my unique privilege, to bring happiness to others through illusions. I cherish each applause on stage and every “wow” or moment of disbelief I receive from my audiences. But I also acknowledge the struggles that are floating behind the curtain of my illusions. The check-to-check reality of this career we call show-business. The days that are spent working on marketing my shows, and the nights and weekends I attempt to occupy with performances. It can be a lonely career-choice indeed. My magical lifestyle is full of struggles that can produce doubt and uncertainty at times. It forces me to wear the hat of accountant, director, marketer, performer and businessman all at once. But nonetheless, I am thankful for it. I am thankful for the opportunity to wake up every morning and experience the world through my magical lens.
This thankfulness also comes with fortunate circumstances. I am privileged that I am not forced to acquire a “9 to 5 job.” I have an incredible opportunity to do what I love each and every day. This privilege has allowed me to perform my magic live on television, impress the Former Queen of Iran, dazzle guests at the Embassy of Australia and Navy Pier, and unite strangers with simple sleight-of-hand.
I am thankful for many things this Thanksgiving: my good health, supportive friends and family, and the opportunities with which I’ve been blessed in my life. And I am most certainly thankful for the work I get to execute each morning. My job allows me to struggle and bring wonder into the world through my performances. And for that I am thankful.