When I look back, I guess I’ve always enjoyed creating things. I remember I used to put on little shows for my family, and later for the neighborhood. I would buy or make some magic tricks, and then write a story around them or perform a wacky character doing these strange, amazing things. The art of creation was a lot of fun… and still is!
It’s a challenge of my job that I truly enjoy, customizing magic entertainment for my clients. I’m always asking myself, what can I create that is not only amazing, but also unique enough that my audience can see it was made especially for them? From digital cameras to lottery tickets to coffee, I’ve made up a lot of magic tricks for clients that actually came out pretty cool! And even though their uniqueness usually prevents them from being performed for anyone else, it still is a great feeling to be onstage and see the reactions when their personalized magic illusion is performed. They love it!
This year I’m embarking on a very specialized project – it’s one for myself. For a long time I’ve dreamed of a theatre presentation that combines circus arts with magic to create unforgettable evening entertainment. My dream was to assemble some of the finest circus artists around, and weave a marvelous visual tale that incorporates illusion, mystery and wonder. Well, I’m finally doing it!
When I was working on the TV show Real Rob awhile ago, a unique thing happened. Our set was a real circus school in Los Angeles. So all day I was surrounded by incredible aerialists, gymnasts, contortionists and more. Everybody was doing their thing, and creative energy swirled around the studio. And I suddenly realized – this dream project I’ve always wanted to find time to do –- the time is NOW! It was like I gave myself permission to start. My mind started filling with ideas and concepts… they just started flowing. Soon after I contacted some of these circus artists. When I shared my concept with them, they immediately got excited and wanted to join in. It was like the passion guiding me was spilling over and getting them excited, too.
This has been another lesson for me: When we actually follow our dreams and are true to ourselves, the universe starts to line up opportunities. Let’s face it – so many times we’ve thought of great things we’ve wanted to do, but for some reason or another never acted on them. But when we take that first small step, energies align and doors start to open. It’s a little bit “magical”, if you don’t mind me saying so(!).
Now before this all sounds too dreamy and storybook-perfect, let me also share the next element of dream-creating: HARD WORK! As my show concept starts to become a reality, a long list of jobs has appeared that must be done to keep the project moving forward. Finding rehearsal space, prop-building, script writing… and much, much more. The original excitement has been tempered a bit by the reality of the work that has to be done. But… isn’t this what it’s all about? I can say that even though some upcoming challenges are daunting, I am committed to seeing this through. The time really IS now!
So I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and my goal will be that one day soon you can come to a theatre, sit down and watch my dream unfold live before your very eyes. And I sincerely hope that my words can help inspire you to look at any projects you’ve had in your “Dream Drawer” and start one! You know, every moment is a new beginning. Let’s live and create the things we want in our life and toss away procrastination and hesitation. The art of creation is risky, but so worth it. Embrace your dreams. Start them now.