Do You Believe in Magic?

Written by Pam Chambers

Are you old enough to remember the song “Do You Believe in Magic?” by the Lovin’ Spoonful? And, do you believe in magic? I do. I have come to see “coincidences” as magic. Here are three examples from my world of public speaking:

  1. As I’m telling a story, I’m desperately trying to remember the name of comedian Eddie Izzard because he is central to the story. Before even describing him (in an attempt to get help from the audience), a college student says, “Do you mean Eddie Izzard?” Magic.

2. I’m talking about what a speaker should do if someone unexpectedly enters the room. Right then, someone did. Everyone roared with laughter to the enormous consternation of the newcomer. Magic. (We did explain!)

3. I break a large group into five teams and tell them to come up with a topic to demonstrate how to use questions in their speaking. EACH group chose the topic of travel! Magic.

I think magic is essential for creating a sense of wonder and awe in how we fit into the world around us. Be receptive to it and you’ll experience it. You can’t plan these things at your computer two weeks before the event!