It was our normal Thursday meeting at the Phoenix East Rotary club. The speaker was Jeff Scanlan, a magician and motivational speaker.
We watched him pull out his props and I thought to myself, this should be interesting. I haven’t watched a magician in years and I was bound and determine to watch for any slight of hand that I could catch.
I was watching his hands, looking at his coat just waiting for him to make a mistake.
He showed us a bottle with a deck of cards in it. Now mind you, the opening of the bottle was smaller than the deck of cards. He explained that when first heard of this trick there were less than 12 people in the entire word who could do this trick. 12 people out of over 7 billion, think about that for a moment. What would make him think he could do what only 12 people could do.
Then he started speaking. Not your normal patter of nothing up my sleeve but about life, challenges, limiting beliefs. He told of his journey of over three years trying to figure out how to put things in a jar. He spoke of first having to believe he could do it. He then said the next challenge was to be committed to the process. Not just wanting to learn a trick but be committed to the end result, no matter what.
There are a lot of life lessons Jeff taught us that day. That life is a lot like magic. It is not only what you see but the work behind it that matters. Maybe that’s the real magic.
The Phoenix East Rotary club is a non-profit 501C organization. Our mission is to serve our community. Our primary focus is on two school districts through our Student of the Month award as well as service projects on both a local and international level.
We meet on Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:30 at the Balz School District Office located at 4825 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix AZ 85008.
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