Nate Staniforth

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Here Is Real Magic by Nate Staniforth
"I was hooked after finishing the introduction! Staniforth shares his experience of becoming disillusioned with magic and searching for it during his travels in India. All readers, magician or not, will relate to the idea of finding wonder in their..." Read more of this review »
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"HERE IS REAL MAGIC by Nate Staniforth takes the reader on a journey of discovery of what is magic and why magic is important. Within the book, Staniforth is a successful touring magician, but finds he is starting to lack inspiration and his tourin..." Read more of this review »
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“We feel the weight of the world but not the wonder, and in time we resign ourselves to one but forget the other.
Once in a while, we remember.
Once in a while, something happens...and we see the cracks in our convictions, and through them a sliver of that larger, wider world outside the one we have constructed.”
Nate Staniforth, Here Is Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

“Here was the cynicism of our modern age, and I despised it. Information is now so easy to find that few of us are strong enough to resist the temptation of presuming we already know more than we actually do. Our worldviews are still built on the foundations of our own limited understanding, but we now live under the dangerous illusion that they are reinforced and supported by all of the knowledge that has ever existed. If I don’t have the answers now, I can find them, the thinking goes, and without even noticing we shrink our world down to the size of our certainties. Here is a blind spot in our culture, created both by the habitual, almost systemic mistaking of information for understanding and by the assumption that a complete understanding of anything can be attained with enough information. This view of the world reduces everything and everyone to bits of data—some known, some still unknown, but all knowable—and reduces wonder to a mere absence of information, as if the simple brute fact of our own existence isn’t mystery enough to keep you up for a week if you really consider it. “Oh that,” we so easily say about anything we don’t understand, “I’m sure we have that all sorted out.” And in doing so we insulate ourselves from any facts, opinions, and ideas—those pesky things—that ask us to venture away from our own view of reality. I suppose we have the right to remain ignorant, but we are in the world. And in the world, our actions have an impact on others, so assuming that”
Nate Staniforth, Here Is Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

“I think you grow up twice, The first time happens automatically. Everyone passes from childhood to adulthood, and this transition is marked as much by the moment when the weight of the world overshadows the wonder of the world as it is by the passage of years. Usually you don't get to choose when it happens. But if the triumph of this weight over wonder makes the first passage into adulthood, the second is the rediscovery of that wonder despite sickness, evil, fear, sadness, suffering-despite everything. And this second passage doesn't happen on its own. It's a choice, not an inevitability. It is something you have to deliberately find, and value, and protect.And you can't just do it once and keep it forever. You have to keep looking.”
Nate Staniforth, Here Is Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

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