Hey Mr Magician, how did you do that? We\u2019ve all heard it before. \u201cCan you show me how that worked?\u201d or \u201cI wish I knew the secret\u201d or \u201cHow did you do that??!\u201d. Why do our spectators have this need to know how our chicanery works? What good is it knowing the secret? I\u2019ve been thinking about this for some time and it all lands up at the same beginning, namely: Why do I do magic?. Why do I spend hours daily practising, learning scripts, and getting up on a stage in front of a bunch of strangers to perform? The answer is simple. We as magicians have such a gift where we can give people this wonderful and safe space to let go.When a person sees magic being performed, they are transcended to a time when they were like children, carefree; a time when they can laugh and run around all day jumping in puddles and climbing trees. Magic has that ability. After watching the coin disappear, or their freely selected card be found in the most magical and mysterious way, the audience, laugh, gasp, clap, or even cry. At that moment, they are like children. Not a care in the world. I perform to assist my audience to get to that point of a child-like state-of-being. A place where there is no debt, no stress, no work, no meetings, no internet; a place where real magic exists and expressions of feelings and emotions are encouraged. When a spectator wishes to know how the trick works, it\u2019s that inner battle that has begun. They are not used to the feeling of living a care-free life, a life of colour, a life where rainbows are magical and the Tooth Fairy exists. When they enter that state of being, they get scared and it becomes uncomfortable, so their logical brain kicks in and says, \u201cthis state is not natural for me, I need out. I need to get back to my reality\u201d so they ask the question that will blow this \u201cfictitious\u201d world out the water\u2026 \u201cHow did you do that?\u201d. It\u2019s been so long since they felt that feeling of calmness within themselves, because at that moment once the magic is over, they get to float freely in the world where deadlines don\u2019t exist, and traffic is just an opportunity to play more \u201cI spy\u201d, and that\u2019s scary. It\u2019s unknown territory. Greg Gelb performing in "Monday Night Magic" at Cape Town Magic Club So, my fellow magicians, the next time someone watches you perform a piece of magic and they approach you to ask you how it works, understand where they\u2019re coming from, understand that you are witnessing the greatest battle within the human body (that and the battle of \u201cCake or Gym\u201d). We as magicians have such a gift where we can give people this wonderful and safe space to let go. We can not and should not burst that bubble by explaining how it works, rather we should nurture them back to their reality, because truth is, the reality we create for our spectators, that of a child-like world is only temporary and they will sadly slip back into their reality. How do we do that? How do we keep them there a little longer? One way is to politely give them a response that will tell them you understand what they\u2019re doing but you\u2019re not letting them escape this world of magic just yet, \u201cHow do I do it? I do it well.\u201d Or \u201cCan you keep a secret? (they say \u201cyes\u201d)\u2026 so can I). Remarks like that, in my opinion, keep the audience in this world that little bit longer. Good luck out there. We not only have the job of entertainment, but we need to nurture and protect the World of Magic, a world of true freedom, we need to protect it from the World of sadness, stress, pain and debt.