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Topic: Sermons + Illusion?
Message: Posted by: Christian Illusionist (Apr 15, 2006 05:07PM)
I did a search trying to find this and didn't see anything.

If this topic has been covered, I apologize.

I am a magician and I am also a minister.

For sometime, I have thought about illustrating one of my sermons with an effect or two sometime.

However, the thought always comes to my mind that by doing so, my sermons might not be taken as seriously by the congregation.

That in my attempt to illustrate the message, I might distract from it by doing so.

Does anyone ever preach with illusion here?

Where do you draw the line?

Message: Posted by: magicurt (Apr 15, 2006 06:53PM)
I think it can work very very effectively. I posted a related thought on "grand illusion" thread in the good news section here. It is the last post as of this writing. It may give you an idea of my answer to your question. P.M. any time with any questions.

Message: Posted by: jkvand (Apr 16, 2006 10:49PM)
I am a minister and a magician as well, and I do sometimes use a magic effect to illustrate a point in the sermon. I view it as a visual illustration, and basically use it as I would a verbal illustration or anecdote. If it fits the point of the sermon and isn't too over the top, I have found that it works well, and my congregation has always responded positively to it. I believe it is similar to a motivational speaker using magic in the speech. Barrie Richardson's book TOTM Act II has some nice routines along this line that I have used in sermons. Just don't let the magic overshadow the message. -Jeff