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JonesingForTruth
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I hope this is the right section, but one thing I learned especially as a manager of a fast food restaurant, was that different cultures viewed the simplest of tricks differently. More specifically many of the Mexican workers we had were more nervous of the tricks and really seemed to have a fear that it really was some sort of supernatural ability (of the negative religious sort, without getting too into religion Smile ) have any of you noticed any particular groups that seemed more wary of certain types of magic, and do you avoid those, or have any particular tips or tactics for overcoming various cultural differences in perception? Or have you found that when it comes down to it, magic is fairly universal, and maybe I just had a few superstitious crew members who have jaded me. Smile
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I don't perfrom bizarre magic for the religious canvassers that come to my door, if that's what you mean. Smile
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Stay away from claiming you have supernatural powers..
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There are lots of refugees here in Tucson. Here's a few examples:

The Bosnians I work with love magic and call me Magionicha. They tell me I need to do it for a living and really enjoy it. They even clap Smile

The Swahili speaking people I've been involved with in ministry can be very rude by our standards, demanding to see this or that or know how it's done. These people in general have a fear of magic and witchcraft because there are many in Africa who still "practice" witchcraft and curses. I choose to not do magic for them because their fear is palpable and I don't want to scare them or put up with what we perceive as rudeness. Their children who are Americanized love magic though and I would often perform gospel magic for them in our Sunday school class.

I also have friends here from Eritrea, a small country that used to be part of Ethiopia. They were hesitant at first because there are "magicians" in their country that claim supernatural powers. Once I explained that I have no powers and achieve my effects from lots of practice they opened up to it. Again, their children are young and quickly becoming Americanized and love my magic.

The Mexicans tend to love magic that I've encountered- even ones from Mexico that aren't Americanized in any way.

I find it does help to reassure people that magic isn't real and that you achieve what you do through hours of practice for entertainment purposes only Smile
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I've never encountered a spectator that was apprehensive for the reasons of beliefs or fear of super natural powers. I do love performing for all types of people though. Here's a fun story that just happened today. My daughters, 5 and 8, and I were at a park today and I was reading an informational sign to them right off of a trail when a young Hispanic couple slowly walked up behind us. I offered a greeting to them and immediately noticed their knowledge of the English language was very minuscule. I only speak a small amount of Spanish, I offered another in their native language and they smiled and replied warmly.

We turned and took a few steps and my 5 year old said "dad, I don't believe you didn't try to show them any magic." My 8 year old quickly replied "Annabelle, they don't speak English and daddy don't speak a lot of Spanish so they wouldn't have been able to understand." I quickly turned back towards the couple and got his attention and said "Mida, la pelota es magia!" ("Look, the ball is magic!!") As I reached out with a sponge ball in my palm. I commenced to performing my 5 minute long sponge routine. The whole time not saying a word, with the exception of counting. The whole time they were smiling, pointing and laughing. Not only did I complete my daily goal of bringing wonderment and awe into someone's life. I also taught my girls a lesson. A language barrier isn't an issue, especially when it comes to magic, as it is an international language!
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