Magic: What is it Good For?

Kabir Vega Castellanos


HAVANA TIMES — I recently got my hands on a video about a magician known as “Dynamo”, who some consider superior to the super-famous David Copperfield.

I saw him swallow a handkerchief between two beautiful women who looked like models and pull it out from his breastbone. Though there wasn’t any blood or signs of any wound, the effect were fairly unpleasant.

In a different act, he asked two people to hold a piece of cloth at either end and he stood on the outstretched fabric, which didn’t bend under his weight.

At one point, he asked for three mobile phones from the apparently high-class audience. He placed these in the hands of a beautiful young woman, balancing one over the other. One phone disappeared, he made the other vanish and the third was left floating in the air before the awe-struck public.

The most spectacular act was performed out in the street. Dynamo was hanged upside down several meters above the ground, wearing a straitjacket, with a rope tied to a weight wrapped around his neck. I assume a normal person would have been choked to death by this. He managed to wriggle out of the straitjacket and to break the rope with his teeth, breaking free.

Incredible! Marvelous! “How does he do it?” the people there and those watching him on TV were surely asking themselves. I couldn’t help ask myself: what sense is there to any of this?

Today, science itself accepts that human beings use only a small percentage of their brains. Since antiquity, people have developed mental powers through practices that require special training and years of sacrifice, powers that are used for healing, alchemy and even nuclear weapons.

The main risk involved in developing these powers is that one’s ego grows with them. Those who have such powers feel superior to others and that, in and of itself constitute an obstacle to their spiritual development.

It is said Dynamo made a pact with the devil. I personally don’t care if he sold his soul or is simply using optical illusions.

No matter how much people gawk at his acts, no matter how seriously they consider him a god on earth, his show will not bring about any change in their lives. It won’t even inspire them to think, to reflect, or offer them hope.

It isn’t that much different from any box office film with plenty of eye candy which one forgets about after turning off the TV.


Kabir Vega

I am a young man whose development in life has not been what many might consider normal or appropriate, but I don’t regret it. Although I am very reserved, I dissent strongly from many things. I believe that society, and not only of Cuba, is wrong and needs to change. I love animals sometimes even more than myself since they lack evil. I am also a fan of the world of Otaku. I started in Havana Times because it allowed me to tell some experiences and perhaps encourage some change in my country. I may be naive in my arguments, but I am true to my principles.

One thought on “Magic: What is it Good For?

  • Lol, thats a common misconception. Some humans some times use a much larger portion of their brain… we call those epileptic seizures. That silly idea about using only a small percent of the brain at a given time comes from the ignorance about of how the brain works.

    The brain is a massive neural network and ideas, thoughts and memories are merely paths on that network. Each neuron is connected to others using structures known as dendrites and the only thing an individual neuron “knows” is what connected neurons to activate given a specific stimuli.

    Firing more signals do not translate in increased mental capacity, at contrary, is by definition mental illness, since it makes the brain unable to produce ideas or recall memories and it can even be life threatening if it affects the peripheral nervous system.

    As a matter of fact, a recent study shows that elderly people “slows down” because they have longer experiences and memories and their brain has to process much information more than a youngster.

    As for your conclusions, professional magicians are simply expert illusionists in the business of entertainment, but they don’t have any superpower. One of them actually created a one million dollar prize to anyone that can show they have any paranormal or supernatural power under proper observing conditions and that million dollar has been sitting there collecting dust since 1996

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