This past weekend, my husband and I attended the 3rd annual Believe in Magic show presented by the National Association of Downs Syndrome. The entertaining and heartwarming show included a number of area magicians, a ventriloquist, and a face painter.

Magician Paul Lee organizes and hosts the annual show in honor of his niece, Teagan, who he magically introduced on stage. His protégé, Trent Rivas, a young man with severe cognitive challenges, also made Paul proud with his presentation of the Zombie Ball. And several other young people with special needs assisted throughout the show.

Believe in Magic and other shows, such as Jackie’s Magic that benefits a local county food bank, raise a financial total and level of awareness significantly greater than if the participants simply donate a monetary contribution. It’s a way of tithing with unique God-given abilities and gifts, time, and energy that promotes a heart-to-heart connection with the audience.

Most people don’t have the ability to produce an event such as Believe in Magic, but we all can contribute in some way. Showing up is vital. Without our attendance, no show would matter. We also can offer volunteer hours to organizations and individuals in need, donate financially, and most importantly, make a point of understanding the needs of others.

©2014, Mary K. Doyle

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