Northwest teacher shares his experiences with magic

CTE teacher Chris Griggs performs magic tricks.  Griggs has been interested in magic since he was a kid.

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CTE teacher Chris Griggs performs magic tricks. Griggs has been interested in magic since he was a kid.

CTE teacher Chris Griggs has been interested in magic since he was a kid.

“I got a magic kit for my birthday. And I was bitten by the bug. And I’ve had it ever since,” Griggs said.

Griggs states that magic is an art form. In order to continue to grow as a magician, he says that it is best to learn from other magicians.

“Most people in any art (form), if they’re going to grow, want to expose what they’re doing with other artists and other people who have achieved a certain level of success,” Griggs said. “That’s the best way that you know that we can improve. Always learning, always learning, never done.”

This is one reason why Griggs is a part of McBride’s Magic and Mystery School founded by magician Jeff McBride.

Dr. Lawrence Hass is an associate dean at McBride’s Magic and Mystery School. Although he experimented with magic briefly as a child, he fell in love with magic after seeing a performance by David Copperfield.

“I fell in love with magic as an art form in 1994, as a Ph.D. in philosophy and Assistant Professor, when I saw David Copperfield performing his routine “Flying” on television,” Hass said. “Instantly I recognized that magic was a great art–a very deep art–a highly distinctive form of theater–and that it was almost entirely “under-theorized” by artists, critics, art theorists, and philosophers.”

In addition to learning on their own, both Griggs and Hass teach at the McBride Magic and Mystery School.

“(At) the McBride Magic and Mystery school there are all kinds of resources for magicians. Every Monday night, there’s a teaching session. We do a broadcast every week, every Monday night, and (with) different teachers,” Griggs said.

Here at Northwest, Griggs sponsors the Northwest Magic Club. He views this as an opportunity for students to learn more about magic and help to cultivate a sense of wonder.

“We have about eight or ten members and they’re learning pieces of magic that (create) a sense of wonder.

In the Northwest Magic Club, members learn more than just tricks.  He tries to bring out a “wow” moment for students who like to learn and perform magic.

Griggs also has advice for students looking to learn magic.

“(Magicians) remind us of three things. (They remind) us about creating a sense of wonder. (Secondly) the magician reminds us that reality can fall off of its hinges at any moment. And thirdly, the magician reminds us and maybe this is the most important that we’re all magicians in our own lives, because we all have the power to create, and destroy and recreate,” Griggs said. “We all have the power to create transformation in our lives.”