Illusionist uses magic to spread truth

Harris III, Master Illusionist
Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 01:51 PM.

BONIFAY – Harris III, Master Illusionist, was the first guest during the May 7 meeting of the Bonifay Kiwanis Club.

“I’ve devoted my life to exposing deceptions,” said Harris III. “It’s crazy, all these mixed messages trying to convince us of what life is all about.”

On average a person takes in 4,000 to 5,000 messages a day, from advertising on television, billboards, and similar that people aren’t even aware of, he said.

“We now take on so much more media influence than ever before and not just on our televisions; thousands of messages a day, consciously and unconsciously selling us lies, telling us to just drive this, buy this, where this, just do this and it will give you life,” said Harris III. “It’s crazy because a commercial will say buy this because after all you deserve it and then a few seconds go by and the next commercial will say I know that those other guys said you deserve it but let’s face it you’re just not enough; you are not thin enough, beautiful enough, strong enough, smart enough, you’re just not enough but if you bought this then you would be enough before we know it we settle for believing an illusion, a fake version of the life we were meant to live. It is so easy to be deceived.”

He told how when he was a kid that he wanted a baseball mitt for his birthday and instead he got a magic kit and that he became good enough as a teenager to take his act on the road, making large sums of money but missing something essential.

“It’s funny that magic really did change my life,” he said. “When I was twenty years old traveling the world doing magic shows, making friends and making money and everything I wanted, no matter how much I did or how much I had I still felt totally empty so I ended up going on this search for the truth because deep down I felt like I’ve been lied to by the world and in reality I had been, the magician, the illusionist, the expert in deception that I was had been cleverly deceived into settling for an illusion and I remembered the principles of deception was are universal and it’s like a light went off and all I could think was that I was going to use my illusions to tell others the truth about lies. I’m on a mission to tell the truth about deception, consider this your invitation to join me.”

Harris III now dedicates his time and efforts to non-profit organizations to help promote their messages, for example he assisted the Holmes County Health Department’s Tobacco Free Holmes and SWAT club of Chipley High School to promote a tobacco free lifestyle with a free magic show at Chipley High School recently.

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