Joyful and Hopeful Magic
By Lee Ji-eun
The Post Reporter
He don't just conjure. The common things become special magic in his hand. The crowded's interest are aroused by watching his wonderful performance. At first, they regard him with suspicion. But, before long, his nimble movement hold his audience spellbound.
Jung Sung-mo determined to be a magician by chance. In fact, he majored in public administration at the Kookmin University. After leaving the army, he worked as a cable television reporter in 1995. In the vortex of report peculiar place, where was the earliest opened magic academy in korea, he was fascinated by magic. “After that, I quit the reporter and began to work as a magic instructor for the purpose of investing my youth in the unknown world. Actually, magic is not related to my major. But it is enough to attract a 23-year-old aged young man.”
12 years have been passed since he first started magic. However there were many obstacles at that time. "My parents, of course, were against my decision. They were disappointed and didn't confirm because they wanted me to be common salary man. But the most difficult thing to me is that the prejudice against magic. People tend to underestimate magic as a fraud or simple trick in those day of 1995," he said. People poured scorn on him because he was going to do magic, stupid and worthless thing which the people thought. But he overcame that underestimation on magic. And he continued to practice and study the expertises. "I knew their thoughts was wrong so I always asserted through media that magic is a performance including science, and magician is a performer and actor," said Mr. Jung. By doing that he has been improving perception of magic.
He was under the stimulus of the truth that magic was still unacquainted field in Korea. "Compared with other countries, Korean magic was pretty behind and history of magic and system was not established So I had tried to formulate magic's system studying and arranging the useful information from foreign publication," Mr. Jung said.
As a result, he first got a master's degree in drama and art affair from Dankook Graduate schools as a magician. “People say why the magicians need to study but I don't think so. I think there must be constant effort and research for the development of magic.”
And he believes that magic represents human desire. “The magic make impossible things that people want but can't accomplish in reality 'seems like'. It is dream and hope and breaks natural laws. Through it, people can feel happy and escape from an insipid daily life. The magician is not hero but player who satisfy people's wants.” Also he finds his life worth living when audiences, particularly the poor, are happy with his performance for free.
He became a veteran but he also make mistakes. However, he emphasize it is important not to be seen like a mistake. “That is a difference between amateur and pro. But it is also important not to be gratified with one's ability and to reflect yourself for progress. And I keep trying to reduce mistakes by thinking and wondering about magic.” he added.
The most memorable performance to him is that magic getting rid of the cease-fire line in Peace Festival 2005. This is called Grand Illusion, large scaled magic performance, and Jung Sung-mo performed Grand Illusion for the first time in Korea. “It was to disappear 30 meter of the cease-fire line temporarily and about 20000 people enjoyed. This is the most impressive performance for 12 years as a magician and I have dreamt about this. Because it expressed national long-cherished desire on unification of South and North by art," he said.
He is preparing for future to give people joy. “I want to share joy with the poor who live forgetting feeling of happiness from now on. And I would like to develop magic, still unknown world, and make a department which can systematically learn magic and provide younger generation chances,“
* The Rules of Magic
The followings are the rules of magic which Jung Sung-mo made.
1. Never tell anyone how the tricks are done.
2. Never repeat a trick.
3. Always practice your tricks in private before showing them to anyone.
4. Be neat and tidy.
5. Try not to worry about stage fright.
6. Read all you can about magic and magicians.
7. Make your performance entertaining watch other magicians and you will see.
8. Believe that you are a real magician as David Revant said "a good magician is an actor playing part of a magician."
Lee Ji-eun email@example.com
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