In a recent episode of The Table Network Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Harris III – Master illusionist, creative entrepreneur, and author of “The Wonder Switch”. We talked about his fascinating journey as a master illusionist and creative entrepreneur and gained valuable insights into the power of wonder and storytelling. In this blog, we will share our conversational highlights and explore the key takeaways from our discussion with Harris III.
The Role of Wonder in Harris III’s Life:
Harris III shared a captivating story about how a seemingly insignificant gift, a box of magic tricks, changed the trajectory of his life. At the age of nine, he received this unexpected present from his grandmother. Out of boredom, he performed his first trick for his parents. Witnessing their wonder and amazement sparked something within Harris III. He realized that wonder has a contagious effect and can ignite a sense of belief and possibility. This pivotal moment set him on a path of exploring the intersection between storytelling, wonder, and positive change.
Helping Others Engage with Wonder:
Naturally, we were curious to know how Harris III helps others connect with the idea of wonder. According to him, wonder starts as an emotion but can evolve into a mindset — a way of seeing and navigating the world. Harris III emphasized the importance of experiencing moments of “wow” and marveling at the extraordinary, as they are gateways to epiphanies and understanding. He refers to curiosity as wonder in action, highlighting that embracing wonder allows us to seek out moments of awe and create intentional lives designed for wonder.
The Power of Perspective:
We recalled that during a conversation over breakfast in Nashville earlier this year, Harris III shared a quote that resonated with us: “If you don’t believe in magic, you’ll never find it.” This statement encapsulates the shift in perspective required to unlock the wonders around us. It invites us to challenge our preconceived notions and embrace the limitless possibilities that lie within a mindset open to wonder. By choosing to see the world through the lens of wonder, we can discover magic in the ordinary and transform our narratives.
Our conversation with Harris III left us inspired and eager to incorporate wonder and storytelling into our own lives. The insights shared by this master illusionist and author remind us of the transformative power of belief, curiosity, and the willingness to explore the extraordinary. Through his work and experiences, Harris III continues to change broken narratives, enabling others to embrace wonder and create a better future for themselves and the world.
If you’re interested in experiencing the full conversation with Harris III, make sure to check out the full Table Network Podcast episode here.
Remember, as Harris III said, “If you don’t believe in magic, you’ll never find it.” Embrace wonder, and you will discover the magic that lies within and all around you.