Happy World Water Day! (March 22nd)
In 2017 I will travel to the desert to study the magic of water with a master wizard who runs a school of wizardry. Literally. I will take on this quest not only in pursuit of grand adventure and better magic but also so that I can use what I learn to inspire audiences with the importance of water.
The school to which I will return is McBride’s Magic & Mystery School of Las Vegas. The Master Magician, and school’s Founder, is Jeff McBride. Although I may look more like Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, youthful-appearing Jeff McBride has acclaim in the real world equal to that of the great wizard in Harry Potter novels. I have been fortunate to receive Jeff’s support of my magical studies and my use of “enviromagic” (Jeff’s term) for environmental education. When the opportunity arose to learn one of his master work routines, The Water Bowls, we both agreed that the time was right. My “Magic of Water” magic show already shares the wonder of water and the power we all have to conserve and protect it. Jeff’s Water Bowls routine will improve this show, bringing it to the “Vegas Level”. The Water Bowls routine is wordless but powerful for the story it shares of human interaction with water as the source of life. It will bring a very important and perhaps spiritual lesson to a show which already delivers messages of fact and science. I look forward to learning this routine and to the time spent studying closely with a master magician.
As a sustainability professional I must also offer thanks and gratitude to the environmental educators and officials who work tirelessly to ensure our waters remain abundant and clear. This year I was able to partake in a unique training day in which the ties between waste and water were demonstrated for classroom teachers in Waterbury, CT and elsewhere. TOMRA and Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) hosted Project WET, a national training and curriculum provision program, that brings water-focused activities to classrooms and nature centers nationwide. Their efforts may not be magic shows in the strict sense of the word, but the fun and enlightenment that they bring to children can literally make all the difference in the world.
Enjoy World Water Day as well as the blessing, and magic, of water!
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