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How the Magic of Kindness Sustains Us: Werner Reich (Transcript)

And I went to a magic store, and I bought some magic tricks, and I showed them to my friends, and I bought some more magic tricks and I showed it to them.

And then I bought some magic books, and I bought some more magic books. There’s a very, very thin line between a hobby and insanity.

Anyway, I got married, and I came to the United States. And one of the first jobs that I had demanded from me to speak to small groups of people. And I managed it, I was very good at it.

And then, 25 years ago, I retired. And I started speaking in schools. And the only reason why I could speak in schools is because a very friendly man showed a rather scared kid a card trick in a concentration camp.

This man who showed it to me, Mr. Levine, had been a professional magician. He worked in Germany, and when he came to Auschwitz, the SS knew who he was, so they gave him some cards, they gave him a piece of string, they gave him some dice, and he performed for them.

And then he also taught some of them. He survived the war, but his wife and his son died. He came to the United States and performed in various venues, but I never met him again.

But the trick that he showed me stayed with me and enabled me to go around schools and try to make this world just a little bit better.

So if you ever know somebody who needs help, if you know somebody who is scared, be kind to them. Give them advice, give them a hug, teach them a card trick.

Whatever you are going to do, it’s going to be hope for them. And if you do it at the right time, it will enter their heart, and it will be with them wherever they go, forever.

Thank you.

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