Our first family road trip was 2010, armed with a carload of 6, we headed out West. We flew to Phoenix (stopped along the way at old mining towns) stayed in Sedona (climbed the red rocks), went to the Grand Canyon, stayed at Amangiri (best hotel ever), then up to Las Vegas and around to Los Angeles, ending in San Diego. It was an epic trip with lots of memories. As such, we continued the family road trip tradition long after the success of this first one.
I will never forget when we drove up to Las Vegas in the evening. There was a glow that could be seen from miles away. We had planned a variety of activities, including the David Copperfield show that first night. Early in the act, David selected my wife for a trick where he made her engagement ring disappear; pretty damn good and very alarming! For the last magic trick of the night, he proposed to make 12 members of the audience disappear, including me! As I walked upstage, the assistant asked each of us if we were competitors of David Copperfield (which none of us were) and then told us to follow his directions. After a short while of David talking to the audience, we slowly filed out the back of the stage to another room. In this room, David Copperfield greeted us and told us not to reveal how the trick was orchestrated (mirrors and black curtains) and gave each of us an autographed headshot (indebting us to him, and ensuring we kept his secret). The group slowly left the room (it felt like an eternity) and ended up in the lobby where we flashed our flashlights back at the audience. My wife and kids were amazed at the disappearance. I concocted a story for the kids that I didn't know how he did it. I suggested that they may have used a mild sedative because I only remembered being in front of them and them suddenly reappearing in the back of the room. The kids were amazed! The kids weren't the only ones who believe in magic as the next day my wife was on the phone with the umpteenth person telling them that I disappeared and may have been mildly sedated in the process! Finally, when the kids were asleep, I told her the truth ... there is no such thing as magic (a hard thing to learn in your 30's)! This week's Loupe is dedicated to believing!
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