Using magic to make connections
As the clock begins a three-minute countdown, the audience is given the decision to stay for the show or leave before it gets started - symbolic of the first move when entering The Maze, which was the inspirational magic show performed by Jim Munroe for ETSU this past Thursday.
The show featured different acts that tested what the audience perceived as reality and truth, and signified the various choices that reveal the path through the maze that is life.
Jim Munroe is a magician, author and speaker from Texas with a story to share with anyone that will listen. "The true inspiration for this kind of show ... I experienced something amazing, and I wanted to share it with people who wanted to listen," he explained.
After being diagnosed with leukemia and given mere months to live, Munroe began searching for something bigger that might save his life or explain how something behind the scenes could offer up a sign that could not possibly be ignored.
Through the generosity of one 19-year-old girl and her bone-marrow transplant, Munroe was given a second chance at life.
Munroe finds many parallels between the story of Christ and his own that he cannot deny that it is the sign from God that he had been asking for.
Using this as proof, Munroe sets out to share what he has found with others who might have the same questions that he had.
Since Munroe loved performing magic, he decided to use this as the cornerstone for the show.
Each magic trick, ranging from couple compatibility to reading minds, was executed in a way that left the audience wondering how it was possible, while it also elicited awe. Each illusion circled back to Munroe's life story.
"It was amazing how he made the gospel so simple," explained one member of Cru, the organization credited for bringing The Maze to ETSU.
Several of the Cru members expressed how they felt the show went, and what aspects they took with them or had an impact on them.
One member of Cru explained how the bone marrow of only one person could be the match that saved Munroe's life.
Since the donation of bone marrow was what saved Munroe's life, the audience was invited to stay after the show and those who wished and were able to donate were given a packet of information and allowed to register to donate their own bone marrow should they be someone else's match.
Cru meets at 7:47 p.m. every Thursday in Rogers-Stout Hall, Room 118.
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