Hemming and hawing are common reactions to new ideas, don’t you think? Every time you see that splendid dress in the sparkling window pane of a boutique, you wonder – are you pretty enough to make that dress look good? When you’ve earned a good bonus a year, you debate about investing it or taking your family for a luxurious vacation. When a student has to decide which course he/she needs to take up, a million questions float in their minds – which subjects do they like? Which ones can the scrape decent marks in? Which is more career-friendly?! Worrying and self-doubt – these are everyday processes that most of us go through; some rather large or intense in nature, and some as easy as deciding on which flavour chocolate should you buy in the store!
The important thing for you to understand is self-confidence. Understanding your own true worth will take you much further than anyone can guide you to. No matter how many well-wishers and helpers you have around you, it’s you alone who can push yourself over that winning line. There would be plenty who try and drag you down the well of failure and despair because they could never get out of it themselves. But having faith in yourself is what Jesus Christ taught us, and it is what we should follow.
Chapter 4, verse 16 of the Book of Timothy reads: “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
Another profound quote that we can find in the Corinthians, chapter 13 verse 5 reads, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
And finally, here is another important quote that we can take heart to, from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 30 verse 5: “Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.”
From all the above quotes, it is evident that it is up to us how we use what talents we have to make our lives better. The Lord blesses us with gifts but he cannot hold and direct our limbs to behave in a particular manner. It is up to us to make our own fate; it is up to us to turn around the unfavourable circumstances and emerge victorious in life. It is up to us to believe in our talents and put them to good, productive use rather than letting them be just objects of ridicule and scepticism. Much like Paul Zerdin did.
America’s Got Talent (AGT) needs no introduction. Since the inception of the masterpiece of a TV show, it has captured the interest of the audience not just in USA, but in almost every other part of the world. A number of other shows have been created along the same lines as that of AGT, but it remains the first full series of the franchise “Got Talent” and still hugely popular, despite airing its 12 season in August, 2017. But Paul’s magic left the panel of judges spellbound in the year 2010, during the 10th season of the show.
Zerdin eventually went on to be the winner of that 10th AGT season, and this video proves why he managed to do just that. Ventriloquism can be mesmerising or tacky, depending on the talent of the artist in handling his puppet. But can you imagine just the puppet being on the stage and stealing the show? Not easy to imagine, is it? That would be akin to magic more than ventriloquism you’d say. Well, magic is what Paul showed the audience and judges that day, via his adorable, freckled puppet – Sam! The video is that of Zerdin and Sam’s performance during the semi-final of the season, and it starts off with Paul accusing Sam of being uncooperative.
In an interview, Paul said that magic and ventriloquism have always held his interest. Rather than letting people talk him out of pursuing a career in arts where his heart lay, he chose to chase it with both hand, a clear mind, and a passionate heart. In an interview with ‘People’, he talks about how he’d levitated his sister when he was 15, for a school competition. While other people sang or recited poetry, he made his entrance in the world of illusions with a bang. He introduced puppet characters in his magic show, but he leant more towards ventriloquism than magic with each passing day. He eventually stopped with magic shows to concentrate fully on his favourite art and also performed stand-up shows for the same.
The performer starts by greeting the audience in the Radio City and explains that he and cute, suite up, and freckled Sam have had an argument so that won’t be able to perform. They then proceed to blame each other. Finally, the human gets exasperated with the dummy and threatens to put him in the bag! And why not?! The dummy shows him who’s the boss when he says that if it weren’t for him, Paul wouldn’t have anything to eat! And this was in response to Paul taunting Sam that without him, the puppet wouldn’t be able to talk! Sam asks Paul to read his lips when he’s challenges to keep quiet or be forced into the bag, and Paul proceeds to do as he threatens to!
Paul then says that Sam always makes him look stupid, to which the puppet quips that he doesn’t need help with that; Paul manages to do that feat on his own! At that stage, Paul challenges him to be on stage alone, places the microphone before him, tells him not to get ‘buzzed’, and storms off stage! After a few seconds’ silence, the puppet lifts its head and asks the audience, “Is he gone?”, and this thrills the judges and audience alike!
He then greets Howard Stern, one of the judges, and proceeds to ask him whether he’d been drinking or not because he was talking to a puppet! A few more laughs later, Paul joins on stage and the funny yet exciting video comes to an end, with the judges and audience giving both the performers a standing ovation!
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1. God has given you gifts.
2. God has prepared good things for you to do.
3. God loves when we are able to make others laugh!
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God bless you and your family,
Aaron Tabor, MD