“MY IDEA OF MAGIC DOESN’T HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH STAGE TRICKS AND ILLUSIONS. THE WHOLE WORLD ABOUNDS IN MAGIC. WHEN A WHALE PLUNGES OUT OF THE SEA LIKE A NEWBORN MOUNTAIN, YOU GASP IN UNEXPECTED DELIGHT. WHAT MAGIC! BUT A TODDLER WHO SEES HIS FIRST TADPOLE FLASHING IN A MUD PUDDLE FEELS THE SAME THRILL. WONDER FILLS HIS HEART, BECAUSE HE HAS GLIMPSED FOR AN INSTANT THE PLAYFULNESS OF LIFE.
WHEN I SEE THE CLOUDS WHISKED AWAY FROM A SNOW-CAPPED PEAK, I FEEL LIKE SHOUTING, ‘BRAVO!’ NATURE, THE BEST OF ALL MAGICIANS, HAS DELIVERED ANOTHER THRILL. SHE HAS EXPOSED THE REAL ILLUSION, OUR INABILITY TO BE AMAZED BY HER WONDERS. EVERY TIME THE SUN RISES, NATURE IS REPEATING ONE COMMAND: ‘BEHOLD!’ HER MAGIC IS INFINITELY LAVISH, AND IN RETURN ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS APPRECIATE IT.
WHAT DELIGHT NATURE MUST FEEL WHEN SHE MAKES STARS OUT OF SWIRLING GAS AND EMPTY SPACE. SHE FLINGS THEM LIKE SPANGLES FROM A VELVET CAPE, A BILLION REASONS FOR US TO AWAKEN IN PURE JOY. WHEN WE OPEN OUR HEARTS AND APPRECIATE ALL SHE HAS GIVEN US, NATURE FINDS HER REWARD. THE SOUND OF APPLAUSE ROLLS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, AND SHE BOWS. Dancing the Dream Michael Jackson 1992
“I love to create magic…to put together something that’s so unusual, so unexpected that it blows people’s heads off. Something ahead of the times. Five steps ahead of what people are thinking. So people see it and say, ‘Whoa, I wasn’t expecting that!'” Michael Jackson Man in the Music Joseph Vogel 2011
“Michael Jackson’s art transcended every way that human beings have thought of to separate themselves, and then healed those divisions, at least at the instant that we all shared his music as the GLOBALLY UNDERSTOOD GRAMMAR OF HOPE. You didn’t have to speak English to understand Michael. His language, as hokey as it sounds, was the language of joy and love.” Michael Eric Dyson Ebony Magazine
“I don’t think I have ever worked with an artist that can cause as much excitement as Michael. When Bea and I have traveled with Michael to his concerts all over the world, we have often thought that we don’t know Michael Jackson, the performer, that amazing person on stage. To experience the music that we have recorded together in a concert, with tens of thousands of people, in a foreign land, and feel the intensity of the emotions of the crowds, is something I can’t find the words to describe! For someone like me, who usually only hears the music I’m involved with in the recording studio, to be on tour with Michael is a tremendous event. I get chills just thinking about it.” Bruce Swedien In the Studio with Michael Jackson 2009
“It’s really extraordinary during the whole night emotion was high, a very personal emotion because I think people who heard or saw Michael Jackson once in their life, even if they aren’t close to that music, were touched by his appearance, his charm, the beauty of his music because the first thing that has to be said is that he was a great musician.” Frederic Mitterand French Culture Minister
“Why we can’t take our eyes and minds off him? Because he entered deeply in our souls, because he gave us everything, because he exploited himself until to exhaustion, he gave us new magic shows, because he was not turned back when offended or doubted, because he always turned more fascinating and more amazing to our delight, because he simply loved us with all his heart.” It’s All About L.O.V.E. THE FANS
People who were lucky enough to have experienced being near him said that when he entered into a room the room changed. People, children flocked to Michael. People wanted to love him. His love for humanity was evident in the way he treated every single person he met. He had no ego. He was very humble. He was a teacher with a message.
“He reached and touched the entire world with his music. His body was the vessel through which he channeled the white hot energy of universal love…the life force or God’s Glory… his everlasting hope and love for mankind. He wanted everyone to see this connectedness, this bond that we all share with one another, the animals, the trees, everything on the planet…the moon, the stars and the universe. We are all one.” An Angel Among Us We Called Him Michael Jackson Ms.Elizabeth Michelle Billeaudeaux 2010
“He’s incredible. He’s a genius. Just to be in the same room with him, I felt everything I wanted to accomplish in life had been achieved…That aura…that’s how incredible that aura is. The way he thinks. Some artists think regional, some think national, I was thinking international, HE THINKS PLANETS! I wish the world could have just seen Mike the person.” Akon “Right On!”
“HERE IS MY EXPERIENCE WITH TRUTH. DID YOU EVER FEEL JUST TOO TIRED OR SICK TO GO TO WORK? OR MAYBE SOMETHING DRAMATIC HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE, WHICH MADE IT DIFFICULT TO GO TO WORK. AFTER 27 YEARS, I HAD DAYS LIKE THAT, EVEN WITH MICHAEL. BUT ONCE I ENTER THE ROOM, WHERE MICHAEL WAS, I WAS IMMEDIATELY BATHED IN ENERGY. HE WAS CONSTANTLY GIVING ENERGY. HE WAS NOT DOING ANYTHING, BUT BEING THERE. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DANCE OR SING. YOU COULD ALSO SEE, EVERYONE IN THE ROOM WAS AFFECTED BY THIS ENERGY ALSO. I NEVER LEFT A JOB WORKING WITH MICHAEL DEPLETED. I LEFT INSPIRED. I KNOW ALL OF YOU HAVE FELT IT, TOO.” Karen Faye-A Life Intersected 2010
“Michael Jackson was a stage magician. He was utterly euphoric, electrifying the audience with his trademark pop-and-lock dance. He always took his performances ten steps beyond. Instead of waving a magic wand, Michael used his hands and feet. Dancing fiercely, he used them like props, extending his 120-pound frame with every dramatic movement, furthering the illusion that he was larger than life. Living with intention and meaning was what motivated Michael. Through the convictions Michael wrote and sang about, he inspired generations to seek a similar higher state of being. And when he took his show on the road, the exchange of energy between Michael and his fans built a tight-knit, socially conscious community. HIS MIND, LIKE THE SKY, SIMPLY KNEW NOT THE CONCEPT OF BOUNDARIES OR LIMITS. LIMITATIONS, I LEARNED THROUGH HIM, ARE EITHER SELF-IMPOSED OR PREDICATED BY THE LIMITED VISION OF OTHERS. MICHAEL DIDN’T BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE.” The King of Style Dressing Michael Jackson Michael Bush 2012
Magnetism is defined as unusual power to attract, fascinate or influence. The best magic doesn’t trick you…it makes you believe. In my researching, I have come across countless people who felt a certain type of magic that Michael had…if you spent time with him, you were changed for the better. I feel such a strong connection to them because I know the change that has happened to me. The feelings are so very strong. They come from studying the music, I mean really studying it. They come from watching performances and getting lost in the beauty, talent and art…the showmanship. They come from my very core. THEY TRULY COME FROM FEELING THE MAGIC. Many have said that you just can’t get enough of Michael. I know I can’t. There are good reasons for that…The depth, the tapestry, the layers, the inspiration, the truths, the genius, the sights and sounds, the never-ending surprises…all touch my heart and give me so very much to think about. And, of course, JOY! “TO ME, NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY, GIVING THEM A RELEASE FROM THEIR PROBLEMS AND WORRIES, HELPING TO LIGHTEN THEIR LOAD. I WANT THEM TO WALK AWAY FROM A PERFORMANCE I’VE DONE SAYING, ‘That was great! I want to go back again. I had a great time.’ To me, that’s what it’s all about. That’s wonderful!” MJ. Michael succeeded in that goal over and over again. We all leave wanting more. That connection, that bond, we will talk about another time. For now, I leave you with Michael’s words. Have a wonderful day.
“Michael Jackson sometimes compared the reciprocal energy of a performance to a Frisbee…’you hold it, you touch it, and you whip it back.’ Audiences, he believed, were more than passive spectators; they were a vibrant community, composed of all ages, races, religions, and cultures, standing shoulder to shoulder, temporarily bound up in the collective spell of his music, imagining the world anew. ‘You can take them anywhere,’ he effused. This was his gift as an artist; the ability to dissolve into the stories, the emotions, the MAGIC of his music…and to take masses of people from all walks of life with him. He called this creative BOND many things over the years: ESCAPISM, ENTERTAINMENT, SHOWMANSHIP, ART. BUT ULTIMATELY, FOR MICHAEL JACKSON, IT WAS ABOUT SHARING AND RECEIVING LOVE.” Man in the Music Joseph Vogel 2011