Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween - Trick or...? (The World of Ghosts)

31st of October. People dressing up to impress, scare and win prizes for fancy dress competitions. I wonder why it's regarded as one of the most awesome festivals in the world. Of course, Halloween is hardly celebrated in India, something which I really really hope changes, and soon.
What fascinates me about Halloween? Well it's regarded as the festival of Magic! It's said to be the spookiest day in the world, and Magicians dressed as wizards do some of the most unearthly tricks ever made. It's also regarded by some as the day when ghosts appear in certain darker places. And Magic and ghosts or spirit calling or Seance as it's better known have a long history, and one question has intrigued the world for a long long time. Are ghosts real?
For centuries people and performers of Seances alike have pondered over that question. While the performers or mediums have tried to prove that ghosts exist and it's possible for us to build a connect with them, the general public still has varied opinions on it. So, do ghosts exist?
Being a magician and having some knowledge about how mediums do there "tricks", I'd have to say a massive NO, in caps obviously.  But then, some things do go unexplained quite a lot of the times. All of us had been afraid of ghosts when we were young,  some of us still are. And even though every fiber of our body hopes that we never counter with a ghost, some parts still can't stop hoping of a life after death. And it's very very rare to meet someone who doesn't have his or her own heroic tale to tell when they encountered with a ghost, or have a friend or family member who encountered with a ghost and lived to tell the tale.

Also to quote the great Steve Jobs, no one wants to die, even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. Why is it then the world is so fascinated by the idea of life after death? Simple. Nobody wants to stop being in touch with the world and the people they lived with, and the idea of being left behind as a memory, imprint, faded images or whatever the world of Harry Potter describes ghosts as fascinates people, and gives them hope of never actually "leaving."
Well all that is might fine, but then that still doesn't answer the question, do ghosts exist? Yeah, there have been a million stories of people encountering with ghosts and having heroic boxing matches with them, and yes there are millions of people who will never agree to the idea of ghosts even if a pearly white figure passed right through them, my views are simple and slightly contradictory to the massive NO in caps I said before.
Do ghosts exists? Yes.
Is it possible to connect with them and speak to them? No.
As simple as that, and even though thousands of people will want to dress up as ghosts and mediums on Halloween and will have tales of their desks or tables "moving on there own" and all, it'll all be balderdash at the end of it all. So have an awesome Halloween everyone, and I hope that you don't get the Trick part of the festival, and instead end up with a beautiful Treat.