Change of Plans
We considered creating a new awards show (Big Apple Awards) that would put a positive spotlight on those who are outstanding educators. Our plan was to celebrate teachers who were making a difference in the lives of their students, their communities and beyond. But as we delved deeper into the process of developing of a new awards show, we realized that after 10 consecutive successful years (2010 – 2019) of producing the likeminded Platinum PIAs Awards, it might ultimately be the time to put doing awards shows to rest.
Removing the Obstacles
We considered that maybe we could have a bigger impact doing good by helping others who have a community mission to succeed. In other words, rather than implementing an award show we could possibly make more of a difference by concentrating on those, who due to COVID-19 and its variants, needed education and communication tools to face these obstacles that stood between them and earning a good living.
Because of our personal connection to the magic arts in entertainment, we decided that helping magicians became more successful would be our first focus. In addition to amazement and being astonished that comes with the experience of watching a conjurer, we believe that magic makes people happier. Many of us here in New York and beyond enjoy being mystified. It is fun, relaxing and a way to get rid of the stress and to just let go. Shed the tension, if only for the length of a magic performance or maybe even longer.
The Wall of Technology
We believe that magicians make a difference in the lives of those who discover what it feels like to view jaw dropping tricks and effects. So, we partnered with the website called Web Design Magician that is another website in the Blog Coalition of nearly 60 websites and is sponsored by “USA Make a Difference.” The first thing that Web Design Magician did was to write a blog post on their site that lays bare the problems that magicians are having by not being able to do any in-person magic shows due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 and its variants. Magicians are faced with having to figure out ways to make a living through performances via Zoom, Google Meet and other video chat communication platforms.