For over a decade Anders Hansen has been producing, designing and performing magical illusions in his home country Denmark, other European countries and is now currently working his magic in USA,Miami, FL.
On his travels he has hung out with Las Vegas superstars Siegfried and Roy, shared a stage with David Copperfield and met some pretty big shot celebrities.
TSP: Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do right now, because I enjoy all aspects of it. I realized what I could do in my life that would make me happy. It’s important to find out what the “end result” of one’s work need to be. What should it bring? Once that’s determined, choices of work can be pursued. I enjoy traveling, meeting people and inspiring them. That for me is key. It brings me absolute fulfillment and I feel I’m in “alignment”. It’s a very American term, but basically, it means that you line up with your destiny and your passion. Out of that, hopefully emerges a completely whole and happy person.
TSP: What is the best part of your job?
The best part is realizing I’ve made a difference. After my shows, more often than not, people share with me their own thoughts about life and how they feel my show caused them to think differently about things. That to me is worth it. As a finale, I end with a snow storm and I talk about how each snowflake could represent a dream in life. When I see kids reach for their own snowflake and putting out a wish… That does it for me!
TSP: Do you have a particular experience you’d like to share with us?
I do have to admit, I love traveling and the challenges and unforeseen events that it sometimes leads to. One time, when my scheduled Delta flight from Miami through Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico broke down during take-off, I was rescheduled on a later American Airlines flight into Cancun instead. Which meant I had to make my way from Cancun to Cozumel on my own. By the time I got to the ferry in Playa Del Carmen, bound for Cozumel it was really late, and I realized there was no way I was going to make it on time. On the street in Playa I heard 3 guys bargaining about a private air charter to the island of Cozumel. One of them turned towards me and asked if I wanted to be the 4th. person on the plane. With an approval from my producer on the phone, I jumped on the plane and landed in Cozumel 8 minutes after. When running down the pier to the ship, people had lined up on the deck and applauded and cheered as I made it on time… Ship took off 1 minute later. I had great shows that night!
TSP: If you could go back in time to when you were 20 years old and give yourself some advice – what would it be?
I would encourage myself to not care about what people thought about me. Not to listen to what “I should” do, spending way too much time worrying about other people’s opinions in general. I’ve spent lot of time living up to a certain expectation – of me. Had I gotten rid of those voices in my mind earlier on, it would have saved me quite some headache.
On a side note – I do believe that our past shapes us who we are now and without those headaches I probably wouldn’t be able to love and embrace myself as I do today. There’s a given duality, how can one appreciate the good things fully, not being exposed to the opposite? #There’s a meaning to everything:)
TSP: What do you feel is the greatest lack in the world?
In the Western world, the biggest lack is the true pursuit of happiness. Too many people here tend to put an equal mark between materialism (things) and happiness. It seems to be a constant race for the next fancy car, the big house, the new project, not realizing that happiness is NOW. If you’re not happy internally in the now, where you are; then you’re NEVER going to be happy with the new car, the big house etc. Happiness starts within and if there’s anything historical texts can inspire us with, it’s this “As within – so without”. The direct link between how the “inner world” feels and how the “outer world” presents itself to us.
Shortly put – the greatest lack is the “illusion of material happiness”.
TSP: What is your definition of a spiritual person?
It’s someone who understands the depth our universe has. Someone who realizes that life is eternal, and that each and everyone of us are here on a personal mission. A goal we had in mind before we chose to come here. It’s a person that doesn’t see birth as a beginning and death as the ultimate ending, however sees it merely as transitions of consciousness. What do I mean by that exactly? Well, if we didn’t see birth as a start; we wouldn’t fear death to the extend we do.
Today there’s so much research available, that documents the survival of our consciousness in physical death, “Life” being a continuum. Once you realize that, you relax more, make materialistic goals less important and starts to enjoy the journey, smelling the roses on the way. Life’s a journey, not a pursuit for an end-result.
TSP: Do you have a life philosophy that you follow?
As my famous and beautiful aunt, Bibi Hilton once said to me; “What you put out, will inevitably come back to you”. I believe that we receive exactly what our current state of mind is. So I’ve made it a personal goal to be happy 99% of the time. Happy and content with what is, however still with a deep appreciation of what I already have. Then more of the same will be flowing the same way. If I consciously make a decision about being happy, at that vibrational state of mind there’s nothing the world can present to me that can take me out of the “feeling good feeling”. What we’re presented with on daily basis are mostly circumstances, time, events etc. physical things, challenges that really shouldn’t be able to change that mindset. You can choose 2 ways of reaction to these, often “annoying events”: 1. Allow negative ways of thinking about it, into the mind. Or 2: Sustain the happiness in the now. The latter will get us further for sure, but allowing frustration, is like inviting walls into the mind and it shuts down most rational thinking.
TSP: What in your opinion, is the most important thing that parents can give their children to prepare them for life?
I believe the most important thing parents can do, is to help their kids find their passion in life, and forget about what THEY “think is best for their children”. Also, completely diminishing the ideas of kids following their parent’s footsteps etc. The job of a parent, among others, should be to make sure that no “boxes of social norms” exist for their kids; to break down those illusions of self constructed right and wrong categories and unconditionally support them in the life they’re destined to live.
We all come here with a purpose, a certain talent; whatever it might be. The ultimate goal in life must be to do what you love and be happy with it…
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