Conversations in a Magic Shop: The Trick to Living a Life of Meaning

Written by Neelam Tewar.

Every once in a while we hear a story that give us solace, respite and more importantly, hope.

I found all three in one book and in this instance, I had the opportunity to speak with the author. In his book, Into the Magic Shop, Dr. James R. Doty recounts his humble beginnings: raised in poverty with an alcoholic father and a mother who had suffered a stroke, was chronically depressed and attempted suicide several times. A chance encounter with a woman named Ruth in a magic shop when he was 12 changed the trajectory of his entire life.

This woman shared the greatest, most powerful magic trick of all: how to understand and ease his own suffering and bring to life all his desires. I’d like to think she also gave him hope and instilled faith in him that he had as much right to be here as anyone else.

It was a slow day at work when I first heard Dr. Doty speak during a Facebook interview on Huffington Post. I wasn’t able to finish the interview, but I made a note to buy the book and contact Dr. Doty to see if he would speak with me.

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