At 10:05 PM on Sunday October 1, 2017, the news of the shooting massacre in Las Vegas rocked the world. The gunman set up his sniper's perch on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino which gave him an unobstructed and protected view of thousands at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The shooter killed at least 59 people and wounded over 527 more before taking his own life.
The day after the shooting, quite a few of the shows in Las Vegas closed, for many different reasons. I was informed that my show was not going to close, and I needed to show up and perform, despite the tragedy that just unfolded in our city.
Many years ago, when I was a magician, I would visit childrens hospitals and perform magic for the patients. When I switched over to exclusively performing mentalism, performing in hospitals for kids was no longer something I could do, since children don't always understand mentalism tricks. So instead of performing, I would visit hospitals dressed up as Batman, and cheer the patients up, utilizing my extensive Batman memoribelia collection.
After the October 1st massacre, I really wanted to help the victims of the shooting, so I announced on social media that I was donating all the proceeds from Monday's after show souvenir sales, and part of Monday's ticket sales to the GoFundMe page set up to help the victims.
On Wednesday I posted a screen shot (seen below) from GoFundMe showing my contribution was made, in hopes of encouraging others to contribute as well. On Thursday I woke to a private message on Facebook from my dear friend Marianne. I asked her if I could share her message with everyone.
She wrote: Good morning Gerry, I am glad you and your family are safe given the craziness your city has had. I just wanted to share a little story with you. As you know I work with people with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Well the client I worked with last night was feeling sad about all of it and so she would not obsess about it I brought up some good stories of people coming together to help. One story was about you donating the proceeds of your show. She was intrigued by that and I offered to show her some videos of you performing. Can I just say, in her words, You blew her mind! At first I thought maybe she wouldn't understand all of it however she did. She just loved you! In fact she talked about you all night even when I took her to a social group she was telling them about you! Well you certainly took her mind off the sad stories which I feared she was beginning to focus on too much and could trigger her anxiety issues. I just wanted to share with you, You have a new fan!!!!. Be well my friend!
I love helping others with my skills and abilities, and to see how small acts of kindness and love sometime have the ripple effect. How about today, you give some thought how you can selflessly touch someones life today. Then sit back and watch how your love can spread, like the ripples in a calm lake, after you tossed a small pebble into it.