Preface

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As I write this book all the memories of my fantastic career come flooding back to me. Having my own T.V. series, The Royal Variety Performance, Las Vegas, mingling with some of the world's biggest stars. Fast Cars, a nice house, the world was my oyster.

All of a sudden my right leg twitches, and as I look down and see the wheelchair that I am sitting in, I realise how my life has changed, and can't help wondering what life would have been like if I hadn't have been struck down by Multiple Sclerosis.

I promise I am not at all bitter, I have never once asked, 'Why me?' In fact I am very happy. I am still performing shows, and when I do, I want the audience to give me credit for being good, not to give me credit just because I am disabled. I am also giving lectures to magicians, and selling my original creations to magic shops all over the world. It is true to say that I am happier now than I have ever been.

I really hate my wheelchair and every ounce of stigma that goes with it. However, it is probably the best friend that I have got!

I know what I am about to say is hypothetical, however, if I was given the chance of having my health restored to normal, and in exchange I would be robbed of all my achievements in life, it would be very difficult for me to make a choice. Thinking about it, I would make no changes.

A lot of people say that I am extremely brave because I have a very positive attitude to life, and although that is a great accolade to have bestowed upon me, I don't consider myself to be brave, it's just the way I am.

I have a philosophy in life. I only do what I am good at, in that way it looks like I am good at everything I do! I never attempt to do anything that I know I can't do, in that way I will never get frustrated. As an example, due to a limited use of my right hand, I have had to learn everything left handed. I always try to turn my minuses into pluses, and I always try to surround myself with positive minded people. I think that these are the criteria that stop me getting depressed.

In general, I consider myself to be a very happy person; I try to see the funny side of everything. I think that laughter is the best medicine, (unless you're diabetic, in which case insulin is much better!). I am also fortunate enough to have been blessed with the talent of being able to make people laugh. Laugh and the world laughs with you! Cry and you cry alone. And yes, I have done plenty of the latter. Life is like a hand of cards, it's the way you play them that counts. Life is not a rehearsal. Life is so precious.

Life doesn't stop with MS, it just changes. I am still the same person that I always was; I just wear a different overcoat. I still have dreams, and lots of goals in life, and if I could make my MS disappear, of course, I would! But unfortunately, I am not that good a magician!

Wayne Dobson 2007

"I always knew I was going to be a magician, because when I was born I came out of the woman in the opposite bed."

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