When you find out the mechanics of a magic trick, does it make the trick cooler or does it ruin it for you?In this drawing by Adrian Tomine, you see two people who have just happened to take a glance at each other’s respective area only to discover they are reading the same book.
It’s just too bad they are on different subways, which look like they are going in opposite directions. It’s like the beginning of some sort of John Mayer music video.
Of course they are going to be the same age.
And judging from the wide-eyed, surprised looks on their faces, they are both probably single and haven’t been in too many relationships.
They just happened to be in the right place at the right time, but yet at the wrong place at the wrong time.
My guess as why a moment like this might stay with so many people is that it becomes something they can forever daydream about, carving and crafting the possibilities to their own wants and wishes. If she likes that book, then she must like this kind of music and must have this kind of personality. We both looked up at each other at the same time, it must mean something. It becomes something of their very own; a single moment of time that has now become forever. You can’t blame either person for not having the gall to start a conversation because they’re on different trains, but that’s where the magic of the trick lies.
Had they been on the same train, maybe things would have different. Maybe he would have gone up to her and talked to her, taking the risk of understand how the trick works and possibly ruining it by finding out that maybe she wasn’t everything that she could have been. As poster on Reddit said, “It’s probably for the better. A passing glance and eye contact with a stranger you’ll never see again preserves the magic. If they had met, he would have found out after 5 minutes that she was an airhead, and she would have found out after 5 years that he was a douchebag.” Or maybe it made the trick even better; not only was she everything he thought she would be, she was even better and exceeded her expectations.
For what it’s worth, I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to not understand the magic trick. It is one of the best qualities of youth to be naive and wishful. A child has the rest of his or her life to be cynical or whatnot. But I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to understand the magic either and letting other people besides you in on the trick.