COMEDY MAGIC IS GOOD MEDICINE – Thoughts from Bo / by Bo Gerard

I had no Idea that I was in the pharmaceutical business!

A study was published recently in the scientific journal “Emotion” that suggests that feeling AWE may promote good health.  Specifically, as lead study author, Jennifer E. Stellar, explained in a phone interview - “people who reported feeling awe on a regular basis tended to have lower markers of inflammation, which has been correlated with ailments like heart disease and cancer”.  Every magician knows that look in his audience’s eyes, when they have just experienced awe and amazement.  Now he should feel even better knowing that he’s also making them less inflamed.

Other numerous studies have concluded that LAUGHTER decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals.  Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.  So, when a comedienne makes my audience laugh, she is helping them fight disease and pain.  How great is that!?

And by combining these two powerfully beneficial professions, I am delivering a health-and-happiness-cocktail that is doubly helpful to my fellow humans.  (At least the ones that pay to see me perform.)  It’s a scientific fact!

I have spent the last 30+ years performing as a Comedy Magician, spreading my healing power far and wide.  All without medical school bills, embarrassing examination gowns, prescriptions, or side effects.  (Except for the occasional white wine shooting out of someone’s nose.)

So in conclusion, world, I have only one thing left to say to you… You're welcome!