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To The Heart of the Matter

by Carl "Bunkers" Mowers

Effect and Patter: A magician is seen standing on stage with a large clear balloon. Inside the clear balloon is a smaller black balloon. The magician refers to how the balloon is in many ways like a person’s life. Free to come and go as it wants, and to do whatever it wants within reason. It even has something in the middle of it just like we do. That something is dark and hides the true inside from the sight of all of us on the outside. It is just like how sin gets inside of us and blocks our fellowship with a loving God.

Well God made a special plan to help deal with this situation!
He sent his own son Jesus to die for the forgiveness of our sin, and so he could enter into our hearts and live in each of us. Just like God has a plan I also have a plan to get to the heart of the matter with this balloon. (At this point the magician displays a long 12-inch needle.) I will use this needle to get into this balloon, and to get rid of the black balloon to find the heart inside this balloon.

Now I know what you’re thinking! Believe me I will not pop the outside balloon. It’s just like when you think that by asking Jesus to come and live in your heart it will take all the fun out of your life. Nothing could be further from the truth! Once Jesus comes into your life he sets you free. Yes, he sets you free from the sin that has chained your heart to the devil by entering your life and getting to the heart of the matter. (At this point the needle is inserted into the center of the clear balloon) You see once inside, Jesus is able to get rid of all the sin that blocks us from free communication with God. Jesus forgives us of all our sin, and Jesus sets us free of all the bonds that tie us and hobble us from lining a joy filled life. The bible says he removes our sin as far as the east is from the west.

Our sin is simply gone! (The needle now pops the black balloon inside the clear balloon allowing a red heart balloon to be seen.) Once the sin is gone our heart is now able to be seen and we can have free communication with God. (The needle is removed from the clear balloon.)

That is how Jesus works in our lives to get rid of sin and set us free. Once he has forgiven and removed our sin the Holey Sprit can than work with us to help us live a life pleasing to God. He also protects us from Satan and his demons until God calls us home to be with him.

That’s right, boys and girls, we will some day be called home to live with God forever. That means some day we have to die. (The needle is used to pop the clear outside balloon leaving just the red heart balloon.) Not to worry though because our heart is now set free to live with God for all eternity.

We are promised that where he is there we will be also. We get the most special gift God can give to any one. We get to go to heaven and be with God Himself in heaven where there is no sickness, no hurt, no pain, no sorrow, no sin, and most of all no devil to lead us astray. We will be able to walk and talk to God every day and to praise him forever. We are called sons and daughters of the most high, and we will be able to be with our creator for the rest of time. What a day that will be! Thank you for allowing me to share with you today! (The heart balloon is given to a little girl seated in the front as the magician leaves the stage.)

Set up: You need the large clear balloon that’s used with the “Needle Through the Balloon” trick, an 8 to 10 inch black round balloon, a 6 inch red heart balloon, and a 12 inch needle.

The red heart balloon is stuffed inside the round black balloon. Once inside the black balloon both the heart and black balloons are stuffed inside the clear balloon with all three nozzles being kept together.

Using a balloon pump, inflate the clear balloon to about 10 inches. Next, inflate the round black balloon to about 8 inches. Lastly, inflate the heart balloon. This is difficult because you can not see the heart balloon inside the black balloon. I have found that three full pumps with a two-way air pump works quite well. It will inflate the heart balloon to just about 6 inches. Now for the hardest part, tie all three balloons at once. This is hard and best done with the help from a second person, but one person can do it with a little practice.

The only other thing to do is to make sure the needle you are using is lubricated with a light coating of Vaseline and that it is sharp and free of burrs.

Special Note: You’ll need to practice this effect several times to get use to the balloons popping, and just how much air you need to blow up each balloon. Sometimes if there is too much air in the black balloon, it will cause the clear balloon to pop at the same time. Popping both balloons is not what you want to happen on Stage!

Also make sure the red heart balloon is not touching the black balloon when you pop it or you pop both the black and the heart balloon at the same time. It is best if you pop the black balloon right in the center of the top of it. That way there is a little gap between the black balloon and the red heart balloon.

I have found this routine to have a very powerful effect on children as well as adults. I have used it many times and find it touches the hearts of those in the audience. Please share it with others and use it to share the gospel as God leads you. --used by permission of the author

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