The magician Dynamo got an honorary degree from Bradford University. Here’s an excerpt from his speech:
MAGIC is so much more than tricks!
MAGIC is being able to take an idea that doesn’t yet exist and make it real.
MAGIC is defying conventional wisdom, confounding skeptics and creating progression through amazement in a cynical world.
MAGIC is a baby’s first steps and Roger Bannister’s 4-minute mile. It’s the University of Bradford’s breakthroughs in facial recognition, Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and Floyd Mayweathers unbeaten record.
MAGIC is every single one of you graduating here today.
You should keep in mind no names, nor numbers, nor isolated incidents, not even results, but only methods…The method produces numerous results; a few of these will remain in our memory, and as long as they remain few, they are useful to illustrate and to keep alive the rules which order a thousand results. - From Lasker’s Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker