Inside the Story: The Golden Rule

(KUTV) Seven-hundred students of Herriman Elementary School gathered in the auditorium Thursday to learn the Golden Rule in a "magical" way.

It is a new approach magician Steffan Soule uses to get kids to learn the Golden Rule.

“They are universal principles that we can apply to everyday life that seem impossible possible,” Soule told KUTV.
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Though a challenging task, Soule takes this message about being nice to others and illustrates it through magic during a 60-minute assembly.

Soule has has performed his craft for 30 years and every year he visits up to 50 schools.

His job Thursday was to entertain kids from Kindergarten to sixth grade for nearly an hour.

"One hundred thousand volts of electricity are going to come up," Soule said to audience members who sat wide-eyed.

The show is much more than just fun magic, Soule said, it comes with a very important message, "It's called 'Attention: Magic and the Golden Rule,'" he said.

Soule uses his magic as an attention grabber to illustrate his point: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

"Each effect makes it into the show if it can convey the certain part of the principal we are talking about,” Soule said.

The magic show, started two years ago, is organized by the Golden Rule Project in Salt Lake City, and has been seen by about 30 thousand students. It has become so popular that it will head to Maine next week because of school’s interested there.

"It's good to know that without attention we couldn't even be here," he told the students during the assembly. "We need attention to live. If we didn't have any attention we could give or receive attention we would just disappear."

The real goal of all of this, Soule said, is when kids leave the auditorium. He doesn't want them to just remember a great magic show but take his message into the hallways and into the classrooms and put it into practice.

"They are absorbing it like sponges," said the magician. "The magic (is) like a fun way of explaining it.”

After the performance students talked to KUTV about what they learned and whether they believed it to be useful.

"I think it helped all of the kids understand what it feels like to be bullied," said Sawyer Service, a sixth-grader at Herriman Elem.

"You want to be nice to other people and make it so other people can be successful," said Mckay Mortensen, another sixth-grader.

The Golden Rule Project has been around for about 12 years and all their funding comes from volunteers and organizations.


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