When we first arrived at the school we were greeted by hundreds of kids. It was a bit overwhelming because it was a new setting, most of the kids didn’t speak English very well, and there were so many of them staring at us.
I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to do something that is universally understood and doesn’t require language…magic. I did a magic trick for them that my dad taught me that through slight of hand can make it look like a small object, in this case a stone, disappears from your hand. The first few times I did it the kids were cracking up, completely baffled. Then they kept asking me to do it again and again as they tried to figure out how it was happening. Sure enough, after a few exhibitions one of the kids figured it out and took his own stone and started performing the trick for his friends. It ended up being a great icebreaker and those kids ended up being some of my friends during the week.