The Lakota Magician

Oct 30, 2017 | Native Hope

Reuben Fast Horse, the Lakota magician, understands the world of creating illusions. He believes that magic holds the key to altering perceptions, and he serves as an amazing teacher. Through a combination of magic tricks, music, and the Lakota language, Reuben introduces his audiences to a new way of looking at the world.

His approach to education includes the use of humor and contrary ideas. He tells of the Heyókȟa, the sacred clown of the Lakota who operates as a “contrarian.” When others go forward, the Heyókȟa moves backward; when others are up, he is down; when others are hot, he is cold. He is contrary.


Reuben embraces the role of a contrarian because often the world can find answers to what seems to be the impossible by simply viewing the problem in an opposite light.  

Watch to see how Reuben hopes to teach young Native Americans that the world is full of achievable possibilities, no matter how challenging they may seem. Reuben wants young people to think outside of the box because if they challenge themselves to dream and dream big, then they truly can become a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer—a.k.a. a superhero for more than one night, maybe for a lifetime!

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