On New Year's holidays, I especially want miracles. And not only such household ones: lose weight by a couple of sizes in a week or pay off the mortgage, without denying yourself anything. But there are also a few children, helping to shake off a touch of cynicism and believe that anything is possible at all. Sometimes you don't need Hogwarts, Genie, or Santa Claus for this.
Remember how Green's in Scarlet Sails? "The truth is to do so-called miracles with your own hands." Having bought two thousand meters of fabric, Captain Gray did not just turn Assol's life into a fairy tale. He seemed to have brought several generations of Kaperna out of a bad lethargic dream, making even the most callous villagers believe in a miracle.
There are also enough heroes among us who change the world. Some tear us out of everyday life and remind us of the beauty around us - it's everywhere, even in rainbows and snowflakes. Others embody the most daring ideas of science fiction writers - until recently, they seemed just a game of imagination.
The BeautyHack editorial team remembered modern wizards who show very interesting "movies" even without blue helicopters.
Vyacheslav Polunin returns to childhood
What he does: Actor, director, clown, mime.
Quote: "You only need to do what makes you tingle inside!"
What is known for: he invented the clown Asisya, who became one of the most popular in Russia, created the Litsedei theater, gathered more than 800 artists for the Mim-Parade, organized the All-Union Street Theater Festival, worked in the Canadian Cirque du Soleil, staged over 30 performances, including "Snow Show" and "Sweet Symphony". For the performance "Living Rainbow" he received the title of "Honorary Resident of London" from Elizabeth II.
What is his strength: Polunin tried several times, but he could not enter a theater university, but this did not stop him: he always knew that he wanted to make people laugh. Submitted documents to the Institute of Culture, began to show miniatures on the stage, began to teach. In an interview, he admitted more than once that there were many difficulties, but he learned to make a little effort on himself and turn the gray world into a bright one. Such a life is much more pleasant than everyday life, says Vyacheslav Ivanovich, and most importantly, fun is available to everyone, you just need to notice the little things and do what brings joy to you and your loved ones.
His "Tender Show", invented in 1993, is called theatrical classics of the 20th century. It has passed the world with phenomenal success: more than 4000 performances, including on Broadway, awards in the UK, Mexico, USA. A touching clown in a yellow jumpsuit taught me to remember childhood dreams, to release from the dungeons of adulthood the boys and girls that the audience once were, and to understand whether they have become who they wanted.
But Polunin's main strength lies in the fact that he knows how to be truly happy and inspire this feeling to everyone who came to the performance or came to visit him. By the way, Polunin's house near Paris is a real residence of a magician. A place where childhood always lives and there are no dull rules and restrictions. Natural proof that you can live the way you want.
Konstantin Khabensky helps children
What he does: theater and film actor, film director, public figure
Quote: “All the most precious things in life are nearby. The main thing is to understand in time that this is the most precious thing."
What is known for: from a simple opera by Plakhov in the series "Deadly Force", Khabensky turned into a celebrity, who was recognized even in Hollywood. After filming the films "Spy, Get Out!" and "Especially Dangerous" the actor did not catch star fever, but continued to do the same thing as before: to play in plays and help children. According to Yandex, he was named the most popular actor in the country for the first 15 years of the XXI century. He became a laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation for achievements in the field of charity in 2019.
What is his strength: after the first wife of Konstantin died of cancer, he created a charitable foundation that helps children with serious illnesses. For several years he did not advertise his activities, but the number of children in need of treatment grew, and then the actor turned for help. Together with one of the telecom operators, he came up with the theatrical and musical project "Generation Mowgli", which involves schoolchildren and professional artists. For children, study and rehearsals are free. In addition, children from anywhere in Russia can participate in master classes and competitions that the partner company conducts on the site. All the money from ticket sales and activities on the portal goes to a charitable foundation for the treatment of seriously ill children.
Khabensky himself says that it is impossible to do good to everyone, much more important not to do harm.
Kristina Makeeva shows magic in ordinary things
What it does: photographer, blogger
Quote: "Everyone is surrounded by the amount of magic they can see."
What she is known for: On Instagram, she has more than 700 thousand subscribers and her own magical universe. Christina's exhibitions were held in Russia and abroad, in Korea they recently filmed a program about her and released a book about Cutlet, a red-haired Mainecoon that often gets caught in the lens of a talented hostess. She shot Vera Brezhnev, Anna Sedokova, Evgeni Plushenko, Yana Rudkovskaya, Yulia Lipnitskaya, Adelina Sotnikova, Murad and Natalia Osmann. But not only the stars are the key to the success of her staff. Even ordinary Moscow landscapes from Makeeva look like a portal to another dimension.
What is her strength: in order to create, you need to remain a child and learn not to listen to everyone in a row, Christina is sure. To look at the world with a clean gaze and to play with “simple magical things” is her strong point. Decorate an umbrella with flowers or garlands, make books or teapots levitate, inflate soap bubbles or huge balloons, shoot sun bunnies with a mirror disco ball, sew a dress with a giant train specially for a trip to Lake Baikal, launch Chinese lanterns into the sky … It turns out to create magic, sometimes there are enough improvised things.
“Once again, I just want to remind you about the fragility of beauty and the tenderness of kindness. Kindness is important in this world. Not a new phone, a car, not a number of followers on Instagram, but kindness, dignity and honesty. And beauty, - wrote the photographer in her account. - I understand it is not easy in the capitalist world to remind yourself of this over and over again. I do not call for anything other than thinking sometimes about the fragility of the world. And the world as a planet, and the world as the world. Cherish life, it is beautiful. In general, life - not only for your own and your loved ones. But in general, living beings."
Elon Musk creates the future
What it does: entrepreneur, investor, inventor, engineer.
Quote: "I think ordinary people can choose to be extraordinary."
What is known for: in the early 90s he created a digital analogue of the Yellow Pages, which allows you to find the nearest pizzeria and understand how to get there; became one of the founders of PayPal (before him, Internet banking simply did not exist, you had to fill out a bunch of documents to make a transfer); invented by Tesla and SolarCity, one of the largest solar energy providers in the United States; created from scratch the most advanced space company SpaceX and the artificial intelligence research organization OpenAI.
What is its strength:The mask is referred to as Tony Stark of the real world. With little knowledge of internet banking, rocket science, and electric vehicles, he dived headlong into work and successfully broke into a new industry. Survived dismissal from his own company, firing, severe malaria on honeymoon, death of a child, divorce, three failed Falcon 1 launches. But he did not give up on his dream. “No matter how bad it was, I never lost faith in a better future, and I wanted to inspire humanity to new achievements,” he later told about those difficult times. This year, the Tesla car was named one of the most important technical achievements on the planet in the last 10 years. But Elon has much more ambitious goals. For example, to make commercial travel to space more accessible, to colonize Mars. From the nearest plans: creation of the Hyperloop vacuum train,able to travel through an underground tunnel from Los Angeles to San Francisco (561 km) in half an hour; connecting the human brain and a computer using chips, this will help people who have suffered a stroke and oncology to recover faster, and over time will allow them to exchange thoughts.