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I regained my approach to camaraderie

These days I thought pretty much about Michael Paterniti. Maybe because I’m eager to attend the sixth episode of The Power of Storytelling — a magic conference that happens annually in Bucharest. However, it doesn’t land out of the blue. There’s a great crew behind the scenes that works like hell, and they deserve a huge round of applauses. 👏

“Learn to listen to this silence, because it will tell you many things, unimaginable things, things of great beauty and meaning.” — Michael Paterniti

Thanks to them, I had the chance to meet Paterniti in 2015. Even though I keep reading him ever since, there’s one lecture that made me thrill in terms of the emotional rollercoaster.

The Telling Room, a stunning book, is a far-reaching concept for what camaraderie means to me. I must confess that Paterniti succeeded to shape a whole universe in such a way that I keep carrying with me everywhere. I fully admire the strong connection that he consolidated with Ambrosio and his inner-and-challenging struggles. The way they’ve build their relationship and how it evolved in time is something beyond honor and respect. It’s camaraderie.

Camaraderie comes from camarade, the French word whose Middle French ancestor was also the source for our word comrade. Camaraderie made its first appearance in English in the middle of the 19th century. In Middle French, camarade was used to mean “roommate,” “companion,” or “a group sleeping in one room.” It developed by way of Old Spanish from the Late Latin camera, meaning “chamber.” via

This isn’t just a witty analogy of matchmaking concepts around here. I deeply feel that I recovered and completed my perspective about how I should behave, act, respond, communicate (even feel) when it comes to camaraderie. It’s all in that story. For me, there’s nothing that can beat the strong liaison between Paterniti and Ambrosio. It’s way too powerful, too valuable, too honest and too charming, and only two genuine comrades can achieve this state of mind.


You can start with Every cheese has a story, a lovely essay from the one-and-only New York Times.


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