Magnet Fishing: Comedian Finds Joy in Uncovering Hidden Treasures
Professional comedian Sam Miller has found an unconventional pastime that brings him joy – magnet fishing.
Armed with powerful magnets and strong ropes, Miller ventures to various bodies of water to see what he can discover.
In a recent outing, FOX 13 Seattle joined him at Fritz Hedges Waterway Park for a closer look at his intriguing hobby.
“I have extremely powerful magnets connected to very strong ropes, and I pull up metal stuff out of waterways,” Miller explained excitedly.
His fascination with magnet fishing began when he stumbled upon a video while watching metal detecting content.
Intrigued by the concept, he decided to give it a try, starting with a small magnet.
From that point on, he was hooked.
Miller often embarks on magnet fishing excursions with three friends.
Together, they have fished out an impressive 30 wheelchairs from the Willamette River in Portland.
He has also explored lakes near Mount Rainier, where he once spent three hours and only found a bottle cap.
Despite the lack of valuable finds, Miller finds joy in the process itself.
“While I’ve never found anything that’s really worth anything at all magnet fishing, it’s all been very worthwhile,” he shared.
The items he uncovers, such as a kitchen knife covered in barnacles, may be considered trash to some, but Miller sees them as treasures.
He has amassed a collection of peculiar items in his garage, appreciating the beauty in one man’s trash becoming another man’s treasure.
Beyond the excitement of finding unexpected items, magnet fishing holds a deeper significance for Miller.
“It calms me down.
It makes me feel good,” he said.
As a recovering addict with 14 years of sobriety, magnet fishing provides him with a source of pleasure that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol.
It’s a cost-free activity that brings him immense satisfaction and a sense of order in an otherwise chaotic and cutthroat comedy industry.
While Miller’s most significant find in magnet fishing remains himself, he continues to explore bodies of water with his trusty magnets, finding joy in the simplicity of the process.
With every excursion, he looks forward to uncovering the hidden treasures waiting beneath the water’s surface.
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