In Pursuit of Magic

Would You Know It When You Find It? For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It’s like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat. ~Alan Moore The rabbit was in the hat the whole...

Blinking In Business

If you’re a mentalist, like me, you’d instantly recognize the number 793.8. I’ve often thought of getting it tattooed somewhere on my body it’s that important. What is it? The Dewey Decimal number for the library’s Magic & Mentalism section. First Mentors The mountains of North Carolina isn’t well known for being a hotbed...

Effect First Thinking

When a magician is creating something new, there are 2 parts of the equation. The Effect: What do I want the audience to experience? The Method: How am I going to make that happen? In a good show, the magician puts most of his time into answering the first question as clearly as possible,...

The Magic of a Simple Business

Here’s something super cool about my life: Steve Martin and I are on the same career trajectory. Sure, he’s 30 years ahead of me, but I’m close on his heels. Little known fact about him is he got his start working at a magic shop in Disneyland in California. One of my favorite weird jobs...

Stage Name

What I Learned About Personal Branding When I Picked My Stage Name Maybe you don’t need a stage name. Maybe you don’t have thousands of fans who want to track down where you live. Maybe you don’t want to create an entirely fictitious persona for fun & profit. But here’s why you should still care...

Words Are Magic

Just now I was looking out the window letting my mind wander as I do quite often, and a weird thought popped into my head. Put the right words in the right order and you can get someone to give you money, fall in love, or even start a war. That’s magic. Persuasive writing...

Magic of Success

Magicians are in the business of creating experiences that are absolutely mind blowing. No matter how impossible it seems, however, tricks work by making use of natural principles of nature. If you look at people who are massively successful, it can seem like it happened as if by magic. They started a company and *POOF*...

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