Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tragedy and Gratitude

(From my MitchInspires.com blog.)
Yesterday evening around 5:45 PM, we heard a loud boom, and the house shook as though something large had hit it.  As many of you will have heard, it was actually a huge gas-line explosion just off the downtown square here in Canton, which is just over a half mile from where we live.  One Ameren worker, who’d been working on the gas-line at the time, was killed, and several other people injured, including Dr. Tom Eiselt, a colleague from my Rotary Club here in Canton.

Tragedies such as these remind us of what’s truly important.  Coincidentally, as I’d been preparing for my monthly television segment on WEEK-TV in Peoria, I’d been thinking that having just come through this contentious election season, and since Thanksgiving is only a week away, how really important it is for us to shift our focus away from everything we think is wrong in our lives, and instead put our attention on everything that is right.  And that’s what Thanksgiving is about—celebrating our blessings of abundance.
While it’s certainly much more challenging during times of crisis and loss, this shift in focus—from dissatisfaction to gratitude—is nonetheless really important, because as creative human beings, whatever we focus on intently, we tend to increase and replicate.  Even within the context of last night’s disaster, we can be grateful that there weren’t more injuries or loss of life, as there so easily could have been.

Choosing gratitude allows us to weather the storm of adversity with more grace and acceptance.  Perhaps just as importantly, with an attitude of gratitude our subconscious mind goes to work to create more of the same, and our experience of abundance is replicated.

And of course we’re not just talking about material abundance…  Abundance can take many different forms. In our country, we have an abundance of freedoms and opportunities that many people don’t have. We can also appreciate the abundance of relationships, our friends and families, our health, our safety and security, and even our ability to help others in situations of need.  And whatever we focus on tends to expand.

In fact, when we join together in this experience of shared appreciation and gratitude, our imagination becomes enflamed with possibility, and truly magical things can often take place.  We experience our blessings expanding until our cups runneth over.  We find ourselves acting on this vision of abundance, potently charged emotionally by the feelings of gratitude, and we move unerringly towards its further manifestation.

My prayers go out to all those who suffered loss in this crisis, and I also want express my deep and abiding gratitude to all my friends, family, clients, and my many other connections for enriching my life in so many ways.  May you all have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.

 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

National Magic Week and More

Did you know that next week, the last week in October, is National Magic Week?  And October 31, in addition to being Halloween, is also National Magic Day.  It's a great time to enjoy the wonder of live magic.

If you're looking to get your magic fix, I'll be on 25 News Today this Thursday morning, and on Friday, October 28, I'll be performing tableside close up magic at White Oaks Sports Bar and Grill here in Canton.

Then the following day, Saturday, October 29, I'll be in Momence, IL for their annual Bordertown Hauntings Halloween event.

I hope to see you at one of these events.

Finally, in case you haven't seen this yet, here's my newly updated and re-edited promotional video, which I'll also be featuring on my new Illinois Magician website.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Don't Miss Out!

Just a quick announcement that beginning next week I'm going to be taking a few weeks off from my normal Friday and Saturday night spot at New Amsterdam Restaurant in Peoria.  So if you've been putting off seeing me there, this weekend will be my last for several weeks, (and it might be your last chance to see me at the current location, which boasts what is to my mind the single most breathtaking view of the Peoria riverfront.)

(Shhhhh!  Don't tell anyone, but some exciting news about New Amsterdam will be announced in the not too distant future.  Stay tuned for more soon...)

And if you want to see me there before I take my break, better hustle down this weekend:  Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  My incredible, mind-blowing tableside close up magic is free to dining and bar customer.  Stop in and say "Hi!"

Thursday, September 15, 2016

iPhone Mishap on TV-25

In case you just couldn't get up in time to catch it, here's my spot from 25 News Today earlier this morning, with Garry Moore and Jessica Cook sitting in for Gina.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Get Your Tickets Now!

Tickets are now available for my Magical Moments: Up Close and Personal dinner show event on September 25 at New Amsterdam in Peoria.  This is an exclusive show with extremely limited seating, so don't wait and miss out!  If you reserve tickets in advance, you can save $10 off the price of each admission.

Purchase your tickets today by calling New Amsterdam at 309-439-9099 or stopping by in person at 120 SW Water St. in Peoria.

Magical Moments

For additional information on the show, visit: www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/MagicalMoments.

Oh, and be sure to watch for me this Thursday morning on News 25 Today around 5:50 AM on WEEK-TV 25.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Return of Magical Moments Show

Here's an exciting announcement:  back by popular demand, for those of you who missed my Magical Moments "up close magic theater dinner show event" at New Amsterdam in May, we're bringing it back for one show only on Sunday, September 25.  If you reserve in advance, you can save $10 off each ticket that you purchase.  This is a highly exclusive "up close and personal" event, and seating will be limited to only 12 people.  Make sure you call New Amsterdam to reserve your tickets today!

Here are the details:

Magical Moments:  Up Close and Personal

with Mitch Williams

New Amsterdam Bar and Restaurant
120 SW Water St., Peoria, IL 61602 -- 309-439-9099
Dinner Show Event
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Doors open: 6:00 PM     Dinner: 6:30 PM     Showtime: 7:30 PM
Tickets:  Advance: $50  Day of Show: $60

http://www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/MagicalMoments

Friday, August 19, 2016

Try Again Next Week...

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I won't be at New Amsterdam for my regular spots tonight (Friday, August 19) or tomorrow, Saturday night, due to having outside bookings elsewhere.  I'll be back to my regular schedule at New Amsterdam next week, which is 6:00 to 8:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday. 

If you're in the Peoria area, and just can't wait until then to see me, you might choose to support the Greater Peoria Family YMCA at their Summer Soiree event, where I'll be performing strolling magic tomorrow (Saturday) evening.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

My Schedule This Weekend

I'm returning to my standard schedule at New Amsterdam this weekend, after being gone last Saturday evening.  My times are from 6:00 to 8:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday.

Also, if you're in the Jacksonville area, or plan to be on the 4th, I'll be returning again this year for the Jacksonville 4th of July Blast at Nichols Park in Jacksonville, IL.  My showtime is 2:15 PM.

Hope to see you at one of my events, and have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!