Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Magic of Our Potential

Earlier this morning, I had some fun on 25 News Today with Garry and Gina, and a demonstration of our untapped magical potential.  Here it is... enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Story of Inspiration on TV

Here I am, from earlier this morning on WEEK-TV's, 25 News Today with Garry and Gina, telling a story of inspiration from my childhood.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meeting Riddick

This past weekend, I worked a trade show in St. Louis, performing close up magic at a booth sponsored by Chevron, and got to work with former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Riddick Bowe, who was the celebrity attraction at the booth.  He's a REALLY big guy, (when I shook hands with him, his hand totally engulfed mine!), but also a really down-to-earth, charmer too.  It was a pleasure meeting him and a lot of fun watching him interact with the attendees at the show.  A big "Thank you!" to Chevron and to my new pals, James and Lyle, at Arcane Logistics who set it all up.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Money Magic on TV-25

Here's my latest appearance, from earlier this morning, on WEEK-TV's 25 News Today, with Gina Morss and Nick Jansen.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Magic on TV

We had to be gone unexpectedly last week due to a death in the family, so I missed my normal 3rd Thursday spot on 25 News Today on WEEK-TV, but they were kind enough to reschedule for this morning. Here's my little touch of Christmas magic!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tragedy and Gratitude

(From my 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.