Thursday, December 18, 2014

Magic for the Holiday on TV 25

Here's my magical holiday poem from this morning on News 25 Today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Magic on TV

This Thursday, December 18 at around 5:50 AM I'll be joining Garry Moore on News 25 Today, WEEK-TV's morning news show.  I'll be offering some special holiday themed magic.  Be sure to tune in if you're up and about.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Goodbye to a Dear Friend

I just got the news that one of my closest and dearest friends, Andrew Dakota, passed away this week.  Though I hadn't seen him in quite some time, since we lived so far apart, I did speak to him on the phone a few weeks ago.  Though he'd been struggling with some rather severe health issues for quite some time, he was, as always, very positive and upbeat.

To those who knew Andrew, he was not only a brilliant and exceptionally creative magical artist, but also one of the kindest and most generous of persons.  Andrew was what I like to call a "wise soul".  He had tremendous compassion and deep insights into what it means to be an honorable, conscientious, and caring human being.  He was truly magical in the deepest sense.

Known in the international magic community as a prolific inventor, Andrew loved exploring a truly artistic approach to magic.  We had frequent in depth conversations not only about performing and creativity in magic, but about life, spirituality, and the nature of reality.  He was a deep thinker and a true philosopher, not just in the academic sense (though he was certainly highly intelligent and could hold his own with even the most intellectual of conversationalists), but even more in the deeper sense of having a profound, intuitive sense of wisdom about how things are and how life should be lived.

We were kindred spirits in so many different ways, and he had a profound impact on my life, as well as on that of my wife, Kathi, and on our relationship.  He was a true friend to us in the deepest sense of the word, and we will miss him greatly.  Wherever you are, Andrew, I know you'll be giving us all a knowing wink and a warm smile... until we meet again...  Farewell, my friend.

Andrew Dakota
(born Mark Andrew Diekman)
April 5, 1955 - December 1, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tyroni's and Little Free Libraries

Where has November gone?  Didn't I just work at Tyroni's a few days ago?  And yet here it is:  my monthly "first Wednesday" appearance there is this Wednesday, December 5 -- as usual -- from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  If you're out Christmas shopping, or just want to take a break from cooking, why not stop by for some great food and fun magic?

On another note, some of you may know that I recently headed up a project with my Rotary Club here in Canton of building and placing two Little Free Libraries, one at the Canton Family YMCA and one at the entrance to Big Creek Park (photo below).  These are to promote reading by sharing free books.  Anyone who wishes may "Take a Book or Return a Book".

We're currently in need of donations of children's books for the libraries.  If you have kids' books that you can donate, feel free to contact me, or if you live in Canton, you can simply drop off your books at either of the libraries.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks

I'm experiencing profound gratitude for all the blessings in my life, primary of which are my family, friends, and clients.  True abundance lies in the blessings of relationships. Thanks for playing a crucial role in my life.  Wishing you all the most blessed and abundant of Thanksgivings.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Magic of Gratitude

I had to get up at 3:30 this morning to do this TV spot, so you should at least take a look and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another Early Morning

Tomorrow morning will be my next appearance on News 25 Today with Garry Moore.  Probably around 5:50 AM, so if you're up early, be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tonight at Tyronis: New Time

It's my monthly appearance at Tyroni's Italian Cafe in Bartonville this evening.  This month begins new winter schedule, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  Astounding magic, great Italian food, fun atmosphere.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

National Magic Week!

Happy National Magic Week!  And Friday is National Magic Day.  And a reminder to watch for me tomorrow (Wednesday) morning around 6:40 AM when I'll be on This Morning, the morning news program on channel 31 WMBD-TV.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another TV Spot!

I've just been invited to be a guest on WMBD-31's morning news program This Morning on Wednesday, October 29.  The interview should be on around 6:40 AM.  Get up early and check it out!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mitch on WEEK-TV 25

In case you weren't up to see this at 5:50 AM this morning, here I am with Garry Moore on News 25 Today.  Talking about National Magic Week, and National Magic Day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 a reminder that I'll be performing at the GirlsEmpo Fundraiser this weekend to benefit the work to empower rural, low-income girls in Guatemala. It will take place during International Girls' Day at Prairie Center of the Arts (located in the Peoria Warehouse District at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) from 6 - 9 pm. Celebrate all girls and help raise funds for education and girls' clubs for children living in poverty in Guatemala. A silent auction of artwork donated by local artists, gift baskets and more will take place also plus baskets and purses handcrafted by Guatemalan artisan women will be available for sale. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Friday, October 3, 2014

Year End Corporate Events

For my clients that may be planning events for the end of the year, here's an article I just found with some tips on making your events more successful: ARTICLE.  And while you're at it, make sure to remember the entertainment!  Call me at 309-647-3692.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Upcoming Appearances and Events

It's almost that time of month again... this Wednesday is the first of October, and that means Tyroni's in Bartonville.  I'll be there from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

Coming up on Saturday, October 11, I'll be part of the festivities at the GirlsEmpo Fall Fundraiser at the Prairie Center of the Arts, benefiting their work to empower rural girls living in poverty in Guatemala.  (More on this as it gets closer.)

Also starting this month, my regular appearances on News Today on WEEK-TV will be on the 3rd Thursday of the month, the next one on October 16.  Stay tuned for updates.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tonight, Next Week, and Beyond...

Tonight's the night to be at Tyroni's in Bartonville.  From 5:30 to 8:00 PM you can catch my astounding magic.

And a head's up for my next monthly appearance on News Today, the morning news program on WEEK-TV 25 with Garry Moore:  it will be September 9, around 5:45 AM.

And if you're planning a holiday event or other function in need of top notch entertainment or a fun, inspiring speaking program, be sure to request information on my services:
Entertainment programs
Speaking programs

I hope to see you sometime soon!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Planning for a Successful Event

I know we're not even through the summer season yet, but it's not too soon to begin planning for your special events for this fall and the holiday season.  Those who wait until the last minute are sure to be disappointed in their options for venues, entertainment, and other service providers.  I can tell you from experience that I end up being forced to turn down events every year due to conflicting bookings. Get a jump on the process now!  To help, here are a few helpful resources:

Finally, if you have any questions or would like a free event planning consultation, give me a call at 309-647-3692. Even if you're not planning on using my entertainment services this year, I'd be glad to lend my assistance with my experience and expertise to help make sure you create the best event possible.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Your Monthly Magic Fix

If you've not been in recently, be sure to stop by this evening at Tyroni's in Bartonville.  Tonight's the night!  (And every first Wednesday of the month.)  I'll be doing tableside close up magic from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

TV Spot and Tyroni's

If you're up early tomorrow (Monday) morning, I'll be appearing once again on WEEK-TV 25 morning news program with Garry Moore.  I should be on shortly before 6:00 AM.

And this Wednesday, July 2, is my monthly appearance at Tyroni's Italian Cafe in Bartonville.  I'll be performing tableside close up magic from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

First Wednesday at Tyroni's

Tomorrow's the day.  My monthly appearance at Tyroni's Italian Cafe in Bartonville.  Astounding tableside close up magic by yours truly: Wednesday, June 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.  See you there!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

News Flash

Early risers, tune in this Friday morning between 5:30 and 6:00 AM on WEEK-TV 25 for my next appearance on the morning news program with Garry Moore.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


It's that time of month.... for amazing magic and terrific Italian food at Tyroni's, your favorite Italian Cafe!  I'll be there sharing my magic from 5:30--8:00 PM.  Stop by and say "Hi!"

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Thanks to everyone who participated in the Book Blog Train tour yesterday. I hope everyone had fun and found some really great books!  If you purchased a copy of my book, A Call to Magic, yesterday during the tour, email me a copy of your Amazon receipt, and I'll send the link to your free copy of my audio program, Magical Mind.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Welcome to Book Blog Train Tourists!

If you're joining me from the Book Blog Train, welcome!

Previous stop on the tour.
Next stop on the tour.

I'm Mitch Williams, international award winning sleight of hand artist, inspirational speaker, personal transformation authority, and author of A Call to Magic - the Artful Science of Transforming Self and World.  You can learn more about me HERE.

As part of the Book Blog Train tour, I have two special offers:

1. First, today only (May 3, 2014) I'm offering a free digital copy of Chapter One of my book, A Call to Magic.  You can download the excerpt HERE.
2. Second, also today only, if you purchase a full copy of A Call to Magic, in either the Kindle or paperback version, and send me proof of purchase (email it to me at:, I'll send you a link to a free download of an MP3 version of my audio program, Magical Mind.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Special Offer and Book Blog Train

I'm pleased to announce a special offer I'll be running for one day only, tomorrow, Saturday, May 3.  It's a free download of Chapter One of my book, A Call to Magic, and for anyone who purchases a full copy of A Call to Magic (either the Kindle or the paperback version) anytime tomorrow, you'll get a free copy of my audio program, Magical Mind.  Stay tuned for the details coming first thing in the morning.

This is part of my participation in Book Blog Train, an online virtual "tour" of great books, or book excerpts that you can get for free.  To get your free "ticket" for the blog tour, GO HERE.

Remember, it's one day only.  If you love reading, you'll love this opportunity!
A Call to Magic

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Magic in the Air

At least it always feels like magic to me when spring finally (and this year, I do mean "finally"!) arrives, and everything begins turning lush and green.  And there's more of my magic in the air too.  This Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, I'll be performing strolling magic at "For the Fun of It!" at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  It's an extravaganza of fun activities, including food from several of Peoria's best restaurants, fun entertainment, an auction, the opportunity to play X-Box on the Giant Screen theatre, and of course, magic!

Also continuing Monday evenings for at least the next couple of weeks, I'm appearing at Big Racks Steakhouse in Canton. 5:30--7:30 PM, Mondays.  Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fun at Big Racks

Just a reminder that I'm currently performing tableside close up magic at Big Racks Steakhouse in Canton, Monday evenings from 5:30--7:30 PM.  Great food, friendly service, astounding magic, and a terrific view out their span of picture windows!  Stop by for some fun.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Wonder-filled Week

I have a rather full week scheduled, and wanted to share some of the activities with you.

For you early-birds, this Wednesday morning I'll once again be appearing as a guest on the morning news show on WEEK TV-25 with Garry Moore.  They've begun to promote me as "one of their favorite guests".  I'll be on probably sometime shortly before 6 AM.

Then Wednesday evening, I'll be doing my monthly appearance a Tyroni's Italian Cafe in Bartonville.

On Thursday at 6:30 PM, I'll be conducting a lecture, author reading, and book signing event for my book, A Call to Magic, at the Parlin-Ingersoll Library in Canton.

And finally, I'm excited to announce a new restaurant in my schedule.  On Monday evenings for at least the next several weeks, I'll be performing tableside close up magic at Big Racks Steakhouse in Canton.

Hope to see you at one of my public events, this week, or sometime soon!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I'm Back! (At Tyroni's Tonight)

After last month being cancelled due to snow, I'm back at Tyroni's in Bartonville tonight. You know you're getting cabin fever from all this crazy winter weather.  Why not stop by this evening for some great Italian food and mind blowing magic?  We'll save you a table!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Leap of Magic Tickets Going Fast

Ticket reservations for my Leap of Magic show at Many Lights Theatre in Canton are filling up quickly for all three shows.  If you're thinking of attending, you may want to make reservations immediately.  I'm really excited about the show, as it's an opportunity to do something a bit more theatrical with some philosophical overtones as well.  A magical experience you're sure to love (even if I do say so myself.)

Also look for me on TV this week:  on Wednesday the 19th on the morning news show on WEEK-TV 25 (probably around 5:45 AM), and I'm tentatively scheduled to do a remote video spot on Major League Baseball Network's Country Fried Fridays with (that other) Mitch Williams on Friday the 21st.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Peoria Life Article

Did you see this article in Peoria Life Online Magazine?  It's featuring my Judo program here in Canton.  Here it is: ARTICLE.

No Tyroni's Tonight, but...

Due to the inclement weather (I've had just about enough of that, haven't you?) I won't be doing my monthly spot at Tyroni's in Bartonville this evening.  I'll see you back next month on March 5.

I'm also taking a short hiatus from my regular Saturday evening appearances at Cherry Street in Galesburg, also due to weather.  We're hoping to start again the beginning of March, but I'll keep you posted here.

Meanwhile, tickets for my Leap of Magic show at Many Lights Theatre in Canton on February 21, 22, & 23 are going fast.  All three shows are about halfway sold out already.  Be sure to reserve your tickets right away by calling the Many Lights box office at 309-357-9366.  You can also check out their Facebook page.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The ART of Magic Show

This Saturday night, January 18 is the third annual edition of my ART of Magic show at Cherry Street in Galesburg.  We do still have tickets available for either "Show Only" or the new special "Dinner Show" option.  To learn more or purchase your tickets, visit:

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

I wish you and yours the best of health, happiness, prosperity, and fulfillment in 2014: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Some exciting things coming soon, including...

Today, New Year's Day, also happens to be the first Wednesday of the month, and yes, I am indeed doing my regular appearance at Tyroni's Italian Cafe in Bartonville, this evening, from 5:00--7:30 PM.  Hope to see you there.

And make sure that you remember to get tickets for my 3rd annual edition of The ART of Magic at Cherry Street on January 18.  This year we're offering a Dinner Show option.

Also, on January 16, I'll be appearing as a guest on the morning news program on WEEK-TV.  Be sure to get up early and check it out.

More updates soon for other public events I have planned.