“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.”
— Yogi Berra
Read the following and you will never again have to wear this label!
Today, I will share a couple of the life lessons I’ve learned while traveling the world for the past 40 years.
This month I’m in Germany and the UK touring. As a traveling performer, I meet thousands of people a year. Often I am in rather awkward situations, where I am “in charge” of the conversation, and responsible for making small talk. If you have ever been in this situation, you know it can be hell!
“Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.”
— Robert C. Gallagher
Q. What do you say to people that you have never met to ‘break the ice?’
A. What do you love? Simply ask people about what they love! It works!
Here are a few icebreakers that I use when I am traveling.
You can read a few more at of these “ice-breakers” here http://www.conversationstarters.com/
Just remember a few of the questions above, and you will be well prepared the next time you are seated at a boring dinner party next to strangers! You can thank me later!
“The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.”
— Jean de la Bruyere
As performers, we love it when audiences applaud… but what is it about the sound of applause that we love? Recently I watched this video and was surprised by the answers. You will be too!
“My advice to you concerning applause is this: Enjoy it, but never quite believe it.”
— Samuel Lover
Do you have a fear of clapping?
Here is a very good solution for magicians who are getting there act stolen these days.
Bravo to the WONDERGROUND players! We made the FRONT page of The Las Vegas Review Journal!
Great photos and story! Hats off to you, my friends, for 5 great years of magic and community!
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Have a fantastic February and I will see you online or on tour!
Your friend in the art of magic,
Greetings friends, fans and family!
Abbi here, writing from the House of Mystery in Las Vegas… It’s that time of year again, when pink hearts are everywhere and dark chocolate is the gift of choice. What you may not know is that, according to some accounts, Saint Valentine was also a magician. Well, in order to be a saint you have to do something spectacular, right? What Valentinus (the Roman pronunciation) did, back around the year 270, was to make a blind girl see — a judge’s daughter, in fact.
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in one direction… It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Laying on of hands, miraculous healing and magical restorations of lost function have become commonplace in some of the tent-revival circuits. Anyone who has seen the movie Leap of Faith (from the early 90s, with Steve Martin) will be familiar with some of the methods used to create these “miracles.” Whether Valentinus used a secret method or not is up for discussion….
But, there is something to be said for the power of love to heal, the magic of a mother’s kiss on a booboo to stop pain, the comfort one receives from a gentle hug. This intersection of healing, magic and medicine is one we are looking forward to exploring more of in our upcoming conference Magic and Medicine. There are four spots still open, if you’d like to come explore with us.
“Love is a balm that contains the power of healing and of renewing and of everlasting life within its effulgent essence. Love is the great refiner and beautifier. Love is more! Love is the key to every door. It is the creative reality behind every righteous desire and every ardent hope. Love is the cohesive power of the universe as it binds together atoms and substance. It holds families together-the world and the entire universe. If love were withdrawn all things would fall apart and disintegrate. When a human being eliminates love from his life he too begins to fall apart. Love is not only eternal but it is the most desirable element to possess.”
— Annalee Scarin
If you love something, you give it your attention, and that which we give our attention to, becomes that which we love. The more energy we invest in something, the more we care about it… which is why we need to be mindful about where we spend the limited amounts of time that we have. Jeff and I make a conscious choice each day to spend time together… even if he’s away on tour, we spend time together on Skype. One of our practices is to hug each other for the time it takes to have three deep and gentle breaths together— long enough to feel our connection. We’re also big into eye-gazing. Check out a book called Rumi: Gazing at the Beloved: The Radical Practice of Beholding the Divine by Will Johnson if you’re ready to go deep with your beloved.
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
Wishing you all the love in the world,