So, mostly this blog will be about magic, the real supernatural, and things that might pertain to my life.  HOWEVER, I wanted to share something completely unrelated from all that.  I remember seeing a video a few years ago called Invisible Children.  It rocked me to my core!  I could not believe the world would allow such an injustice to happen without doing anything.  The organization that started it has been working to stop Joseph Kony from doing all the horrific things he is doing.

So this year, 2012, they are trying to get people to care and therefore make Joseph Kony and the terrible things he does a household name and issue.  I have two beautiful children.  How can I say I love them as much as I do, yet not care about the African children that are falling prey to this inhuman man’s desires!  Please watch this video and join the movement:


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Eating Escargot

Last January, my wife and I made a trip to Paris, France, to look into moving there. While there, we had the delight of eating escargot.  For those of you who are not familiar with the term it means snails.  As an american, this honestly sounded repulsive to me…but the french are known for their food, and my wife and I are always up for a new food experience, so we went for it.

The texture was what one would expect, slippery and like a thick gummy.  The taste was very good, granted anything with that much butter and garlic and herbs has to be good!

Verdict?  Not  horrible, but not sure when I’ll order it again on my own accord.

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Hypnotism in the name of Jesus

In the search of the real supernatural I think a good look at hypnotism is needed.

Webster defines hypnosis:

“A trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject.”

Some people are mesmerized by hypnotism; some people are scared of it, while some are very skeptical.   As always, with all things in this field, I fall into the third category.  I have seen a few stage hypnotism acts, and in fact have been one of the people on stage squawking like a chicken or whatever else the hypnotist asked me to do.   I have read books and watched videos on how to hypnotize people, and I can say without reservation, it’s all an illusion!

Skeptic and magician James Randi says about hypnotism that it is “An agreement between an operator and a subject to fantasize together.”  Basically it is someone who can get others to do what they ask them to.  In a stage setting the hypnotist is a party director, and people allow themselves to drop their inhibitions in the name of fun.

How hypnotism works is first people are pre-conditioned to do something or allow something to happen. “You’ll be in a very relaxed state and be able to imagine whatever I’m talking about.”  This often happens without the hypnotist even having to say it because people expect that when going to see a show.  Then people are “put under” or allow themselves to accept whatever is told them with a drone noise.  This can be an actual sound, or can simply be the hypnotist speaking in a very melodic speech rhythm that allows people to relax.  Finally, the hypnotist makes suggetions that people can choose to accept or decline.  In a stage hypnotism setting there is a lot of pressure to accept every suggestion, for every suggestion accepted is encouraged by laughter from the audience and if too many suggestions are declined the person will be sent back to their seat.

So what do this have to do with Jesus?  Often in the Christian church I have seen hypnotism tactics used, but credit given to the Holy Spirit.  People falling over uncontrollably, people acting drunk, and people laughing uncontrollably.  Now am I saying that anytime this happens it is simply hypnotism? NO!  I have personally seen people do all of these things in a way that could have only been brought about by the Holy Spirit.  (Often in a very un-showy way)  But when I see people like Benny Hinn and the like making people fall over left and right I highly doubt it is by the Holy Spirit.  In fact if you truly look into these types of assemblies, you can clearly see hypnotism taking place.

If you get to go up on stage you know that everyone who goes up there falls over. (or get’s “slain in the Spirit”) You are pre-conditioned that to have a full experience with God means you will fall down when the evangelist or faith healer touches you.  They have catchers behind you communicating that it is ok to fall.  The music during the whole assembly is very repetitive and drone like.  Finally, when the evangelist touches or motions at you, wanting so desperately to experience God, you fall over.  Did you truly meet God?  I don’t know. But I can tell you that there were a lot of other factors (including adrenaline) at play.

If you are truly in search of the real supernatural don’t let these hypnotizing fakes fool you!

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Hear this a lot!

This was not the first time I heard this from someone who booked me for their event…so I asked him if he’d say it on camera and he was excited to! (sorry about the audio, something went a little weird with that)  But the jist of what he said was for the past few years they have booked band after band and students just don’t show up to the concert.  All but like 10 kids from the entire conference at my show.  One person said after the show, “There weren’t really ‘late-night options’ tonight, more like one big ‘late-night OPTION!'” The crowd was so excited to get in the doors that a girl almost got trampled! (Yikes for her, but shows you the excitement in the crowd!)  Check out what the guy who booked me said:

One cool thing after the show, 11 people from the show tonight choose to put their trust and faith into a relationship with the Real Supernatural!

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The Magic in a Child’s Imagination

I’m just going to say it…I AM JEALOUS OF MY DAUGHTER.  I so envy how she and my little guy can leave reality in a blink and transport themselves to the Neverlands of their imaginations.  Remember when you could pretend you were an airplane or a fairy and fly on the backs of the winds.  I often play with my kids as they imagine worlds that I can only see now in my dreams.  That’s where real magic exists…

One of my daughter’s favorite games is to pretend she’s a princess and that daddy is the king or that she’s Tinkerbell and that daddy is Captain Hook (and that brother is Peter Pan and that leaves mommy as the Wendy Lady).  I so look forward to the multiple times a day that she comes and gives me a big hug and says, “I lowve you Cap-in Hook!” to which she expects the reply, “I love you too Tinkerbell!”  Because of this it was my wife and I’s extreme delight to take her to meet Tinkerbell and a bunch of princesses at the Happiest Place on Earth…DISNEYLAND.

Please enjoy this video of a little girl meeting in person the characters that she hangs out with in her imagination every day, and try to remember practice the magic of your imagination…

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My Take on Psychics

Recently, I had a woman come up to me after my show and ask what I thought about Psychics.  Are they real?  Is there any validity to them?  I told her that the only real supernatural I believe in (after much research into the subject) is what is talked about in the Bible.  I do have an obvious bias here, but I also have done my research.

First, do I believe that someone could read fortunes by a spirit, even if it is an evil spirit like a demon? Yes.  In Acts 16:16ff it talks about a girl “who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.”

Do I believe that most modern psychics and fortune tellers are using demons? No.  Nor do I believe that crystals and the like have supernatural powers. I know how to perform the illusion of reading minds.  I know how to stack a deck of card (which could be regular playing cards or Tarot cards).  I have read books on palm reading where the book basically said, “Make the fortune encouraging, but not too great and clean cut or the person will not believe it…”  Modern Psychics are entertainers or know how to read people (like mentalists) and are really good at tickling peoples ears and then unloading their wallets.

So how do they do it?  They use something called “Barnum Statements.”  P.T. Barnum (co-founder of Barnum & Bailey’s Circus) is famous for saying two things: “We have something for everyone!” & “There’s a sucker born every minute!”  Both are true here.  A “Barnum Statement” is statement that could be true of most any human being, but we make personal to ourselves.

In 1948, phycologist Bertram R. Forer tested this theory out by telling his students that he would give them all an unique personality analysis based on very limited information given by the student.  When the students received the analysis back the students gave them a 4.26 out of 5 for being uniquely accurate of their personality.  The problem was that everyone received the exact same analysis.  This is how most modern psychics give fortunes…

In case you’re wondering if it works, here’s the analysis that Forer gave his students.  Try it out on a friend or co-worker–have them give you their full birthday, and then pretend to think about it for a while, then copy and paste the following to them:

You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life.

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Show in Paris

Who is blessed enough to get to travel to Paris, mess with peoples minds through magic, and then tell them about the real supernatural? I do! Feeling humbled and blessed to live such an amazing adventure of a life!

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