Inspiring Articles

Spring Lessons from My Garden

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Ah wonderful Spring! A time when Magic so obviously fills the air! I have crazy abundant awe and wonder for the return of life in the natural world from what appears to be dead. How is it that what looks completely lifeless on the surface suddenly comes alive with new leaves and buds? Who knew that science contained such Magic? Lately I have been wishing I became a biologist in addition to a performer. Today I decided to go into my yard and honor this first day of Spring, by observing all the new life. I wanted to see what lessons awaited me and what magic I would discover. I was curious to see if I could find wisdom in this growth that related to what I teach in my keynotes—Improving Memory, Developing Empathy and Shifting Perceptions. All I can say is– as usual whenever I spend time in nature I am moved to feelings of joy, and touched by how much the natural world can teach us. And in this case the blossoms of wonderful wisdom that Spring offered me were vast, vibrant and very vivacious. I want to share them with you in the hopes that they inspire and transform you as well as they have me. Here are the little lessons that my hydrangea, lavender, crocus, hyacinth, earthworms, soil and other magnificent beings teach us:   Paying Attention Nature is constantly changing, even in stillness there is so much energy in a tree or plant. When we look deeply into a plant we can often feel the life brewing. Do you want a better memory? A better ability to know what those around you are thinking and feeling? Would you like to experience more magic in your life? If you answered Yes to any of these questions then start paying MORE ATTENTION. Breathe. Look around you. Notice. Take in. Savor. When we pay attention our memory naturally improves, as the foundation of developing a good memory is awareness. When we are in the present moment and noticing and listening, we become better able to feel what another person is experiencing. And of course, here in the now is the only place we can truly discover that our definition of reality is limited. Nature teaches us to stop and pay attention!   Shifting Perceptions It never ceases to amaze me that we often call a plant “dead” even though it is very much alive. Frequently the plant that we call dead is just dormant, and below the soil surface there is life, magic and movement happening in spades. Clearly what we may perceive as truth is nothing but our perception, and as we all know sometimes our perceptions are not only incorrect, they are also unhelpful. Spring growth shows us that we can start anew. Every year spring returns, and we like nature, have a second chance, this is a lesson that we can apply to the rest of our lives. Instead of being miserable about something that didn’t work out the way we wanted, or holding onto anger, we can just like the perennial in our garden, let it go and start over. Thank you plants!   Patience Have you ever tried to make something happen and finally gave up because it seemed no matter what...

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Women’s Magical Wisdom

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Many years ago I had a vision of a magazine column about Women in Magic– Well, nothing became of this vision, except some really fun interviews and articles that were never published– As today is Women’s Day I thought I would honor those sisters-oh-mine in the conjuring arts…. So here is the first article I wrote! I hope you enjoy it–   IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS MAGIC   It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to my new column! My intention is that this will be an inspiring and thought provoking place for ALL of us who love and adore magic. Topics will range from practical, like costuming and marketing, to philosophical, like how to utilize your intuition. For the first article, I thought it would be fun to start at the very beginning, *What Brings Us to Magic *What We Love About this Incredible Art Form *Why We stay Here despite the Many Obstacles Upon interviewing magicians it becomes pretty clear right away that there is no one specific path that a person takes in becoming a professional magician. Vegas headliner Ariann Black’s mother tells the story about how Ariann did not speak even one word until she saw her first magic trick at the age of four. She was so enthralled by the trick that she not only started talking but she also figured out how the trick was done…  after that her fate was sealed. When singer, dancer, and magician Abigail McBride was a little girl her friend who was a little boy got a magic kit. She wanted to spend time with the little boy and he introduced her to the magical secrets. After years of performing music, Abigail was reintroduced to magic through her connection with Jeff McBride.  Juggler, magician and family show entertainer Ann Lincoln wasn’t even interested in magic until she was 20 years old and was juggling in a Renaissance Faire as a court jester. She wanted to expand her act so she started to learn a couple of tricks. Well, years later and a couple of tricks grew into becoming a professional magician. At 30 years old, I found myself at my first magic convention. Already working as an actress and entertainer, it seemed logical for me to start working on sleight of hand skills, which came quite naturally to me. As I began to grow as a magician, I eventually remembered that as a little girl I loved magic and used to perform neighborhood magic shows charging a penny admission. Oh dear reader and now I ask you, “What was your path like?”  Did you start magic at four years old like Ariann, or did you discover magic later in life like Ann? Or did you eventually, like Abigail and I, return to magic after years on a different path? We all come to discover magic in different ways, yet I think you would agree, that for most of us, once you are involved with magic, it feel as if a hook is reeling you in closer and closer to discover the secrets and to touch people on a deep level…. Touching people deeply seems to be a common theme for why we do magic. Abigail says, “Magic opens people to the possibility that...

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The Power of Fantasy

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

  Lately I have been thinking a lot about Fantasy– in relation to magic. Fantasy is a term usually used in relation to either children’s stories or sexual fantasies for adults… However I think fantasy and fantasizing in all areas of life, can be beneficial in a gazillion ways!!! Fantasy improves imagination, enhances creativity, allows much needed shifts in perception, is super fun, can create calm and less worry, and assists in creating and experiencing MAGIC…… So go on fantasize more!...

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Magic in the Simple Moments

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Ronald Dahl     It is in what seems the most ordinary moments that I experience the most magic—and nothing evokes wonder in me like SNOWFLAKES! Here in Colorado one can actually see with their bare eyes how every single snowflake is different! In disbelief and awe I  sit outside in a snowstorm and scrutinize the shape, lines, space and beauty of each delicate sliver of white astonishment that falls around me. I could be walking into a room and suddenly I am stopped in my tracks by the blinding sun rays falling on the walls, or perhaps I gaze transfixed at the flowing movement under a hard frozen river. Perhaps its the feeling of warmth and connection with a cashier at the grocery store. We don’t need grand displays, magic is everywhere beckoning us…. This week may you slow down to notice the marvels all around you, and be awakened and enlivened by...

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So You Want To Read Minds?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Often I am asked if I was born with the skills that I demonstrate in my presentations and performances. The answer to this question is no, all of us are capable of developing a super memory as well as strengthening our empathic and telepathic skills. So in honor of this Halloween time when the veil is thinnest and mystery and magic abound, here are 6 tools that you can implement right away that will help you open up to your empathic skills and find out what those around you are thinking and feeling. 1) First we have to get out of our own heads in order to get into the head of someone else. We can do this by developing a meditation practice. The clearer the mind, the more information you will receive about somebody. Practice a simple form of Vipassana meditation. A simple five minute a day practice of focusing the breath will do wonders. 2) When speaking with someone, use all of your senses. Focus your attention. We often only rely on the words someone is saying. Words are a small fraction of how we actually communicate. Open your ears, your eyes and your instinct! You will be amazed at the information you will pick up on when you are focused and paying attention. 3) So much of what a person is thinking and feeling is revealed through their body language. Study and learn about tone of voice, micro expressions and facial expressions and stance. There are a gazillion books on this subject. Here are three body language cues to watch out for that you can start deciphering right away: *Touching the nose: When someone is touching their nose it usually signifies disbelief, lying or rejection. *Rubbing hands: If not cold then the person is probably very worried or super excited about something. *The way someone’s body is facing when they are in conversation with you is a sign of what is going on for them. If someone is turning away from you they are likely angry or trying to get away. If, however, they are mirroring your movements then they are probably trying to get close to you and win your affections. 4) Feelings can be contagious. Are you suddenly feeling a knot in your stomach when talking with a person? Can you feel their excitement? Notice how YOU feel when you talk with someone and it might be a clue to what’s going on for them. 5) LISTEN. I mean really listen to when someone speaks. If we can listen without thinking about our reply, or the future, we will hear not only the words that the person is saying but the energy behind their words. 6) Sliding. This can be a powerful tool to develop empathy and experience the world of another. As you are talking to someone, someone whose personal experience you want to understand, imagine stepping out of your body and into their body. See through their eyes. Breathe through their breath. At this Halloween time when we dive into the shadow and the dark, may you open to your intuitive abilities to know the thoughts and feelings of those around you. May this knowledge enhance your relationships and improve your success in both work and...

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Patience, The Magic of the Black Eyed Susan

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

I planted Lazy Susan seeds, oops! I mean Black Eyed Susan seeds back in April. From April until August almost every day I ran outside looking for the smallest inkling of the emerging Black Eyed Susan’s, to no avail… Finally I gave up, obviously they didn’t make it. Then out of nowhere in the middle of August the ground was suddenly full of little greens popping up, and low and behold two weeks ago the first flower opened!!!!! And as I type this, there is currently a small field of glowing, shimmering and beautiful Black Eyed Susans. This is the way it can feel with our dreams and goals sometimes, doesn’t it? We plant, we work towards, we water, we try, we plot, we plan, we focus… but after a while nothing grows. Nothing happens. We might even feel that it is futile to keep trying so we give up. Where is the Magic? I suspect that often the Magic is happening so deep that we can’t see it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could believe that just like the Black Eyed Susans, our dreams are manifesting, Magic is taking place, we just need patience to know it is happening, to keep going…. Four Keys to Cultivate Patience in Manifesting our Goals   Believe in Magic Timing Perhaps there’s a reason why your goal isn’t manifesting as fast as you would like. Maybe you are not ready yet. Maybe if your dream did manifest right now something yucky would happen. Can you adopt the following thought, “I am totally guided and this goal will manifest when the timing is right. I know my goal will manifest at the perfect time and for the highest good of all involved.” Focus on the Small Shifts I am sure there are plenty of ways that your dream actually is manifesting, but possibly the shifts are frustratingly small to you. How do you expect more of the good stuff when you aren’t even acknowledging or giving yourself credit for all the ways your dream is manifesting? Honor and embrace the shifts no matter how small! Celebrate Your Life Right Now and Have Fun Focus on all the blessings in your life and what is going right. When we feel good we are more productive and we become a magnet for possibilities and positive mojo. After all, isn’t life really about living and not just manifesting? Get More Specific Perhaps you are acting in ways that aren’t conducive to your goals, or staying in inaction. Maybe you are all over the map with the actions you are taking to manifest your goal and not doing what you know will truly grow your dream. It is easier to manifest when you can easily and clearly see and connect to what it is you want. When you are clear the path often opens.   I promise you are moving closer to manifesting your goals, look for evidence that this is the case. On this day, in this moment, let’s keep watering, working, creating…. knowing that deep inside the darkness, just like a child growing in the womb, the Magic is taking place, the dream is starting to manifest, we just need to keep going, keep believing and cultivate just a little more patience. Patience is...

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Ice Cream Divination

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

As we are currently in the heart and heat of the Summer, I thought it would be fun to do an ice cream divination. And when I say ice cream, I am not necessarily talking dairy, as I am a vegan with a serious sweet tooth, I buy ice cream made from coconut or almond or soy or you name it…. So right now I want you to think about your favorite ice cream flavor. If you don’t have a flavor that you most love, what flavor sounds good to you right now?   Once you have the flavor clear in your mind, read below to find out what message your flavor reveals: Chocolate: The more risks you take in life the better you will feel and the more successful you will be.  Dream big and go for it. Mint Chocolate Chip: In six months you are going to make a lot of money doing something different.  It may not always come easy to you, but please pay attention to organization. Vanilla:  Go to an art museum or gallery.  It is imperative you surround yourself with beauty.  It will lift your vibration and attract the best situation to you. Fruit Sorbet:  There is a child that needs you.  It is good to put your needs aside right now.  You are stronger then you act and great power will be bestowed on you one day. Coffee: A new relationship is coming to you, or your current partner is going to surprise you.  Whichever it is, it is imperative that you are open and expect surprises.  Fancy Flavors with lots of nuts and fun things:  Situations are not what they seem.  Look deeper to find the mysteries and don’t believe what boring people tell you.   If you are so inspired go out and get this flavor and enjoy!...

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Shed That Skin

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Nature is a constant wonder, magic and lesson to me…. Did you know that to shed their skins snakes have to rub against something hard or sharp? It’s true so perhaps we can welcome the conflicts and challenges in our lives so that we can awaken to the new… I am not saying it’s easy but I am inspired by this perfectly gorgeous and completely intact three foot long shed snake skin that I just recently found. Wishing for you the power to shed what you no longer need so that the new healthier more magical you can...

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Playing Card Divination

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

Excerpt from Erica’s new book, The MPath, Journey to the Magic Within: I sense that a reading is in order. A bit of card wisdom would presently be helpful to many of you reading these words. Is there a question you have that is begging for an answer or a clarity that is just forming but not quite there yet? I invite you to please close your eyes in this moment and think about what kind of guidance you need right now. As you ruminate on your question, I ask you to please think of any of the four suits in a deck of cards. Please choose a Heart, Club, Diamond or Spade. Choose the one that resonates with you right now and trust your intuition. Good ole fashioned playing cards are truly fascinating. They were created as time keepers and can be used as a calendar. A regular deck of playing cards has four suits representing the four seasons; 52 cards in the deck representing the 52 weeks of the year; and 13 cards in a suit representing the actual 13 moon phases of the year. And, the coolest part about playing cards is they can be used for divination. Playing cards are a tarot deck minus one suit, the Major Arcana. The Major Arcana are the first 22 cards of the deck and use archetypal images to represent the journey we all go on through life. Do you have your chosen suit? Bring it back into focus. I gaze into my crystal ball and pick up on a message for each of you. Here is the guidance that you need right now:   If you thought of a Heart: Hearts is Equal to the Cups Suit in Tarot and the Element is Water. Your intuitive hunches are right on target this time. Your awareness of the subtler vibrations of life is growing. If there is something you are working to heal, NOW is the time to go for it, let go and flow like a river working its way around a bend. You have the power to heal yourself and others right now. It’s okay to be emotional but don’t get carried away by the rushing river.   If you thought of a Club: Clubs is Equal to the Swords Suit in Tarot and the Element is Air. Communicate something right now to the world or to a friend. Perhaps you need to write something down for publishing, sing a song, or have a conversation with someone to clear the air. Trust that you have cleared away what you no longer need and please give your new ideas wings. I believe in you! Soar!     If you thought of a Diamond: Diamonds is Equal to the Wands Suit in Tarot and the Element is Fire. You are magnetic right now and have the powerful ability to manifest that which you desire. You possess an incredible amount of energy right now so use it and your inner fire wisely. Now is the time to give yourself permission to transform and change in any way that speaks to you. Be open and unafraid to make money.     If you thought of a Spade: Spades is Equal to the Pentacle Suit in Tarot and the Element is Earth....

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The Art of Magical Thinking

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog Entries | 0 comments

I teach the art of Magical Thinking. However, I don’t really like the online definitions of Magical Thinking. Dictionaries and websites define Magical Thinking as creating reality with your mind. This is NOT what I mean by Magical Thinking. In my definition Magical Thinking is about innovation, creativity and truly believing you can change Impossible to I am possible. This is not an airy fairy concept. It is not about sitting in a room visualizing. It is an active process of looking beyond the ordinary and creating and becoming extraordinary.     The pie of knowledge can be divided into four categories:   There is what we know. There is what we don’t know. There is what we know we don’t know. There is what we don’t know we don’t know.   It is the last category of the pie that is the most important. It is there we want to dwell if we strive to be passionate leaders and become successful at pretty much anything. We need to dive into and explore the terrain of what we don’t know we don’t know, to create magic for our clients, magic for our companies and magic for ourselves. If we don’t know we don’t know something, then how do we access it? In my motivational keynotes and performances I teach tangible tactics of how to find this mysterious and powerful place. I know the following may sound a bit woo woo for people, but it is an accurate description of what I am talking about. In order to access the places we don’t even know we don’t know, we need to be creative and find our practical magic. Every single one of us has a toolbox inside called Practical Magic. In this toolbox we uncover tools we didn’t even know we had. We re-find tools we knew we had but have not yet developed. We remember tools we have taken for granted. These tools focus on looking beyond the ordinary and utilize our memory and our abilities to communicate. They insist we ignore the reality police and inspire us to envision what’s never yet existed. These tools ask us to pay attention to what most people would never notice. By developing these tools, we experience less stress, become more innovative and discover how to create off the hook fabulous experiences for our clients, our company and ourselves. These tools enable us to think magically and live magically. In my upcoming articles I will explore each of these tools in depth and how we can develop them. Our lives are made by the choices we make. We can live our lives how we have always lived them and keep walking the well paved and ordinary path. Or we can challenge the status quo, break rules, find our deep well of power within and create real...

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