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STOP THE PRESSES!  At the October 2018 Magic and Meaning conference, David was named an INSTRUCTOR at the very prestigious McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas!  David has been studying at the school with Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride for twenty years and has longed for this for ten years.  He was named Instructor along with Jordan Rooks, CJ May, Time “Santiago” Converse, Will Bradshaw, Daryl Rogers, and Charles Stonewick.  There are also three new Ambassadors of the school:  Clinton Combs, Alexis Brouard, and Jeff Christensen.  We are very grateful to the faculty Jeff McBride, Dr. Lawrence Haas and Tobias Beckwith for this great honor.  David lectures at Magic and Meaning (the TED Talks of Magic), facilitates classes and discussion, produces video segments for Mystery School Monday online broadcasts, writes articles for the school’s Secret Art Journal, performs at Wonderground and emcees as needed.

Holy Bookings Batman!

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

WOW!!! I can’t believe what just happened… Today I auditioned eight minutes of my act including my new two-and-a-half minute promo reel at an annual entertainment showcase. I was one of about 45 acts and I received THIRTEEN BOOKINGS! I normally get 2-4 at this event. What’s more, people really appreciated my unique selling position (USP) as an interfaith chaplain who inspires hope through meaningful magic. This is a great affirmation and I am so eager to share the wonder. (A special shout out to cinematographer Jordan Wright of Red Spade Entertainment, Jeff McBride, Tobias Beckwith and Eugene Burger who have been faithful guides along my journey.) If you would like to book a show, it would be great to hear from you. Just call 860-304-0021 and look at the videos at www.Reed-Brown.com – The booking can start there on the contact page. Yippieeeeeeee!!!

Go Go Thompsoni & Co. Fantastic Video

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

My friends Johnny and Pam Thompson are some of the best magicians in the world.  They just released a music video in time for Halloween!  Johnny does it all:  close-up, stage, parlor, illusions and even some mental magic.  He has worked with the best in the business for decades.  This video guest stars the famous magicians Penn & Teller.  You may recognize Johnny from Chris Angel’s series “Mind Freak.”  Watch his dove work – it is perfection.  The vanishing light bulb is perfect too.  To quote Johnny & Pam, “Who knew that at our age we’d be doing this?”  Now THAT’S magic!  ENJOY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgLZZAa_JuA

Greening The World With Better Magic

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

A couple weeks ago I was delighted to spend time with some of my Magic & Mystery School friends. (This is one of the advantages of living near Bradley Airport!) My videographer Jordan Wright flew in from Sacramento, California, to work with my colleague, Cyril May. “C.J.” is the only recycling specialist to have studied at the Magic & Mystery School. He uses his magic to teach children and adults about the wonderful benefits of being loving and caring stewards of our wonderful world. He is designing a new show for the adult professional and academic crowds around the nation. For children, he grows his beard and dons light brown robes as C.J. the Re-Sourcerer! For adutls, he shaves and snazzes things up with a sharp vest and tiny glasses. What I admire about C.J. is his continuing journey as a professional; he is forever coming up with new ways of teaching and enlightening people about our dire need to reduce, reuse and recycle. He is so kind and compassionate but still challenges us. Jordan filmed C.J.’s talk at one of Yale’s newest and greenest buildings. We dined on Thai food afterwards – how good it is to spend time with friends. It makes me want to write a “greener” magical routine. So tell me, what friends inspire you?

In peace and light,
David Reed-Brown

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Making Magic History!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

The Show Doctor by Jeff McBride & Lawrence Haas

I’m making magic history!

I can hardly believe it!  I am published in a very historic magic book: “The Show Doctor” by Jeff McBride and Dr. Lawrence Haas.  It is making history for two reasons:  It is Master Magician Jeff McBride’s first major book and second, and perhaps most importantly, it is the first magic book ever produced simultaneously for print and electronic tablet.  I am mentioned twice in the book and my continuing Magic Tech Road articles from the Secret Art Journal are included by link.  All of the electronic additions are available online to people who purchase the printed book.  This the greatest justification so far for me to get an iPad!  (Some day, my friends.  Some day!)  The primary material in the book is a collection of more than forty of Jeff’s “Show Doctor” articles in Magic Magazine, the largest and most widely distributed magic journal in the world.  Larry Haas has updated them, and the book also include mores than 45,000 new words with eleven new routines by McBride.  I am amazed that a book of so much accumulated wisdom sells for only $45.  What a gift this is to the magic community.  “The Show Doctor” is available in print form from www.TheoryAndArtOfMagic.com/.  You will find instructions there on how to download the version for ipad.  It is humbling to be part of magic history.  Thank you to everyone who inspires me to create better magic on stage and in this Wonder-filled Mystery of life.

In peace and light,
David Reed-Brown

I will be speaking at Magic & Meaning in Las Vegas!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

David Reed-Brown "The Patronus is Real"

The Patronus is Real

Yesterday I was invited to speak at the Magic & Meaning Conference at the Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas next October. I feel so happy, humbled and honored. This is the most prestigious and progressive magic school in the world created by Jeff McBride and Deaned by Eugene Burger. What pray tell is the subject of my talk? “The Patronus is Real.” A patronus is the most powerful charm cast in the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling. By focusing intensely and persistently on the happiest of memories – and for Harry the most loving – one is able to repel the darkest and coldest forms of evil. In this I believe J.K. Rowling is sending us an extremely important message about life, starting with her own humble beginnings. She focused intently and persistently on the experiences that brought her the most happiness and love. It brought her through the darkness to write and share with us the great joys we know today in her writing. So, if you were going to focus on the happiest and most loving memories in your life, what would they be? In peace and light, David Reed-Brown

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A Wonder-Filled Senior Show & a Wonderful Comedian

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Last night I had the honor of performing at a very fine Jewish assisted living facility in West Hartford, Connecticut.  We had a blast together.  The audience knew how to have fun.  Plus, it’s the holiday season! Everyone was in a festive mood after Sunday night dinner, and these folks have been friends for a long time.  One woman, let’s call her Janet, came forward to assist in some of the wonder-working.  She was dead certain that she had no magic in her, and she was quite the character with a comeback for everything.  I tell you she made me work harder than I have in a long time!  The best part, however, was when she KNEW FOR CERTAIN the magic had not worked.  One ball was in her hand and she waved the wand, but it didn’t disappear.  She knew it.  She tried again and again.  “See, I told you.  I CAN’T DO MAGIC!”  I said in a stage whisper, “Janet… open your hand,” and there were two balls.  Her mouth dropped in disbelief.  I think perhaps she had not been this speechless in weeks.  The audience was stunned with wonder then hilarious applause.  From that moment on, we had the best time.  We laughed and laughed and laughed.  The energy in the room went through the roof – never mind that most of these folks were in their 80s and 90s!  We were all eleven again.  And even though I was a Baptist minister, they let me bless them at the end.  It was a wonder-full evening at a wonderful time of year.  “Thank you Bubbies.   You’re maaahvelous!  Happy Hanukkah and shalom!”

Comedian Pete Holmes talks about how essential it is to have wonder and awe for life on his new album, “Impregnated With Wonder”.   He understands well what so many magicians are trying to do.   Enjoy a bit of his humor on Conan O’Brien:

September 11, Ground Zero and the Healing Magic of Love

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

On September 11, 2001 we lived on the Connecticut shoreline about ninety minutes east of New York City.  In that area of bedroom commuter communities, everyone seemed to know someone who lost a loved one.  A friend of mine lost her niece.  Another had to explain to her four-year-old daughter why her classmate was no longer in preschool…  On the 22nd I stood two blocks from the debris piled four stories high.  I’m from upstate NY. I had to go. With such deep wounds and the strong will to help, two months later a small group of us found ourselves cleaning out apartments through our denomination’s disaster relief clean-up program.  We were right across the street to the south of the towers.  (It had been the “red zone” just a couple days earlier.) You could look out the window directly into the pit.  The apartment windows all around that area had been blown out and the apartments filled with many inches – sometimes feet – of that dusty brown refuse containing, well…  It was traumatic for many just to be there, but it was healing also.  When local residents shared their experience, it was an honor similar to when a war veteran opens up.  Every day we had lunch at Respite Care at the Marriott Hotel.  Volunteer chaplains, psychologists, social workers, cooks and our nation’s finest civil servants ate, rested and slept there.  There was a very profound sense of kindness and a gentle but strong determination that we were all going to get through this together.  I returned two weeks later to offer distraction in the form of strolling magic in the dining room.  (I learned that many entertainers offered their gentle services there.)  In between routines, I listened and offered care.  Two men were weighed down with anguish as they ate.  Their job?  Collecting human remains with as much respect, dignity and care as possible.  At first it seemed trite to say, “Pick a card.”  But then the hope of being lost and found gained new meaning.  They appreciated the chance to smile and laugh in the face of devastation.  With some of us gathered around we learned together the powerful image of destroying (paper) and not exactly restoring as it once was… That symbol wouldn’t work because none of our lives would ever be the same again.  Rather the torn napkin (an impromptu symbol our lives, nation and world) – blessed by a sacred spirit of healing love – was transformed into a shower of gentle streamers over our heads – an affirmation of Love’s blessing and deliverance.  I still do a form of this routine at the end of my show.  Back in our home town, I was asked to pray at a civil ceremony on the second anniversary of September 11.  If you choose, you can read it by clicking here.  If you do not believe in God, it may still be cathartic to subsitute the word “Love” for the word “God.”  All this reminds me that we move on, transformed, full of life and blessed to be here.  What an honor it is to give and receive love from one another.  That is what makes us strong, resilient, courageous and beautifully transformed.

Shalom, Salaam, Peace,

The Rev. David Reed-Brown

 

Thanks everyone! We reached 10,000 Facebook Likes! Great job!

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

We could not have done this without YOU. After re-launching the Magic of David Reed-Brown web site five short weeks ago, we reached our goal of 10,000 Facebook Likes! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for you and for the vision of love we have for magical inspiration. To celebrate, here are some of my favorite quotes. Enjoy! David Reed-Brown

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.” – Unknown to me

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson in “A Return to Love” quoted by Nelson Mandela in his presidential inaugural speech.

“The highest art in any medium can only emerge from a spiritual background. This applies particularly to the art of magic”. – S.H. Sharpe

We reached our goal of 10,000 likes on facebook!

The Resignation of Steve Jobs & The Magic of Life

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Steve Jobs, the founder and Guru of Apple Electronics, resigned as CEO today. He is arguably the greatest technological magician of our time. Several years ago Mr. Jobs was diagnosed with a very rare form of pancreatic cancer; he has wrestled with his health since. After the first cancer was successfully treated, he spoke for the 2005 graduating class of Stamford University. In what CNN calls “the speech of his life” Jobs shares three stories. Each one uplifts how he confronted a death of sorts and the wonderful results he found in each struggle. Death affects us far more than we care to admit. I will write more later, but in November 2001 I attended a conference on Mount Charleston in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a retreat for magicians called Legends of Magic, and it came at the beginning of season of many deaths in my life. I will never forget that after prayerfully walking a Labyrinth (a spiritual practice from Greek mythology and Christianity) that a tarot card reader had me “pick a card.” I drew the Ace of Spades, the Death Card. It is a symbol of change. I never placed much trust in such things, but little did I know how much death, change and beautiful LIFE I would encounter in the coming years. I share this so that you will set aside fifteen minutes of your life, and listen to Steve Jobs. Really listen… He speaks with the simple greatness and beauty of profound truth. I wish you peace and light. Sincerely, David
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TEDx Talk on Magic & Management by Ferdinando Buscema

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

My friend and colleague, Professor Lawrence Hass, is both a philosopher and magician. He recently shared this wonderful TEDx talk by Ferdinando Buscema about the intersection of magic and management. Anyone in a managerial position today – from engineers to clergy – will benefit by watching. It uplifts a major shift in management to cope with the many unknowns in today’s world. Clergy please take note. It will be a seventeen minutes extremely well-spent. – Come make a wonder-filled world, David Reed-Brown
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