Merry New Year from!

*Image: Frank McKenna – Unsplash

Merry New Year!  That was fast—2018 has Ended and 2019 has Begun!  With every Ending, we arrive at a new Beginning.  And “a good Beginning makes a good End,” (English Proverb). Every new year becomes a moment for us to reflect on last year’s journey and project on the new journey we will embark upon—after all, it is about the journey and not the destination.  Have you done your reflections and projections?  Those who hope are those who change the world.  “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” (Walt Disney).  Thoughts reap actions and a plan anchors our thoughts. 

We do reap what we sow.  Every action has an equal reaction.  Each of our lives is delicately woven together from each cause to each effect—like a river.  Beginning to take more accountability moves us from being the effect to becoming the cause of our lives.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, which is why we call it the present,” (Bill Keane).  Time is precious.  The present is only a split second of TimeTime really is but a measurement of Change.  And with every passing year, Time seems to go by more quickly—perhaps because each additional year is a smaller portion of our lives.  When we were five, one year was 1/5th of our entire lives!  Now, one year is a much smaller fraction of our lives—we shall not go into specifics with how much smaller…

So: Be purposeful as you embark upon the new year.  Be thankful and merry for “a merry heart is like good medicine,” (Proverbs).  You are the pilot of your life.  May 2019 be fruitful and merry for you, your family and friends.  Sow those good seeds, water them, and reap their fruits.


Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions Now showing at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas

Illusion or Reality – Can you tell the Difference?

Illusionists have a very difficult job – not only is it nerve-wracking to perform in front of hundreds, but they also need to convince the audience regarding the authenticity of illusions, or else they will be booed off the stage. Magician Dirk Arthur is a renowned illusionist who has been in showbiz for over 2 decades. He has appeared on national television and starred in his own widely acclaimed primetime special “Big Cat Magic” on Animal Planet.

Why is Wild Illusions special?
His show, known as Wild Illusions, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, consists of some intriguing and unusual cast members – it features grand cats like white, orange and snow-white tigers and African and snow leopards. It also includes a bobcat along with a few birds. Dirk has worked with rabbits, doves, large birds such as emus and ostriches, and exotic cats for a long time, which have helped him to sharpen his skills in this area. People enjoy this show even more as it involves a certain degree of audience participation along with a combination of dance and comic elements.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a freaking helicopter!

He holds the honor of the infamous “Helicopter Illusion” – Dirk is the first magician to make a helicopter appear out of nowhere. He admits it was (and is) his most challenging trick because conjuring a real, 26-foot-long helicopter out of thin air, on the edge of the stage right next to the audience, is no ordinary feat. It is extremely tough to pull this off as the illusion relies heavily on timing, and a split-second delay can totally spoil the act.

Sharing and caring comes naturally to him…
Dirk is not just an accomplished performer but an avid lover of wildlife. An educational video is screened before every show that covers the subject of preserving wildlife and provides information about endangered species. His goal is to integrate this idea into young minds by working with school kids. All the revenue from merchandise sales at his shows are donated to various animal care and conservation programs, and also used to fund educational programs in schools to create awareness about endangered animals.

To put it in a nutshell, his performance comprises his trademark illusions like escape tricks, levitation of a vehicle, making animals disappear with the aid of sparks and lightening, etc. It is a family-friendly show, so please attend with your kids as they will enjoy it immensely.

Learn more: Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions