Monthly Archives: September 2016

Sep 30

Anniversary For Wife And I

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

Wife And I’s Anniversary Is Today

I just wanted to take the time and wish my wife, May Davenport, a Happy Anniversary! You have been the best wife ever and I love and appreciate everything you do! My wife is a wonderful lady who does a lot for our family as well. She is very much a family oriented woman with family values which is why I love her so much. I am very lucky to have her as my wife! I met my wife about 2 years to a year and a half before I was sent to Afghanistan with the Georgia Army National Guard to serve with the infantry over there during the Afghanistan War. That was about 2007 or 2008 that I met her. I was then sent off to Afghanistan in 2009 and I married her just before I went.

So, I managed to get back home in one piece from Afghanistan and when I returned home, my wife was still waiting on me! That was really cool and really nice! A lot of the guys that I served with came to divorces or wives who left them which was rough on them. I was very fortunate in that my wife was still waiting for me. I remember a similar story from Vietnam Veterans where one of them married his wife just before he was sent to Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He survived the war too and when he came home his wife was still waiting on him as well. It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Anyway, here is a picture of my wife and I together:

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We plan to celebrate our anniversary by going to the local Zen restaurant, which is a Japanese restaurant that my wife really loves going to. Here is a Yelp link to the restaurant: Yelp Link To Zen Restaurant In My Local Area. They have some seats at the restaurant you can take that is around a grill and watch the chefs put on a show cooking food right in front of you. It makes your visit there more interesting. Anyway, you guys have a wonderful day!

Sep 29

Fun Times Last Night At The SkyLounge!

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

I Had Some Great Fun Times Last Night!

Last night I went to the SkyLounge at the Glenn Hotel in Atlanta and performed strolling magic. Let me tell you, it was fun! I really enjoyed myself and just had a ball! A company from the UK hired me and the English really do love a great magic show. They were the best audience and it was just great fun times. They would go absolutely nuts when I performed a great mind blowing trick with cards, coins, and various other props that I would use. I would like to include a few pictures of the SkyLounge bar during the day time with it’s beautiful views. I took these pictures when I first arrived before the event started. I like to show up early before guests arrive that way I can prepare and be ready to go as soon as part guests arrive. Here are a few pictures:

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So, as you can see, there were some great views from the SkyLounge in Atlanta, GA plus it’s just a wonderful bar! I loved it! The folks I entertained also had a wonderful time as well and I have a few videos of magic tricks that I had shot from the event as well. I hope you guys enjoy the videos!

Here is the first video where I have a volunteer put a quarter through a solid steel bar and then I vanish his quarter and it reappears in a nest of wallets:

Here is a second video where I make a bottle of water appear and do a money paddle trick:

And a trick where I magically restore a sales newspaper:

So, this should give you an idea of what I do at a strolling magic show. I had a great time! The SkyLounge is located at the top floor of the Glenn Hotel. I hope you guys have a wonderful day today and enjoy the pictures and videos!

Sep 28

SkyLounge Performance Tonight!

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

SkyLounge Should Be A Really Fun Gig Tonight!

Tonight I will be heading up to Atlanta for a performance at SkyLounge. I have never been to this place but it is at the Glenn Hotel. It looks really awesome and cool! So, I am really looking forward to this gig. SkyLounge is a roof top bar and lounge up top a sky scraper in Atlanta, which, in this case, is the Glen Hotel. The view should be really awesome and amazing. Here is the website of where I will be at tonight Rooftop Bar At Glenn Hotel. So according to their website it’s one of the top rooftop bars in the world. We’ll see if it lives up to the hype!

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Here is what their website has to say

SkyLounge writes on their website here

Located on the 11th floor of the boutique Glenn Hotel, a member of the exclusive Marriott Autograph Collection of Hotels. Extend your SkyLounge experience and stay with us. Tastefully renovated and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this modern classic built in 1923 captures the essence of current day Atlanta – southern charm with a contemporary, energetic edge.

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Atlanta’s Luckie Marietta District, our neighbors include the State Bar of Georgia CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Philips Arena, and the Georgia World Congress Center. We are in close proximity to Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, College Football Hall of Fame (opening August 2014) and Center for Civil and Human Rights (opening May 2014) and the downtown central business district.

I was reading over this and I couldn’t help but notice that at one time I rarely ever traveled up to Atlanta but since I have started my business I have found that I have been to many of these places, from the Georgia Aquarium, to the CNN Center, the Olympic Park and the Georgia World Congress Center. I have certainly seen my share of Atlanta since I started my business as a magician.

Sep 27

Millennials And Entrepreneurship

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

Seems Like Millennials Are Having Trouble Starting Businesses

That’s concerning for me. I have a step son and one of my goals is to be sure that the generation that comes after me has great opportunity. I think the last thing I would want is to enjoy great opportunity myself but then the next generation doesn’t have the same opportunities that I do. I think one of my long term goals will be to help future generations get the same opportunities at entrepreneurship or of the American Dream or both that I had. I found this NPR article on some of the tough hurdles that the Millennial generation faces: Tough Hurdles New Generation Faces. I have always felt that the Millennials are a great generation and I still feel that they are. I think this particular generation will do fine and do great if given the opportunity.

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Here is what the article has to say about some of the hurdles the millennials currently face:

Maria Hollenhorst of NPR writes in her article “Millennials Want To Be Entrepreneurs, But A Tough Economy Stands In Their Way”

Financial challenges facing today’s young adults are stifling their entrepreneurial dreams. The results of a nationwide survey published by EY, a professional services firm, and Economic Innovation Group, a policy and advocacy group, suggest millennials’ economic hardships prevent them from starting businesses.

You know, I can see that. Especially with the high levels of student loan debt a lot of the folks from this particular generation are carrying. Back in the day, you used to be able to declare bankruptcy on student loans but now you can’t. Their was this con game that was played that if you just went to college and graduated, you would be OK with your student loan debt because then you could find a high paying job to pay off your student loans. The only problem was that their was no high paying jobs waiting for these college graduates and to make the problem worse, they couldn’t declare bankruptcy on those student loans, so they were stuck in indentured servitude to private banks or the taxpayer or in most cases, both. In many cases, student loan debt was just as much as any mortgage debt, which prevents people from starting businesses, buying homes, having children and starting families, ALL of which can harm the economy in the long term and have negative economic impact.

Maria Hollenhorst of NPR continues to write in her article “Millennials Want To Be Entrepreneurs, But A Tough Economy Stands In Their Way”

“Millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in history,” EIG co-founder John Lettieri told the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship earlier this year. Millennials admire startup founders and revere self-employment, the new survey findings show, but they’re wary of starting businesses in an unforgiving economic environment.

With hordes of young people selling homemade clothing on Etsy, driving for Uber and opening food trucks on every corner, and with a much smaller group founding influential tech companies, this generation embodies the spirit of a “startup culture.”

In an op-ed, published on Mic.com, Hillary Clinton described the millennial generation as the most “diverse and entrepreneurial generation in our country’s history.” Fifty-five percent of survey respondents shared her belief that millennials are more entrepreneurial than the previous generation.

My opinion on this particular part of the article is that Millennials have what it takes to be a success, they are just trapped in student loan debt and inherited an economy that just didn’t have a strong Middle Class like others did in the past and an economy which did not provide economic mobility for folks to where they can work hard and move up from being poor to Middle Class. This all adds up in that the talent and potential that exists in the Millennial generation is going unused and it will harm our economy in the long term. It is a problem, in my view that needs to be fixed and addressed if we wish to have a strong economy in the future.

Sep 26

Amazing Technology I Found Browsing YouTube

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

Found Some Amazing Technology For Cooking And The Kitchen

So I was browsing YouTube and I found this amazing piece of technology: Robotic Chef. So, it looks like in the year 2017 or the year 2018, this robotic chef will be going on sale for about $15,000. I think this is amazing technology to have in your kitchen. Of course, I can see where some professional chefs might not like this piece of technology because as the technology continues to progress, some restaurants might seek to replace professional chefs with these machines. I would be very careful if I was some of those professional chefs about sharing recipes. That way the knowledge of those recipes can’t be prepared by the robotic chef because it is only known by that human chef.

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Their is also an interesting article which talks about this robotic chef as well. Here is a link to the article: Article On Robotic Chef. Here is a quote from the article on what it has to say about this amazing technology:

Moley Robotics writes in it’s article entitled “Robot Chef That Can Cook 2,000 Meals Set To Go On Sale In 2017”

After a long, drawn out day in the office, it’s not always easy to motivate yourself to cook a proper meal when you get home. Instead of reaching for the saucepan, many opt for the quicker and easier option of take-out or ready meals, many of which are not exactly healthy or particularly nutritious. But what if you could have a handy robotic assistant in the kitchen, ready to whip you up a gourmet meal whenever you so desire? That’s the dream of Moley Robotics, a London-based company that has developed a prototype “robochef” designed for the home.

Unveiled today at Germany’s Hannover Messe technology fair, the machine consists of two remarkably dexterous robotic arms installed atop a cooking area, complete with hobs, a sink and an oven. The robot’s sophisticated and fully articulated hands were created by Shadow Robot Company, another London-based firm, whose products are used all over the world, including by NASA.

Rather than cooking like a machine, the system works by first recording human actions in 3D and then converting these into highly precise movements. The prototype was trained by chef Tim Anderson, who spent time whipping up original dishes in a motion-capture studio. During a demonstration, Anderson had the robot make a crab bisque, but he told BBC News it can do anything from a bit of prep to completing an entire dish.

Pretty amazing stuff in that you have it cook thousands of different recipes and that it uses 3-D motion technology to mimick some of the best chefs in the world. Heck, from what I understand, it will even clean the dishes for you after it has prepared a meal. Now that, my friends, is technology that saves a lot of time and hard work!

Sep 25

Sunday Morning And Getting Things Done

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

Trying To Get Things Done This Sunday Morning

My computer has been running slow today and I have been pretty busy this morning and trying to get things done. Power went out in the middle of me fixing to write a blog post so then I had to reset the main circuit breaker to get the power back on that way I could get back to blogging. Yesterday, I had a gig doing a children’s magic show. I really had a lot of fun and enjoyed myself. It was just an all around great experience! It was also a very hot day! The day would have been perfect for the beach or jumping in the swimming pool!

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Today, the family will be coming over which is usual for the weekend or a Sunday. We’ll be grilling out. Perhaps they will jump in the swimming pool as well. I am not sure if they plan on swimming in the pool today or not. But the pool is ready for them if they want to go swimming. Me personally, after a busy day yesterday, I am ready to just relax and slow down. Take things easy. I am also in the mood for a nice cup of coffee and I will probably stop by Starbucks coffee to get a cup.

Believe it or not, I have actually read that coffee has some pretty cool benefits. Here is a link which discusses The Benefits Of Coffee. So, a Sunday morning isn’t a Sunday morning unless you are drinking some coffee as far as I am concerned and believe me, I am a huge coffee drinker and love it! I especially like the fact that coffee can reduce the risk of type II diabetes and offers protective effects for the liver. In addition it also lowers the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. So there are a lot of unexpected benefits that people just don’t know about when it comes to drinking coffee. Anyway, here is to a great Sunday morning and a cup of coffee!

Sep 24

MacGyver Has A New Modern TV Show

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

MacGyver Is Back In Today’s TV World

I remember as a kid watching MacGyver on TV. It was one of the favorite TV shows of my parents but also of myself as a kid. I had always enjoyed the TV show. In case some of you don’t know already, back in the day, MacGyver was a TV show about a very adaptable guy who was able to use the most simplest of things like a paperclip for example to get himself out of bad situations or tough spots from bad guys. Of course, much of it was just Hollywood but still it was very entertaining to watch and I loved it.

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So now, they have a TV series reboot with a more modern version. Of course, I am biased towards the original as I always believe the original is always the best. Here is a link that discusses the new TV series: TV Series

TV writes in their article:

The freshman drama makes clear quite early on that Lucas Till’s Angus “Mac” MacGyver, as an operative for the Division of External Services, is a bit more physical than Richard Dean Anderson’s original mulleted problem-solver, able to handle himself decently in close0quarters combat, nor thinking twice before holding into an airborne jet’s landing gear for dear life. At the close of the first op we see, Mac “loses” his field analyst girlfriend Nikki (Revolution‘s Tracy Spiridakos) to a negotiation-gone-bad, though the eventual twist is one we’ve seen often before. (Heck, even her first words to Mac, while “held” at gunpoint, were, “I’m sorry.”)

Three months later, Mac (who lives with his oblivious best bud Bozer, played by Rush Hour‘s Justin Hires) is called back into action, with former CIA agent Jack Dalton (CSI‘s Goerge Eads), DXS Director Patricia Thornton (House of Cards‘ Sandrine Holt) and convicted hacker-turned-field analyst Riley Davis (Vampire Diaries‘ Tristin Mays), to intercept the bioweapon they lost custody of in the opening op. Soon enough, Mac lays eyes on a very alive Nikki, and ultimately corners her inside the aforementioned jet. That leads into the final action sequence, where Mac drops from a helicopter into the baddie’s transport truck, to fend off one goon and then extract the bioweapon from the bomb it is attached to — before “paragliding” up and away to safety, the deadly virus intact.

Anyway, I hope the new TV series will be great!

Sep 23

Good Times Hanging Out With Friends

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

Had Some Good Times Hanging Out With Some Of My Old Friends

Last night I had a great time hanging out with some of my old friends. We went to a local bar in my area called “Friends On The Hill.” The place has been there for years and a long time ago I used to go there but hadn’t been in a long long time. I’m not much of a bar kind of guy, but I do enjoy going out once and awhile just to get out of the house and relax. We had a blast!

It wasn’t very busy, but still we had a great time and I really enjoyed myself. Given that I am a magician, I would go and do magic tricks for the folks around the bar and it was a great ice breaker to get people talking, socializing and have a great time. Magic is really an awesome ice breaker for any place really and it’s great for a bar too!

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Anyway, I just did it because my friends were sitting at the table and were kind of isolated and not doing much of anything. So, to get them off their island of table and out of isolation, I started doing magic tricks for the folks at the bar and they really enjoyed it! Then, they wanted to know who I was their with and I started introducing them to my friends. So, I got them off their table of isolation and talking to people. Magic was the key to doing that! It was awesome! “Friends On The Hill” doesn’t seem to have a main website but they do have a Facebook page. You can check out their Facebook page here: Friends On The Hill.

We had some good times last night and my buddies and I also talked about old times and how we had a great time back when we were younger. This reminds me of Bruce Springsteen’s song, Glory Days. Here is a YouTube link to the song: Glory Days

Sep 22

First Day Of Fall And The Seasons Change

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

Today Is The First Day Of Fall

I was looking at my Star Wars calendar and it looks like today is the first day of Fall. The official beginning of Fall is September 22nd. When I was a kid I used to live in upstate New York and when fall came around it was beautiful to see all the different colored leaves. It was cool memories of upstate New York. That was in the 1980s. I played ice hockey at the time for a local team in the area I lived. I remember first snowfall usually came at the end of September about this time. The snow wouldn’t stick though. So, back in the 1980s before global warming wasn’t as bad as it is today, plenty of leaves were already on the ground about this time. They were great times I remember, especially the 1980s decade. Lots of wonderful memories. I have good memories here too though!

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I found this article about 12 things to know about the 2016 Fall equinox. Here are a few quotes from the article about some of the 12 things that caught my eye which talks about the first day of Fall:

Melissa Breyer of Treehugger.com writes in her article “12 things to know about the 2016 autumnal equinox”

2. There are two equinoxes annually, vernal and autumnal, marking the beginning of spring and fall. They are opposite for the northern and southern hemispheres.

5. Because it takes the Earth around 365.25 days to orbit the Sun – and why we have a leap year every 4 years – the precise time of the equinoxes varies from year to year, usually happening around six hours later on successive years. On leap years, the date jumps back an entire day.

6. “Equinox” comes from the Latin words “equi” meaning “equal” and “nox” meaning “night.” This implies that there will be equal amounts of daylight and darkness, however such is not exactly the case.

7. This year, the sun will rise at 6:44 a.m. EDT on the equinox and will set at 6:52 p.m., giving us 8 minutes of day over night. Although the sun is perfectly over the equator, we mark sunrises and sunsets at the first and last minute the tip of the disk appears. Also, because of atmospheric refraction, light is bent which makes it appear like the sun is rising or setting earlier.

8. Exactly equal day and night won’t happen until September 25 with sunrise as 6:47 a.m. EDT and sunset at 6:47 p.m. This day is known as the equilux! (“Lux” being Latin for light, isn’t that pretty?)

9. For the astrology-minded, the morning of the autumnal equinox is when the sun enters Libra … the sign of balanced scales. Equal day and night, balanced scales, seeing a connection here…

10. As for the other celestial orb we obsess on, the full moon near the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest Moon for the luminosity that affords farmers the ability to work late. It’s also been called the Full Corn Moon (see: Full moon names and what they mean). The 2016 Harvest Moon did her magic on September 16 this year, a day which also hosted a partial lunar eclipse.

Sep 21

Day Of Peace, International Day Of Peace

By Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C. | Atlanta Magician

Today Is The International Day Of Peace

I was googling up a few things and discovered that today is the International Day of Peace. I like the idea of an International Day of Peace. Peace is good! Speaking as a former soldier who served his country in a time of war, I can tell you, that nobody appreciates or loves peace more than the soldier does.

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I guess you can’t fully appreciate peace until you have seen war. I imagine many of the war torn places around the globe would love to enjoy the fruits of peace. So, I decided to look up more information on this particular holiday and this is what I found:

UN website writes:

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”
Furthering the Day’s mission, the General Assembly augmented the original resolution in 2001, fixing the date on 21 September.
Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

You can click on the link here to see what it says. It seem that the United Nations is supporting the idea of sustainable development goals world wide to help further the ideal of world peace. Honestly, I think their will always be wars. It’s unfortunately, not an idealistic world we live in. I wish it was, but it’s not. It would be nice if we did have world peace though. I don’t think anybody anywhere deserves the cost of war and everybody everywhere deserves to live in peace and security. Maybe one day, such an ideal can be achieved. But right now, it seems over-idealistic and naive. Yet, I have learned that nothing is impossible if we work hard enough towards a goal. I like to see happy people enjoying peace and prosperity. I would like to see world peace in my time but it seems pretty tough.

For this old soldier, he is a lover of peace and wishes it for everybody. Anyway, here is to a day of International Peace. Peace is something we all wish and pray for.

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