Monthly Archives: December 2016

Dec 31

Motivation Is Very Important For Goals

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

Motivation Is Extremely Important Towards Goal Completion

One of the big keys in goal setting is motivation because it assures commitment. One of the important things I do is list the reasons why I am attempting to complete a goal so that I stay motivated. I do this exercise once a week so that I remind myself why I am doing it. Edwin Locke came up with a theory that is somewhat similar to what I am doing: Goal Setting Theory.

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Edwin Locke’s theory seems to describe incentives but those incentives don’t have to involve money. Some of the reasons for my motivation towards goals does not involve money at all. Other goals that I have do involve money in that it helps make my life more worry free. One of the goals I have is to go to Vermont so that I can visit with family and vacation. Relaxation and “getting away” is a big motivator for that particular goal.

Other Interesting Stuff On Website

Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Model is another interesting subject that is on the website because it can help break down motivation factors. I can look at Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Model and understand some of my past behaviors. For example, I have kicked some people out of my life due to a lack or respect because we all need respect from others.

So, it makes sense to kick people out of your life who do not seem to respect you. That being said, you also need to respect yourself too though! Which I do! Just some people do not respect others because they do not respect themselves. You can’t have respect for others unless you first respect yourself. You will also tolerate disrespect from others and not kick them out of your life when you don’t respect yourself. The website has boatloads of information and is a valuable resource.

Dec 30

New Year Performances Starting Today

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

My New Year Performances Starting Today

I will be in John’s Creek today performing for some elderly folks as part of my New Year performances. I enjoy performing for the elderly because they seem to enjoy life. Elderly people probably enjoy life more because they realize that tomorrow is not guaranteed. I am not sure what I will be doing on New Year’s Day but I will probably be working. Here are some ideas as to what you can do for the New Year’s Holiday: Things To Do Over Holiday.

New Year Performances

I have also had to purchase some new magic tricks which I will be using in magic shows. Parlor magic shows can use the peanut butter and jelly magic trick I got because it is not too big or small. I also purchased a great mind reading trick which I am going to put to good use. These magic tricks are ideal for trade shows.

Looking Forward To The Year 2017

I am really looking forward to the year 2017 because I have some great goals to work toward. One of the goals I working toward is visiting Vermont this year with my wife. May and I would like to go to Vermont because she wants to attend her 30 year class reunion. I look forward to meeting her fellow classmates from long ago.

We also want to visit with out son, step son who lives in Vermont. I will probably see about playing a few board games against him. Last time we saw James (my step son) was near the beginning of 2015 and we played Conquest of Nerath which is a great board game. I will see about getting him to play another board game when I visit him this year.

Another goal I have is working more trade shows. I have the sound equipment necessary to do so that helps tremendously. It is an expense I have already paid for and is out of the way. So, it will not be cutting into the profits of my company. Anyway, time for me to end this blog post here as I have a busy day ahead of me!

Dec 29

Glory Is One Of My Favorite Movies

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

The Movie Glory Is One Of My Favorite Civil War Movies

“Glory” is one of my favorite movies about the American Civil War because it’s about an African American regiment. This particular regiment was the 54th Massachusetts and was a regiment that was genuinely fighting for freedom. Some of it’s members were former slaves who joined to fight against the Confederacy. I think these guys were fighting with true heart. You can read more about the 54th Massachusetts Regiment here: 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

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The governor of Massachusetts at the time called for volunteers so many of them came from New York, Ohio and Indiana. Some of the volunteers even had father and son both volunteering to go fight. Wow! Must have been something else back then in those times, you know it? I imagine combat back in those times of civil war was much more personal and up close.

Some of the Regiment’s History

The movie won three academy awards because it was well deserved. Frederick Douglas also had two of his sons fighting in the regiment. I wonder if his sons survived the war? I looked up the history of Frederick Douglas and he was one awesome dude. Not only did he agitate for racial equality but also for women’s rights! His eldest son, Lewis Henry Douglas fought in several battles with the 54th Massachusetts including on James Island, Olustee, and Fort Wagner.

The assault on Fort Wagner was pretty brutal and I know the 54th suffered a lot of casualties from historical records. Lewis Douglas survived the war and was discharged from the Union Army due to a medical disability. Frederick Douglas’s sons all survived the war it seems. His eldest son, Lewis saw a lot of combat and so was in danger during his time in service. It is fair to say that Lewis and his father Frederick did their fair share of sacrificing for the good of this country.

Dec 28

2016 Saw A Lot of Famous People Pass Away

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

Seems Like In 2016 We Had A Lot of Famous People Pass Away

This year 2016 claimed a lot of celebrity lives in that many have passed away. The latest to pass away was Carrie Fisher due to a heart attack. However, this year has a long list of celebrities that we lost: Celebrities We Lost. George Michaels was another big loss as I remember him when I was a kid in the 1980s. Losing some of these famous celebrities from my childhood brought me back to my wonderful childhood. The 1980s were a wonderful time for me and music was really awesome!

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I remember George Michaels from the 1980s and watching him on MTV. My babysitter at the time really enjoyed his music video “I Want Your Sex.” It was a great song and the video was awesome too! Gene Wilder was also another big loss for this year too due to the fact he was a great actor.

Other Famous People

Nancy Reagan was another big loss too because she was a former First Lady. I remember Ronald and Nancy Reagan from the 1980s as if it was yesterday and now they are both gone. That’s just crazy! Very few things stay the same it seems. I think it is important to enjoy as much of life as possible today because their is no guarantee you will be here tomorrow.

Merle Haggard was a big loss too because I love his music. Reading over this article amazes me due to the fact I didn’t realize we lost so many famous people in 2016! Singer Maurice White was another big hit and he was the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. That particular band was awesome! I still love listening to their music to this day! I hope that the year 2017 will not see as many celebrity deaths as we saw this year.

Dec 27

Carrie Fisher Has Passed Away

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

Wow! Carrie Fisher Who Played Princess Leia On Star Wars Has Passed Away

Wow! I am totally flabbergasted to learn that Carrie Fisher, the lady who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, has passed away. NPR reported on her passing away so you can read about it here: Passing Away Of A Great Actress. I remember when I was a kid living in upstate New York watching Star Wars with my childhood friends and all the good memories. It is very disappointing to see that the year 2016 has claimed so many great artists!

Carrie Fisher

I remember Carrie Fisher in the very first Star Wars film and how young she looked compared to what she looked before she passed away. She looked pretty rough in her older days as if she had battled the whole world for years. It’s amazing how much she changed over the years due to some tough times she went through. I read a few articles where she had to battle addiction because she took prescription medication and drugs.

She Will Be Missed And Brought Many Smiles To My Childhood

Carrie Fisher brought many smiles to children and adults too with her role in Star Wars. The movie played an iconic role in many childhoods of my generation to so lose Carrie is a big blow. She was just 19 years old when she became famous due to the success of Star Wars. I remember when I was 19 years old and I didn’t know much about life at all then. I am much older and wiser now due to experience.

She made an appearance in the Star Wars Film “The Force Awakens” where she was a general. I think the director made her a general to give her a role that represented her strength. She looked totally different in her recent appearance in “The Force Awakens” because she battled addiction. It’s amazing how people change through time and how things never exactly stay the same. Yet, on the same token, some things never change no matter how much time has passed. One thing that has certainly not changed is that we all will die one day and that included Carrie Fisher. May the force be with you Carrie!

Dec 26

Joyous Christmas Yesterday And Great Times

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

My Family Had A Great Joyous Christmas Yesterday

We had such a wonderful joyous Christmas yesterday that I am so happy and proud! I have the best family in the world and love them all! We had my brother in law, sister, her kids and my brother in law’s father come over and we had a big Christmas dinner. The family had an awesome time due to the holiday spirit! May and I (May is my wife) loved watching the excitement of the kids as they opened Christmas presents.

joyous christmas

I also like to see how my fellow magicians are doing because they do great work. Futhermore, I am beginning to feel like us magicians are a big family. It is my opinion that I didn’t quite connect with my fellow magicians quite as a fast because of the PTSD I suffered from my war time military service in Afghanistan. PTSD is no joke and is very serious because of how it can disconnect you from others. For me, my way to combat PTSD and connect to others despite PTSD was through the art of magic.

It is great to see my fellow magicians and see how they are spreading the joy of magic around the globe. One magician reminded me of actor Lou Diamond Phillips in the movie “La Bamba” because he looked similar to him. The movie is one of my favorite movies and had a great sound track: Lou Diamond Phillips And La Bamba.

Lou Diamond Phillips and His Career

Lou Diamond Phillips was a great actor so he has had a very distinguished career. It seems that he is also a great musician because I think he sang the songs in his movie. He did an extraordinary job singing the songs in the movie “La Bamba.” I thought he did a great job singing the song “Come On Let’s Go” due to the energy he brought to the song. It was just great talent that he has demonstrated in his career that you rarely see in people.

Dec 23

Millionaires And Some Facts I Have Read

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

Facts And Myths About Millionaires I Read

I have been able to work for some millionaires and I have to say many myths abound. Most people think of Kim Kardashian when they think of millionaires. That’s just simply not the case and is just Hollywood TV in my opinion. The website, Dailyworth, features some interesting facts about the wealthy you might not have known so you will be better informed: Facts About The Wealthy.

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I personally think that one myth is that the wealthy do not struggle due to Hollywood TV shows. Most wealthy people struggle too believe it or not and have to make sacrifices like the rest of us. They just choose not to spend their money and instead save it and invest it. You can be wealthy but not feel wealthy because you save most of your money and invest it.

Warren Buffet Recommends Do What You Love

I think this is another key to wealth: doing what you love to do. I think that is far more important than chasing money. Money in a lot of cases is simply a by product of good character, habits, doing what you love and saving and investing. Benjamin Graham teaches in his book that it is best to worry about the things you can control rather than the things you can’t control. The lesson he teaches is one of the keys to wealth in my opinion.

How does this lesson apply exactly? Well, for starters, choosing to live in an area that has a cheap cost of living helps tremendously. This will save you a lot of money which you could in turn save and invest. Living in high cost of living areas reduces your ability to save and invest. Choosing low cost investments is another good strategy to achieving wealth. So, we can see, that worry about things we can control like cost is one of the keys.

Dec 22

Holiday Spirit Is Strong At My House

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

Very Happy To Have The Holiday Spirit

The holiday spirit is strong at my house today so I am very happy. We have our Christmas tree up with lights and various decorations. I really enjoy just sitting in the living room, relaxing with coffee and looking at the Christmas tree. Their is nothing better than having a plentiful Christmas with a Christmas tree.

My family has worked hard this year and that was what has enabled us to have a good Christmas. I have made big contributions as well to insure the prosperity of my family so I am proud. Salter College features some tips on getting into the holiday spirit so you can be happy too: Tips For Getting In The Spirit.

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My company has surprisingly helped to contribute to the prosperity of my family as well. I am amazed at the progress of the company because it has come a long ways. The company’s Sam’s Club Plus Business membership made us enough money to buy Christmas dinner without any cash coming out of our own pockets. That is very nice because then we don’t have to spend out own money!

Family Will Be Coming Over Christmas Day

My favorite holiday gift will be my family. I am always very happy to see my family come over for Christmas. My wife says she likes watching our nieces and nephews open Christmas presents. I imagine it reminds her of when her step son was little and watching him open Christmas presents.

One thing I would like to do is play a good board game with my brother in law. My nephew is getting old enough to appreciate a good and fun board game too! I hope to one day play against both of them in a great epic game of Conquest of Nerath! Well, I hope everybody has a great holiday as I will be having! Take care!

Dec 21

Simplicity Is Powerful And Works Best

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

Simplicity Works Best

One of the things I have discovered over time is the power of simplicity and how well it works. In the subject of investing, simple is what works best because it provides a reasonable return over a long period of time. For example, investing in low cost index funds is one of the most powerful and simple ways to do so. I am an index fund investor myself through Vanguard because of the choices they offer. Index funds are great because you get instant diversification due to stock or bond indexes.

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Simplicity is important in business and marketing too Excellent Article Describing Why. If you take a look at my website you will see I am applying that principle. I have just a demo video and way to sign up for my email list. This approach to marketing works very well in my opinion. I don’t have a fancy website that looks good, it’s just a simple demo video with a way to subscribe to my email list.

An Important Concept In Investing Too

Index funds give instant diversification and all you have to do is invest every month. By doing so, you will get a reasonable return over the long term. This strategy also relies on “dollar cost averaging” as well. You also begin to learn the true art of investing by doing this because it teaches you buy businesses and not ticker symbols.

Whenever you invest in stocks or stock index funds, you are never buying a ticker symbol, you are buying companies. This is a fundamental lesson that must be learned to become a great investor. Most people do not understand what this really means. So the simplicity of investing in index funds can safely teach this concept to new investors. It’s an important concept to completely, truly and fully understand.

Dec 20

Classic Nintendo NES Soon Available In Stores

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

Found Out Classic Nintendo NES Will Soon Be Available

I just found out the the Classic Nintendo NES will be available in some stores. It looks like Best Buy will be one of the stores carrying the system so you know they will have big crowds: Available In Stores. I will not buy the classic system because I prefer to play the more modern video games. However, many people really want this system and it’s one of the most in demand systems! I find it amazing that such a classic system from the 80s and 90s is in such high demand. You would think that people would prefer more modern game system but I guess that’s not necessarily the case.

Classic Nintendo NES

The Classic Nintendo NES system comes with one controller and pre-loaded with 30 games. Best Buy initially offered the systems and they quickly sold out because of the high demand. So, now they are offering a second opportunity to buy the system and treating it like a Black Friday sale.

Games Pre-loaded On The Classic System

Some of the games that come pre-loaded on the system are my favorites like “Pac-Man” and “Super Mario Brothers.” I am sure that another popular pre-loaded game will be “The Legend of Zelda” given that people seem to enjoy this game. I played some of “The Legend of Zelda Games” on my wife’s New Nintendo 3DS and the games are fun but still I prefer the more modern RPG games.

My favorite RPG game so far has been Witcher 3 on my PS4 Pro because of the story. The game offers excellent role-play opportunity plus awesome character building features. You can customize your witcher character in many different ways depending on how you want to build him. The storyline of the game offers great plot and story development based on choices. I highly recommend the Witcher 3 especially for use on the PS4 Pro to get better performance.

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