"Art depends on luck and talent." - Francis Ford Coppola
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"Art depends on luck and talent."
Welcome to January's "Mysteries of the Mind" monthly newsletter!
"I wasn't campaigning for a role in a Hollywood television series, it was a fluke. So, you've got to have a measure of good luck, you really have, being in the right place at the right time."
Success is about continuous improvement, perseverance, doing what we can to be in right places all the time, and then when luck strikes having the high level of skill and attitude required to capture the opportunity.
Recently, I performed for J.J. Abrams and his team at Bad Robot for their Holiday Party at a stunning private club called SoHo House at the top of a tower on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. When I went to the event, I didn't know who I was hired to be performing for. I assumed just another corporate party for a law firm or financial institution. Until I walked in the door and heard JJ Abrams giving awards to his top team members! (Talk about the luck of being hired to be in the right place at the right time... And then being grateful that I had prepared enough to have the skill level to be asked to stay.).
J. J. Abrams watched me perform two sets and then he took me aside and we chatted about his charity work, passion for making the world a better place, and his love of performance magic. He wanted to know where he could find out more about the kinds of things that I do and when I'll be back performing at the Magic Castle (He is a member, and I'll be back January 19-22). What a joy to perform for someone who is making film magic at his level. What an honor to be doing what I love for wonderful people.
Here is a quote from him about my performance:
If you haven't had a chance to watch it yet, here is a new demo video for 2017 (a few days early). Try and catch all the celebrity cameos. I'd love to come and perform at one of your events.
Paul Draper 2017: Mentalism, Mystery, Music & Storytelling
Also, email me and let's set up a Skype call if you want to talk person to person about what we can do in our own lives to create more luck.
In some ways, I was born lucky. I've had one of the greatest grandmothers anyone could ever wish for. No one has done more to center me and teach me about art, perseverance, hard work, and making our own luck every day than my grandma. She taught me to find my giggles even in the darkest of times.
My dear friend Nathan Meier recently presented me with this lovely oil painting that he painted of my grandma Grace Ruth Block. Thank you Nate. It is a beautiful gift that I will treasure forever.
When it is time for your group to gather and play, remember that I am available for corporate banquets, trade shows, morning energizer meetings, and events. I'm never too busy for your referrals.
Read more about Paul:
"Things happen to you out of luck, and if you get to stick around it's because you're talented"
"Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living."
Jeremy Ranch Private Club
Utah Theater Festival
First National of Nebraska
Cortland Repertory Theater
Monday Night Magic
Salt Lake Magic Jam
State Capitol Rotunda
Weber School District Keynote
Snow Canyon High School
Soapy Smith Night
To find out more about my corporate lectures and workshops download this .pdf
Christmas isn't Christmas without The Grinch. So, to get everyone in the holiday spirit, I found a Karaoke track and gave it a try. Recorded with my iPhone in 1 take at 3am. Enjoy. (Some friends have listened to this and have said they didn't recognize my voice).
I was recently interviewed on a podcast for theaters, event producers, and performers who create ticketed events. They asked me about working in theaters around the country. Give it a listen if you are interested in performing in performing arts centers:
Listen on the Well Attended website:
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