Mysteries of the Mind Monthly Newsletter
Welcome to July's "Mysteries of the Mind" monthly newsletter!
"Be so good they can't ignore you."
- Steve Martin
From castles in London to the Magic Castle in Hollywood, it has been a summer of whirlwind performances!
I've performed 14 shows at the University of Utah, 13 shows at the Castle, and my next stop includes 9 shows at a county fair in Butte, Montana.
Thank you for allowing me to travel around the world sharing magic with you. I recently read through every name on this newsletter mailing list, and it is truly thanks to each of you individually - all your help and support - that my rewarding, unconventional life is possible.
One of my favorite hobbies traveling around the U.S. is to listen to different dialects and try to guess where people are from. (It's even more fun driving between villages in the UK!)
This quiz from the New York Times is based on research by the Harvard Dialect Survey - see if they can figure out where you are from in just twenty-five questions from the words you choose to use!
Take Quiz Here
We must each choose every day to be kind and to find ways to reach out to one another. Through my work as an anthropologist, leadership trainer, and entertainer, it has been my life's goal to bring people together for shared experiences and to build new communities from disparate groups of individuals. I am fascinated by the ways in which we group ourselves, who we choose to associate with, and who we perceive as the "Other."
In a famous series of experiments conducted in the 1970s, social psychologist Henri Tajfel asked how little it would take to persuade one group of individuals to discriminate against another. The answer was almost nothing. Having assigned boys to two groups based largely on random criteria, he asked them to play a game. Each boy had to decide how many pennies to give to members of his own group and how many to give to members of the other group. Tajfel found that the boys were more generous toward members of their own group, even though the groups had been defined almost arbitrarily:
Read: Social Identity Theory
Read: Intergroup Discrimination
If this sort of study interests you, you may be interested in my workshops or my Keynote address offerings.
Here's a link to my new Keynote Demo Reel
Or you may be interested in helping the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, a 501c3 charity for whom I serve as an executive board member.
I will also be the Emcee for their Humanitarian Social on September 14th of this year:
Read More Here
Please feel free to email me any time, 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 opportunities for ourselves and others to grow.
When it is time for your group to gather and celebrate, 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:
Paul Draper Mentalism (pdf)
Transformational Leadership with Paul Draper (pdf)
"Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I never tried."
Ancient Skeletons Discovered
Two Chinese Skeletons discovered in London burial ground could rewrite Roman history 2 CE - 4 CE
Now taking bookings for Christmas and Halloween.
The Society of American Magicians placed me on the cover of their magazine! I'm so proud to grace the cover of MAGIC * UNITY * MIGHT 100 years after Houdini became President of this, the oldest fraternal magic organization in the world!
You can read the whole article HERE
Thank you to past National President David Goodsell for writing a thought-provoking article, and to editor Michael Close for keeping this beautiful magazine alive. (The cover shot was taken by Dave Tada at The Magic Castle)