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Southwest Things to Do, July 17-23

Southwest Things to Do, July 17-23 | Wizards | Scoop.it
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
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Thanks to the Las Vegas Review Journal for this on Jeff McBride's upcoming show at The Orleans on July 18.

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"See whatever you want to see": clever ad campaign - Design daily news

"See whatever you want to see": clever ad campaign - Design daily news | Wizards | Scoop.it
With you Jeep, you are supposed to be able to go everywhere. This is what Leo Burnett France tried to illustrate in this cool campaign. Each animal can be seen upside down, suggesting every time that you could go see that animal in its natural environment with your Jeep. The simple black and white visuals …
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Illusions, illusions...why do I love you so? I think it's because you remind me how much of what I think of as "reality" is just a creation of my mind... and can fall away at any moment.

 

This was found in Daily Designer, one of the very few blogs I like to follow. Check them out at designer-daily.com.

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Dalai+Lama+wisdom+quote.jpg (500x301 pixels) | Wizards | Scoop.it
Cc @DeeKerubo RT "@advaits: @calestous @ScienceBasedRD ref. http://t.co/h6XHxCiT7e http://t.co/i1NfaAdNPO”
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True wisdom doesn't see "reality" as a fixed and unchangeable thing. Wizards are willing to change their beliefs when their perspective shifts, and when the change is warranted.  Gotta love this!

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Jeff McBride

Jeff McBride | Wizards | Scoop.it
Jeff McBride, a three time award winner at the International Grand Prix of Magic in Monte Carlo, is widely recognized as a foremost innovator and most exciting performer in contemporary magic. Naming him “Vegas’ Best” Magician several years ago, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote: “Light...
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Check out Jeff McBride at FantasyCon this weekend!

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, July 4, 2014 7:11 PM

Don't miss Jeff and a lot of other great magicians at Fantasy Con this weekend in Salt Lake City!

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How to Curate Knowledge, Turn it Into Wisdom, and Build Your Audience - Copyblogger

How to Curate Knowledge, Turn it Into Wisdom, and Build Your Audience - Copyblogger | Wizards | Scoop.it
To build an audience that will build your business, you need wisdom. How do you gain this wisdom? By making a consistent habit of curating knowledge.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Real Wizards seek out wisdom anywhere they can find it. I've stumbled on this great blog post which echoes some of my own theories on why and how this is so important. Enjoy!

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Magician’s brain

Magician’s brain | Wizards | Scoop.it
Man of measure The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts. By Sarah Dry. Oxford University Press; 272 pages; $29.95. Buy from...
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This looks like fascinating reading for would-be wizards. I'm ordering my copy now. Newton didn't make it into "The Wizard's Way" as one of my examples...and now I'm wondering how I missed him.  an opportunity for future articles or books, I guess.

 

I think physicists MUST have the wizard's property of being willing to look at things from many different perspectives if they are to help us make progress in understanding our world - and the courage to think as "renegades" as well. Newton, Einstein and Richard Feynman... all willing to rethink what others simply accepted, and to put forth their thoughts without caring about who might ridicule them. True wizard traits!

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winston-churchill-12.jpg (500×203) | Wizards | Scoop.it
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Churchill was a master of both wise-guy and truly wise use of the English language. This is one of my favorite Churchill quotes...

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Tweet from @idillionaire

Tweet from @idillionaire | Wizards | Scoop.it
Wisdom.... �� http://t.co/VwrPb1g52J
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I love this. One of my "wizard principles" is that wizards go out of their way to look at things from different points of view. And that can change everything... but this puts it a different, and really clever way, I think...

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Typographic quotes - Design daily news

Typographic quotes - Design daily news | Wizards | Scoop.it
Emiliano Aranguren, a designer from Argentina, created this cool images by taking quotes and turning it into typographic pictures.
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I spend some time each day looking for wisdom quotes, in conjunction with my soon to be released book, "The Wizard's Way." So I was delighted when this appeared in the RSS feed from one of my favorite sites, designer-daily.com today.  I especially liked "Vison without focus is hallucination." Which is your favorite?

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The Ecology of Magic - An Interview with David Abram

The Ecology of Magic - An Interview with David Abram | Wizards | Scoop.it
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I met David Abram years ago when he was one of our special guests at Jeff McBride's Mystery School. A very interesting thinker on the subject of magic and how it fits into our society. As a student of real wizardry and ITS intersection with both magic and society, I always find what David has to say to be of interest... hence this link. Click, read and enjoy!

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Inside The Pixar Braintrust

Inside The Pixar Braintrust | Wizards | Scoop.it
In this exclusive excerpt from Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull unveils one of his key management tools--the Pixar Braintrust, which has helped the...
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Want a lesson in how real wizards create things?  In this case, they're creating great animated movies and a fantastic company:

 

Pixar has been a great company ever since the first Toy Story movie. Here, Ed Catmull, one of the founders, gives us a "peek behind the curtain" to reveal just how they make their particular brand of magic.

 

I particularly liked this: "Creativity has to start somewhere, and we are true believers in the power of bracing, candid feedback and the iterative process--reworking, reworking, and reworking again, until a flawed story finds its through line or a hollow character finds its soul."

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Magical Interfaces at the Media Lab India Initiative | MIT Media Lab - Director's Fellows Program

Magical Interfaces at the Media Lab India Initiative | MIT Media Lab - Director's Fellows Program | Wizards | Scoop.it
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The Media Lab named Marco Tempest a Director's Fellow a few months ago...and now has him collaborating, inspiring and being inspired with students all over the world.  This group fully embodies much of what I believe it takes to be a wizard.

 

For those of you who don't already know Marco, that's him on the big screen just to the left of center (as we view the image).

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Top 10 Words of Wisdom by Gandhi | Quotes & Thoughts

Top 10 Words of Wisdom by Gandhi | Quotes & Thoughts | Wizards | Scoop.it
sure http://t.co/9bD1RdM6qL
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In spite of this list of 10 quotes containing WAY more than 10 words, as it is labelled -- these are some great bits of wisdom.  For myself as a 'student wizard,' I find the last two particularly useful.

 

My "The Wizard's Way" book is currently with the editor, due out through Amazon sometime in April. This "being able to remake ourselves," along with the responsibility to work "in the service of others" are two of the keys I cover in the book.

 

Oh, and of course, Gandhi is one of my examples of what it means to be a real wizard. Along with Leonardo da Vinci & Steve Jobs.

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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge | Brain Pickings by Maria Popova

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge | Brain Pickings by Maria Popova | Wizards | Scoop.it

"The real enemy is the man who tries to mold the human spirit so that it will not dare to spread its wings."


Via Erika Harrison
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Wizards are curious - and you never know what will turn out to be practical...

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"In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, ideas that we may later transform into new combinations with applications both practical and metaphysical".

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HeroX

HeroX | Wizards | Scoop.it
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The latest from one of my favorite "Tech Age" thinkers. Stepping up to create the change the world needs...that's real wizardry!

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, July 6, 2014 1:55 PM

Just got a newsletter from  Peter Diamandis, one of my favorite "tech age" thinkers, and founder of the X prize. He has a new project, and I think it's pretty cool.  Click the link to see what you think about it. People stepping up to create the change the world needs...that's my idea of true wizardry!

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3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space - 3D Printing Industry

3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space - 3D Printing Industry | Wizards | Scoop.it
3D Systems Corporation Becomes Core Investor in Planetary Resources Asteroid Mining Project (3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space http://t.co/0HgJfdEl9y)...

Via Allen Taylor
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Real wizards dream big... and do the impossible every day. You've gotta love these folks, don't you think? I hope they succeed and make billions...but even if they don't, they're paving the way for others.

 

 

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Planetary Resources receives a new investor in 3D Systems.

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The surreal work of Erik Johansson - Design daily news

The surreal work of Erik Johansson - Design daily news | Wizards | Scoop.it
When it comes to using Photoshop, Erik Johansson is talented, very talented. However, all this talent would be put to waste if he wasn’t also incredibly creative. In his artworks, Johansson combines poetry, realism and humor in his surreal landscapes. In his world, grass is not limited by the laws of physics anymore, but can …
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Do you love illusions? They help us see things in radical new ways. For me, they're a big part of The Wizards Way. Click and enjoy!

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Search Results teen seminar

Search Results teen seminar | Wizards | Scoop.it
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Jeff McBride will be heading to St. Louis this weekend, along with Eugene Burger and Larry Hass from our McBride's Magic & Mystery School, in order to once again host the Lance Burton Young Magicians Seminar. A couple of intense days of magic for all!

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, June 27, 2014 12:10 PM

A link within a link...perhaps a few "linking rings" here. OK, the metaphor doesn't hold, but I couldn't resist handing out a bit of punnishment.

 

But if you have young magicians in the family, and are attending the combined convention... this is for them!

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Peter Callesen creates the most impressive A4 papercuts

Peter Callesen creates the most impressive A4 papercuts | Wizards | Scoop.it
You already know what impressive drawings can be created on a A4 sheet, prepare to be stunned by what can be done with A4 papercuts.
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Art often shows us different ways of looking at things we're used to thinking of as "common." I found some of these to be particularly inspiring... hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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EG 2014 | e.g. Conference

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Just home from the EG Conference in Moneterey. As an aspiring wizard, exposure to new ideas and experiences is mandatory - so many thanks to Marco Tempest for twisting my arm to get out and get this one!

 

One speaker after another with inspiration, beauty and world changing ideas and accomplishments. Sign up now for next year!

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The magic of technology, the technology of magic

The magic of technology, the technology of magic | Wizards | Scoop.it
Technology is quickly changing the world of magic, as illusionists incorporate everything from iPads to digital projection in their acts. Some magicians, however, object to the use of devices in performances. So when does digital trickery take the magic out of magic? Antony Funnell investigates.
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A week or so back, Marco Tempest was interviewed for ABC radio in Australia by Anthony Funnell. Funnell has posted this great article on magic and technology. There are some interesting thoughts here about magic's place in our technological world.

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Cesar Chavez's Words Of Wisdom Are All The Inspiration You'll Need Today - Huffington Post

Cesar Chavez's Words Of Wisdom Are All The Inspiration You'll Need Today - Huffington Post | Wizards | Scoop.it
Cesar Chavez's Words Of Wisdom Are All The Inspiration You'll Need Today
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... Cesar Chavez Holiday Cesar Chavez Quotes Cesar Chavez Day of Service Latino Voices News. Today is Cesar Chavez Day.
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True wisdom comes from experience, and Cesar Chavez certainly plunged in whole-heartedly to the experience of his life and his cause. Even this small sampling of his wisdom is inspiring.

 

Have you noticed how many people we remember as true wizards - instigators of change - have spent their lives in service to some cause greater than themselves?  What's yours?

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Leonardo Da Vinci, Renaissance Man - Startup Gap

Leonardo Da Vinci, Renaissance Man - Startup Gap | Wizards | Scoop.it
Leonard Da Vinci, Renaissance Man, and creator of some of the greatest art works in history
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A very nice and concise piece on Leonardo da Vinci, one of my "real wizard" examples in the upcoming "The Wizard's Way."  The author has a great grasp of the range of Leonardo's talents - and places them in a fun modern day business interview format.  Most enjoyable!

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Events : Sylvia Brallier

Events : Sylvia Brallier | Wizards | Scoop.it
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One of the wisest things we can do to care for ourselves is to take some time "away from it all."  Sylvia Brallier has been taking groups to the Mexican "Riviera Maya" for many years. She's the perfect guide -- those who attend often come back transformed and rejuvenated in ways a normal "vacation" just can't manage.  Click the link and learn about this opportunity.

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Last I heard, she still had several spots available...but they are going fast, so click, read, and act now!

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Oscar Show to Salute 'Wizard of Oz' - Variety (blog)

Oscar Show to Salute 'Wizard of Oz' - Variety (blog) | Wizards | Scoop.it
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Oscar Show to Salute 'Wizard of Oz'
Variety (blog)
In the announcement, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron did not give details about what this will entail.
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I like to think of the Wizard in 'The Wizard of Oz' as an "Accidental Wizard.'  Starting out as itinerant con-man, he saw society from a different perspective than most.  His accidental ride in his balloon to the Land of Oz placed him in a fortuitous situation, for which he saw possibilities he could take advantage of.  But he thought he had to pretend to be a real wizard, and used his secret knowledge to create that image.  When unmasked as an imposter for his posing -- he discovers that he really DOES have the secret knowledge necessary to succeed -- drawn from his unusual history of wisdom generating experience.

 

So, for those of us on the Wizard's Path, I think the lesson here, from the Wizard's point of view, is not to delude yourself by posing in the trappings you think a wizard really needs - but to reflect on the wisdom you can draw from the experiences you've already had.  Don't lock yourself away in the Palace, but get out there and have some more experiences so you can keep adding to your secret stash of knowledge and wisdom.  And engage with others -- it is through them that you'll be able to work your magic!

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