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By Brandon Love

I Heart Hamilton Podcast

A few months ago I was interviewed by Kristin Archer over at McMaster University’s Radio Station, 93.3 CFMU. Kristin is the voice behind the I Heart Hamilton podcast and blog, and is so pleasant to talk to.

 

Have a listen, you may even find some magic:

 

By Brandon Love

Hamilton Magic Show Tickets On Sale


What are you doing on May 26th? I’m excited to announce that I’ll be performing my show with special guest the ever-hilarious Ellen Scott. Here are the details:

Wonder & Awe: The Magic of Brandon Love featuring the Comedic Stylings of Ellen Scott

When: Thursday May 26th, 2016 @ 8:30PM. Doors @ 7:30

Where: Mills Hardware, 95 King St E, Hamilton

About: More than just a magic show, this is an experience you’ll want to be a part of. Brandon’s unique brand of magic has been performed around the world leaving audiences delighted and awestruck. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Wonder & Awe!

Tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1180155

By Brandon Love

Discovering My Accent

One of the best ways to learn about ourselves is through travel. When we immerse ourselves in another place we get a chance to discover what’s normal for us.

For example, I was shocked when I discovered that I have an accent. On a visit to Orlando at the age of 17, my way of speaking became the topic of conversation. I’ve never been asked to say so many words for another’s amusement in all my life. “Say ‘about’ one more time.”

It’s funny, but until someone pointed it out to me, I had no idea that I could have an accent to someone else’s ears. My hidden assumption was that my way of speaking was the normal way.

My hidden assumption was that my way of speaking was the normal way.

We’re blind to the things that are normal to us. This is why new experiences are so important for our growth. When we experience something for the first time, something different than our normal, we’re forced to re-construct our realities a bit, in order to make sense of the experience. And the more we experience possibilities, the better we’re able to generate possibilities. It’s a wonderful feedback loop of discovery.

It’s exciting to think about how much there is to learn and discover. At least I think so. We don’t know what we don’t know.

Thinking about accents has got me wondering about the other ways I’m blind.

What possibilities and opportunities are right under our noses, if only we had the perspective to see them?

By Brandon Love

The Risk of Not Risking

I was chatting with a client about taking risks the other day. He eloquently summed up a position many of us have felt before:

“I don’t like my job. I want to change. But I’m worried that a change would leave me feeling worse than I already feel now.”

We have something to gain but only if we’re willing to lose.

Such is the nature of risk. We have something to gain but only if we’re willing to lose. And oftentimes, we convince ourselves that the cost of making a change and failing is worse than where we are now. “Why bother putting in the effort,” we reason.

This is a sticky thought. If we forever fear failure, how can we truly create the lives we want to live?

Instead of focusing on the cost of whatever I’ve defined failure to be, I ask myself “what’s the risk of not taking the risk?”

I worry that if we shy away from risks too regularly, we’ll forget we have any power to create change at all!

I’ve worked with too many people who end up in places they don’t want to be, with people they don’t want to be with, doing things they’d rather not do. But they fail to make any changes and they feel stuck.

People who feel stuck often don’t recognize just how much power they have to make things better. They don’t recognize how they have become prisoners of their own assumptions. They fail to see that by changing their thinking, they can change their outcomes. It’s too bad, a lot of human potential is wasted on fears.

What risks are you thinking about taking? What are your assumptions about the nature of that risk? Is it really as dangerous as it seems?

And perhaps most importantly, what’s the danger of not taking a chance?

By Brandon Love

The Fear of Being Judged

Sometimes I look at where I am and marvel at how far I’ve come. Despite having a little practice in precognition, I could never have predicted I’d end up performing or speaking for a living. There was a time in my life when I felt very uncomfortable sharing anything at all.

In the fourth grade I wrote a speech about the history of karate that I was supposed to deliver in front of the entire school. The idea was very exciting, until I was actually standing at the side of the stage waiting to be introduced. I can still very distinctly remember trying not to notice how many people were looking at me. A few of my friends were pointing and giggling. I felt my face catch fire. And then I peed my pants.

I was so terrified of what the people in the audience were thinking of me that I lost control of my bladder. Instead of turning around, I figured I’d be judged even worse if I ran away crying, so I waddled my way to centre stage, trying to keep my body sideways, and tucked myself safely behind the podium, hiding the wet spot as best as I could.

Under the lights my face grew warmer. I started my speech with a stutter, mumbled my way through it, and nearly sprinted off stage when I had finally finished it.

It still makes me cringe, to think about being that scared.

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