I have a choice…

The last few weeks have been tough. I have so many friends that are experiencing tragedy. Not inconveniences. Tragic, horrible, life-changing events.

Bear with me…

One of my closest performing buddies, with whom I perform over 30 times a year, had a heart attack 2 weeks ago. Open-heart surgery was successful. The next day, he suffered a full stroke, then a blood clot, then swelling of the brain. He’s not in good shape. Actually, he’s worse.

Then there are my longtime local friends whose 15-year-old daughter simply dropped dead in their home. Brain aneurism, out of nowhere. Bam. A girl full of life just died.

My longtime local friends’ 21-year-old son, a college kid, got in a horrific auto accident. His body is battered but his brain took the real beating. Picture a strapping young man with energy and smarts now struggling to give a “thumbs up” sign, struggling to sit on the side of the bed, and unable to communicate anything but pain. His prognosis? Much of the same…

Then there’s my father in law this past week. You don’t want to hear my thoughts on him. But, let me just say that he has challenged everyone in the family as he has been moved out of his house and into a long term care facility. This simply change in life is causing friction between every family member and creating stress on so many wonderful people.

Not the usual cheerful stuff you read from me, is it? It is life. We all have struggles, are facing struggles or sharing the struggles of others. For me, this was a LOT to bear. This has all happened during one of the busiest times in my business life. 14 magic shows, 2 cocktail parties with “mingling magic” and 2 major keynote motivational speaking presentations… all in 5 days. (They all went great, thank you!)

What was the choice I had? I could choose to go into an emotional black hole and shake; shutter and cry like I did one night… or I could stop and say, “How fortunate am I to have so many friends with whom I can share their pains? How fortunate am I to have so many friends who know they can turn to me? How fortunate am I that I can be there, in times of need, when friends need someone by their side?

At the funeral viewing, the wake, the night before 15-year-old Kaitlyn’s funeral I hugged her parents for an eternity. “We’re in a nightmare,” the mother wailed. “Yes, yes you are…” was my reply. I apologized for not being a better magician, a real one, who could make things different.

I don’t have the power to wave my magic wand and change life. I do have the power, however, to choose how I look at the situation I’m in, the situation that others are in, and be there. “You can fake like you care but you can’t fake being there.” I can’t do everything, but I could do something. And, in the end, I could simply find contentment and happiness in the fact that I had friends and family to love and who loved me back.

What will you choose today? Good and bad things are happening all around us. I choose to find the best in every situation. To see the blessings in every tragic situation. But, most of all, I choose to plug in and be there, not retreat, from my friends and family when the going gets rough. Like a marriage vow, I pledge to love them for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, ’till death do us part…

The Improv

While some people are worried about the effects of the B.P. oil spill, the effectiveness of President Obama and the outcome of the world cup others are enjoying and living life to their fullest. People always want to laugh, be entertained and be taken away from reality for a mental break. Whether it is going to see Toy Story 3, seeing the Broadway hit “Wicked” or going to see a comedy show at The Improv, people need to laugh and leave their worries behind.

I am privileged to do just that for people. My comedy magic shows (based out of Dallas Fort Worth Texas) has been seen around the world. For a trade show traffic stopper in Las Vegas, an awards banquet in Portland, Oregon, and for festival entertainment with my Make Believe Circus.

And, as a motivational speaker, my job is to remind people that they have the ability to do anything. We become what we dwell on. I’d like to inspire people to dwell upon the best things in life. As a result, life will be the best!

If your company, non-profit organization or church is looking for something fun, exciting, interesting and amazing… please give them my information! David Hira – comedy magic, illusion, keynote speaker and motivational speaker. I’ll do my very best! Many thanks…

David Hira – Magic

Being a magician means that I have the ability to do what others think is impossible while creating wonder, astonishment and disbelief. For years I learned to do this through the tricks that I learned, practiced and performed.

Over time, a wonderful thing began to happen. In the midst of my performances people started saying, “These aren’t just tricks, are they?” What they meant was that I wasn’t just some guy trying to fool them. Instead, I was creating such impressionable moment for them that they actually got to believe, just for a moment, that anything was really possible.

Hurray! This is what I strived to achieve. Indeed, for all of us, anything IS possible. Note that I did not say “everything is possible”. What is the difference? Focus. When we focus individually or focus as a team on a result it most certainly can be achieved!

We all have the capability to do what others think is impossible. My job is to remind and reinforce to each person that I meet that this is indeed true. Find a way you can do it, not reasons why you can’t. Focus on what you wish to achieve and then make it so. Do something every day to reach your goal, our dream, your vision. Then, one day, it will happen. Then, you too, will find that one of life’s greatest joys is doing what others said was “impossible”.

When Was Your Last Attitude Tune Up?

Do you remember the time when someone grabbed your attention, spoke directly into your soul and being, and changed your attitude, your thinking, and your life? Was it because they spoke to your heart or because they spoke from their heart? Or was it (most likely) because they were genuine, real, and focused on you?

The fact is, someone “got to you” at one time or another in you life. They made you think about where you were, the decisions you were making and, perhaps, the outcomes you should expect because of the choices you were about to make. They helped to make a change in you to put you on a better path than the one you were on.

People change people. Words change people. Thoughts, ideas, and attitudes are all affected by the power of words. What were the words that rang true for you and made you reevaluate yourself? Who was that “someone” who changed you?

When I was in my twenties I got to meet one of my idols: Jim Henson. A simple conversation about puppetry turned into an attitude altering and life changing experience. Jim’s words resonated with me, and helped me realize my potential and what I was capable of. To this day, I remember his words, and strive to use the power of my words to reach others and show them what they are capable of.

Video of Jim’s Inspirational Words

It is a high honor and responsibility to be a keynote speaker. People often ask me, “What can I expect my people to get out of one of your keynotes?” I simply reply, “It is not what your people will get out of my keynote. It is what my keynote will get out of your people!”

We take our cars in for tune ups. We run diagnostics on our computers to clean them of “bugs” that might slow them down. We take ourselves to our doctors for annual physicals to make sure we’re running in peak performance mode. Yet, most people do not do enough to have their attitudes refocused and refueled on an annual basis.

We MUST work hard to keep our attitudes and our teams’ attitudes in tip top condition. It’s like adding nutrients to your lawn- you have to feed and energize your team member’s minds not just choke out the weeds!

I would be honored to come energize your people, give them the tools and ideas they need to succeed, and change the course of their thinking. Please call me and let me come tune up your team’s attitude!

Motivational Keynote Video

Thoughts on an Elevator

Do you talk to people in elevators? How about to people seated behind you at the movies before the show begins? In line at the bank, the post office or at the gas station?

I know it drives my friends and my family nuts, but I do! I can’t help myself!

It is no secret that I believe in God and in the Bible. When I look at all of the incredible things that God has created on this earth I think that “people” are the most awesome things of all. When I’m on an elevator I cannot help but think, “These people are especially and wonderfully created by God!” I realize that I may NEVER be this close to these people ever again. I simply MUST acknowledge these incredible creations of His who are sharing the space with me for this one moment.

I don’t simply say, “Hello…” I don’t merely ask, “How are you?” In the few seconds we might have together I ask, “Can I ask you a quick question? I love to travel. Where’s the coolest place you’ve been that I need to know about?” Then, let the fun begin! Watch them react. Most of the time they look at me in shock, then in skepticism. Next, they smile as they recall a terrific place… and then they share! It is a wonderful moment for me and a wonderful time for them. I leave a better person and, hopefully, so do they.

Try it! Share a moment with a stranger and acknowledge how special they are.

And remember, you are incredibly and wonderfully made too! There will never be anyone in the world like you ever again. I hope that others will take a moment to notice how special you are and perhaps even ask you a simple question with the hopes of finding out even more about you.

Lets play my elevator game online: where is the coolest place you have ever visited? Post your comments on here so that you and I can share a moment and I can learn something special about you!