Imagine you’re wearing your favorite outfit. It’s the one you feel most confident in. The outfit that when you don it, you stand taller, speak clearer. You exude confidence, determination, and you basically know…you’re brilliant when you wear it.
Do you have that picture firmly in your mind? It feels good, doesn’t it?
Now, keep that image in your head and build on it. You’re no longer sitting in your living room with your frumpy bathrobe on. No. You’re dressed to the nines and standing on stage. The audience is packed full and they paid money to get in the door.
The curtain raises. The crowd applauds. And the show begins.
What does the show consist of? What are you doing on stage, exactly? Stay focused people. It’s not one of those shows.
As the crowd quiets down, you deliver your masterpiece…
Of lies and witty banter. You perform magic of the most elusive kind. As you engage in one illusion after another, you engage in witty banter. The words roll off your tongue like water off a duck’s back. There are no embarrassing pauses. No gaps in whatever spiel goes along with your current trick.
Have you rehearsed the material? To the nth degree. You’re flawless. You’re funny. Your inner spirit being escapes outside of your body (hey, he can do magic too) and watches from the sidelines. You impress the hell out of even yourself.
Alright, now that you’ve had some fun, get back to reality. Sip some coffee. You’re just you again.
That bit of visualization we just did though; I saw it in action last weekend. Only instead of myself performing, it was Penn & Teller. Have you ever heard of them? I hadn’t until our long weekend in Vegas (more to come on that).
While I don’t agree with their religious views, I was highly impressed with their ability to turn one thing (like the green tablecloth that posed as the cow’s pasture) into a red and white checked tablecloth without anyone seeing a thing. It was brilliant and that was just one of their tricks.
The two have been working together since the mid-seventies when Wier Chrisimer introduced them to each other. An act was eventually born when Wier, who performed with them for less than a decade, stepped out of the business. Penn & Teller have displayed their talents on many venues from television shows (Home Improvement, 1998), famous talk shows (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Saturday Night Live), have received multiple awards, and generally continue to fascinate large audiences at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I’ve only been to Vegas the once and there are probably a million things I missed out on due to being there only a few days, having teens in tow, and needing some time to sleep and watch HGTV. I’m glad I didn’t miss out on Penn & Teller’s stellar act though. It was humorous, not too long and not too short, fascinating (I mean seriously, how do they do those tricks?), and made for a great date night with my favorite guy on the planet. –No, not a Chippendales guy; I’m talking about my husband.
If you’ve never heard of Penn & Teller, haven’t been to Vegas before, or have been but are looking to go again and haven’t caught this show, make sure to get tickets. Just go early enough to grab dinner at the Rio’s amazing buffet on your way to your seats. The crab legs pair nicely with the Penn & Teller act.