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Our Magic show rehearsal was a success!

Our Magic show rehearsal was a success!

Vinh Giang

Vinh Giang on stage

Last year I was able to achieve one of my biggest dreams in life – to have my own magic show. It was a huge success last year at the Adelaide Fringe where we had 14 sell out shows. This year the Adelaide Fringe has put their faith in us and gave us a full run of 29 shows which means just over $200,000 worth of tickets to sell. For this reason since last year September I have been starting to prepare for the magic show this year, we have decided to call the show Deception. The show is about the journey of a magician, why does someone get into magic? What road blocks do they hit? What lessons do they learn? This is something that I’ve always felt is very beautiful but because of the secretive nature of magic this journey is never shown to the general public. This is the one show where as a magician I will be very honest about how dishonest I will be.

Last year our very first show was a disaster because we didn’t rehearse properly and didn’t have a stage manager etc. This year looking back and learning from all of our lessons we decided to put on a TEST show where we invited 200 people that we knew to the Urban Myth Theatre and we essentially did a full run of our show. The audience LOVED the show!! I am feeling very confident this year and feel like we are about to take our magic to the next level. The art of magic is about continually improving, as a magician we always strive to enhance the experience we are able to bring to our audiences. Not only is this very important in magic I feel it’s very important in business, in my online business we focus a lot on the customer experience which has been a big reason why we’ve been successful. I love the synergies between the world of magic and business it’s really uncanny.

 

Reflecting upon 2013..

Reflecting upon 2013..

Sitting in my dream car

Sitting in my dream car!!

I did a little reflecting with my journey in magic today and wanted to share with you all the thoughts I had running through my mind 

In 2009 I was in my final year of Accounting at the Adelaide University, I was doing placement at an accounting firm and it was in that experience that I learned I was in the wrong profession. It wasn’t just a feeling of bordem or discomfort it was my entire mind and soul repelling what I was doing (quite an intense feeling to be honest and no jokes implied here!). I realised in that moment that I have neglected my dreams and passions in life for far too long. I was about to commit my self to a life of doing something that I hated, to make money that I didn’t need, to buy things I didn’t want so that I could impress people I didn’t care about – it completely didn’t make sense to me . This hit me at 100 kmph smack bang in the face, I pretty much had a early life crisis. That very week I went into University and quit my degree with 1 year left, to me the purpose of being alive is to do what you love and are passionate about, I felt so strongly about this and was not about to settle for anything else. People often search for the meaning of life or the purpose of life etc but what they don’t realise is that the meaning and purpose of life is what you make it. You don’t find the meaning to life, you create the meaning with the decisions that you make.

There I was 22 and starting my career as a magician, I had about $50,000 of savings (thank goodness my parents instilled great saving habits in me). This mean’t I had a runway that was about 2 years long, I can say that this was the most exhilarating and amazing time of my life, I felt like I broke free of the mould and was pursing a life that I’ve always wanted. Don’t get me wrong, it was one of the most difficult journeys in my life I failed so many times but with passion by my side and an amazing family I’ve been able to get to where I am today. Today I’ve been able to build a successful online business called Encyclopedia of Magic and last year won South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the year 2013, I am a professional speaker and have spoken at over 100 events last year all over Australia and Asia. Last but not least I am on my way to becoming the best Magician I can be, last year in 2013 put on 14 shows at the Adelaide Fringe for over 2,000 people and won the Top Reviewed show and Top voted for show awards. This year in 2014 the Fringe have given us the opportunity to put on 29 shows performing for over 7,000 people in total and I am now on track to travel and perform internationally.

*Quick disclaimer: There is 100% nothing amazing about me, I was the one oriental kid at school that was bad at maths, I did year 12 twice, I moved schools 4 times in 5 years and the list goes on. I’m just a normal guy who was born and lives in Adelaide, again nothing that special about me but there’s something very special in the lesson I am about to share with you.

The message here is simple, in life I feel like we are all getting ready at the start line of a race. You know when you are on the race line and you’re about to run your heart out! and there’s an umpire who yells “Get ready – get set……GO!”. Here’s the problem, I feel like so many of us in life get ready and get set but we never go. We spend so much time planning about what we want to do, it might be fitness goals, financial goals or simply spend more time with family goals. We spend so much time getting ready to do these things but we just never GO! I guess I just wanted to share with you what happened the moment after I said GO, sure there were a lot of challenging and scary things but imagine the life you are not living as a result of not going. Find one thing that you want to do this year in 2014 and give yourself the permission to GO! and fire that gun at the start line and run your hardest.

“A ship in the harbour is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for..”

Vinh

Mentors are vital to ones success

Mentors are vital to ones success

Training with an amazing mentor of mine.

Training with an amazing mentor of mine.

People say pictures say a thousand words and that statement could not be more true. In this picture is an amazing entrepreneur named Matthew Michalewicz, I’ve been lucky enough to call this man a mentor and friend for the last few months. Matthew made me realise how important being healthy is, since I became a speaker I lost a lot of my balance in life. I feel a little embarrassed to say this but why not! When I started my speaking career I was a healthy 80kg after one and a half years I am now 86kg…. All that eating at odd hours and flying etc really threw me off. I got to the point where I couldn’t deny that I was gaining weight as my pants were starting to get really uncomfortable tight!

Matthew was kind enough to take me on board and started training me, I am really proud to say that it’s been 4 weeks since we’ve started training and I’ve lost 6kgs! I really feel like I am ready to kick some goals and finish the end of the year on a high! Thanks Matthew for your support and encouragement!

Vinh

 

Meeting my new mentor and friend

Meeting my new mentor and friend

Sharing the stage with an amazing Entrepreneur and Speaker

Sharing the stage with an amazing Entrepreneur and Speaker

I want to share with you a little story, it is story’s like this that really make me believe there is a strange force out there in the universe. This all began on October 3rd 2013 when I got an email late in the evening from Anna who is the consultant from Saxton that looks after my speaking engagements, it read:

Hey Vinh, 

How’s it all going? Are you settling into your new house nicely?

The team had lunch with one of our speakers (Matthew Michalewicz) during the week that is based out of South Australia and is doing great things!! If you don’t mind, we’d love to ‘virtually’ introduce you both. Matthew is also a closeted fan of magic and illusion! J

Also, be great to have a coffee when you’re next in Sydney so we can discuss Michael (the speaker you were enamoured with at ‘Wired’), how 2014 is looking and maybe putting some action plans in place for more school work.

I hope you’re really well and I’m sure we’ll talk soon.

Cheers

Anna

Now I have to tell you at this point I only have heard of Matthew through other Entrepreneurs who were saying that this amazing guy has achieved amazing success! I left this email and didn’t reply to Anna. The next morning I was doing an opening keynote at an event called South Start for Entrepreneurs and when I got there I had the biggest shock of my life. I was about to share the stage with Matthew Michalewicz! I could not believe that the evening before I got an email telling me that I should seek this man out and then here he was! I remember walking straight up to Matthew and telling him I need to take a photo of him and I so I could send it to Anna and the team at Saxton’s to show them how serendipitous this was!

After this Matthew and I got in contact and we scheduled a coffee the following week and long story short we got on like a house on fire, I really felt sorry for people who were present in the cafe where we met. We were so loud I felt like people were about to come up to us and kick us out! After this one meeting we met again and it was at this point that Matthew invited me to travel around Australia with him to speak at his book launches (keep in mind at this point he has never seen me speak before and has no idea what my magic is like). I jumped at the idea and agreed!

We then traveled to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. A friendship was born and Matthew started to mentor me on so many things, I believe that it’s so important to have a mentor in one’s life. The one thing that mentors are able to do that I find completely amazing is that they are able to help you do things you never thought were possible. I am currently an exclusive speaker with Saxton Speakers Agency because Matthew gave me an amazing recommendation. Also I am presenting at AIME (The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo), this is the largest international business expo in Australia and I get the opportunity to speak to a whole group of event planners - http://www.saxton.com.au/events/aime-2014-the-saxton-ultimate-event-experience/

I feel very lucky to have such amazing people in my life and it made me realise that it really isn’t luck. The people we have in our lives is a result of who we are, it’s so strange how this happens but if you focus on being the best you can be what will happen is the following. You will be like a lighthouse beaming out into the universe (ok I know this sounds weird but it’s a metaphor! haha) , this light will let everyone know your values and beliefs etc and from this you will attract people who have similar values and beliefs as you.

Ps. Those of you who don’t know Matthew, he is an amazing Entrepreneur who did the accomplished success in a place where everyone thought was impossible – South Australia. If you get a moment definitely check out his new book “Life in half a second” at http://www.michalewicz.com.au/