Northwestern’s alumni list is truly impressive. This university has graduated best-selling authors, Olympians, presidential candidates, Grammy winners, Peabody winners, Emmy winners, and that’s just me” – Stephen Colbert

Welcome to January’s “Mysteries of the Mind” monthly newsletter!

This month, allow me to share a few fun things: A study out of Stanford and the University of Minnesota on the benefits of the experience of magical “awe”. One of my most embarrassing moments and some very ,very recent clips of my going back to my old stomping grounds to participate in some alumni shows.

In the last few months I have been called back to my undergraduate university and my old high school to perform, lecture and share lessons learned along the way. It is important for each of us to do this from time to time to see how far we have come and to give back to those who are on the path where we once were.

From these I have a few fun clips to share in the boxes below. One of my return as the Lion in the Wiz and the other performing Illusions at my old university.

Embarrassing moment:
Want to hear one of my most embarrassing moments from university? I was caught with my pants down, literally!
Watch here

Going back to university reminded me of two of the best commencement addresses that I have ever heard: Steve Jobs and Fred Rogers. Do you know which was a drop out and which was an ordained minister?

Watch Steve Jobs here

Watch Watch Mr. Rogers here

According to this new study, when someone experiences a moment of “Awe” they are more likely to perceive that they have extra free time, they want more experiences instead of possessions, they are more willing to be generous, more willing to volunteer and most importantly, they state that they are more satisfied with their lives. These are all benefits that people receive after experiencing a magic show, a magical moment or anything that evokes awe. Lets create more of these moments together!
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Your friend,
-Paul Draper

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How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet
– Robert Browning

Paul Draper uses magic to raise $125 million

Paul Draper uses magic to raise $125 million for Weber State University!
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Paul Draper appearance, introduction and dove production for Weber State University 125th anniversary
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They also list me as “Notable Weber State People” on their Wiki site along with the founder of Marriott hotels and the President of the Church of Scientology!
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Musical Theater Reunion

Olympus High School for a musical theater reunion: The Wiz! Watch me sing 2 songs that I originally sang in 1996, joined by several current high school students.
Watch here

They also list me as a “notable alumni” on their wiki site along with former White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove!
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