March 2017

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
-Warren Buffett

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

Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting
– Guy Kawasaki

It’s been an incredible 2 months since my last newsletter and there is so much I’d like to share. 12 states and 22 cities of adventures.

This month, The Society of American Magicians has placed me on the cover of their magazine! So proud to grace the cover of MAGIC * UNITY * MIGHT 100 years after Houdini became President of this, the oldest fraternal magic organization in the world! Thank you to Past National President David Goodsell for writing a thought provoking article and to editor Michael Close for keeping this beautiful magazine alive.

The cover shot was taken by Dave Tada at the The Magic Castle

The cover shot was taken by Dave Tada at the The Magic Castle

Here I am just a few days ago at the grave of Harry Houdini in New York. Feeling emotional (and perhaps rambling a bit.)

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He died Halloween 1926 at the age of 52.

52 years later on Halloween I was born.

He was President of the The Society of American Magicians starting in 1917. In March of 2017, 100 years later, I am on the cover.

My first national TV show was “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery” on HISTORY. They hired me as the expert on Houdini and his work delving into Spiritualism and the afterlife.

Two years ago I was the medium for the annual official Houdini Séance that has gone on since 1926 trying to fulfill his promise to come back from the grave, and escape death.

And so visiting his final resting place on this snow covered day was oddly emotional for me. I experienced a lot of empathy and reflection. Enjoy. And visit if you can.

Did you catch the photos from my very special Valentine’s Day dinner with and performing for Dick Van Dyke, Paul Reubens, Erika Larsen, Arlene Silver and their friends and family at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Thank you to the lovely Lisa Land and the talented Scott Land for organizing it. Such a joy to share the “stage” with Steve Valentine who graces the cover of Genii magazine this month. (We are the two cover boys). What a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear DVD talk about his childhood magic show that he performed for $3 and hear stories of some of the background behind Pee-Wee’s Big Adventures over the fine food served up at the Castle before we all headed into the Palace to cheer for the Magical Marionettes of Team Land. A night I will never forget.

“I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Some people asked me for a shorter and more corporate demo Reel without my contact info. Bruce Gold made over 100 edits to my last demo and came up with this 2 minute version.

Paul Draper Mentalist Demo – 2 minutes
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When it is time for your group to gather, and celebrate, remember that I am available for corporate banquets, trade shows, morning energizer meetings, and events. I’m never too busy for your referrals.

Your friend,
-Paul Draper


Read more about Paul:
Paul Draper Mentalism (pdf)
Transformational Leadership with Paul Draper (pdf)

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
-Francis Bacon

New York, New York

The childhood home of Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling in Binghamton, New York. Thank you Scott Hitchcock for telling me to visit Lupo’s S&S Charpit for a Speedy. Thank you Joseph Daniels for telling me to visit the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation sites!

Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling in Binghamton, New York

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Riding on the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty National Monument on Presidents Day a few days ago. Luckily she hasn’t been sold off for scrap, she hasn’t been deported back to France, and the pedestal still reads “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Welcoming refugees to our shore.

Riding on the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty National Monument

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Garret Wang from Star Trek Voyager (Ensign Kim) and Veronica Taylor the voice of Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum live on stage with me as I divine who drew which pig at GalaxyFest in Colorado Springs. (They are the two at the end… Aardvark and Miss Piggy drawings)


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A few seconds from my show last month at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Vegas performing for an IEEE event with 700 international experts in micro mechanical engineering. Here I am making fun of lawyers and people from Montana.

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Vegas

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