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    Blame It on the Rain Or Winning First Place In The International Battle of Magicians


    In 1989 a song recorded by Milli Vanilli which became a number one hit was "Blame It on the Rain"



    This song contained the following lyrics...


    Gotta blame it on something

    Gotta blame it on something


    Blame it on the rain (rain)

    Blame it on the stars (stars)


    Whatever you do don't put the blame on you

    Blame it on the rain yeah yeah


    You can blame it on the rain



    What does this hit song from 1989 have to do with impacting your world

    and the International Battle of Magicians held in Canton, Ohio from May 1st

    through May 3rd, 2014? Great question. Dave Chandler will answer this as

    one who is competing in this year’s International Battle of Magicians.


    “As a younger up and coming entertainer magician ‘several’ years ago I was

    always the first to take the blame on myself if I did not do as well as I knew

    I could have in any magic competition or show. You see many times I hear

    up and coming magicians constantly giving excuse after excuse why they

    “bombed” onstage--“It was because the music was too loud”, “The audience

    was bad”, “Those lights were so bright I could not see”, etc., etc., etc...


    ‘COME ON’ I tell them, when I hear these and or any other form of excuse

    to why their show was forgettable ... just like the song above ... seems like

    people (not just amateur magicians either) feel they "Gotta blame it on

    (their ‘name the thing’) something" (to make themselves feel better).


    My advice from my experience is no matter if you are a high school or college

    student, “9-5” employee, business owner, entrepreneur or whatever …… here

    are three steps I made myself accomplish which is why last year during the

    2013 International Battle of Magicians I was crowned with 2nd place after

    competing against seven top magicians.


    We were all given nine quick minutes only to “try” and impress an audience

    of magicians. That’s right, I was performing for a panel of over 250 judges—

    my peers. After earning second place I could have complained and or thrown

    my hands up and exclaimed ‘that is it – I am finished….. no more competing

    for me,’ but the fact is, I only blamed myself for taking second place and set-

    out for the last twelve months to train myself to become better than I was last



    So without further ado here are the three steps one must take to impact their

    world for the better….


    1) Make today your day of resolve. Be committed to what you are doing, with

    the understanding that perseverance wins, and you are in control. Do not

    make excuses or blame anyone or anything for your misfortunes.


    2) The solution is usually right under your nose. This is the key to originality

    and improvement. Stop following every “new strategy" or believing that there’s

    some other “special” ingredient you must have to make things complete. More

    often than not, the answer (to improvement) rests within you. Yes, your own

    creativity. Examine what you are doing on both technical and perceptual

    levels, and you will find a way to improve it.


    3) Start doing. TAKING Strategic Action = Success!”, said Dave Chandler, an

    entertainer magician at The Magic of Dave Chandler Magic .

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