Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Tip#1011: Movies About Magic – Top 5 Films

Magician, Bryan Abichandani blew my mind with his magic at the C.J. Graphics 30th Annual Xmas Open House Party 2016 (see tip#1010). It was a well known card trick where I wrote my name down on a card and it kept appearing in unexpected places in the deck. But Bryan really blew me away when I left and returned a few minutes later to ask if I could keep the card as a memento. He asked if I remembered the card and then said, “Never mind just pick another card and we’ll start over.” He then fanned out the cards and I picked a random card. The card I picked was the card with my name!!! WTF! How did he do that? I could have picked any card!!!

Magician, Bryan Abichandani 

What was so synchronistic is I had just watched the 2016 TV special, David Blaine: Beyond Magic and other Youtube clips of Blaine doing similar card tricks like on his appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. I knew that these tricks are illusions but I was still in awe of the magical feeling and awe I felt when Bryan asked me to pick any card and I picked the one with my name on it!

This amazing feeling is similar to the magic I feel when I see a movie that surprises me with its twists in the plot or other unexpected reveals that make me rethink everything I just saw! Here are my top five films that feature magicians and magic that are equally thrilling as well as inspirational and motivational.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

This comedy has a great cast including Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey. It’s about a Las Vegas magic duo that breaks up and how one of these magicians rediscovers his passion and humanity with the help of his idol and the women he loves.
Read more: Tip#640

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

This fantasy adventure stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weiss. It is a prequel story to The Wizard of Oz film and is about a magician and scam artist that finds redemption helping the good people of Oz with his unique use of light projection, science, showmanship and slight of hand.
Read more: Tip#637
Read more: Tip#659

The Prestige (2006)

This mystery thriller stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie. It is about a rival between two magicians and how far they will go to create the world’s greatest magic trick.
Read more: Tip#112

The Illusionist (2006)

This romantic mystery film stars Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giametti and Rufus Sewell. It is about a magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna who uses his magical performances to reconnect with his childhood love now far above his social standing.
Read more: Tip#266

Now You See Me (2013)

This heist thriller film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Mélanie Laurent and Michael Caine. It’s about a team of magicians mysteriously asked to come together and perform amazing events that give money back to people like a modern day Robin Hood. Read more: Tip#681

There are more films I could add like the sequel Now You See Me 2 (see Tip#981), the entire eight film series of Harry Potter (see: my list of links) and its prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (see Tip#1006). But if you are looking for some immediate amazement and also be inspired by the movie hero’s journey and personal growth then I highly recommend these five films.

Movies about magic can work on three empowering levels. One is enjoying the tricks and illusions the magicians perform. Second is the inspiration you can receive by what the movie hero learns through their life or career challenges. And third is the enduring magical feeling you get when watching a movie that emotionally moves you and leaves you with a warming sense of wonder, awe and excitement! Discover these fantastic, uplifting feelings today!

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Tip#1010: Health & Wellness for the Holidays - Love the Coopers

For the past week the dark cloud of clinical depression has lifted and I’ve been feeling like my old self again! My focus and concentration has increased and my whole inner operating system feels like it’s back online with upgrades! I definitely felt it’s because of specific areas of therapy I’ve been focused on:

1) HEALTH & WELLNESS
• Rhythmical Massage Therapy (see tip#1006)
• Guided Meditations daily (Future Self see tip#759)
• Self Acceptance/Love Exercises daily (Books by Dr. Robert Holden)
• Physical Exercise
• Cinema Therapy: My own resources www.motivatorman.com

2) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET
• Increased water 1 to 2 litres daily
• Paleo Diet (lowering grain foods while increasing vegetables, fruits, meats and fish)
• Supplements (Krill oil)

3) INCREASED SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
• Attending special events and parties
• Face-to-Face meetings
• Meeting new friends and catching up with old friends

The amazing results of following this regiment are how good I felt daily at work and at recent social events. I felt more present and more authentic with who I was meeting because I’m not pretending or hiding my mental health challenges that I’ve learned to do so well for many years.

Daniel McDonough, Dining Room Manager & Sommelier of The Boulevard Club and Jody Ness, TV host of Wine Portfolio and Wildfire Steakhouse owner

David Grossman, Mortgage Agent and host of The Mensch Life Show

I’ve met some amazing new people like Daniel McDonough, Dining Room Manager & Sommelier of The Boulevard Club and Jody Ness, TV host of Wine Portfolio and Wildfire Steakhouse owner. I learned a lot from them at the Vinho Verde wine tasting dinner at The Boulevard Club along with my pal, David Grossman, Mortgage Agent and host of The Mensch Life Show.


Barbara Spurll, CAPIC Toronto Chapter President and Illustrator

The next night I was at the CAPIC Xmas Party, the union I was with when I was a full time illustrator called Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators. There I reconnected with the Toronto Chapter President and amazing portrait illustrator Barbara Spurll. I also met photographer James William Dawson who took a great photo of me after I won a door prize of a Lula Lounge dinner & show for two plus Salsa dance lessons!

Laural Carr, Creative Director & Owner, Impagination Inc., Jeff Ekstein, President & CEO of Willow Printing Group, Carly Silberstein, CEO of Redstone Event & Association Management

Lynda Mullen, Accounts Manager, C.J.Graphics Inc.

The 3rd night after that I attended the famous C.J. Graphics Xmas Party & Open House that was overflowing with delicious foods and drink and enjoyable social atmosphere. I enjoyed the festive event with many close friends that included my social media client Laural Carr, Creative Director & Owner of Impagination Inc. who introduced me to the wonderful Carly Silberstein, CEO of Redstone Event & Association Management and her father Jeff Ekstein, President & CEO of Willow Printing Group.

All these events put me in a real Christmas mood because I loved meeting all these great people who all appreciated the work I was doing in the Health & Wellness field as a motivational speaker and blogger sharing my creative coping methods like cinema to empower and inspire. This leads me to share a new holiday favourite I recently discovered. It didn’t get great reviews but for me it was part of my movie therapy and it immediately re-energized my spirit and warmed my heart when I saw it!

Love the Coopers (2016)

The Christmas comedy film, Love the Coopers, is about what happens when four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. This wonderful movie features hilarious scenes, heartwarming relationships and timeless holiday reminders of the festive season. This film stars Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, Ed Helms, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Mackie and Olivia Wilde. See: movie trailer


I was so surprised I missed this film when it was released and yet that is part of the magic of cinema where the perfect movie falls right into your lap at the exact time you need it most for inspiration and motivation. Each member of the Cooper family has a heartfelt story which leads to emotional scenes demonstrating the positive and negative factors of family getting together during the holidays.

In the end this film proves yet again that the best therapy is embracing a sense of family and the love and support you can receive from people who believe in you. I hope this is destined to be a holiday classic so I highly recommend you check this out and let me know what you think.

If you are dealing with health and wellness challenges during the holidays I wish you all the love and support you can find. Remember to be open to all types of therapies and solutions and that you can always give yourself a movie prescription to empower yourself. And always remember to be open to the unexpected family and friends, both old and new, that can lift your spirits whenever you need a smile!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tip#1009: Discover Your Life Purpose, Part 2 - Moana

I’ve recently been taking inventory of my creative output via this movie blog and Instagram photos of my Film Food Friends Project and they each have over 1,000 entries. Plus I recently reviewed the contents of my storage locker and was surprised to see hundreds of my original artworks and commissioned illustrations in there. Some of which no one has seen before!

Realizing this overwhelming output has made me re-access my purpose in life. As I’ve discovered this year, my creative output over the years has been due to using my talents for writing, art, music, photos and public speaking programs as creative coping methods for clinical depression. And so I’ve been organizing my content to get feedback as to what my higher purpose is and where I can best be of service to others.

1) UPLIFTING MOVIE MONTAGE for DEPRESSION
• Features an original song created as a coping method for depression
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2) MOVIES & WELLNESS BLOG
• Over 1,000 tips: www.motivatorman.blogspot.com
• Same movie titles listed A to Z: www.motivatorman.wordpress.com

3) UPLIFTING PHOTOS for DEPRESSION & WELLNESS
• Over 1,000 photos and tips on Instagram
• The Film Food Friends Project: www.instagram.com/motivatorman1

4) MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING programs & Ebooks
• Speaker Topics: www.motivatorman.com/services
• Motivatorman's Resilience Resources: www.motivatorman.com/resilience-tips 

5) ILLUSTRATIONS & ARTWORKS
• Samples from Illustration Business: www.crackersworld.blogspot.ca
• Samples of Artworks & Prints: www.emmanuellopez.com

I've realized I continue to be on a journey defining and re-defining who I am despite clinical depression as an aspect of this journey. I am grateful I no longer see my health and wellness challenges as a negative because I’ve embraced this as part of my life experiences and purpose! It excites me to know I have so many creations that can inspire others to persevere and stay strong along their own difficult paths.

And thankfully there are always movies with movie heroes that can inspire us all to help discover who we are and what we are meant to do in life!

Moana (2016)

The animated, fantasy, adventure, musical film, Moana, is about a Polynesian island girl named Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) who is mystically guided on an adventure to save her people with the help of the shape shifting demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). This action packed voyage is filled with gorgeous island scenery, humorous characters, catchy songs and strong cinematic role models. See: movie trailer

The character of Moana continues Disney’s tradition to create empowered female characters who demonstrate the qualities of courage, leadership, passion, perseverance and much more. She’s very much like a action superhero! Maui also demonstrates the strengths of finding themselves again after losing his way. This is a fantastic film for inspiring anyone at any age to find their purpose, their calling and who they really are!

Inspiring Themes:
• Self-Identity
• Life Path & Purpose
• Courage
• Passion
• Perseverance & Tenacity
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Family

Family films can be a wonderful tool and method for helping you or someone you care about learn more of your life’s purpose or calling. The movie heroes you resonate with can help you identify your path and what you feel most passionate about. This passion will be your fuel and drive to discover who you truly are and enjoy a meaningful life journey!

NOTE: As a bonus the short animated film that precedes Moana in the theatre is called Inner Workings and it is brilliant and hilarious!

Related Tips:
Tip#363: Discover Your Life Purpose – Accepted
Tip#1009: Discover Your Life Purpose, Part 2 - Moana
Tip#277: Unearthing Your Passion & Purpose - Get Shorty
Tip#476: Do You Know Who You Are? - Captain America: The First Avenger - 5 Movie Tips

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tip#1008: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 6 – Pete’s Dragon

I feel grateful that I’ve been able to remember my sense of wonder and magic from childhood! Every time I see delicious looking food I feel a surge of timeless delight or when I see friends or connect with like-minded people I sometimes feel like a kid happy to be connecting with someone in a meaningful way.

I recently attended my 2nd Learnography Open House called Learning through Time and it was a joy to see friends I met a year ago (see photos Tip#894). Since then I had the honor of being their opening speaker at their Brunchography event (see photos Tip#951) and love to share my selfies with them via my social media channels. I always felt this organization had a special magic about it and it definitely starts with the amazing work culture and people there.

Amy Coupal, CEO, Learnography, Emmanuel Lopez, Motivatorman, Tammy Cunningham, Communcations Coach

One of the highlights at the recent event (next to the delicious food!) was a presentation of a film Learnography produced for Kin Canada. It’s a fantastic 10 minute documentary called “Milk for Britain” celebrating their 75th Anniversary of Kin's Milk for Britain Campaign during World War II. This highly engaging animated feature was created for use in Canadian curriculum for grades 7-12. See: Milk For Britain Documentary


The documentary may have been created for kids but I found it so entertaining and educational that it definitely falls under the category of "edutainment"! What I learned was that Kin Canada had been responsible for saving many young lives during this war and initiated the Meals on Wheels program that still thrives today in Canada. Plus I learned how chocolate milk was created for these kids!

There was a sense of magic I felt in this documentary that made me want to feature it on my movie blog so that others can see it. Sometimes cinema is the best way to capture the feeling of what magic is like. Disney is an enduring film studio brimming with magic and yet I was not prepared for how special their remake of Pete’s Dragon would be!

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

The fantasy adventure film, Pete’s Dragon, is about an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) who survives in the wilderness with his dragon friend Elliot and what happens when the outside world discovers them both. This entertaining movie also features wonderful performances by Bryce Dallas Howard, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban. See: movie trailer

There is a special tone to this incredible family film that I’m not yet able to fully define. Magic is the closest word. I just highly recommend you see it as it can make you believe in the impossible or even in the existence of dragons. One of my favourite films growing up was 1979’s The Black Stallion and its meditative serenity flows through this movie. I found out later that director David Lowery did watch this film for artistic and visual inspiration. The Black Stallion is another magical family film I highly recommend (see Tip#367).

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Belief & Faith
• Supportive Relationships
• Family

A sense of magic can be felt in any film that touches your heart and emotions. It can also be felt in the sight and taste of delicious foods that excite you. It can be felt in seeing a newborn baby, a child at play or when you have a joyful, timeless time with friends. There is a bit of magic waiting for you to acknowledge today. Be open to embracing when it touches your heart!

Related Tips:
Tip#581: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 1 – The Artist  
Tip#959: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 2 - Micmacs
Tip#987: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 3 - Café Society
Tip#988: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 4 - TIFF 2016
Tip#1001: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 5 - Amadeus Live at The Sony Centre 
Tip#1008: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 6 – Pete’s Dragon 
Tip#919: Learning through Movies, Part 1 - The Big Short 
Tip#920: Learning through Movies, Part 2 - Concussion 
Tip#989: Learning through Movies, Part 3 - Snowden

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tip#1007: Have a Good Cry at the Movies, Part 4 - Manchester by the Sea

About two weeks ago I saw a preview screening of Manchester by the Sea courtesy of The Spoke Club and Mongrel Media and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. It made me think about the unexpected loss of my dad at Christmas and the enduring love and support of family. At the same time the film reminded me of the healing power of laughter and crying.

I could identify with lead actor Casey Affleck who gave a stunning performance as a man dealing with overwhelming grief and emotional pain. He demonstrated what it is like to have trapped emotions. That’s why I believe movie heroes can be mirrors for each of us who have shared similar life experiences. And Affleck’s character became a unique cinematic role model because despite his inability to fully heal he shows amazing adaptability and resilience.

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

The drama film, Manchester by the Sea, is about Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) needing to become the sole guardian for his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) while dealing with his own traumas and loss. This film mixes difficult, emotional moments with unexpected humor and features stellar performances by Affleck, Hedges and the rest of the cast that include a superb Michelle Williams as Lee’s ex-wife. See: movie trailer

The themes of loss are heavy and tearful in this film. And yet it was surprising to have unexpected scenes and characters injecting humor into the moments. There are also scenes dealing with mental illness with an amazing performance at a dining table by Gretchen Mol that’s both uncomfortable to watch yet riveting. That’s why this film stands out and is memorable because of the brilliant mix of emotions throughout the story.

Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Family
• Grieving
• Adaptability

Films can demonstrate many emotional moments that trigger our own thoughts, feelings and memories. Having a good laugh or cry at the movies is both cathartic and helpful to one’s spirit. Movies can also help you improve your life, career or relationships from the character's story. Let the movie heroes you resonate with help increase your inner strengths and resilience for whatever challenges you face today!

Related Tips:
Tip#692: Have a Good Cry at the Movies, Part 1 – Shadowlands
Tip#703: Have a Good Cry at the Movies, Part 2 - Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
Tip#739: Have a Good Cry at the Movies, Part 3 – Winter’s Tale 
Tip#948: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 6 – The Jungle Book
Tip#436: 12 Healing Movies For Grieving The Loss of a Loved One
Tip#839: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 3 - Trapped Emotions – Pleasantville
Tip#983: The Power of Emotional Release, Part 2 - Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Tip#896: Resilience Resources, Part 19 - Depression – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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