Happily DIS-illusioned

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Happily DisillusionedBy Billy Riggs, the World's Only Dis-IllusionistYou and I have something in common: we're both illusionists. There are differences, of course. I perform my classic illusions on stage, cutting your executive assistant in three pieces, floating your company's bookkeeper in the air ...
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How to Make Your Next Conference 50% Better… with NO Effort at All!

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 I’ll never forget it.  The meeting that day in the summer of 1997 was a disaster.  Being generally accustomed to attentive audiences, gales of laughter, and standing ovations, I was thoroughly demoralized as I reflected on what had gone so terribly wrong.  It was not my fault, I ...
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The Unwitting Doctor of Death

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In the middle of the 19th century the obstetrics ward of Krakenhaus Hospital in Vienna, Austria was supervised by Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis.  In his role there he watched fully 10% of his patients die of “childbed fever” after giving birth.  Women in that hospital f ...
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Fake it ’til You Make It!

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One of the most renowned pianists of the first half of the 20th century was the elegant, mysterious Olga Samaroff.  She was the first pianist from her country to receive a scholarship to the prestigious Paris Conservatoire in France.  She would perform with the New York Symphony Orchestra and the ...
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It’s Never Too Late!

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Harlan was a loser.  He’d lost his Dad at the age of 5, and for the next 6 decades things only seemed to get worse.  He dropped out of school at 12, and hit the road at 14.  He worked as a streetcar conductor and farm hand and hated both.  At age 16 he lied about his age and joined the army an ...
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Winner by a Nose and a Prayer

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Steven Van Rensselaer was a go-getter by anyone's definition. Elected to the New York legislature at the tender age of 25, he was upwardly mobile, it seemed, from the womb. He served in his state's legislature, then the senate, then as Lieutenant Governor, and finally the U.S. House of Representativ ...
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Perspective is Everything

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Look at the two photos below.  The one on your left appears to be snarling and angry, while the one on the right seems serene.  Now, slowly back away from your computer screen while staring the photos. When you get a few feet away from the screen, the photos will switch places ...
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JACK OF ALL TRADES

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You may not be looking for a motivational speaker at this time but keep in mind that Billy Riggs is so much more than that! With top notch skills as a magician and illusionist, you can say that overall, Billy is a world-class entertainer.When you book Billy Riggs for your next event, you’ll find o ...
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CUSTOMIZED JUST FOR YOU

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If your group or organization holds a decent number of seminars over the course of the year, you may find that some other motivational speakers have just about the same thing to say every time. They could be talking to five other companies that do five completely different things and they would stil ...
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WHY USE HUMOR?

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Often when I am asked to speak at a keynote or seminar, it’s because the groups and organizations believe that I can help motivate them into taking their lives and performances to new heights. But when you’re already in a negative state of mind, it’s often difficult to take guidance from someo ...
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