The Abracadabra Effect Preamble
When Thomas was a youngster, he watched a woman on stage placed in a box. Only her head and legs were showing. She and the box were sawed in half by her partner, the lead performer. The two parts of the box were then separated so one contained her head and upper body and the other box, now five feet away, held her legs and lower body. Next, the box parts were placed behind a curtain. After uttering the word “Abracadabra,” the performer pulled back the curtain and there stood the woman, quite intact. The audience responded with applause.
Chick recalls a similar incident in his early life. As a first grader, he attended a school magic show. The magician took off his silk hat, tapped it repeatedly with a baton, and held it out for the children to examine. Chickverifies that the hat was empty. The performer then tapped the empty hat three more times and said . . . Can you feel it coming? All together now . . . , “Abracadabra.” He then reached into the hat and pulled out a big rabbit. Chick’s jaw dropped open.
Situations like these are common when it comes to experiences involving the word “abracadabra.” Most of you, as we once did, probably associate the word with the performance of some magic act. To this day, in our minds the word still has a magical flavor to it.
In this moment you might be thinking, “This is a book about magic.” Maybe. Maybe not. Neither of us believes in magic—except we do. There is nothing magical about this book at all—except there is. It all depends on how you define magic.
Consider abracadabra’s roots. Were you aware that “abracadabra” is actually a Hebrew phrase meaning, “I create what I speak”?
“I’m going to place this broken woman behind this curtain and when I open it she will come out whole.” Abracadabra. (I create what I speak.)
“I am going to pull a rabbit from this hat.” Abracadabra. (I create what I speak.)
What if the concept of abracadabra is accurate? What if we do create what we speak? What if our words are magic? What if we are all magicians and don’t know it?
The magicians in our childhood used illusions to create what they spoke. Our belief, described in detail in The Abracadabra Effect, makes the case that our language patterns, our repetitious thought, and the resulting beliefs we come to hold create the reality we produce in our lives. Only in this case, it is not only our audience that is fooled by the illusions. We the performer, the perpetrator of the illusions, do not even know why or how we produce the results we generate. We don’t even understand the magic we are doing or not doing to ourselves. We are still trapped in our own illusions that we ourselves have created.
Are you ready to be free of illusions? Are you ready to create magical results in your life? Your magic wands await you. They are described on the pages that follow. When you learn to use them regularly, you will put the Abracadabra Effect to work on your behalf, producing more personal power, responsibility, creativity, health, energy, persistence, or any other positive attribute you desire.
One more thing: your magic wands aren’t really magic—except they are.