TRICKS OF THE TRADE #5
TRICKS OF THE TRADE (#9)
A column dedicated to “life hacks” from professional magician Jamie D. Grant of www.SendWonder.com
I’m back from doing about a gazillion shows, writing a book, and
playing Vegas; and I’m ready to help all of you out any way I can.
It’s funny. When writing a column about how I’ve ‘hacked’ life
and have achieved super happiness there is a ton of subjects we
could talk about. So far we’ve discussed How to Work a Room,
How to Remember Things, How to Find Something You’ve Lost,
and How to Get Almost Anything You Want. But there’s one thing
that plays on a lot of people’s minds- and that I have some great
How to get ripped.
Love it or hate it, we think about our bodies a lot. I think we can
all agree on that. It might not always be good thoughts, but the
thoughts are still there. I mean, how many times a day do we
look in the mirror? And, unless you’ve got supremo awesome
confidence, you’re probably always looking at something that
could improve. For a lot of people, it’s weight: the search for
that six-pack. It’s plagued many of us and it seems like more and
more movie stars and actors are rocking it in our faces. So how do
they do it? And, better yet, how do we do it? How do we shed the
pounds and start looking at ourselves in the mirror with a smile
instead of a stare?
Let me share with you the number one best piece of weightless
advice I’ve ever received:
Losing weight is easy.
Before we all riot, let’s stop and think about it for a second.
I know, I know, there are thousands of different books, magazines,
and people yelling at us from the television that there are secrets
that we don’t know (and must buy) and things we must do that can
only be done in twelve easy instalments. They tell us that we’re
not who we want to be because we don’t have those secrets or
contraptions. But, in the end, I’m afraid it’s not the truth. Because
losing weight is easy. Well, at least from a math standpoint it is:
Eat less. Or burn more. That’s it.
It’s probably Grade 2 math. Addition (Booooo!) and Subtraction
(Yeeeeeah!). I personally like to view my body as an actual
fireplace. There’s only two ways to have a clean fireplace (our
goal): Put less in it, or burn what’s in there faster (by making it
hotter). Addition and subtraction. That’s it.
But if the science of losing weight is Grade 2, then the execution is
mostly likely College. And despite the dropouts, the failed classes,
and those that never even attempt to go, there is a group that not
only do go, but also excel. And it’s that group that we’re going
to hack into. We’re also going to do it by talking about only two
There it is. Those are the two secrets of the Hollywood elite that
you never really hear about. You never hear them say, “Well, of
course I was ripped! I knew once that scene was filmed, it would
be viewable forever. For-ever! Like, until the end of time! I had to
make sure I looked good.”
The other one is just as simple: Do something every day. Every
day. Let me repeat that. Every day. I don’t mean you have to hit
the gym every day, but you must do something. Get off the couch.
Take the stairs. Just something to turn your fireplace up a little
hotter. Do more than yesterday. That’s all.
Okay, now that we know what to do, we need to make a plan.
My column will always be about real world application, so let’s
not just talk about it, let’s do it. Here it is:
Make a date in the future (3 months is a great goalpost) and start
telling everyone you can that you’re going to lose “X” amount of
weight by then. Post about it, tweet about it, and tell all of your
friends and family about it. Make sure everyone you know, knows
that you’ve made this goal for yourself. That’s the Accountability
portion. We, as people, for the most part don’t do things because
we want to (work, for example). We do them because of what
happens if we don’t (i.e. starve). In this scenario, we want to put
the fear of embarrassment and shame in our sights. And we want
the stakes to be huge. So tell everyone you know. Make it count.
Now that you’ve done that, we need to take care of number two:
Consistency. Make an “A”, “B”, and “C” plan. “A” would be
gym in the morning and a run at night. “B” would be just one of
them. “C”? “C” is doing a pushup on your lunch break. Something.
Anything. Make sure you do either “A”, “B”, or “C” every single
day. No excuses. No matter what happens, you must make time for
yourself. You deserve it. Consistency. Daily. Burn hotter or put
Bonus: The things you put in your fireplace burn at different
speeds. Pretty much anything you buy in a bag (chips, plastic
sticks, etc.) will take a long time to burn. Don’t buy things in bags.
Other things burn super fast and make for a beautiful fire, as well:
grass-fed steaks are a great example.
I think that’s about it! As soon as you finish reading this
paragraph, do a pushup. Just one. That’s one more than you did
fifteen seconds ago. Then go look at yourself in the mirror. You’re
a different person than you were fifteen seconds ago, too. Smile.
We’re all rooting for you.