Perception Creates Reality

When I was young, I loved magicians; I actually wanted to be one. My favorite magician was Harry Houdini.

I read several books about his life and watched everything I could find on him. Houdini was a master magician and was best known as an escape artist. He said that he could escape from any jail cell in the world in less than an hour. A small town in the British Isles built a new jail they were extremely proud of and issued the challenge to Houdini to see if he could escape from one of their cells. Houdini loved the publicity and the money and so he accepted.

By the time he arrived, excitement had grown throughout Great Britain. He rode into town and walked into the cell with the confidence and swagger that only Houdini had.

When the door was closed he took off his coat and went to work. Hidden in his belt, he pulled out a flexible, yet tough and durable ten-inch piece of steel and began to work on the lock. At the end of 30 minutes his confidence was fading. After an hour he was drenched in perspiration. After two hours, he literally collapsed against the door –which then opened. You see it had never been locked, except in his own mind. The great escape artist could have pushed the door gently at any time and escaped without any effort, but he kept himself locked in the cell.

I love that story because it illustrates a very powerful point. Limitations are mental and self-imposed.

Now with that in mind watch this video. Perception really does create reality.

Lost Generation


4 Responses

  1. WOW,

    Ty, after I received a copy of your CD series today, Artemis and I could not wait to listen… We consider ourselves lucky since we’ve had the privilege to listen to you live at several events… We want to say GREAT JOB, because BELIEF is where it starts and BELIEF is what takes you over the finish line… you really gave them “The Goods” . Blair & Artemis.

  2. Wow. that is a neat story. It is true we often really limit ourselves by our own perceptions of what we think we can and cannot do.

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