Didn’t See Angel Author Lorna Byrne

I was all excited to see Angels in my Hair author Lorna Byrne! She is from Ireland and rarely comes to the US. In fact, it was her first trip farther inland than NYC and Boston. I had tickets for her event in Phoenix, but American Airlines had problems and canceled my flight 😦 Because American doesn’t have as many flights as United or Southwest, the next flight they could offer me was 6 hours later! I would have missed half the event 😦 So I got a refund and stayed home.

I highly recommend Lorna Byrne’s first book, Angels in my Hairan autobiographical look at her life in northern Ireland. It explains how she clearly sees angels. And how they nudge people to be helpful and kind to others.

Anthony Bourdain’s People Magazine Cover with Kate Spade

Anthony Bourdain: People Magazine Cover

Anthony Bourdain is on a double-suicide cover along with purse designer Kate Spade in the June 25, 2018, issue of People magazine. If you miss it on newsstands, you can order it for the Kindle from Amazon.com. I really loved Anthony Bourdain! Especially after reading his book, Kitchen Confidential. He made being a chef sound daring and fun! This was before Top Chef was on TV. I think he started the trend of chefs being cool and edgy.

Anthony Bourdain suicide People magazine cover

Anthony Bourdain suicide People magazine cover

See my previous post about the last episodes of Anthony’s travel show, Parts Unknown, airing on CNN (if you don’t get cable, you can buy the episodes on the Amazon Fire stick).

What is odd about the Anthony Bourdain suicide is that he was in the middle of filming an episode and he had a lot of people around him! The crew was there. And his best friend, chef Eric Ripert (famous for his French cooking at Le Bournadin – follow him on Instagram), was staying at the same small hotel. He was actually waiting for him to come down for breakfast (he hadn’t made it to the dinner they’d planned on the night before, either). When he didn’t show, he asked the hotel staff to open his room and found him dead. 😦

His on-off girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento, is friends with Rose McGowen (both have gone public with their abuse at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein). Rose told reporters that Anthony had reached out to a medical professional for help with depression, but he didn’t follow through with the recommended treatment (likely counseling and anti-depressants). 😦

If you want to see who Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend is, she is in his Parts Unknown episode about Rome in Season 8. This is how they met!

Support suicide prevention efforts with the buttons and T-shirts I’ve made (click on the photos below). Suicide has touched me deeply because my friend attempted suicide and suffered a brain injury.

 

Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide and Last Episodes of his TV Show

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Last Episodes

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown last episode

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown last episode

Anthony was filming in France when he hanged himself 😦 But this episode remains unfinished and will not be released. The last 2 episodes of his last season, Season 11, have now aired on CNN: Cajun Mardi Gras (in small-town Louisiana) and Bhutan (near Tibet).

I watched 2 of the episodes from Parts Unknown: Season 11 this week to remember him: Hong Kong and Berlin.

Parts Unknown: Hong Kong Episode with Famous Movie Director Christopher Doyle

The Hong Kong episode is notable because Anthony Bourdain said this was his favorite episode EVER! He was very excited and proud of this episode in the weeks before he died, which makes his suicide even more perplexing. The Hong Kong Parts Unknown is an enjoyable watch; Anthony meets his favorite movie director, who is a very eccentric old guy (British) who lives in Hong Kong and makes movies about tragic love affairs. The two get along like peas in a pod.

Anthony’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, is credited with directing the Hong Kong episode while Christopher Doyle is the cinematographer (Honestly, I’m not really sure what the difference is…which is bad because I used to live in our movie capital, Hollywood! I believe the cinematographer plans the look of the show by deciding what to focus on with the camera.).

The first lines of the show are “I fell in love with Asia…” A fun play on words because he is shown on a boat overlooking Hong Kong harbor, i.e. Asia, but his girlfriend’s name was Asia (pronounced “ah-zee-ah” I believe, because she’s Italian). Then he goes on to say being in love is the best thing, BUT it leaves you lonely (when you cannot be with the one you love). Then it shows him sitting alone on the deck of the boat, jotting notes in his travel journal. If you are looking for answers as to why Anthony Bourdain killed himself, is this the answer?

Why did Anthony Bourdain kill himself?

Why did Anthony Bourdain kill himself?

Parts Unknown: Berlin Episode and Drugs

I also watched Parts Unknown: Berlin because I’ve been thinking about moving to Germany (not to Berlin but to a smaller university town) to go to grad school in environmental science. However, everyone (including a pub patron in this episode) says Berlin is NOTHING like the rest of Germany, which is conservative and quiet. I was put off by the darkness of Berlin – lots of lost souls partying in all-night dance clubs. A) I am done partying and B) I live in Vegas and have had it up to here with all the drug people. AMERICA HAS A DRUG PROBLEM. This isn’t a good thing. It’s not about freedom and doing what you want. It’s about destruction and darkness. I am becoming more of a conspiracy theorist in regards to this: Is the American government making money from the drug trade? If not, why is America teeming with meth heads and opioid/pain pill addicts who become heroin addicts (cheaper and easier to find)? See how many homeless drug addicts you spot today as you drive around town.

Watch this Movie: American Made with Tom Cruise

Watch American Made, the excellent Tom Cruise movie (and book) about a real-life guy who helped the CIA move guns around to different foreign militias in exchange for drugs (cocaine) bought from the most infamous drug cartels of the day.

American Made drug movie with Tom Cruise

American Made drug movie with Tom Cruise

Meet Real Earth Angels

I was reading the DailyMailOnline, my favorite news and gossip website (out of Britain), and I came across 2 articles about Earth Angels!

Earth Angels are what angel author Doreen Virtue calls people who are part human and part angel. I have written about this subject myself! See link below.

free angel quiz

free angel quiz

FREEBIE: Download and print my quiz: angel_quiz

The DailyMailOnline articles are fun to read and include photos of 5 women in the first article (click here to read article 1) and photos and life stores of 5 men in the second article (click here to read article 2).

After you enjoy your free gift from me (angel_quiz), you may want to explore what it means to be an Earth Angel even more! I have written quizzes to determine if you are 2 special kinds of angel: a Cupid Love Angel or a troubled Rockstar Angel. To get these 2 quizzes, plus Help for Angels – includes your life purpose and common relationship problems angels have – press this PayPal link and send $10. The quizzes and help for angels will arrive at the email you use with PayPal (if you want to use a different email, just let me know by emailing newagestudies at gmail or leaving a comment on this post).

Got Magic? T-shirts

My New Zazzle Shop: Black Cat Drawings

I saw a kid wearing a shirt like this at the David Blaine Live show 😉 It’s so cool! I just opened a Zazzle shop called BlackCatDrawings. Zazzle.com is like CafePress.com where you can design T-shirts and mugs for people to buy. This is my very first T-shirt I designed!

Cool magic shirt available in my Zazzle shop.

Cool magic shirt available in my Zazzle shop.

Got Magic Shirts

You just order this T-shirt in the size you want and Zazzle makes the shirt and sends it to you. To be honest, the prices aren’t super great. It’s not going to be as cheap as Walmart! As the designer/artist, I only get about $2 – $3 of the T-shirt sale. Most of my items will feature my cute cartoon art. Coming soon: a magic 8-ball design.

got magic shirt for kids and men

This “got magic?” shirt for kids and men is in my Zazzle shop.

Available in mens and boys/girls. Sizes go up to 6X. If you want a different color or style of shirt (you can get long sleeves and even sweatshirts), let me know and I can create it for you!

New David Blaine Live Poster

This is new poster art for David Blaine Live. I bought it at his show last week in Hollywood, CA. $20 for the poster or you can get a large program ($30) with this and some other poster art from the same artist (Mark Stutzman of Eloqui). I like the retro feel of it! I’m not a fan of demon imagery, though 😦 I like the black crow because David showed us his crow called Drow that he was training to be in his act (in one of his TV specials)…. Maybe he will learn something like swooping in and grabbing a deck of cards with his feet, or stealing a card with his beak. No sign of him in this show.

The program is oversized, like a very small poster size (9.5 x 13 inches). It’s printed on great paper and includes an embossed spade symbol on the back cover. See my photo of it on Instagram (ellens_animations). You could cut it out and put it on your wall. It’s pretty cool – a different color scheme than he usually uses (black and silver/white): a pale sky blue background and a dark creme spade.

I like this photo:

David Blaine sexy photo

Sexy tour bus photo of David Blaine 😉

There is also a page in the David Blaine Live program book with this inspirational quote:

David Blaine inspirational quote

David Blaine inspirational quote

I liked the program book, but I think for $30 it should be ALL NEW photos and just the new poster art because the older posters are readily available online and in his book.

David Blaine Live Show Review – Hollywood 2018

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Before the David Blaine show in Hollywood

I am just now back from my trip to Hollywood! Traffic between Vegas and LA was crazy because now it’s Memorial Day Weekend.

I am bummed that I missed seeing David in the lobby 😦 I worked all day the day before the trip to create a new animation about him and wanted to hand him a post card with the link on it… I’m trying to get more freelance animation work!!! But instead of surprising people in the lobby, he went to the upper balcony seats before the show. I saw someone’s photo on Instagram 😦 Am super sads about this 😦

Really. Very. Sad. Watch my fun animation on YouTube: “Why does David Blaine sew his lips shut?”

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Watch my new David Blaine video on YouTube

Since this is the THIRD David Blaine Live show that I’ve seen, it was mostly the same for me. But instead of Ari from America’s Got Talent doing Rubik’s cube tricks, David had a kid’s magician do an opening act. I’m not a kid person, so this was a snooze for me.

Sexy Part of the David Blaine Show

The only sexy part of the show was when he unbuttoned his shirt – to reveal a black T-shirt underneath ;( Some girls screamed anyway. LOL.

David Blaine held his breath for 10 minutes and 19 seconds. He told us this was a personal best for him on this tour.

The show seemed shorter and more impersonal to me. Partly because I didn’t pay for VIP tickets this time so I didn’t see him up close. I think my favorite of the 3 shows I’ve seen was my very first, Colorado Springs. He talked to the audience a lot at the end, answering questions and telling us about his mom, who died of cancer just before he became a famous magician (with his ABC TV specials). This time, I remember him saying his mom was his hero. Sweet!

My Favorite David Blaine Trick in the Live Show

I still enjoyed the puzzle piece trick in David Blaine’s live show a lot! And hearing the crowd go wild during his gross out tricks: sewing his lips shut and sticking himself with an ice pick.

He also swallowed 2 frogs this time, instead of just one. David assured us the frogs are still alive and well (let’s hope so….).

David looked very good. I think he’s fitter than in 2017. He always wears exactly the same black clothes, so no fashion review needed!

Celebrity Sighting at the Hollywood Show

I saw one celebrity, Paris Hilton. She was being very visible, laughing and posing for selfies with some of the ushers (at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard – where they have The Oscars). The photo is on Instagram and on Daily Mail Online. I like Paris = fashionable and fun! She is definitely a Fairy. You can read about the different spiritual types of people on this blog. Fairies like to party and are delicate and flirty and giggily. Their mission on Earth is to help the environment and most are very into animals and pets (I know she loves dogs and exotic pets.). I have actually seen Paris before, at a club when I lived in Hollywood.

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The show was at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

No card tricks in this show.

Speaking of Hollywood, going back for this show is making me want to move back very badly!!! I only left because I got very sick 😦 And the price of apartments in my old neighborhood by The Grove and Farmer’s Market has doubled. I can leave my Vegas apartment when my lease is up in August. I DEFINTELY will be moving because these apartments are crazy – very loud and lots of drug activity, even though it’s a very upscale, brand new complex. I am thinking about either a) getting some kind of low-cost animation certificate to help me get more freelance jobs and moving as close to Hollywood as I can afford or b) moving overseas to Germany – I just got into a graduate school program for GeoScience which is an Environmental Science! and Germany gives you money for your living expenses ($900/month) and keeps college costs super low (about $500 a semester) or c) staying in Vegas and just moving to a quieter condo or townhome. Maybe become a teacher? I could get a temporary teaching license through a program called ARL (you just need a bachelor’s degree and a few months of classes that cost $500, plus jump through a few more hoops). There aren’t many environmental jobs in Vegas, which is what my bachelor’s degree is in.

 

David Blaine street art, outside the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles.

>Read my review of David Blaine Live show in Cincinnati, 2017
>Read my review of David Blaine live show in Colorado Springs, 2017.

Psychic Predictions for Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Last night, Entertainment Tonight did an interview with Princess Diana’s favorite psychic, Simone Simmons. Diana was good friends with her and often had her over for a visit in her apartment at Kensington Palace – the same palace Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will live at after the royal wedding. The psychic, like a lot of people, doesn’t get a good feeling about this marriage!

Her prediction is that Prince Harry’s marriage will end in divorce. Simone says Princess Diana is worried about how Prince Harry will cope with the breakup. He’s quite sensitive and needs someone to lean on. The psychic predicts Meghan Markle will get bored with Harry and move on to someone else.

I can totally see this, too. Megahn is excited about all the hoopla now, but I think she’d rather be with someone more social and popular (but equally as rich and famous, so maybe another celebrity!).

Simone picked up on Meghan’s love of her giant diamond ring. She said in the engagement interview and photos, Meghan is often showing off the ring. Contrast this to Prince William and Kate’s relationship. They seem to mesh, giving each other lots of eye contact and meaningful looks. Think about it – they’d known each other for years and years by the time of their engagement, and were even college roommates. Harry’s rush to the altar is more akin to the disastrous marriage of his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

I feel bad for Prince Harry 😦

Simone Simmons also said one of Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriends would have made a good wife for him. I’m guessing it’s Chelsy Davy, the blonde South African lawyer/jewelry designer. That was his first girlfriend, and reportedly he even asked his dad, Prince Charles, about marrying Chelsy but he thought Harry was too young (college-aged).

Watch the video from Entertainment Tonight of these royal wedding psychic predictions.