How to Be Your Own Genie Book Review

I read Hay House Tarot card reader/creator Radleigh Valentine’s new book,How to Be Your Own Genie: Manifesting the Magical Life You Were Born to Live.” 

How to be your own Genie book by Radleigh Valentine

I love the book cover for How to be your own Genie!

This is a sponsored post, meaning if you follow this link and buy the new Radleigh Valentine book on the Hay House website, I get a little money! I didn’t get the book for free, so I could use the money 😉

The book is a fun read, great as a gift or to flip through when you need a little pick me up! If you don’t know who Radleigh is, he’s best friends with Doreen Virtue! So some of the info is the same as the “old” Doreen Virtue, like “Don’t let anything dull your sparkle.” He is super flamboyant and eccentric, like a Broadway or Vegas showman. He always wears a very sparkly suit coat and sometimes sparkly shoes to match! It’s funny because I live in Vegas now and I was walking through the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and saw suits like the ones he wears – very sparkly with giant rhinestones  – and I thought, maybe this is where Radleigh buys his outfits? Haha.

I LOVE writing notes, so I took 4 whole pages of notes on this book! I think that is way to looooong for this blog post, so I typed them up as a pdf file you can download and read or print. There is lots of good information in the book, but most of it you’ve heard before.

I hadn’t known much about Radleigh Valentine:

  • grew up gay in The South (not easy)
  • is part Cherokee Indian (very cool – I wish I was part Native American!)
  • after college, worked as a boring accountant
  • started doing Tarot card readings and loved it
  • looked up the Hay House authors and met Doreen Virtue at a live event
  • started working as a helper to Doreen and became best friends

He decided he wanted to be a Hay House author, too, and voila! Here he is! Radleigh is very active on social media, especially Facebook Live, if you want to follow him.

Here’s the table of contents from his book, “How to Be Your Own Genie”:

contents page from How to be your own Genie

I like a lot of the words on this page: magic, magical, genie, love, joy and wishes!

At first glance, I thought Radleigh’s book would be about Genies, which is a specific realm that Doreen Virtue described in her Realm Reader course. Genies are a type of spiritual person who lives in or loves the desert! They are associated with flowing, gauzy outfits in the colors of the sunset, precious gemstones and a sunny disposition! They have lots of friends and are great networkers. Being a Genie, they are great at making money! But Radleigh doesn’t talk about this sort of Genie in his book. (I am working on writing about Genies and other spiritual types of people.) Instead, Radleigh says each of us has magical powers, like a Genie. He is talking about using positive energy to bring into your life what you want.

Radleigh Valentine believes in:

  • getting signs from angels like feathers or the number 444 (I always see 111)
  • feng shui (de-cluttering and organizing your house)
  • choosing a magical word or song to keep your spirits up (Mine is “Fame.”)
  • asking your body what it wants to be healthy*
  • automatic writing
  • getting rid of Drama Queens in your life (he calls them Drama Masters)
  • not dwelling on your past or having regrets
  • using happy thoughts/positive emotions to attract good things

* I did this and it worked! Sit down with pen and paper and ask your body what it needs to be healthy. Do “automatic writing” which means just keep writing down whatever comes up. My body said it wants a gentle energy. I was expecting something specific, like a meal plan! This makes sense, though, as I’m very sensitive to energy. Right now, I’m living in Vegas and it’s VERY LOUD here. So, I can see why this came up as an issue for my body. I spend a lot of time here trying to relax and loosen up my tight muscles –> joint pain.

how to be a magical genie book

Love this inner page to the Genie book. Cute sparkles! Great typography on “Genie.”

Want to buy this book? It’s available as both an ebook (for the Kindle and other devices) and a paperback. See it on the Hay House website here.

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My Review of David Blaine Live Show: Colorado Springs 2017 Part 1

I went to see the new David Blaine Live show in Colorado Springs, CO, last night! If you don’t know, David is a super amazing magician who is now traveling the US in his FIRST EVER live magic show. He’s said he may take the show to Europe next. I think he is going to be busy with this for the next few years!

I got VIP tickets as a birthday gift from my parents ($300 in Colorado Springs, but I think they are $400 in larger cities). I didn’t know what to expect as I’ve never done VIP before! I imagined he would hang out with us in a small room after the show, and autograph something/take a photo with every person in the room. Anticipating this, I drew a little angel for David! But I wasn’t able to give it to him.

my angel drawing

My angel drawing. Notice she is holding a David Blaine black spade.

Instead, we were ushered into another room/on the stage to line up for a quick photo with him, one at a time. The house photographer took the photo and it’ll be emailed to us later. David’s very mellow, and the whole thing went by very easily (this is the type of thing that gives me anxiety!).

Then, we waited in the VIP room and he came in awhile later with Asi Wind. Asi (Ossie) is a mentalist/magician from Israel and a super good friend of David’s who is traveling with him and doing one segment of the live show himself. I was standing verrrry close to David, as luck would have it! But I was too shy to want to participate in a trick.  I watched him do about 5 card tricks at close-up range. They happen SO FAST! If you like a trick on TV, you can rewind it and watch it again. Live in person it’s just like – “Wow, what happened!” I thought since I’m into metaphysical/psychic things that maybe I could pick up on a “feeling” of what he was doing if I was close to him. But no.

Cool card tricks he did in front of me:

Putting the person’s card underneath their watch without them knowing, disappearing all the spades and diamonds out of the deck, using the number of letters in someone’s name to count down to their card in the deck, tapping the deck once and having a card move up to the top.

Everyone noticed that David had a Band-aid on his hand. We were all wondering if this is an injury from his ice pick through the hand trick!

I talked to a lot of people in the VIP room which made it fun. I sold my signed David Blaine card deck to one of the aspiring magicians there. In the VIP bag, you get the signed deck of cards, a mini black-and-white poster (I stepped on mine when I put it under my seat and ripped it), a cool black baseball cap with the DB logo (I’m wearing mine right now and it is comfy and cute!), plus the tote bag which is black canvas. We were supposed to also get a special laminated VIP badge and a laminated ticket that you can keep as a souvenir but the show guides told us a bunch of stuff got stolen! I guess from a truck parked outside the venue in Colorado Springs. They are going to mail them to us later, someone said.

David Blaine VIP package gift bag photo

David Blaine VIP package goodies. Lanyard and ticket are holographic = the image changes at different angles. Also includes signed cards, poster and baseball cap.

What is David Blaine like IN PERSON?

Very mellow. Like he is in his TV shows! I sensed a flicker of anger/annoyance when someone, instead of taking back the signed card he was handing to him, shoved their cellphone in his face and just kept recording. And wouldn’t take the card he was handing them, so they could keep recording. It was rude, honestly. All over the venue it says NO RECORDING or PHOTOS, but during the last trick in the VIP room he actually asked everyone to take out their cellphones and record it. Some people were broadcasting it live on social media. Maybe he wanted that done to promote his tour?

When we went for our photos with him, the show guide said DON’T TOUCH HIS HANDS. The rules were you could fist-bump him (gently) or hug him. But when we met him, he grabbed everyone’s hands for the photo poses! I talked to someone afterward and we both said we were afraid to touch his hands after the warning. We didn’t want to hurt him. The reason was his hands are getting beat up from the tricks and stunts he’s doing. This live tour is 40 cities with a grueling 3-day on, 1-day off schedule. He said he is only eating on his days off! Poor David! He wanted a challenging pace to make the whole tour a Houdini-esque test of his endurance. I’m thinking he chose 40 cities because of Jesus’ 40 days struggling in the desert?

David Blaine sews his lip image

David Blaine sews his lips shut. (from Travel Almanac magazine)

What was he wearing?

He always wears ALL BLACK. Black t-shirt, black jeans. Even his tennis shoes are black! I took a psychic development class where the teacher told us artists and musicians and entertainers often wear black because they have so much colorful stuff going on inside their heads…they like to keep their clothes simple, like a blank canvas.

Merchandise for sale:

Black or white t-shirts ($30) and baseball caps ($25). I’ve heard other venues were selling cards. Maybe these got stolen? Or they sold out?

Continue on to Part 2 of this post.

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Come back and read my review of David Blaine’s magic show in Cincinnati! (December, 2017)

David Blaine Live in Person!

OK, so I have a little crush on David Blaine! AND much to my delight he announced his tour dates for his NEW, FIRST EVER live show and he is coming to Colorado Springs where I live! Yay! I got VIP tickets so I can meet him and either get an autograph or a photo with him.

The funny thing is I have an autographed book of his…but it doesn’t have my name on it! I bought it on eBay so the inscription is written to someone else 😉 I’m thinking of bringing that book so he can autograph it, but I don’t know where it is. I’m in the midst of deciding where to move to next, and I have a bunch of boxes packed. I just saw my David Blaine magic DVDs and packed them, but maybe those will be easier to find and I’ll bring one of those.

I’m very excited!!! The show here is in June. Look on the David Blaine Live Facebook page for cities/dates/tickets.

Did you know that psychic Sylvia Browne hinted that David Blaine is Houdini’s son on The Other Side? I believe it!

Part 1/6

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Last month, a girl on the island of Hawaii had a mystical experience. She was at Starbucks drinking an iced Oprah chai, when she heard a voice say, “Draw a map.” Since she had her notebook and pencil out already, she started drawing. Somehow, she just knew what to draw. She drew a map of a nearby beach and a nature trail leading into the rainforest. When she was done, she waited to hear what the voice would say next.

Part 2 tomorrow!

Houdini Book

I was browsing at Barnes and Noble bookstore, looking for a biography or the autobiography of Putin. The Russian president has recently been on “60 Minutes” (if you search online for 60minutesovertime you may still find some clips) and is in the news for his bombing of ISIS in Syria (some dispute this). I’m currently reading his bio as written by English writer Chris Hutchins and a Russian co-author on my Kindle. It’s just called “Putin.” It’s good, but it was written in 2012 so nothing about the Sochi Olympics or Syria, etc.

I didn’t find any Putin books to buy, but I found one on Houdini! I really love Houdini, the most famous magician. He spent part of his childhood in Appleton, Wisconsin, very near to where I was born and grew up! Not many super successful people come out of Wisconsin (Greta van Sustern comes to mind, on FOX), so it’s inspiring that he was once walking the same streets I did. The book is called “The Secret Life of Houdini” and it’s written by Bill Kalush, who works with magician David Blaine, and a co-author. It’s very well researched, with tons of photographs of Houdini. I love old photos! I haven’t started reading it yet. I’ve just being flipping through it and looking at the pictures 😉 I don’t have much patience for reading anymore – I guess I can blame the internet for that!