On this Memorial Day 2017, I want to dedicate a short video to the dreamers, and those who defend the dreamers. This is for you and me, the American troops, and their families.
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This is for the dreamers, and those who defend the dreamers.
In April of 2017 I embarked on a 16 day journey across Asia, performing magic shows for the American troops and their families stationed on military bases.
Entertainers take time out of our calendars to give back to the men, women, and families who sacrifice so much for our country.
It’s also a terrific way to see the world.
I ate sushi in Japan, barbecue in Korea, and who knows what in Singapore.
[Nelson] “It’s called ‘roti prata’.”
Along the way I visited awe-inspiring sights, like Shuri Castle in Okinawa, the tail end of cherry blossom season in Mainland Japan, the Merlion Statue in Singapore, and the Marine Park in South Korea, where I caught a sunset from the top of Solar Tower.
Oh, and I did some magic shows too.
This was my third tour with Navy Entertainment, having previously gone to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
But this time felt different. You see, all of the American military bases in this part of the world exist for one reason.
And just days before the start of my tour, the American media went into a frenzy about the very serious potential for World War III.
[Vice President Pence] “We hope to achieve this objective through peaceful means, but all options are on the table.”
[Brian]: “So I’m in South Korea. All I can say is, we’re doing a magic show on base tomorrow.”
[Disney mirror]: “You’re as pretty as a princess.”
When I was 22 years old, a starving artist, and desperately trying to make it as a magician, I opened up a fortune cookie that read:
“Ride your ambition to the skies.”
That fortune remained taped to my desk for years, until I was successful enough to afford a nice, new desk, and threw it away by accident.
If I could go back in time and tell my struggling 22 year old self:
“Don’t worry, it’s all going to work out. Look what you’re going to achieve!”
Because your experiences define who you are.
To my 22 year old self, I instead say,
“Don’t waste your energy trying to avoid failure.
Ride your ambition to the skies.”
So thank you to the American troops for buying me a ticket.
[Brian]: “Yeah! Thanks for showing me that!”
[Kid]: “I’m going to be famous in the year 2030.”
[Brian]: “What are you going to be famous for?”
[Kid]: “Um… movies.”
[Brian]: “Movies?! High five!”
Movie inspired by Casey Neistat.
Tour organized by Navy Entertainment.
Facilitated by Neon Entertainment.
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