Last week my family participated in the annual Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. We’ve been there for six years in a row now, helping our friends raise money for our favorite charity in honor of their late infant daughter.

While we were waiting for the event to start, a magician was performing tricks to random groups in the crowd. As luck would have it, he found our group of kids and did a few tricks for us. They were pretty cool. No levitation or anything but the kids thought it was really neat.

He even performed a trick on my wife and I caught it on tape to blackmail her, I mean to cherish the memory. Since two of his tricks involved money I thought I would share them with you. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I did.

There is a lesson here, too. Real money management and debt reduction isn’t magic. There are no magic pills, potions, tricks or other gimmicks that will ever make you rich. As much as we like to think there’s a quicker way, the wealth fairy isn’t going to come deliver millions of dollars just because you wished for it.

To get out of debt and build wealth you have to work hard, spend less than you make, and have discipline. It takes time, effort, and patience. Looking for a magic solution to your financial problems will leave you (in Janelle’s case with the second magic trick in the video) short-changed or empty handed.

Enjoy the video!