Magic Workshops

A fun activity for Team Building Days.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Or can you?

Matt’s Magic Workshop is primarily designed to be fun, entertaining and full of participation, with everyone taking part in an unusual learning process that will arm them with the ability to amaze and amuse people evermore, whether entertaining friends at a party or starting a meeting with something a bit different. The workshop can be tailored to suit an underlying business theme too – so far these have included:

creativity, learning (teaching an old dog new tricks) Vs Resistance to Change, presentation skills, developing confidence, interpersonal skills, be yourself,  rapport building, engaging an audience, communication, developing confidence, and a bonding experience for new work teams through a shared experience… and a great concept from learning magic – don’t be afraid to fail!

Why a Magic Workshop?

There are 4 Ps in PPPPROFESSIONALISM: PLANNING, PREPARATION, PRACTICE, & PERFORMANCE

Magic can surprisingly complex to perform.

An introductory 1 or 2 hours to magic won’t make anyone an expert but it will be enlightening (e.g. how to learn misdirection, creativity, problem-solving etc.) and lots of fun. Participants may well be outside their comfort zone to start with, but learning how to enthuse an audience is quite an achievement. Compared to other team building workshops where guests bang on a drum or put simple cocktail ingredients together, magic is different – it requires a process of creativity, problem-solving, and learning. Then practice, performance and feedback, followed by practice, performance and feedback. It becomes a concentric circle, where participants openly learn from any mistakes, and improve through an iterative feedback/review process. It is an engaging process and a fabulous experience to learn to deliver magic well. And the participants will find post-workshop that they continue to develop/improve with every performance.

What Happens in a Magic Workshop?

Typically Matt teaches small groups of 5-20 people at a time. At team building days with large numbers and lots of activities Matt can teach each group different magic, e.g. one group might learn magic and another mind-reading. This way the groups bond within their team over their top secret magical knowledge and they can practice on other teams, and amaze/entertain their immediate colleagues. Matt starts with a quick magic show to get everyone laughing and enthusiastic, whilst including performing some of tricks they will learn in the workshop. It’s a nice surprise for the participants to find out they will be able to perform something they have just seen.

Using playing cards, business cards and everyday objects, participants can learn a host of magical effects, depending on the plan for the occasion: from simple party pieces to astounding magic, how to make amazing predictions, read minds, perform incredible mental maths calculations, and maybe learn some proposition bets to scam their friends too. Everything is provided and they will have a trick that they can keep in their wallets. And as a Bonus if they are business people they could learn how to give out their business cards in an unforgettable way. That’s magic!

Learn an amazing Magic Trick

Matt Says: Thank you for visiting my Learn A Magic Trick page I hope you have found this because we have met – as I am so often asked about how to learn a trick. It’s is a spin-off idea from the magic workshops I have performed over the years. As with most things there is a learning curve to go through, and please don’t be put off when it goes wrong. You will improve! And I hope you will be armed with a great fun, amazing party piece evermore.

Effect You are able to predict or mind-read a word or picture someone is thinking of.

Secret Method The (almost) Impossible 3 Number Mind-Reading Trick…

The Secret Method
1) Ask your volunteer to think of a 3 digit number (all different digits).
e.g. 123
2) Reverse this number & subtract the smaller from the larger.
e.g. 123 reversed = 321. 321 – 123 = 198.
The tens (middle column) will always be 9.
3) You now ask for or guess (1 in 9 times you are right) the units column digit. I guess 5 – as if it is 4 or 6 they think you were close: if you get it wrong just ask for the units number.
In our e.g. this is 8.
4) The units and hundreds column digits always add up to 9.
We know the units column in an 8, so we now know that the hundreds must be a 1.
We know the tens column is always a 9, so we now know the answer is 198.

Now PERFORM this bit well…..

Emphasise they thought of a random 3 digit number: you couldn’t possibly know what this is.

They reversed a number you don’t know, to another number you can’t possibly know.

And they have subtracted a number that you don’t know from a number that you don’t know – but by focusing on their thoughts… you can tell them the answer!

Announce this number or write it down and turn the page around to surprise them.

ALTERNATIVELY….

Instead of this ending with the number you can get them to add the individual digits of their answer together:
e.g. 1+9+8 = 18.
If you have a book get them to turn to page 18 and read the first word on that page or concentrate on a picture if there is one (You must have already checked this!). You can surprise them by telling them the “one in a thousand” word they are thinking of or by drawing an image of the picture they are imagining…

It is amazing!

And finally – practice this! Don’t be afraid of getting it wrong.
Just try it – you’ll be armed with a wonderful party piece evermore.
Any problems feel free to contact me: matt@magicmatt.co.uk. Tel: 07973 890401. Good luck!

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