Public Speaking Course:
Add Magic to Your Presentations
During your public speaking course you will learn its good to include a variety of techniques
into your presentation including things like magic tricks.
When you execute a magic trick during your presentation, it always impresses the audience and keeps
their attention focused on what you are doing and saying.
When you use magic to illustrate a point, you will not be held to the high standards
of a professional magician. This is a fun aspect you can learn in a public speaking course.
During your presentation you can add magic
as an extra dimension to key points your making to the audience, and
not have to worry about performing like a professional magician. I do some
simple magic that really is pretty laughable, yet I get comments from the audience
all the time that they were
impressed with my great 'illusions.'. Think about some of the important points you make during your presentation that
might need a little extra spark to make them more memorable.
Visit a nearby magic shop and tell the salesclerk what you are trying to accomplish
and that your completely new to magic. Most good magic shops have literally
thousands of tricks to pick from and at all skill levels as well as
all audience sizes.
The points you make and the comedy aspect of the magic usually come
from the 'patter' (what the magician says while doing the trick). You
can even buy books that talk about comic patter. Magic tricks are also a fun
way to add some lightheartedness and WOW factor to what you learned
in your public speaking course. Many magic tricks are now on video which makes
it a whole lot easier
to understand than trying to read them from a book.
An excellent video tape for rope tricks is 'Daryl's Rope Tricks #7.'
Your local magic shop probably has it and if they don't they can probably
order it or even go online and find it.
I really like to learn magic from videos because you can see the trick
in action. Reading them from a book is OK, and very useful, but you
can learn a lot quicker with video training. Two good magic videos for speakers are
by master magician Tom Ogden 'Teaching and Training with Magic' and
'The Magic of Creativity.' I got these two videos from Royal Publishing
& Walters Speakers Services (626) 335-8069.
And of course, in 2004 with the magician Steve Hart, I created a three
DVD set of magic tricks, with a bonus DVD of me doing some magic.
Call me at (757) 431-1366, to order, or order online at antion.com.
When taking a public speaking course, you will learn that magic is but one of many resources
and tools you can use to cleverly communicate your message.