Public Speaking Skills:
Add Magic to Your Presentations
When a magic trick is used during a speaking engagement, it never fails
to impress the audience and keep them glued to their seats. You must
cultivate your public speaking skills to include a variety of techniques
including funfilled tricks like magic.
As a public speaker who uses magic to make a point, you are not held
to the high standards you would be held to if you were a professional
magician. As you use your public speaking skills during your presentation
you can add magic as an extra dimension to your word picture, while
the magician's presentation is primarily just involving illusion.
I do some simple magic that would probably make a real magician throw
up, yet I get comments from the audience that they loved my 'illusions.'
Think about some of the points you make during your speech that might
need a little extra spark to make them memorable.
Visit a magic shop and tell the proprietor what you want to accomplish
and that your skill level is zero. 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 of comic patter. Magic tricks are also a fun
way to add some lightheartedness and WOW factor to your public speaking
Many magic tricks are now on video which makes them tremendously easier
to learn 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
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
just can't beat 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.
With good public speaking skills, magic is but one of many resources
and tools you can use to cleverly communicate your message.
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