Art of Public Speaking:
Add Magic to Your Presentations
There is just something about a magic trick during an art of public speaking engagement that grabs people.
The nice thing about magic is that 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 an artist in the art of public speaking you can add magic as an illusion as an extra dimension to your word picture, while the magician's presentation is primarily 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 pizazz to make them memorable. Magic is another way to connect with your audience in the art of public speaking.
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.
Magic tricks are also a fun way to add some lightheartedness and WOW factor to your art of public speaking presentations. 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.
Many magic tricks are now on video which makes them infinitely 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 order 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 just can't beat video training. Two good magic videos for speakers by master magician Tom Ogden are '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, with the magician Steve Hart, I created a three DVD set of magic tricks, with a bonus DVD of me doing some magic.
In the art of public speaking, magic is but one of many resources and tools you can use to cleverly communicate your message.
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