Just Like That! About My Mad Magic Workshops
How to Impress people with magic ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 18/08/2015 @ 8:00AM
Over the years I've been devising 'easy' magic tricks. I run a popular workshop at Olney where, within a two hour period, I can have you performing some really spectacular magic tricks ...
Is this your card? My Mad Magic Workshops are held in Olney and you can walk away with four brilliant tricks ready to perform and a wealth of knowledge.
copyright: dolgachov / 123rf stock photo (licensee)
And tricks they are. I have realised over the years that most people want to be able to do magic immediately. There are some people who are happy to rehearse card manipulation for hours on end – and indeed I did – and they may well go onto perform magic, as to be a professional you need to do just that.
However, pulling a magic trick out of no-where with a normal pack of cards is quite another thing and all of the magic I teach on this course is very easy to achieve without huge amounts of rehearsal and practise.
"It's basically the lazy person's way to look good quickly."
Also the ones I teach are quick. There are no long drawn out routines with my stuff. They are quick and spectacular. Of course, with all of them, there is a certain amount of set up involved, but it's minimal.
If you perform a really good trick, you will be remembered, of that there is no doubt. Some of the skill is in the 'selling' of the trick and how you approach your audience.
Also you have to be ready for the 'clever dick' who knows how it's done and wants to ruin it for you, but – and this is for definite – the ones who really know how the trick is done are the ones who will watch and then have a friendly chat with you afterwards to compare methods; they won't try and trip you up.
There are ways of making the 'clever dick' look silly (if that's what you want) and is usually achieved by just giving him the cards at the end and asking him (as it is invariably a man) to do the gag which they won't be able to.
Last week my clients ranged from a recently retired man who wanted to amuse his grandchildren to a London radio DJ who had done a bit of magic in the past and wanted some really excellent routines for when he's out and about.
Also, I recently taught a small group how to hand out their business card via a card trick, which is a good way for your company to be remembered. All this can be taught in 2 hours and you're then ready to go.
"You come in, have a coffee, a little natter about what you've done in magic before and then off we go."
At the end, I do show you the very eccentric stuff we sell such as the Tommy Cooper Bottle trick and the Tommy Cooper Duck which picks out a specified card, but I'm not trying to sell those to you as they're expensive and really for the stage, though it's fun to see them.
I have finally – after many months of working on it – devised the easy way to transfer a pack of cards from your hands into your pocket in front of the eyes of the audience, so if you book onto the course, you will be one of the very few who can do that.
You'll also learn how to throw a card in the air and have it change to another card in mid-air and you'll be able to make an audience members chosen card appear at will, from more or less anywhere you want.
"So you can walk away with four brilliant tricks ready to perform and an array of knowledge to work on in your own way."
If you'd like to arrange a session for yourself, your friends or your colleagues, contact Anna or myself for more details on 01234 241357 or - today..
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.