Putting The Fun Back Into Corporate Magic
And the humour into business ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 04/10/2016 @ 8:00AM
During the winter months, my mind turns to magic. It's partly because throughout summer, I'm usually busy with other areas of my business and it just seems more fun working on magic when the nights get dark early ...
If you want a magic workshop, or a bit of individual tuition, then do give me a call.
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My daughter and I sit at the kitchen table as the nights draw in, working on little bits of magic and misdirection for fun. I love to hear the views of young people.
"That fun usually creeps into my magic workshops"
I teach eccentric and comedy magic to the Pauline Quirke Academies all over the country and was in Evesham again on Saturday. I really enjoy teaching for these academies.
I instruct the students how to make items disappear and reappear in unlikely places. It's all relatively easy from a technical perspective, but it's the misdirection and the banter that they really love and of course they're all potential performers so it helps them gain confidence.
None of the gags I ever perform are long. Card tricks need to be short and sharp to maintain attention. I have a fantastic three card trick where the victim never picks the card he thinks he has. It's brilliant and more importantly, easy to perform with no chance of them knowing how you do it.
One of my specialities is making things disappear. Silks, sweet packets, cards, you name it, I've got a way to do it.
They also love it when I open a book or my wallet and it bursts into flames, but there are also safety issues to be addressed with these gags. The same applies with pushing a sword through their necks, and it's all part of the workshop.
But the tricks that you can do, apparently off the cuff, are the ones that are the best. I've even got one now where you can make a card appear into your mobile phone, and it's really simple. All you need is a pack of cards, a mobile phone and an app which costs £2.83. And me to teach you the best way to do it.
I'm now going to do some Corporate Magic workshops as I really think that if you can bring some humour into business, then it can help. Not in all instances of course. If you're a high court judge, just about to sentence a bank robber, you don't want to interrupt the proceedings by doing a short routine with cups and balls, but in many cases, it can be a great ice breaker.
I'm just working on a gag where anyone who asks for my business card is offered a choice of 3 normal playing cards (as in the three card trick) and when they turn over the chosen card, it has my name and details on it.
"I'm just perfecting it, but give it a month and ask me for my card and that's what you'll get"
So there you are, if you want a magic workshop, or a bit of individual tuition, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to send me an email enquiry. You can come to our Olney offices, or I'm happy to travel and the fun is guaranteed.
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.