Rose, Ed: Presenting and Training With Magic!
©1997 McGraw-Hill Professional
184 pages
ISBN 0070540403
Training With Magic

Comments (from publisher): Subtitle: 53 Simple Magic Tricks You Can Use to Energize Any Audience. Energize any group, or reinforce the main points in your presentations, with the 53 simple magic tricks presented. The tricks are simple, easy to learn, and fun for you and your group.


xi Preface
xiii Acknowledgment
1 Seven Magic Principles for Presenters and Trainers: Never let magic become more important than the message
5 Magician's Aptitude Test: Do you have what it takes to be a magician? The Ultimate test of your intellectual abilities (humorous)
15 As Easy As 1-2-3: Mysteriously predict the numbers to be chosen by volunteers. An icebreaker or a metaphor for planning
19 I'm All Tied Up in This Argument: Demonstrate the importance of teamwork and creative problem solving
23 Dice Magic: See what others cannot see (the bottoms of dice)! Begin a discussion about perspectives, insight, and foresight. For small groups.
25 1089: You can get the answer you want by asking the right question
29 True or False: A volunteer can lie, but your cards always tell the truth
31 Let's Meet Your Family: Tell the number of siblings and grandparents you have from a seemingly unrelated number. A metaphor for intelligent customer service.
35 Magician Force: What seems like a free choice is actually forced by the magician. Use to emphasize a keyword
37 I Know What You're Thinking: That's how you stay a step ahead of the competition.
41 The Power of the Mind: The mind can do magic on the body
43 The Power of Teamwork: Show the power of teamwork!
47 Gray Elephant in Denmark: Demonstrate the power of asking good questions. Good for teaching facilitation skills.
49 The Structure of Teamwork: A hands-on puzzle for teams; Build a castle out of glasses and matches
51 Let's Do the Twist: The power of visualization will twist you around
53 Jenny's Mother Had Three Children: Demonstrate the importance of listening
55 Wheel of Symbols: Symbolize expertise; predict a volunteer's secretly chosen position in a wheel of symbols.
59 The Age Teller: Guess the age of a volunteer. Stimulate a discussion on the importance of good systems.
63 Roman Finger Test: A humorous way to end a class. Can be used with any subject matter.
65 Restate the Problem (Balancing Glass): Sometimes restating a problem can help solve it.
69 The Triple Backup: When you cover all the bases, the outcome is magic. Relates to good planning.
71 Needle Through a Balloon: Put a large needle through a balloon without popping it. Discuss how to deal with change.
73 A Knotty Challenge: Only a fresh approach will get you out of a knot. A great example of out-of-the-box thinking
77 Vanishing Napkin: Make a napkin disappear. If you don't pay close attention to things, things will go right over your head!
81 The Magic T: Solving problems sometimes requires us to look at problems from different angles.
85 What Is Synergy? Three ropes of different lengths become equal in length when held together.
91 What's Your Name? Names reveal a secretly chosen card.
93 Mind Reading Made Simple: Identify cards taken by volunteers by reading their minds
97 The Power of Living: Tell whether relative are alive or dead by reading their names.
99 Torn and Restored Napkin: Inspiring illusion that says, Never give up!
103 Please Don't Make George Washington Cry: Harsh words make tears flow from a quarter. Harsh words can damage people's self-esteem.
105 Tear and Tear Alike: A simple puzzle requiring out-of-the-box thinking and an out-of-the-mouth solution. Stimulates creativity
109 Pick Three: The top cards of randomly created stacks match the three cards you chose. Establish a good rapport with small groups.
113 The Teddy Bear Story: A delightful story about a teddy bear entertains and inspires the audience. Establish a warm rapport with the audience.
117 One-Dollar Trick: Transform two one-dollar bills into one two-dollar bill. Capture the attention of a small group.
123 The Incredible Card Reader: Read cards while they're inside a case. A hilarious trick with a ridiculously simple secret.
125 Return on Investment (ROI): A $1 investment is magically transformed into a $100 return. Visualize ROI prior to financial training.
127 One-Liners and Anecdotes: Build a repertoire of one-liners and anecdotes to inject humor into your presentations
131 Point to a Topic: A randomly selected card has today's presentation topic written on it.
133 The Easiest Mind-Reading Trick in the World: Correctly guess a volunteer's name. Works mainly with large audiences.
135 Money to Burn: After a dollar bill is burned, an identical bill is produced. Was the bill burned or not?
137 That's Right: What starts out like a magic trick ends as a goofy joke.
139 Subliminal Suggestions: Influence a volunteer with subliminal suggestions. Doesn't always work but it's a surefire icebreaker.
141 Stuck on 13: Poor communication can make good organization ineffective

145 Super Attention-Grabbing Tricks (Some Props Required): Tricks 43-53 require you to buy inexpensive supporting gimmicks from a local or direct mail magic store (phone numbers provided). You will get a lot of bang for your buck!
145 The Magic Coloring Book: Magic crayons magically add color to a coloring book. Encourage the audience to "add color" to your workshop.
147 Levels of Trust: Do people really believe that you made water disappear? Demonstrate the different levels of trust in a relationship.
151 Harnessing Team Energy: The collective energy of the audience makes fire shoot from your hand.
155 The Impossible is Possible: A bracelet passes right through a string. The impossible is possible.
157 Color-Changing Scarf: A scarf changes color as it passes between your hands. Symbolizes personal or organizational change.
159 It's the Last Key that Opens the Door: Illustrate that the key to success is perseverance.
161 Magic Keyword Speller: Randomly selected letters spell the keyword. Draw attention to a keyword.
165 Invisible Cards: Predict the card chosen out of an invisible deck of cards. begin a discussion about imagination and perception.
169 A Hot Topic: A book on a hot topic bursts into flames. The ultimate attention grabber.
171 Floating Dollar Bill: Float a dollar bill. Talk about money or positive thinking
173 Fire to Rose: A burning flame changes to a rose. Do a "visual check" on the audience.
177 Closing Comments: A philosophical look at what makes a successful presenter.
179 Bibliography and Resources