Edward De Bono, The Lift and Your Party The story goes that tower block residents were complaining about the time it took for the lifts to arrive. Engineers checked the machinery. It was in perfect order. Analysts checked the sequencing programme. It was set for optimal time efficiency. So Edward de Bono, master of creative thinking, was called in. He implemented a cheap and simple solution. Almost immediately waiting time complaints stopped. What did he do? Had mirrors installed outside

Why pay more when booking a magician? If you can book one for £50, why pay £350 or even more? In this short video I give worked example from my own experience. It illustrates the difference between price and value for money.

Here’s a short video post about what I do and how I feel about it.

    Types of Magical Entertainment An extract from my free guide to booking a magician. Link at the foot of the post.   When you start looking at magician’s websites you will notice most choices of types of magic. Here are the most common terms and what they mean. Close-up Magic: This happens very close to the audience, often in their hands. Close-up magic is also known as Mix and Mingle. The magician joins your guests. He moves around

    Work Related Side… I taught in Colombia for three years. At the time it was ‘the most dangerous country on Earth not at war.’ Nobody bothered to tell me that until I arrived! In fact, I had a fantastic -and safe- time. I’m really glad to see it is now becoming a popular tourist destination. After we married my wife and I taught in Jordan for two years. I have a Masters in Education from The University of

There was magic in abundance for me this weekend. Anniversary Celebrations On Saturday I was in Leeds performing close up magic for Steve and Janet. They had taken over a local restaurant, The Nest, for the evening. I moved from table to table sharing card tricks and mind-reading demonstrations with their family and friends. Towards the end I performed some special magic for Janet and Steve. This included some tricks with a marriage theme and concluded with a chosen card

Can you make my wife disappear? Somebody asks me this at just about every event I do. If the wife is not present, I usually reply, “Well, I would like to help but she has already paid me to make you disappear.” If his wife is there I say, “I’m not sure. Let me try first on your daughter here.” Can you predict the winning lottery numbers? I rapidly reel off a series of numbers (far too quick for anyone

  Apparently, within one hour, people will have forgotten an average of 50 percent of the information they are given. Within 24 hours, they have forgotten an average of 70 percent of new information. Within a week, an average of 90 percent of it. I have been sharing some ideas on how to improve memory. here’s my latest:

Many people will admit they struggle to remember names. The more we stress about trying to remember a name it seems the more likely we are to forget it. Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People) places great emphasis on using names for establishing positive relationships. Think about it. When someone forgets your name, you are very understanding. We all forget names, including you. So, you don’t take it personally. However, think about the times when your name

My Memory Is Like A Sieve It’s very common to hear people complain they have a poor memory.   Now, with Post it notes and digital devices you might think we don’t really need to memorise much these days.  But be honest, don’t you have a sneaking admiration for memory ‘Olympians’ like Dominic O’Brien who once memorised 54 decks of cards just after a single sighting of each card? Or waiters who don’t need to write down orders? Or people who remember names? They