Hello and welcome to Magic School Assemblies.
At MSA, I hope to give those who are looking to take their magical performances into the exciting arena of educational assemblies for schools some much needed valuable information. If you want to expand your career and start using your skills to do more than just entertain, then Magic School Assemblies may just be what you need.
I have been a professional magic school performer for over 20 years and have made a very comfortable living doing what I enjoy. You can do the same thing.
As the world changes, teachers /educators are realizing that in order to capture the interest of children, they often have to use unconventional methods. Children learn in different ways: visually, auditorily, tactilely.
Some need to be part of the action, while others prefer to sit and watch. Every child has their own unique way of learning. An interactive magic show with quality tricks and routines, that not only entertains but also educates, can incorporate many of these learning elements. Schools around the world are waking up to the fact that conventional teaching methods are not always enough. Can you see how you can fit in?
As an entertainer, you can make a difference:
if you know what to do
how to do it and
- how to market it.
Of course, there is not one single method that will work for every performer, but the information provided here should give you plenty of ideas to work with.
As a performer, I find the whole area of educational magic so rewarding. Over the years, I have encountered such a variety of kids: some are outgoing, while some are shy and reserved. Some have been initially scared, while others were over the moon with excitement. But what really leaves an impression on me is when I hear about the children who have either been on stage with me or in the audience and have been transformed for the better.
When I get letters from teachers, parents or sometimes from the children themselves saying how I have made a difference in their lives, that is such a joy. Knowing that I had a positive impact on their lives makes me feel better. Wouldn’t you like to feel that? Well, you can… just read on.
Over the years, I have spoken to many educators who are often wary of having entertainers do an assembly in their schools. Schools have often been reluctant to hire me due to previous experiences or horror stories about other performers. But if we all work together to create QUALITY programs and handle ourselves PROFESSIONALLY, we can overcome those concerns and provide a beneficial service.
I hate to say this, but unfortunately many entertainers are not very good. Just watch contests like America’s Got Talent or any of the other national talent shows in nearly any country in the world. There are literally 1000s of people who audition and never even make it through the first round. Of course, there are some talented people who audition and do not make the cut. But the bottom line is: too many people think they are talented when they are not. But there is hope for everyone!
Do not be discouraged, because I am not accusing you of being a bad performer. You are probably very good or you would not be here reading this. The point is that you need to be honest with yourself. Working in schools is not a starting point, but a place for performers who have already had some experience working with children.
Do not believe your own press; get a knowledgeable person in the industry to review your show and listen to his/her advice and comments. Criticism is sometimes hard to take, but it is vital for us in order to become better.
Many magicians over the years have contacted me for advice on how to create a quality educational show or to buy the rights to mine. Well, the good news is that at Magic School Assemblies, I can provide the information you need to start being a quality school show performer.
Magic School Assemblies will have information on how to create a quality educational magic show, tricks to use, types of patter, research tools and even complete school performance packages.
I know lots of magicians who have been excellent entertainers for years and still have no idea how to take their skills and use them for educational purposes.
There is a difference! And if you do not know that, please read on before you jump on the school bandwagon.
Remember that working for an audience of students is different from working a birthday party or corporate event. If you have a system in place that can help you create a motivational show on an educational theme that schools need, then you will have a business that is in demand. But if you are only providing a fun show with a message tagged on at the end of the show, you are not giving the students or schools what they need or want.
Hopefully, as this site grows, you will learn how to use your magic skills to create sound beneficial programs on topics such as the environment, health, reading, maths, science, literature, self-esteem, bullying, anti-drug, safe sex, history and so many more topics. There is a world of possibilities out there for those willing to learn and put in the effort.
Thank you for taking the time to join me here and I hope you enjoy the journey.
Your Friend in Magic,
Charlie the Magician