We are often asked the real world benefits of learning magic. For clearly, everybody may not see themselves performing magic on a stage or wish to develop/pursue a career as a magician.
Here then is a quick top-of-mind list put up by Nakul Shenoy about the various ways in which knowledge and training in magic can help an individual.
Benefits of Learning Magic
- Self-Confidence sees a strong boost
- Develops creativity and problem-solving skills
- Improves public speaking presentation skills
- Wonderful tool for those working in the development sector
- Provides immense possibilities for entertaining education
- The best ice-breaker one can have to make new friends
- Mystify and entertain friends and family
- Fabulous hobby to keep your mind and body active
- Magic for therapeutic and rehabilitation purposes
- Protection against pseudoscientific scams and frauds
- Makes you unique among your colleagues and peers
- Effective medium of communicating messages of social relevance
- Special add-on to those working in storytelling and/or with children
- Essential knowledge for those in the skeptic and rationalist circles [See related article]
Nakul himself swears by most of these life benefits reminding us that he is a personal example of being a stage-shy person who lacked much self-confidence [see related article] before he took up magic. [See this TEDx Talk]
The efficiency of magic as a social communication tool and as a medium of development communication is again an aspect that was postulated by Nakul’s own masters research project and related papers and lectures. All this is of course in addition to the added income one can earn by pursuing a part-time career in magic.
It is also interesting that many of the well-known user experience professionals, film actors, authors, rationalists, scientists, lawyers, sales and marketing professionals, and more have had an active interest in performing magic. This connection between magic and the creative thinking side of people is not too hidden.
What better than leave you with these words from Edward Tufte who in explaining Information Design said, If you can explain a magic trick you can explain most anything!. No surprise then that Tufte too has more than dabbled in the art of magic.
So, what’s your excuse to Learn Magic?
- Hollywoods Secret Magicians – Emily Feimster, Netscape
- AskTog: Magic and Software Design – Bruce Tognazzini, Ask Tog
- Magic Coins Tufte – Austin Kleon
- Unleashing the Power of Magic to Communicate – Nakul Shenoy
- What Magic can teach us about empathy in UX – Lukas Mathis, UX Magazine
- Skepticism and the Art of Magic – Jeremy Salow, Suite 101
- David Copperfields Project Magic – Project Magic
- What is Healing of Magic – Healing of Magic
- The Science of Mind Bending – Nakul Shenoy, Popular Science
- Web wizards weave their magic – BBC NEWS
- Interesting Facts About Magicians – Magic Academy Australia