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    Default Scientific Study: "Magic Can Conjure Up Confidence And Social Skills"

    I just discovered a great report...scientific in fact...that shows how magic can actually increase confidence. This is primarily for school children...HOWEVER.. .I've found that the effect transcends age.
    ScienceDaily (Sep. 16, 2008) — For years, audiences have been thrilled by the amazing performances of master magicians, such as David Blaine and Derren Brown. Now, the results of a new experiment announced September 11 at the BA Festival of Science in Liverpool suggests that such magical feats can also work wonders with confidence and social skills.


    The study, conducted by Rebecca Godfrey, Dr Sarah Woods, and Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire, involved assessing the effect of teaching secondary school children some seemingly impossible illusions, including how to magically restore a rope that has been cut in half, and read another person’s mind.
    “Learning magic requires self-discipline, an understanding of how other people think, and an ability to entertain,” noted psychologist Professor Wiseman.



    “Also, unlike playing computer games, it encourages children to interact with their friends and family. Because of this, we thought it might be a unique and effective way of developing an important set of psychological skills.”


    The project involved 50 pupils aged between 10 and 12 at two schools in Hertfordshire. Assessments, taken both before and after just a single lesson at ‘magic school’, revealed dramatic psychological effects, with the results suggesting a significant increase in both sociability and confidence. The researchers also monitored the pupils during a standard lesson commonly used to increase self-esteem, and discovered that performing magic proved more effective at promoting both social skills and confidence.


    Initial findings suggest that some children with low self-esteem may also benefit from learning and performing the tricks. Commenting on this part of the project, Rebecca Godfrey noted, “It is early days yet, but these results are very encouraging and we hope that this approach can be used to develop new and exciting ways of reaching out to these children.”


    Marvin Berglas from Marvin’s Magic, noted: “These results confirm the many letters and emails that we receive from children saying how their new found talents have elevated their playground status. Also, magic encourages children to interact with their friends and family, and is also both fun and cool.”
    Conjure Up Confidence And Social Skills. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 30, 2009, from sciencedaily[dot]com/releases/2008/09/080911142419.htm

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    Default Re: Scientific Study: "Magic Can Conjure Up Confidence And Social Skills"

    yeah exactly social effectiveness and confidence level increases while performing this and yeah if you are looking for a magician who have proved themselves by performing magics then there are lot to take a look even guy bavli is one of them ..

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    Default Re: Scientific Study: "Magic Can Conjure Up Confidence And Social Skills"

    I feel naked without a deck of cards with me at all times. It gives me a HUGE level of confidence, because I can pull them out at anytime and entertain a group of kids, a room full of adults, or that cute girl I want to talk to.

    If you have 3 magic tricks that you can perform VERY well, this will get you far.

    ~Steve


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