The Psychological Aspects
Magic, mentalism and creating magical effects involve understanding psychology to make them work. This section is all about the psychology behind Beyond Belief.
Is Magic Deceptive?
People often ask, “isn’t magic deceitful?” The complicated answer is ‘yes but no’. It's not deception or deceit that makes magic work, but the way that humans think and percieve the world. It's this power that allows us as coaches, presenters, leaders and communicators, to use magic as intervention.
Magic works because of our deeply engrained psychological flaws. When we perform a magic effect, we are using human psychology, behavioral sciences and neuroscience to show how our way of viewing the world is almost entirely false, informed through our BIASED SPACES – more on this below.
Presenting magic challenges and gets people to re-examine the way they think, act and behave. By doing this, we help people become aware of and sensitive to new possibilities. This way, it is a practical, personal and engaging method for enhancing your personal development, business, coaching and training!
The psychology and the approaches that we take on Beyond Belief have massive overlaps with how we think in business and in our lives. To be successful in delivering a magic effect, you must have discipline, devotion, willpower and authenticity; these are all attributes for being successful in many areas of our lives.
What Is Psychological Artistry?
Psychological Artistry is about combining the academic research of psychology (including neuroscience, social sciences, behavioural insights and smart thinking) with the artistry (including storytelling, thearte techniques, creative thinking, directing, improvisation, design and branding) of magic. By using these approaches as a foundation for learning magic, you get a really powerful understanding of the psychology behind magic with a practical passion for the art of magic.
Some of the benefits that this approach has, as research (available here) has show that people learning magic:
Find the experience “highly sociable, refreshing, pleasant and meaningful”
Helps them in “discovering strengths rather than emphasising limitations.”
Improves their “capability to identify multiple solutions to a problem,” “cognitive skills (including memory, concentration and ability to think rationally)”and “confidence and acted as a catalyst for conversation.”
Show an increase in “concentration, and memory skills, self-determination and self- esteem, motivation and participation, leadership and socialization, peer relationships and collaboration”
On top of this, the same research has shown that delivering magic as intervention to other people:
Resulted in “captured and held students’ attention, encouraged active participation, emphasized the importance of following directions, and encouraged students to help one another.”
Led to “parents believing that their children experienced a strong sense of inclusion and insight,” “valuing the novelty and challenge of performing magic tricks” and “increased self-belief and a willingness to attempt challenging tasks,” and most importantly “many parents believed that their children had gained a feeling of mastery, which had then helped them to develop a more autonomous approach to daily activities.”
Appeared that “compared to participants who received the ‘standard services’, those in the magic-based intervention were significantly less anxious on post-test measures.”
All these benefits and many others can lead to an increase in people’s levels of confidence, feelings of clarity and control, their physical and cognitive skillsets, a sense of direction and purpose and a marked improvement in mental and physical health and wellbeing.
So, give this day a chance and start going Beyond Belief right now! This day is about opening your mind and fulfilling your unique potential. Take this chance to improve your professional and personal life with magic right now! Psychological Artistry: Beyond Belief is perfect for beginners and powerful for professionals.
Discover and Defend
A large part of what we will discuss in the workshop is the principle of Defend and Discover states. The Discover – Defend Axis also fits very nicely with the whole VUCA approach: