Magical Thinking: The Psychology of Illusion

Why magicians' tactics are so effective, and how to combat these impulses both in performance and business.

Provided by:
Gary Ferrar

New York

1 hour

Unlimited

Price: $800

No additional fees!

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About this activity

Mentalist and magician Gary Ferrar delivers an illusion-filled presentation that captures the audience’s imagination. In addition to watching an astonishing performance, your team will get to learn the methods that master magicians use to distract the audience from their secrets, including misdirection, focus manipulation, and pattern repetition. They’ll leave knowing why these tactics are so effective, and how to combat (and capitalize on) them in their sales and business practices.

About Gary

Gary Ferrar is an acclaimed mentalist and magician who's as comfortable headlining for multi-billion dollar companies (Burberry, Morgan Stanley, Ralph Lauren) as he is performing for a casual rooftop event. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Gary has performed on Fox News Channel and America's Got Talent, and serves as a magic consultant for national television commercials and theater productions. In addition to performing, Gary also provides private lessons on magic theory to celebrities and teaches on About.com.

Our office is a pretty skeptical group of people. Gary Farrar read the room perfectly, and within the first few minutes of his show he had the entire audience in his hand. It was highly entertaining from start to finish, and one of the few times our office was able to sit back and share a good laugh.

Nick, Talkspace

What to expect

Gary Ferrar can safely say he’s never performed the same show twice. His performances are customized on-the-fly to make sure your team is getting exactly what they want! Classic illusions? Mentalism with a borrowed iPhone? Hysterical sight gags? This personal touch makes Gary one of the best magicians you can hire, which might be why people book him year after year. Let Gary make your job easy!

Topics covered:

  1. Magician tactic: Misdirection
  2. Magician tactic: Focus manipulation
  3. Magician tactic: Pattern repetition
  4. How to apply this to business/work life
  5. Other ways to use this information
  6. Interactive demonstrations
Benefits
  • Great for sales teams!
  • Engage your whole office
  • Improve creative thinking and improvisation in the workplace
  • Watch astonishing illusions
  • Learn practical presentation skills
You'll need to provide

All language, humor, and material in this experience is 100% family-friendly and appropriate for children of all ages.

There must be an outlet near the performance space.

Reviews
  • Nick

    Talkspace

    January 2018

    Our office is a pretty skeptical group of people. Gary Farrar read the room perfectly, and within the first few minutes of his show he had the entire audience in his hand. It was highly entertaining from start to finish, and one of the few times our office was able to sit back and share a good laugh.

  • Karen Alper

    Marketing Science Partner, Facebook

    December 2017

    Gary, THANK YOU!! Our team really had such a great time. You have a whole new fan base who are still chanting your name in the office the day after. Hope to see you again soon!

  • Jon Hales

    Country Manager

    October 2017

    I really appreciate the time and the preparation you put into customizing your performance for our team. You made a very strong, lasting impression on our entire sales team and your performance and discussion have been the hot topic conversation! Thank you again.

  • Paul Hardy

    Senior Director Retail Development

    October 2017

    SO AWESOME!!! Everyone really enjoyed the show.

  • Regina Pena

    Producer

    October 2017

    We had so much fun working with Gary and loved the results!

  • Forbes

    October 2017

    A nuanced parlor show with intimate mentalism.

  • Huffington Post

    October 2017

    This guy's show is absolutely insane!

  • Michele

    March 2017

    Gary performed a parlor show for 25 adults at our annual holiday party and every single guest LOVED him. He has a warm and genuine personality and is naturally funny. His magic is astounding and his personality lights up the room - could you ask for more?! Book him without reservation!

  • Matt

    January 2017

    That made my month...and I've been having a pretty good month. Everyone you performed for was truly astonished. The cards and the envelope was mind-blowing. I am pretty much convinced that was real magic.

  • Jerry

    October 2016

    Gary amazed a skeptical crowd with card tricks, mentalism and his natural charm. It's been a year of big birthdays among our friends and Gary was the highlight.

  • Erin Chernow-Leon

    July 2016

    Gary attended our company Holiday Party this past week! The company is still blown away with his professionalism and his fun attitude we are all still trying to figure out his magic! Amazing Amazing Amazing!! Thank you so much!

  • Sylvia Danburg Volpe

    December 2015

    Completely entertaining, very funny, and virtuosic in his ability to capture and maintain the fascination of children and adults alike. Highly recommend.

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Price: $800

No additional fees!