S4E6: Doug Scheer — Themed Magic Shows
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In this interview, Doug Scheer tells us all about creating themed educational magic shows!
Doug Scheer is a magician and an expert at creating customized educational shows.
He’d originally worked in the auto industry for two decades creating custom magical presentations for General Motors.
And now he’s found success in offering 13 different shows to the educational school show market creating and performing shows that teach lessons as well as amaze!
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. — Bill Cosby
• Brainstorming ideas for themes.
• How to match tricks with topics.
• How to choose a topic to teach on.
• How bolding a theme show is like building a house.
Doug’s Book and a Contest!
Entertaining Education: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating & Performing Educational Magic
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This book teaches us Doug’s method of creating educational magic shows and includes 18 scripts to different tricks, a DVD of one of his theme shows, a graphic novel-styled-book to go with the DVD, and a bunch of his promotional materials he uses to promote that show.
Contest: I have one copy of Doug’s book to give away which includes all of the items mentioned above.
Enter to win by leaving a comment below telling us who your favorite interview has been and one thing you’ve learned and implemented in your business.
I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments and announce it on my next episode!
Other Topics Covered:
• What it’s like working with your spouse.
• A really cool story about how his show helped a single mother and child.
• Increase your credibility by writing a book.
• Connecting and working with special needs children on stage.
Recommended books and resources:
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Ultimate School Show Secrets by Joe Romano
When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub
Since I am new to your podcast, I have to say Doug is my favorite interview so far. But that’s a pretty safe thing to say, since I really like his work.
Awesome, Tommy! What’s one thing you’ve picked up from it that you’ll be able to use in your performance career?
And thanks for listening by the way.
There were several things I enjoyed. I found out some things I did not know about Doug’s personal life (and like him even more!). The talk about themed shows was very good. A lot of it resonated with me because I already believe a lot of what he was talking about. I will investigate “The Leader in Me” curriculum as I look into this summer’s Hero show for public libraries. Looking forward to listening to the past “issues” as I take my morning walks every day! Excited about this resource!
Thanks Tommy, I’m glad you’re getting some good take-aways here! Let me know if there’s anything you think would improve my show.
And I’d have to say that Tommy Johns comment is my favorite one so far 🙂
Haha! I’d tend to agree. 🙂