It's all about encouraging youth and each other to discover their Magic, Attitude, Goals, Identity and Common sense. Revisit some ideas shared by Magician Rich Ferguson, hear his story and see how his observations may make a big impact on the Magic in your life and the kids we work with.
As a successful magician and individual that has a story that surprises people, the direction of this program came together naturally. Magic Maker™ has a wonderful framework around the Magic of life, attitude, discovery, intelligence and how important our jobs are when supporting each other and the youth we try to help. Rich shares his story of survival and insight on how he believes we can work to open doors for kids who have doors shut in their faces unnecessarily.
If you break down what anyone really wants, it's purpose and identity. Magic Maker™ explore ways to stop getting in the way of this process.
This 1.5-2 hour motivational program or keynote presentation is geared toward organizations that work with teens and kids in protective care, social services, at-risk academies and similar. However, the overall message can be presented to kids directly or people of all walks of life. It's all about embracing challenge and finding your Magic. Too often, the way society forces kids to deal with challenges or "issues" make them feel even more disconnected, ashamed or frustrated. As an expert observer and "survivor", Rich wants to share how this can be different. Challenges can be awesome and fuel opportunities if we let them.
Part of the program focuses on how we can shift our behavior to get amazing results. We can LOOK for opportunities in any situation to help someone explore their magic. In this example below, maybe realizing this child has rhythm and might be expressing a love for music would lead to something that would give him purpose and identity if harnessed correctly.
Another section focused on an important question: "What is Smarts?" From identifying the power of knowing how to adapt, keen observation and having common sense, we quickly see what a gift it is to be challenged while growing up.
A very fun section of the program is seeing celebrity faces and guessing what they have in common. This following slide will still surprise you when you see it following well-known faces. There are several sections like this which make the point that we know famous people for what they have driven to accomplish and not "problems" that they may have had earlier in life. It's a choice. Let problems define you and hold you back... or let them be the fuel for greatness. Rich shares his formula.
Of course, as an entertainer, Rich adds humor and magic to make it a memorable and fun experience. A lot of focus is on common sense and awareness due to the fact that kids that go through a lot have more "life experience" and smarts than they are given credit for. They are the most observant people in the world in many cases. Magic Maker™ also discusses learning, street smarts and Rich's secret formula to connect with kids and each other.
Magic Maker™ is available for at-risk youth groups, social services, academies, schools and any organizations that want to make a difference in kids and the world around them through shifting stigmas and being positive. Rich Ferguson was lucky enough to make his struggles drive him in a positive direction to accomplish amazing goals. One of the goals of Magic Maker™ is to share this secret.