Conjuring 2022 & Further Conjuring 2022
Five day workshops at Sigtuna Folkhögskola
This is the results from the Conjuring Workshop Survey.
28 students from 12 nations:
Tom Stone – Instructor
Leif Olberius – Instructor
Håkan Berg – Artistic journey
Ondřej Pšenička – Introduction to the Butterfly Deck.
Average value: 83.84 of 92.
In the stated learning objectives, certain promises were made. It was stated that on completion of the workshop, the student should have improved specific skills and abilities, as well as having gained new knowledge:
• Be able to practice and apply misdirection, dramatic techniques and non-linear methods.
• Be able to confidently work with the brainstorming process in relation to any given theme.
• Get an improved language to make it easier to cogently discuss, research and experiment with colleagues in both magic and related artistic fields.
Further Conjuring 2022:
• Get a deeper understanding of misdirection, dramatic techniques and non-linear methods.
• Understand the principles behind Object Permanence and Amodal Completion
• Get a better language to make it easier to cogently discuss, research and experiment with colleagues in both magic and related artistic fields.
Was the actual content of the course relevant to these learning objectives?
1: I do not agree at all / 10: I agree completely
Learning objectives are quite vague if it is what it says here.
But I did get new skills that I could implement in my magic and I did gain a lot of new knowledge.
This happened on several levels and also on a deeper level that will continue to grow
During the week I didn’t even think about that. It was just too fun! I went through the learning objectives and yes – all the promises were fulfilled. I thought that I knew a lot about the subjects but it turns out there were so many new things.
Yes, I felt all of the learning objectives were met and exceeded.
These learning objectives were exactly what I mostly learned during the course. I actually learned much more about new kind of thinking and new ways to work than I previously expected.
I really enjoyed the language, i.e. labeling the concepts that we as magicians use. The brainstorming in groups was very enjoyable.
I feel with it being the third time taking part in the summer Conjuring course that the objectives were met and pushed further. As our group was already versed in the language and techniques we only need brief introductary reminders of the techniques and then we could apply them in dramatic exercises that stretched their potential. I.e: taking crossing the gaze further by exploring Slydini’s paper balls. Taking the look think look action further with mask work and scripting – the exercise where we each had only one word to say in the sketch or a sentence.
This was an introductory course. We covered a lot of concepts each day and tried to apply them in performance-based exercises. It will take a lot of further experimenting and application to gain mastery. However, I award a 10 because I feel the instructors delivered in their promise: to deliver new knowledge and help improve skills and abilities.
Även om lite saker är repetition av kunskap jag redan har så är det nyttigt och viktigt att ha med sig grunderna. Sen tips det med nya kunskaper och erfarenheter.
I was surprised that so many of the tools were very concrete and could be applied immediately into one’s own work. So the content more than filled the learning objectives.
-This course was highly effective in teaching methods in misdirection, dramatic techniques, and non linear methods. Lectures on these topics were delivered followed by opportunities for active learning through application. Throughout the course, concepts were reinforced with further application opportunities.
-I feel that after the course I can confidently work with the brainstorming process in relation to any given theme. The greatest value to me was the eye opening process of rapidly creating new theatrical magic material.
-We were given many opportunities to collaborate with our cohort in developing new theatrical magic material. Through the lecture content we were given a language to effectively communicate our ideas.
Learning objectives were met.
In the instructions it was not clear to me that we needed one trick that we would show the first day and get directions on from Leif around. If I had known that I would have put more taught in to what trick to bring with me .
I think I learned all what was promised!
It was nice not focus on sleight of hand and that kind of exercises.
Learning techniques like vectors, acting was so uplifting
Before I attended the workshop, I have learnt by myself from lectures, books, podcasts and of course the tutorials that came with tricks I have bought. For two years I am also in a local magic club where I have learnt a lot. But I’m sure I have never made that much progress than in in the duration of this course. Bits and pieces I have seen or heard of suddenly fell into place and made sense or perhaps more sense than before. Plus all the new techniques and knowledge I have newly learnt helped me to understand this art better than ever before.
One of the learning objectives that is mentioned is “non-linear methods.” I’m not sure what that means, but for all the other parts, the teaching was definitely very relevant to the objectives.
Repetition is the foundation of learning!
Eventhough most of the content was already something I “knew”, it’s always great to recap. Also there was stuff I had never actually tried out, which I did at the course, so now I understand it a little bit better.
The content that was most new to me was that relating to storytelling in a theatrical sense. I would have loved more exercises where this knowledge was more connected to magic! For example everyone would bring a script for they’re routine, and it would be read in different attitudes.
The actual course was completely in line with the learning objectives.