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Conjuring 2020

August 10, 2020 @ 09:00 - August 15, 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

4500-5000 kr

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This is a 6 day hands-on workshop in conjuring. There will be loads of exercises in misdirection, dramatic and deceptive structure, as well as in prop making. We will examine magic theories, apply them and discuss them in the context of performances. The course is suitable for those with moderate experience as well as experts. We will work from early morning to late night and you’ll find it both challenging and rewarding.
You can read what former participants thought about the workshop in the Journal and in last years evaluation survey.

The workshop itself is free of charge, as education is free in Sweden. But there are costs for room + meals.

Required prerequisite knowledge

General knowledge about conjuring techniques and some performing experience.


The venue is “Sigtuna Folkhögskola” (Sigtuna folk highschool), located in the beautiful small village Sigtuna, not far from Arlanda Airport, in Stockholm, Sweden.


Conjuring Tom Stone
The workshop is led by Tom Stone, Carisa Hendrix, Tim Star and Leif Olberius.

Tom Stone is the author of several technical books on conjuring arts, as well as a performer, consultant, speaker, creator and teacher of the subject. He was awarded the 2015 Creative Fellowship by the Academy of Magical Arts.

Carisa Hendrix recently won the Allan Slaight “Canadian Rising Star” award, and was nominated the AMA Magic Castle Stage Magician of the Year – but well before that, Carisa became known as a multi-disciplined variety artist, doing all from comedy to fire eating. She has studied acting, dance, prop manipulation, burlesque, modelling, and magic. After being accepted to ACAD (the Alberta College of Art and Design) in 2007, she also studied performance art, design, and video.

Tim Star is a legendary propmaker for Harries Magic, Rings-N-Things, Creations by Star, and have build custom props for magicians around the world. That, combined with being a full-time professional performer for many years, makes Tim an unique instructor within a broad range of topics.

Leif Olberius started out as a wonder kid, performed on national TV as an 11 yrs old. Eventually, we lost him to theater, first theater school, then he started his own theatre company. But the magic bug didn’t go away, and eventually, he returned back to us – with tools and knowledge few others in magic have.

…there will also be a few extra guest instructors.

Learning objective:

On completion of the workshop, the student should:

  • 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.
  • Be able to cogently discuss, research and experiment with colleagues in both magic and related artistic fields.
  • Be able to use small tools to build props.


Still under development


  • 9.00 Check-in.
  • 10:30 Diningroom: Fika (coffee & snacks) + introduction of the courses.
  • 11:00 Exercise: The Effect as a narrative.
  • 11:30 Exercise: Think face.
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Exercise: Subplots.
  • 14:00 Exercise: Foreshadowing & callbacks
  • 16:00 Fika (coffee & snacks).
  • 16:30 Exercise: Misdirection, John Ramsay style.
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Extra event.
  • …In the evening, there’s a bar. There’s also a lake nearby for those who want to swim.

  • 8.00 Breakfast.
  • 9.00 Propmaking.
  • 10:30 Fika.
  • 11:00 Propmaking.
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Propmaking.
  • 16:00 Fika.
  • 16:30 Propmaking
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Extra event.
  • …The bar is open.

  • 8.00 Breakfast.
  • 9.00 Exercise: Crossing the Gaze.
  • 10:30 Fika.
  • 11:00 Exercise: Cancelling.
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Exercise: One ahead / One behind
  • 16:00 Fika.
  • 16:30 Exercise: (Not set yet).
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Extra event for female magicians: Talks on how to establish a mutual body of work.
  • …The bar is open.

  • 8.00 Breakfast.
  • 9.00 Exercise: Motion vectors.
  • 10:30 Fika.
  • 11:00 Exercise: Motion vectors.
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Exercise: (Not set yet).
  • 16:00 Fika.
  • 16:30 Exercise: (Not set yet).
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Extra event: Open stage in the dining room. You are welcome to perform.
  • …The bar is open.

  • 8.00 Breakfast.
  • 9.00 Exercise: (Not set yet).
  • 10:30 Fika.
  • 11:00 Exercise: (Not set yet).
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Exercise: (Not set yet).
  • 16:00 Fika.
  • 16:30 Exercise: (Not set yet).
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Extra event.
  • …The bar is open.

  • 8.00 Breakfast.
  • 9.00 Exercise: Applications in your own work.
  • 10:30 Fika.
  • 11:00 Discussion: Bringing it home.
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Final gathering of all groups
  • 14:00 End

Loose guidelines.

The following are just advice, not rules or demands.

In general:
Make sure you have pen and notepad. You will get hundreds of ideas, and any idea not written down will be instantly forgotten.
You will probably want to document some of the work you do, so make sure you have plenty of free memory in your devices so you can film and photograph your ideas.
It might also be nice to share one’s notes with the group, via some internet solution; Google Docs, Dropbox…

For the propmaking classes:
It is good if you have clothes that you don’t have to be very careful with, preferably clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, linen…). Tight fitting clothes are better than loose fitting clothes that can can get caught in things. Closed-toed shoes is preferable. And a hairband to tie your hair back if it is long.

For the exercises in misdirection:
Bring a few coins in a size that is comfortable to you to palm.
Also, bring a few identical small objects that are comfortable to finger palm (maybe small rubber balls, balls from Cups & Balls, small toys, marbles, pebbles from the ground… anything).
And one object that can act as a magic wand (a wand, a drumstick, a large pencil, a stirring stick for drinks… something)

For the exercises in structure and routine construction:
You need to bring 3-5 simple and short tricks that you can perform. It does not need to be good or advanced (it can even be something from a magic set for kids). But they should be different, not too similar. The purpose is to learn how to build the structure of a routine or an act, so the nature and quality of the actual tricks are not important. The simpler the better.

For the final exercise:
(Optional) It is not necessary or essential, but you can bring 1-2 tricks or routines you are already working with. The last exercise is to apply as much as possible of the new knowledge on one of your own routines, but the advice is to pick either something new that is in development, or an old piece that you’re godawfully tired of, rather than something that is in your active repertoire, because most people are hesitant to change something they know works well as it is. The reason we say this is optional, is because we’ve noticed that most tend to pick something they’ve come up with during the week. Yet, it might be good to have something, for peace of mind, if nothing else.

For the creativity exercises:
Bring a small kit of your favorite solutions.
If you like to use magnets and strings to solve magic problems, bring magnets and strings.
If you often solve magic problems by gluing stuff together; bring glue.
If you tend to use black art; bring black material.

And if you don’t have any favorite solutions to magic problems, don’t worry; just bring yourself.

For some of the exercises you will likely want to add music, so load up your devices with a good assortment of music in various moods; upbeat, sad, happy, spooky, dramatic, soft, rhythmic…et cetera.

In the evenings, a make-shift pub will be open and the participants in the Conjuring workshops can socialize with each other. Improvised magic performances and sessions are very welcome.

Registration form

  • Sharing a room + meals. Price:
    4500 SEK. That is about $465 USD or 420 euro.
  • Single room + meals. Price:
    5000 SEK. That is about $517 USD or 467 euro.

Since there are limited places, this form is not binding until it is confirmed that you have a place.


August 10, 2020 @ 09:00 CEST
August 15, 2020 @ 14:00 CEST
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Sigtuna Folkhögskola
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Sigtuna Folkhögskola
Manfred Björkquists allé 20
Sigtuna, 193 22 Sweden
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