Character work for magicians

Who are you on stage?

Character work for magicians

You can book this workshop on character for your own events.

Character work for magicians

To playfully explore who we are on stage and find ways to enhance our magic through character is the goal of this 1 day workshop.
Originally this workshop was called ”Character for New Circus” and was developed for the Circus Department at Stockholm University of Arts.

Workshop topics:

We explore who the audience see when you perform magic, while applying techniques from theater and clowning. Through the exercises, you get practical tools to create character-driven magic & comedy material that works universally, across cultural and language barriers.

The workshop is divided into three parts.

  • Tools to connect you to your audience.
  • Exploration of your stage persona.

  • Tools to play with exaggerated stage characters.


Nalle Laanela is a clown professor working at The Stockholm Academy of the Arts and author of The Clown Manifesto.
 He is the founder of Clowns without Borders – Sweden and is a part of Europe’s biggest pyro circus Burnt out Punks. Nalle is well versed in the teaching ideology of Magic Workshops, and have a good eye for details.


  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Introduction.
  • 10:30 – 12:00 – The audience connection.
  • 12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch break (meal is not included).
  • 13:00 – 14:30 – Exploration of your stage persona.
  • 14:30 – 16:00 – Exaggerated stage characters.

Required prerequisite knowledge:

General knowledge about conjuring.


In general: 
Working with character can be very personal so be prepared to be pushed emotionally.
 Bring one act with a beginning, middle and end. 
If you have a stage costume, please bring it.

Bring a pen and a notepad – you will learn things that you really want to write down.

If you want to film or photograph the work you will be doing yourself, bring a device for that and make sure it is charged and have enough memory.

Working space

The working space must be able to host 11 people and allow freedom to move around. Somewhat private, out of view from non-participants.

Limited openings

The workshop is limited to 10 participants 


The approximate fee is given in the sidebar. Negotiations (fee, travel and lodging) are done directly with the instructor through this form:

    About Project

    The goal of this 1 day workshop is to playfully explore who we are on stage and find ways to enhance our magic through character.

    Our instructor is Nalle Laanela – clown professor at The Stockholm University of Arts and author of The Clown Manifesto.

    Project Details
    • Instructor:Nalle Laanela
    • Categories:1 day workshop
    • Skills:Character
    • Budget:12000 SEK    ≈ $1241 USD or €1120 Euro
    • Participants::10