Wired for Wonder Part 2

3 01 2015

10805690_10204355733627861_9199597015240772566_nLet’s explore this metaphor further.  We hear hints to this quite often. You might hear in the lunchroom “There was magic in the classroom today”, “It worked like magic” “I wish I could do magic today in class”.

I am not suggesting teachers use trickery or subterfuge to deceive students like a street con artist would do. Though I am sure all teachers have been tempted in this. Listen to the words of Whit Haydn describe the three card con game:

We’re playing a game called Chase the Ace,
You have to guess from the back what’s on the face.
Once I mix the cards around,
You tell me where the Ace is found
Hey! Step this way!
Come here and play!
This is the game for the sporting fan,
Try your luck with the Monte Man!   (footnote)

A magical teacher is not a flim-flam man who scams and swindles with schemes to defraud.

I am also not suggesting that teachers be like a circus sideshow barker who shouts,

“Step right up to the Amazing Traveling Carnival and Side Show Extravaganza.  Come on in! It’s only a dollar!  I guarantee you haven’t seen anything like this! Rides? We’ve got Tilt-A-Whirl and we’ve got Merry-Go-Round and a Ferris Wheel! Stay for the Wild Man of Borneo! We’ve got soda pop and corn dogs! Ice cream and cotton candy! Come one come all! Only a dollar, only a dollar!”

I am sure teachers have been tempted to attract the attention of students like that. What I am suggesting is something deeper and wonderful.

Now listen to these preliminary comparisons of a magician and a teacher.

-He is a Showman like Circus Ringleader who points the audience to the spectacle

-He is a mind reader who reads the group with great observation skills

-He creates a receptive atmosphere

-He influences the mental state of the students

-He projects an air of mystery

-He attracts and focuses attention

-He uses words to create change

-He creates memorable moments

-He reveals and evokes wonder

 Listen to the haunting words of world class poet, musician and magician  Jay Scott Berry  (footnote)

                                         The Magician

     I can impress you in the wink of an eye with skills that will surely astound

     I can amaze, amuse, inspire, delight, and lead you to the profound

     You may simply think to brush it all off as prestidigitation.

     Or perhaps you may wish to look a bit deeper to the pool of inspiration.

     For the magic runs wild in the sea of your mind and to find it is always the goal.

     It whispers and sings in the depths of your heart all the way down to our soul.

     It beckons the dreamer ever to fly, the dancer ever to dance.

    And I the Magician, the Worker of Wonder, can merely offer the chance.

 

Now imagine as the teacher walks into the classroom.  The students are on edge of their seats.

Excitement filled the air with anticipation. What ideas would she produce today? She had no mirrors or threads and nothing up her sleeve.  She seemed to control the environment with the smile on her face.  She told stories of wonder that created life into the pages of the book and in our hearts.  We traveled together as the day unfolded. She did not perform a magic trick because the attention was not on her.  She evoked the magic in us.  She read our minds and hearts. She knew when we were ready.  She gently brought us to a place where we wanted to learn the secret knowledge of math and science. She enticed us to explore.  Her magic hat was a book.  Her magic words were ….”I believe in you”   “You can do this”   She was filled with enthusiasm, confidence,  she was a master of the subject, symbol of something the students desire.  We all wanted to be a teacher because of her. One thing that this teacher did was to see that the magic was in us.  She unleashed a sense of wonder that we could do marvelous things with our minds.

This teacher evoked the wonder and taught that true magic takes work!  The magic was that the students desired to work to produce more magic.

As Blaine Lee, author of the Power Principle, says  “The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.”

Teachers need to encourage students that success does not take a magic hat but it takes putting on their thinking caps.  They convey ideas like “It is not a genii lamp for wishful thinking but using brains to do real thinking.  Exercising the body makes us physically strong but successful mental strength comes from determination, persistence, tenacity, resoluteness, toughness and endurance.  There is no elevator to success. You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.  It takes effort.”   That is the magic teachers can produce in the students.

Author  Robert Fanney echoes this when he asks “Is there magic in this world? Certainly! But it is not the kind of magic written about in fantasy stories. It is the kind of magic that comes from ideas and the hard work it often takes to make them real.”

One of these teachers was my 7th grade English teacher who believed in me.

I was in Middle school.  You remember Middle School- the time where self-efficacy declines and wonder diminishes.  But in this class the atmosphere was exploratory and enjoyable. But I remember less about her and more about the magic she unleashed from me. I discovered that I could write poetry with thoughts beyond my years and with language skills beyond the normal 7th grade level.  I was creative! I was a writer and a poet!  I learned to love writing poetry and I produced more in her class than any other class.  I always remember this with a renewed sense of wonder.

She was my cheer leader who produced magic in my heart and helped me  regain my sense of wonder.  She was my wonder champion.

Rita Pierson says, “Every child deserves a champion-an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be”   (footnote)

Listen to E.E. Cummings reflection on this, “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

This is a true magician teacher!!!

For many years this sign hung on the door of my own classroom. “In this classroom you are invited to reach your potential!  I believe in you!  You can rise to the challenge!”  I thought of my 7th grade teacher  every time I walked by that sign.

Great teachers are like magicians because they reveal and evoke wonder.

Stay tuned for Part 3….





Wired for Wonder by Bob Bishop Part 1

2 01 2015

10805690_10204355733627861_9199597015240772566_nPeople are metaphor makers.  We create our metaphors and we perceive life from the metaphors we create.  Metaphors are powerful ways we make meaning of this world. They can empower us and they can debilitate us.  That is why it is important to carefully choose our metaphors that bring success and creativity. Giving the right metaphor to our students can also transform the way they perceive themselves and their ability for learning.

Imagine that you  keep some of the most powerful life changing metaphors in your pocket and can bring them out when you need some reminders.  Let’s try some pocket metaphors right now!

Take some coins from your pocket.  Do it right now! I know that in reading this you may be tempted to be passive and not take action.  But slow down your skimming and take some coins out of your pocket.   Again, take some coins out from your pocket!  Place these coins on the floor and stand on them.  You have just acted out the most powerful metaphor we can begin with.  You are standing in the midst of change.  If you want education to change for the better you need to take action.

Deeper in your pocket you can keep a little paw removed from a stuffed Teddy Bear (a little gruesome, I know).  When you are overwhelmed with all the confusion in education you need to pause (paws), take breath and reflect on why you are in education and the part you play to improve the minds of students.

In my right pants pocket I keep my keychain with a  small flashlight to remind me that when things look dim I can shine some light on the situation and others if I just lighten up a bit.

In my wallet in my back pocket I am ready for anything because I carry one playing card-a joker.  This is a reminder that whatever I am dealt I can transform it something better.  I can laugh at the absurdities of life and not take myself too seriously.

Imagine using this idea with your students.  Imagine them handling struggles, problems or situations  with a metaphor that matches their strengths or passions. Perhaps math is a dragon that they can train or slay.  Perhaps a problem is an opposing football player that they can tackle.  Now imagine blessing your student with the strengths of their heroes.  How would Superman turn this situation around?  If you had the ability to change minds or abilities with your favorite  hero how would they do this?

Here is a helpful hint to all teachers out there. We can teach students  how to apply an appropriate metaphor with their imagination to help them achieve success.  If we want individuals to succeed treat them uniquely with the metaphor that matches their creative passions.  Metaphors have the power of metamorphosis–they can empower students to transform how they perceive problems, success and the world.

We can see how metaphors are the grid and projector of how we perceive the world.  They have penetrated our vocabulary so well they are often imperceptible.

Listen to a few:

Ideas are food: There are raw facts, half-baked ideas you can’t swallow or digest that you may have to let stew for a while or put on the back burner until they become food for  thought.

Ideas are plants: From her fertile imagination planted in her youth became a seed of a budding theory that got to the root of the issue that may branch out before it dies on the vine.

Let’s take a short walk to explore how we use familiar educational metaphors. Take the well-known quote by Socrates: “Education is the kindling of a flame not the filing of a vessel”  Einstein has a similar version of this ideas when he said, “A student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you have to light up.”

These quotes introduce two contrasting metaphors. One sees students as receptacles for stuffing information and knowledge into. The other sees students  as a spark to ignite.  One sees teachers as one who imposes knowledge and fills the mind receptacle with information. The other sees the teacher bringing out knowledge and igniting a flame.  Choosing your metaphor influences how you teach and perceive your students.

In Latin the word “educate” has two Latin roots.  They are eduare which means to train or mold and educere meaning to draw out. Thus there is an etymological basis for many of the debates about education today.  (footnote)

One camp uses education as the preservation and passing down of knowledge -the shaping of youths in the image of the past.  The other camp sees education as preparing a new generation for the issues that are to come–preparing youths to create new solutions to problems yet unknown.

Pushing the characterization to an extreme: one calls for rote memorization and becoming good workers while the other requires questioning, thinking and creating.

If you were to listen carefully to our vocabulary you might catch some learning metaphors that affect how education plays itself out even in your child’s classroom.

If we see the classroom of students as a garden we would see the teacher as planting ideas as seeds that grow in our students.

If we see our classroom as a competitive race you would see whoever gets to the finish line first wins.

If you see yourself as a gamer you would strategize to determine what to teach and students would either win or lose

If the classroom is seen as a battleground the job would be to win over the students.

A common metaphor of the industrial age is the educational factory where students are products on an assembly line molded to fit in a competitive system.

A common (seemingly harmless) metaphor for education is a journey.  But this can be distorted to become the journey of the teacher. The trailblazer teacher’s responsibility is to keep moving their students through content.  The teacher “needs to keep going,” “pass to the next thing”, “move on” and to “to cover the material”.  Student lack of movement (lack of academic progress) is used to describe students who can’t keep the pace.  The road to academic progress has only one “only way”  and “one size fits all”.

Even the Latin root of curriculum adds momentum to this. Curriculum means a “race” or the “course of a race.”

Let’s take out that “paw” from your pocket to pause and reflect.

Metaphors that focus on what the teacher does rather than what the students learn sees students as passive receivers who need motivation to stretch that vessel and to keep up with the race.

So what are we really teaching?  What is the secret curriculum between the lines of our schools? What hidden  metaphor is behind the curtain of our educational system?  What metaphor is behind the decision making in this countries’ education system.  When we continually compare our country with other countries to demonstrate how far we are behind are we not presupposing a metaphor?  What we focus on is what our children focus on.

The most well-known metaphor for ideas is a light bulb. Let’s start there for a moment. Let’s take out that flash light from your pocket to shed some light on education.

Here are some observations based on a light bulb.

  1. We are all wired differently with different learning styles.  If we look around at the observable differences in students we can be assured that their brains, though looking  similar, have far more neuron nuances with more complex differences than physical appearances.
  2. We learn by making connections.  Learning is a physical process in which new knowledge is represented by new brain cell connections.  Students gather information but it takes the integrative imagination to create knowledge.
  3. Our task is turning kids on to learning.  Just as a light bulb has a switch to turn it on, teachers have to find that switch that will light up the student’s desire to learn.
  4. Sometimes we get our wires crossed on what learning is all about.  We do not connect  because we do not teach to how students learn.
  5. We can all use some bright creative ideas for motivation.  The best teachers are models of learning.  They share with students that every day is a learning experience to further understand the topics they teach and the students they seek to inspire.
  6. We are wired for wonder.  Deep inside every learner there is a mind that hungers for the electricity of astonishment and a desire for wonder.

I would like to introduce a new metaphor.  It is exciting, mysterious and fun! We are in a transformational time in education.  Remember we are standing in the midst of change. But you better sit down to listen to this.  Here is a fresh metaphor to help us transform our perspective of education.

Think of the first magic trick you saw and how you experienced a thrill, surprise, mystery, and a spectacle.  Think of a time where your innocence found wonder.  This may sound trivial or naive now but think of how you felt as a child. This was a time before you knew about sleight-of-hand, trapdoors, and “up the sleeve” secrets.  This was before you knew that parlor tricks were done with smoke and mirrors.  This was before your amazement was dashed after a magician fumbled or bumbled and destroyed the spell.

You could have remembered your grandfather pulling a coin from your ear. You could have remembered a circus or amusement park entertainer or a stage illusion from David Copperfield. You could have been dazzled by a close-up magician with a card trick, amazed by an escape artist in the tradition of Houdini, or had someone “read” your mind.

What if you had a magic wand that could transform something about education or your teaching?  Like that joker in your back pocket, what if you could transform what you were dealt into something amazing?

Would you like to make some magic happen in your classroom?  Remember we are developing a metaphor even as you read.

What if you could……..

                    M    Motivate from a heart of wonder

                    A    Activate learning

                    G    Generate inquisitiveness

                    I      Invigorate emotions

                    C    Celebrate the brain





You can bring the Magic of Math to your school this 2014 school year!!

2 01 2014

The Math Magician

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Math-Magician/272971359454909

http://www.odysseylearningadventures.com/

Does your school need a boost in mathematics?

Do your students need some math motivation?

Do your teachers need some new ideas in math?

Does your school need a memorable event focused on your math improvement goals?

You can bring the Magic of Math to your school this 2014 school year!!

Bob Bishop, America’s Math Magician, is back  with a newer, larger and more exciting program for 2014!

Math Magic Family Night program!!

Math should be fun, entertaining, challenging, and memorable.

The Math Magician’s programs are interactive, informative, fun  and definitely memorable!!

Total audience involvement for the entire school family!!

Participants will learn about:

  •  The power and importance of mathematics
  • The magic of probabilities
  •  The magic of equality
  •  The power of the mind and effort to achieve school success
  •  The adventure and excitement of mathematics
  • The power of perseverance in school
  •  Escaping from Brain Chains
  •  The power of  Additude
The Math Magician can visit your school and teach students, teachers and coordinate a family Magic of Math evening.  But because of availability this is on a first come first serve basis. 
Book him now!!
His schedule fills up quickly!
Contact Bob Bishop The Math Magician at:
odysseylearningadventures@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Math-Magician

“I have never seen my students more spellbound for 60 minutes as they were for Bob Bishop, the Math-Magician. His program generated many interesting discussions later in the classroom setting.””Mr. Bishop’s activities make math an exciting mind expanding experience.”

“I thought it was very well thought out, rich with ideas and materials, and enjoyable.”

“Fast paced with a wealth of useful information.”

“Wonderful activities to use with my students. Right on target!”

As you know, Bob Bishop has been known as Idaho’s Math Magician for more than 20 years. He has gained media notoriety as the Math Magician from television to countless newspaper articles (including the Idaho Statesman Life Section). He has won many awards for teaching and his students have also won many scholarly awards. He was awarded the GEM award for teaching Idaho’s gifted students. He has taught the gifted students in Boise for 15 years, has helped coordinate Micron’s Math Meet, has taught BSU and NNU classes in teacher development in mathematics, has taught for the Bureau of Education (BER), is a certified in Brain-based educator, has taught ICTM math conventions and Edu-fest gifted conference for 17 years. He has presented to teachers and students from Boston to Los Angeles to Taiwan to California, and in Idaho.

Education leaders in Idaho consistently hear from employers and colleges and universities in Idaho that Idaho students do not have the math skills they need to succeed in the work force or a postsecondary education setting when they graduate from high school. Scores on statewide assessments also show a troubling trend in math as students move through our K-12 system: Therefore, we must improve math education across all grades in Idaho to ensure we prepare every student to live, work and succeed in the 21st century.

“I have a vision to visit every elementary classroom  to help equip teachers and students with the art and joy of learning mathematics. There are many bored, non-engaged students who have a lack of understanding in numeracy skills. What I would like to offer is the Magic of Math to change attitudes and to ignite motivation for math success.”

Bob has coordinated his Family Math nights for more than 20 years. And for a selected few schools he will come for a week-long resident Math Magician. Bob would visit every classroom and give unique student workshops that blend hands-on activities, interactive games, and math magic that the teachers can build upon. He would also provide inservice training for the teachers by providing state and nationally aligned games and activities that will empower teachers with methods to teach the curriculum in motivating and memorable ways.

No other program comes close to the benefits of the Magic of Math!

Contact Bob Bishop, The Math Magician

odysseylearningadventures@gmail.com

http://www.odysseylearningadventures.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Math-Magician

208-921-7981

Motivation

Motivation for students to succeed in math.

Attitude

Attitude change in students for mathematics.

Guidance

Guidance for teacher effectiveness and student improvement.

Innovative

Innovative teaching ideas.

Competency

Competency and confidence in mathematics.

The Cost?

Family Math Night $700

Math Magic week: $500 a day of 50-60 min. classes. Teacher inservices $300 plus price of workbooks.

Be sure you ask how Tutor Doctor can help sponsor this event!!

“In my experience working with students I have noticed a continued weakness in math skills and a need to teach math in a way that will inspire elementary students to love math at an early age. “The idea that would help address this need and dovetail with your schools  Math Goals is a hands-on interactive school program for all elementary school age students. It is a vision of bringing the Magic of Math programs to every elementary classroom in Idaho to help equip teachers and students with the joy of learning and teaching mathematics. ”

What the Math Magician offers is an additional boost of excitement and enthusiasm for math.


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Camp River Run (for kids with life threatening illnesses)
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MagicFest of Twin Falls
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Math Magician helps Students to Want to Study Numbers USA

POCATELLO, IDAHO – A new spin has been put on mathematics as Tendoy Elementary students use some magic to study various math concepts.

Bob Bishop, the Math Magician, has delighted students in kindergarten through sixth grade and teachers with his magic skills and math abilities over the past week.

“Math is so necessary in life,” he said. “It’s not just making math fun, but it’s also trying to attach some sense of understanding for students.”

Fifth grade teacher Vicki Reeder’s class had the opportunity to spend some time with Bishop while working on problem solving skills. Students worked with calculators, the box of magic, learned how to do multiplication tables with their fingers, played a game called Fast and Loose and other activities.

During a game of fast and loose, Bishop produced a single chain and proceeded to fold it into a series of loops. Students were asked to pick a loop and place their finger inside it. If they had guessed correctly the loop would stay around their finger. However, if they guessed incorrectly, the loop would slip away.

“You will win if you know mathematics, but you’ll lose if you don’t,” Bishop said.

Students learned how to follow the loops and determine the correct place to put their fingers.

Bishop has been performing for students and other audiences for 20 years and says he continually teaches students and teachers how math can be fun.

He said many students work with arithmetic but don’t fully understand problem solving skills.

With the help of a little magic, students are forced to observe the environment around them for any changes and think about possible outcomes.

“Generally students don’t really care to do math because it’s not fun,” Bishop said. “By making it interesting and proving to them they can do it, it helps to raise their self-esteem and interest level in math.”

Bishop will perform along with Tendoy Elementary students at 6:30 p.m. today for a Math Night.

Fifth grade student Quinci Shelley is acting as Bishop’s assistant during the show and said she can’t wait to perform for other students.

“I think it’s cool and it’s a good opportunity for us,” she said. “Some people don’t like math, but when they see this show it sparks their interest.”

Fifth grade student Brant Leo will lead the audience in applause, but said working with Bishop has been great because he’s learned new things.

“He’s helping students to improve their math by using cool tricks,” he said.

“Bob Bishop is a creative and a genius at making math fun. “

“By making math fun, students will learn to enjoy it more and it will give them a sense of pride as they figure out difficult problems,” he said.

WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES SAY ABOUT BOB BISHOP

“This has been the most energizing seminar I have ever attended in 37 years as a teacher. The book is absolutely awesome and every page is a true gem. I’ve been feeling very burned out but now I feel that I can do my best again. I wish all my administrators and teachers could benefit from Bob’s energy and message. Thank you for letting me see that there are still educators who believe in children as people and not as numbers on a chart. I have decided not to retire!”
Diena Hurtado Teacher, Anaheim, California
“Bob has a unique way on engaging his audience- whether they are children or adults. They are captivated by his humor, his intelligence, and gentle manner. Bob teaches in such a way that the participants don’t even realize they are being challenged and taught something at the same time. I would attend any workshop or class Bob taught, knowing that I will come away with more skills and knowledge than when I walked in– and have fun while doing it!”
Sue March 6th grade Cynthia Mann Elementary
“When Bob Bishop teachers he is articulate, expressive, and engages the learner in the adventure and discovery of learning. Young or old, Bob Bishop prompts the learner into new territory where learning is once again, fun, worthwhile, relevant, and meaningful.”
Scott Ziemer Teacher/Counselor
“The exposure to the wit and wisdom of Bob Bishop has indelibly impressed upon me his dedication to his students and effective teaching, his commitment to include humor in his presentations and personal interactions, and his personal high standards of achievement for himself and his students. Observing Bob will stimulate recollections of Socrates and Aristotle-Socrates for his incessant use of questions, and Aristotle for his demand for evidence for student opinions.”
Larry Rogien Education Dept. Head Boise State University
“Bob Bishop’s special skills as an educator, creative teacher, author, curriculum developer and professional magician put everything he teaches into sharp focus. His research abilities, creative style, high energy deliveries, practical applications and humor make him a sought-after presenter. This mixture of experience as a magician and educator makes his presentations a unique blend of entertainment and sound pedagogy. When you watch Bob, it is obvious that his desire goes beyond entertainment and instruction. Watching him work with a group of students, mixing magic and mathematics, is to be amazed at his ability to completely involve a very difficult audience. Nick Johnson Middle school teacher/ President of Math-Explosion
“Bob Bishop, math wizard extraordinaire, presented his hallmark math antics, games, and puzzles before parents and students at our first family math night. The cafetorium was packed with kids having fun with numbers. We gave Bob and the event a 10. The kids loved the wizard and so did we!”
Debbie Hertzog PTA President Seven Oaks Elementary
“Fantastic! Captivating! Challenging! Thorough! Creative! Very Knowledgeable! Humorous! Engaging! Committed! Gifted and talented teacher. Bob Bishop is a master teacher who makes learning come alive for his students. He can take any topic and present it in a way that allows new insights. Prepare to be both challenged and entertained.”
Cheryl Richardson Hillcrest GATE Center
“Bob’s fast paced yet calm presentations sparkle with wit and humor. His years of classroom experience and connection with children are reflected in examples to which every teacher relates. He applies his in-depth knowledge of brain-based learning in his classroom and in his presentations. Bob is a unique presenter. You will remember this presentation and use the material in it.”
Rita Hoffman, Gifted Program Supervisor, Boise School District
“Bob is energizing, motivating and …fun!!!! He makes you think, analyze, debate, and enjoy all at the same time. A session with Mr. Bishop is always worth attending because you never leave ‘empty minded’.”
Linda Stokes GATE teacher Collister Elementary School
“Bob Bishop is an amazing educator! He brilliantly enriches the lives of all children and freely gives of his time. He engages all learners in exciting, stimulating, and challenging activities that motivates, enriches, and develops their love of learning.”
Jaci Guilford 4th grade teacher




The Magic of the Movie, Gravity

3 10 2013

Published: September 30, 2013

MIAMI – In the opening sequence of “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts conducting some repairs on the Hubble telescope orbiting Earth when disaster strikes, sending her hurtling through space, untethered, floating farther and farther away until she’s just another tiny white light in the cosmos.

The scene neatly sets up all the elements of the remarkable film that follows. There is no sound in space, so when the telescope explodes silently, it takes a few seconds for your eyes to catch up and realize what’s happening, because your ears can’t help you process what’s happening. The camera floats weightlessly the way the astronauts do, like magic, occasionally pulling in for a close-up of Bullock’s face, somehow going through the glass of her helmet to show us her eyes, then back out again. And much of the startling sequence unfolds in one single, uninterrupted shot that lasts, what, 10 minutes? Fifteen? Twenty?

Director Alfonso Cuaron isn’t telling.

“I honestly don’t know the exact length,” Cuaron says via telephone from Los Angeles. “We weren’t trying to compete in the Olympics of long shots. We didn’t want the shot to call attention to itself. Otherwise it becomes the goal of the scene – it becomes what I call a ‘Look, Ma, no hands!’ kind of shot. We’re just doing stuff that makes sense for our narrative. Your shots are part of your movie’s language. And the language of this movie is to make you feel like you’re floating up in space with the characters.”

“Gravity,” which opens Friday, is the culmination of a process that began nearly five years ago when Cuaron’s son Jonas asked him to read a script he had written called “Desierto” (“Desert”), about two illegal immigrants battling the elements while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cuaron, who hadn’t directed a movie since 2006’s dystopian sci-fi adventure “Children of Men,” was invigorated by the focus and intensity of the screenplay (which Jonas is soon to direct himself, starring Gael Garcia Bernal).

“I really didn’t have that many notes to give him about his script,” Cuaron, 52, says. “Instead, I asked him if he would write something else like it with me. He kind of took me out of a chest, dusted me off and reawakened my desire to make films. We wanted to do something along the lines of ‘Desierto’ – something that was tense and suspenseful from the start of the film to the end, sprinkled with thematic elements that are conveyed through visual metaphors instead of dialogue. And then we started talking about the metaphorical possibilities of space.”

Although the finished screenplay for “Gravity” was 90 pages, the movie is refreshingly light on dialogue, most of it consisting of playful banter between Clooney, Bullock and the NASA command center – at least until their situation becomes dire, and then the joking stops.

But in order to make the ambitious movie he envisioned in his head, Cuaron first needed to find out if it was even possible.

“Every film is like a free-fall,” he says. “You just have to jump and hope that your parachute will open. We spent a lot of time developing the technology to shoot this movie, and we didn’t know if it was going to work until deep in the process. It was a big unknown, and we didn’t have a safety net.”

 

Producer David Heyman, who collaborated with Cuaron on 2004’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” admits that Warner Bros. took a leap of faith when they green-lighted the $80 million project.

“To give them credit, they’ve always been a filmmakers’ studio,” Heyman says. “Relationships with directors are key to them, which is why they’ve worked so often with Clint Eastwood or Christopher Nolan or now Ben Affleck. Alfonso is not a good director: He’s a great director, and I think they embraced his vision, which was very clear. There was a thriller aspect, an adventure aspect and then on top of everything this emotionally rich story about a woman who’s given up on life and must decide whether to float off into the void or fight her way back down to Earth.”

 

“Gravity’s” development process was so lengthy that several actors circled the project, including Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr., but then had scheduling conflicts. When the filmmakers finally had a concrete starting date, Bullock and Clooney landed the roles, and the parts were slightly rewritten for them.

“After my first conversation with Sandra, it was clear to me that she was the only one who could star in this film,” Cuaron says. “She had read the script and after three hours of talking, she had never one mentioned space or technology. She was only interested in the emotional journey of her character.”

Once Bullock signed on, she began to research the technical aspects of her role. Unlike most sci-fi films set in outer space, “Gravity” tries to adhere to the laws of science whenever possible.

Dr. Catherine “Cady” Coleman, a NASA astronaut who has logged more than 4,000 hours in space, had just watched “The Blind Side” aboard the International Space Station when she received a call from Bullock, who wanted to pick her brain.

“She asked a lot about how you move around up in space,” Coleman says. “How much you would use your hands and feet; the difference between being inside and outside a station; whether you float or fly. We also talked about the feeling of being one of just a few people living in a space station, doing work that is really important and can’t be done from the ground, being alone up there.”

Advancements in computer-generated imagery have made it possible for filmmakers to be able to put on screen whatever they can imagine. But “Gravity” is reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” in the way it raises the bar on visual effects, using new and existing technology in ways you’ve never seen before in movies. No matter how hard you look, you can’t find the seams.

Combined with the film’s superb 3-D effects, the illusion of being in space is so realistic that you come out of the theater not wanting to know how it was done.

“I’m really glad you’re saying that,” Cuaron says. “I would love for audiences to go see the film and experience it for themselves. Later on, after people have seen it, I’ll be happy to talk about how we did it. But in principle, it’s like going to see David Copperfield perform. You don’t want to know the behind-the-scenes stuff in advance. You want to enjoy the spectacle and the conceptual poetry of the act. And part of the spectacle is not knowing how he did it.”

 

“Gravity” is being marketed as a sensory experience instead of a science-fiction picture, and for once the advertising is honest. Although there is plenty in the film to chew and digest (including a bound-to-be-controversial dream sequence, and another shot that encapsulates Darwin’s theory of evolution in 60 seconds), the main attraction is the ride – the kind of did-you-see-that? thrills that Cuaron believes are too often lacking in Hollywood pictures.

“I was weaned on movie-movies – stuff like ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,'” he says. “Those were really fun, exciting movies, but they were also substantial. They weren’t hollow spectacles. Comic-book movies started out as these great films that liberated these amazing characters from the basements of geeks and unleashed them to the mainstream culture. They were almost subversive.

“But now comic-book movies are becoming the Darth Vader of cinema. You can’t generalize them, but a lot are practically parodies of themselves. The first ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie was a very, very happy surprise. But those are rare. In many ways, I was channeling Buster Keaton when we made ‘Gravity’ – the single through-line story in which there is a lot of humanity and emotion, but everything is conveyed through physical action. We just wanted to put on a really good show.”

And how does he know he succeeded?

“I didn’t, until just a few weeks ago, when we premiered it at Venice!” he says, laughing. “But people there seemed to like it. So we’ll see.”





Mr. X and Wild Thing

27 08 2013

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The Math Magician Expand your brain with Mr. X!!

27 08 2013
Bob Bishop is internationally known as the Math Magician. He visits many school each year to share the wonder of math. He has traveled from Boston to Los Angeles to Taiwan amazing and motivating teachers and students.Appearing as Mister X (The Illusionist), The Math Magician, Einstein, or even the Zany Dr. Lamebrain, he teaches teachers with keynotes and workshops and gives students long remembered workshops and assemblies. His classroom experience and training in brain-based education gives him unique insight into the vital need for quality math education to keep our country on the innovative edge.Bob Bishop, creator of Odyssey Learning Adventures, has loved math, games, and puzzles since he was a child. He shares from his passion to motivate students to love math. He has been a classroom teacher for Elementary, High School and Middle school for over 20 years.

Bob’s commitment and passion for math are obvious as he teaches. Bob’s programs are fun, dynamic and intellectually engaging.

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Mr. X, The Math Magician

27 08 2013
Mr. X, The Math Magician, is now booking school family math nights for the Fall and Winter. Bob Bishop is internationally known as America’s Math Magician. He visits many school each year to share the wonder of math. He has traveled from Boston to Los Angeles to Taiwan amazing and motivating teachers and students.
Photo: Mr. X, The Math Magician, is now booking school family math nights for the Fall and Winter. Bob Bishop is internationally known as America's Math Magician. He visits many school each year to share the wonder of math. He has traveled from Boston to Los Angeles to Taiwan amazing and motivating teachers and students.




Introducing Mr. X The Math Magician

18 07 2013

PrintMr. X, The Math Magician, is now booking school family math nights for the Fall and Winter. Bob Bishop is internationally known as America’s Math Magician. He visits many school each year to share the wonder of math. He has traveled from Boston to Los Angeles to Taiwan amazing and motivating teachers and students.





ASTONISHMENT IS OUR NATURAL STATE OF MIND

20 06 2013

Paul Harris

“If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it has ever been pushed before, push it into the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of real magic”-Tom Robbins

ASTONISHMENT IS OUR NATURAL STATE OF MIND.

What?

The magic arena is a place of infinite possibilities and there’s room to play whatever game you want. But just for a moment let’s play the game of pushing the art into the wildest edge of edges.

All right. Here we go. Think back to your first magical encounter. The seed experience that first excited you then compelled you to do magic yourself. Someone did a trick for you that made you gasp. For me it was when my uncle Paul smashed a newspaper-covered glass through a table top. A moment of ecstatic bliss where every thought was pulled from my face leaving nothing more then empty space.

My first instinct was not to hear a joke or to be entertained or to be told a story or to make small talk but to experience that moment again and again. And it’s natural to think if you could learn to do magic yourself, then…well, you could have this experience all the time. But then about three seconds later you realize that it’s fun to know secrets and to do things for people that they can’t figure out. And suddenly you’re out of the astonishment game and into the ego game and with hard work and some good jokes and maybe even into the money game.

So now you’re a long way from home and from that virgin gasp that motivated the journey. And now you’re performing some of your high-entertainment-value effects and despite yourself a profound moment of astonishment is unleashed. It doesn’t happen every time but when the moon is right and the conditions are just so…there it is, a moment of total white-light astonishment. And you look at those astonished faces and maybe you’re not sure what to say, or you feel a little guilty, or a bit uncomfortable because it’s stopped the flow of your show or changed your easy relationship with the audience. Something powerful has happened. But everyone knows its just a trick and you’re “just a magician” so there’s this dysfunctional relationship going on and no one’s sure what to do with this strange experience including yourself.

But in general you’re pretty happy because on some level you realize this is a big win until someone says, “I wish the children were here to see this.” And for a moment you feel your whole game fall apart. Doing magic for children can be glorious. But the frequently voiced opinion that the experience of astonishment is a childish thing makes you wonder about what’s really going on.

If you listen carefully you’ll also hear things like “that made me feel like a child again” or “you made me feel like a little kid at the circus.” And if you think about this, you’ll see that what these astonished adults are really trying to say, even though they’re not consciously aware of it, is that for a brief moment, they experienced a clear, primal state of mind that they associate with a child’s state of mind. Somehow the adult experience of astonishment triggered some feeling of what it felt like to be a child.

I’m going to say this again because it’s so much fun using the italics button: The experience of astonishment is the experience of a clear, primal state of mind that they associate with a child’s state of mind. It’s the same experience that seduced you into performing magic in the first place. And if you follow these footprints it takes you right up to the crumbling edge of everything we think we are…and just beyond to a state of mind we experienced naturally as small children but that society devalued then made taboo as we became adults.

Here’s basically how it works, give or take a few metaphors.

You came into this world a blank slate. No ideas about who you are or what anything is. You’re just being. And it feels great…because there are no options, or opinions or judgments. There is no right or wrong. Everything is everything. That’s what you see in a baby’s eyes. Pure child’s mind. Then, very quickly, we learn stuff. The names of ten thousand things, who we are, what we’re supposed to be, what’s good and bad according to the current rules of the game. And you organize all of this information into little boxes. And when any new information comes along you file it into the appropriate box.

Right now you might be filing these very thoughts into the whack-o ideas box. I understand. You’re just doing your job. You’ve been trained to do this since birth. You have thus created your world-view.

There’s no particular reality to any of this. But it’s in your head and you know the territory and its where all of your thoughts do their thinking. But we quickly forget what was there in the first place because these thousands of little thought-boxes are stacked up so tight that the original clear space of child’s mind is completely covered up. It’s not gone. It’s just blocked by this wall of overstuffed boxes.

And then along comes a focused piece of strange in the form of magical effect. Let’s say this book vanishes from your hands. “Poof” no book. Your trained mind races into action and tries to put this piece of strange into one of its rational boxes. But no box will hold it. At that moment of trying to box the unboxable your world-view breaks up. The boxes are gone. And what’s left? Simply what was always there. Your natural state of mind. That’s the moment of astonishment. The sudden experience of going from boxes to no boxes. If you can keep the fear-response from arising you have the experience of going from a cluttered adult mind to the original clear space. Gee, it almost makes you feel like a kid again.

For most people the moment lasts less then ten seconds. Then because we crave the security of our missing world-view, we quickly build a new box. The “it-went-up-his-sleeve” box or the “it-was-all-done-with-mirrors” box or even the “I-don’t-know-what-happened-but-I-know-it-was-a-trick” box. And that’s all it takes. One thought, one guess, even a wrong one, and the boxes all come back, natural mind gets covered up, and the moment of astonishment is over.

Astonishment is not an emotion that’s created. It’s an existing state that’s revealed.

So what’s the point?

This new model redefines the magician’s valuable role in our culture as an “astonishment guide” who can help others experience their natural state of mind. This is a galactic leap from the magician’s current role as a novelty entertainer, or super con-man or Mr Ego. The centre or magic has always been the therapeutic experience of our natural state of mind. But that primal experience is so powerful and the taboo of “loosing” our mind is so great that we water down the experience with jokes and excuses and “hey, it’s just a trick.”

When the experience of astonishment starts to be recognized as a highly-valued destination, the win/lose magician vs. spectator game starts to dissolve. Suddenly you’re both on the same team…equally responsible for getting the most out of the moment.

More experienced astonishee’s who’ve learned to surrender to the moment and sink into the astonishment will be rewarded with a deeper, more sustained experience. Others who feel compelled to fight the moment or treat it as a puzzle to be figured out will get what they pay for…non-astonishment.

There is a genuine difference in the quality of peoples experience of magic once they understand the new model and take responsibility for the moment. I’ve had the participants who “get it” trying to explain it to those who don’t. One astonishee said it was like the difference of tossing down a beer and savoring a fine wine. Someone else referred to it as “gourmet astonishment.”

This model reshapes the perceptions of people who feel “I was astonished but I know it was just a trick, so what I experienced couldn’t have been real or very valuable.” Because now it’s understood that the astonishment and the tricks are not the same thing. The astonishment is real. It’s a brief flash of our natural state of mind. A place we should all experience more often.

The tricks are helpful tools to help unleash the moment.

You and your astonishee can still have fun and tell jokes and play together, but now there’s an understandable therapeutic value t the game. A definite win for all players.

In a nutshell: You’re using magical illusions to dissolve cultural illusions in order to experience a moment of something real.

The art of astonishment, when pushed into the wildest edge of edges, is the art of doing real magic.





Einstein Quotes on Wonder and the Quest for Learning

19 06 2013

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom.

The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attribute of man-though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least.

It is not so very important for a person to learn facts.  For that he does not really need college, He can learn them from books.  The value of an education is I liberal Arts College is not the leaning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.

It is my inner conviction that the development of science seeks in the main to satisfy the longing for pure knowledge.

The main source of all technological achievements is the divine curiosity and playful drive of the tinkering and thoughtful researcher, as much as it is the creative imagination of the inventor.





Developing a Sense of Wonder

19 06 2013

A Sense of Wonder

by Rachel Carson

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

Parents often have a sense of inadequacy when confronted on the one hand with the eager, sensitive mind of a child and on the other with a world of complex physical nature, inhabited by a life so various and unfamiliar that it seems hopeless to reduce it to order and knowledge. In a mood of self-defeat, they exclaim, “How can I possibly teach my child about nature — why, I don’t even know one bird from another!”

I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.

Once the emotions have been aroused — a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love — then we wish for knowledge about the object of our emotional response. 

Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate.

 

From The Sense of Wonder, by Rachel L. Carson, copyright 1956.




Two new workshops by Mr. X the Math Magician!!

13 06 2013

1. Neuro-magical Motivation in the Classroom.

How do you make “magic” happen in the classroom? What if you could motivate hearts to yearn and minds to learn? What if you could produce engaging learning moments that would build lasting intrinsic motivation in your students? In this workshop Bob Bishop (Idaho’s Math Magician and award winning teacher) will take you on an exciting adventure of state-of-the-art brain research-based strategies that will arouse curiosity, enhance understanding, engage reluctant learners and stimulate under-achievers. Using recent discoveries in neuroscience with how magicians think and perform magic, Bob will teach you the “magic wonder words” and the engaging activities that will make magic happen in your classroom!

2, Neuro-magical Mathematics in the Classroom.

Experience the magic of your brain on math!! Bob Bishop (Idaho’s Math Magician) will reveal some of his most favorite secrets of math magic. He will discuss performance, psychology, and the math behind the magic of some of the best math illusions. You will experience the wonder of math and teach math concepts in a “magical” way. Come if you want a hands-on, minds-on workshop that will give you many tricks-of-the-trade to add to your wonder and enjoyment of the Magic of Math. Using recent discoveries in neuroscience with how magicians think and perform magic, Bob will take you on an unforgettable magical adventure in mathematical neuro-magic in the classroom.





Bring the Magic of Math to your School!!!

11 08 2012

Bob Bishop (Mr. X) has been known as Idaho’s Math Magician for 17 years. He has visited hundreds of schools in Idaho as well as other states and internationally.   He has gained much media notoriety as the Math Magician from television to many newspaper articles (including the Idaho Statesman Life Section).  Bill Roberts of the Idaho Statesman says, “He focuses on showing kids the fun angles of math and helping students overcome “math-a phobia”. Bob has spoken at the Idaho School boards Association convention and has won many awards for teaching and his math students have also won many math awards.  He was recently awarded the GEM award for teaching Idaho’s gifted students. He has helped coordinate Micron’s Math Meet for over 12 years, has taught university classes in teacher development in mathematics, has taught for the Bureau of Education (BER), and is certified in Brain-based education, has taught ICTM math conventions and have been a trainer at the Edu-fest gifted conference for 16 years.   Recently he presented his Magic of Math program as well as his Thinking like a Genius (playing the role of Albert Einstein) to the teachers and students in Taiwan.

Bob says,

In my experience working with students I have noticed a continued weakness in math skills and a need to teach math in a way that will inspire elementary students to love math at an early age.

The idea that would help address this need and dovetail with the Math Initiative is a hands-on interactive school program for all elementary school age students.  It is a vision of bringing the Magic of Math programs to every elementary classroom in Idaho to help equip teachers and students with the joy of learning and teaching mathematics.  What it offers is an additional boost of excitement and enthusiasm for math.

 What I would like to offer is the Magic of Math presentations.  I, as the Math Magician, would visit schools and teach students, teachers and coordinate a family Magic of Math evening.  I have coordinated math nights for many years with great success. 

I have many testimonials from teachers and parents about the benefits of the Magic of Math program (from the teacher inservices of games and activities, class visitations and math nights) you may read upon request. 

As a resident Math Magician, I would like to visit every classroom of  the schools desiring this program and give standard based grade aligned activities that would blend hands-on activities, interactive games, and math magic (discrepant math events that inspire inquiry and investigations) that the teachers can build upon.

I would provide inservice training for the teachers by teaching state and nationally aligned math games and activities that will empower teachers with methods to teach the school curriculum in motivating and memorable ways. This would parallel the professional development training that the teachers are receiving.

Trained in brain-compatible teaching methods, I would train teachers to motivate students to learn math and problem solving techniques.”

Bring the Magic of Math to your School this year!!!

For more information see http://odysseylearningadventures.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Math-Magician/272971359454909?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/MrXCorporateMagician





What’s going on with Mr. X?

8 05 2012

Mr. X, the Magician, (AKA Bob Bishop) has been busy performing his unique shows. Recently he has been busy performing at conventions, restaurants, parties, conferences and businesses.

He has been creating Magical Moments that leave a lasting impression!  If you are an event planner needing an illusionist or close-up magician for your conference, awards dinner or party, Mr. X is your best choice!

Take a look at my face book and get as many people as you can to Like it.

Our goal is to get 500 by May 25th!!

Look it up and see what you think.

https://www.facebook.com/MrXCorporateMagician

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Math-Magician/272971359454909

Web page is http://www.odysseylearningadventures.com/





The Creative Magic of Mr. X

31 03 2012

“Bob’s performance served to bring the conference to a fun climax because the audience saw the speakers having fun; their topics highlighted and were amazed at the illusions and roaring with laughter at the humor.”

Bob Bishop is a motivational speaker, magician, amusionist and educator. Thousands of audiences and groups have experienced the creative magic of Bob. He has performed in New Jersey, Detroit, Pasadena, Taiwan and Idaho. You may have seen him performing in many restaurants in Boise, at the 2009,2010 and 2011 Idaho’s Festival of Trees and Breakfast with Santa, or performing with Henry Winkler at the World Special Olympics fund raiser banquet.

He is more than a magician, more than a motivational speaker and more than storyteller. His goal is to spark the creative magic in everyone he speaks to. For more than two decades he has entertained and inspired individuals to live up to their potential. Bob has a passion to bring wonder, to ignite creativity and to inspire others to make a difference.

Why Mister X?
With thirty years as a professional magician (performing for restaurants, bookstores, schools, conventions, conferences, banquets, parties, trade shows and libraries), Mister X knows how to create memorable magical interludes for any age.

Not only does Mr. X perform on stage and parties, he specializes in close-up performances.
Table side or walk around magic can help your restaurant or gathering run smoothly by offering classy casual fun while guests are waiting or in between conversations.
Mister X performs miniature magic shows that will lock that special event in the minds of the guests. He is an expert at creating unique innovative magical effects that are designed especially for your needs. Mister X (Bob Bishop) creates Memorable Moments in Magic by:
*Involving audience members in the magical presentations
*Hooking the audiences’ emotions with sensory impact
*Freezing the magical effect (and your product or event) in the minds of the spectators
*Transforming borrowed objects magically to incorporate product slogans and company names
*Creating unique innovative effects designed especially for your company or event needs

Moving from table to table, the Roving Wizard serves a 5-10 minute program right on the table top of your guests. The Table side Conjurer creates his show out of the barest essentials–miniature props he carries around in the pockets of his tuxedo and humorous stories to go along with them.

Magic on television may seem unbelievable, but moved to only a foot away it becomes totally unexplainable. And because Mister X is so close to his audience, he involves the guests in every illusion.

Mister X (AKA Bob Bishop) has appeared in the News and the Idaho Statesman many times. He is known in Idaho as the Math Magician and also uses illusions and magic as an educational tool with elementary school students. His humor, sleight of hand, showmanship and creativity make Mister X a popular guest speaker, stage entertainer, close-up magician and “Amusionist”.

“Professional” “ humorous” “ amazing” “motivational”

Mister X excels as an experienced expert at exhibiting extraordinary, exhilarating and explosive magical experiences.

 





Mr. X Corporate Magician Facebook Page

30 03 2012

Bob Bishop has been busy with magic shows for conventions and corporations.  Take a look and you will see him at the Edufest Gifted conference in Idaho, the Council for Exceptional Children conference, the Festival of Trees and World Special Olympics fundraiser banquet.

http://www.facebook.com/MrXCorporateMagician

If you are a meeting or event planner and need an illusionist or close-up magician for your conference, awards dinner or party, Mr. X is your best choice! Bob Bishop is a motivational speaker, magician, amusionist and educator. Thousands of audiences and groups have experienced the creative magic of Bob. He has performed in New Jersey, Detroit, Pasadena, Taiwan and Idaho. You may have seen him p…erforming in many restaurants in Boise, at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Idaho’s Festival of Trees and Breakfast with Santa, or performing with Henry Winkler at the World Special Olympics fund raiser banquet.
“Bob’s performance served to bring the conference to a fun climax because the audience saw the speakers having fun; their topics highlighted and were amazed at the illusions and roaring with laughter at the humor.”
Contact him for availability for your next function.

http://www.facebook.com/MrXCorporateMagician

www.odysseylearningadventures.com

 





Christmas Magic through the Eyes of a Child

6 12 2011





6 12 2011

Magic Through the eyes of a Child





Dr. Lamebrain performing one of his most baffling illusions

31 10 2011

If you following this link you will see me perform one of my favorite magic tricks.

http://www.facebook.com/v/2125775518249

For information for having Bob as a guest speaker or for products you will find him on the web at……..

http://www.odysseylearningadventures.com/





Introduction to Math Magic

31 10 2011

Mr. X gives an introduction to the concepts, uses and applications of Math Magic.  This is the first of a dozen math magic videos.  There are some math magic tricks coming soon.

To find more information explore  http://www.odysseylearningadventures.com/





Performance Pictures of Bob Bishop

4 10 2009

These are pictures of Bob Bishop performing

in Taipei, Taiwan.

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This picture is Bob Bishop performing at the Special Olympics Banquet in Idaho.

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Bob Bishop in the News

17 09 2009

Bob, the Mad Scientist Magician!!!!!

Bob Bishop has been busy teaching and performing.  He has created a large stage magic program seen on his website.  This program was performed at many YMCA and Boys and Girls clubs in Idaho.

Most recently he performed a motivational presentation with JohnTyler

Here is a a short video of John and Bob  at the Curb Cup Street Performer celebration in Boise Idaho.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkGto4rgKIA

Here is a further description

http://www.gr8magic.com/robot_magician_17.html