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.


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.

Here is a further description

Bob Bishop in the News

17 08 2009

MagicFest 2009 in Twin Falls Twin Falls, ID news (To the video follow this link)
By Rachael Giffoni Story Published: Aug 1, 2009 at 10:32 PM CDT

“It was a magical day in Historic Downtown Twin Falls, with the 2009 MagicFest in full swing.

The festival ran from July 31st and will continue to August 2nd.

The magic was coordinated by Kip Sherry Magic and six other Idaho magicians.

Magician Bob Bishop said, “We’ve been doing some close-up magic, some stage magic, illusions and card tricks and coin tricks, and a lot of laughter, a lot of comedy, just to bring joy to people.”

Merchants throughout historic downtown sponsored over 70 hours of individual magic performances. The show is an effort to boost the revitalization of historic downtown. It was about a year in the making.

For Bishop, it’s a chance to bring joy to others.

Bishop said, “I enjoy bringing happiness and joy to other people. There’s a lot of mystery. I think people have lost the mystery, the wonder of life. Magic is that fun way of bringing mystery and wonder back to life.”

Twin Falls Mayor Lance Clow says he hopes to make the magic show a permanent part of the Magic Valley.”

The Gift of Magic Show

17 08 2009

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Magicians to Headline a Free Community Event! BOISE – Boise Little Theater and The Jeker Family Trust have partnered to present ‘The Gift of Magic,’ a free magic show for the community, featuring well known Odyssey Illusion magicians, “Mister X” and Jason Byers. Two free performances are scheduled for August 22 at 3pm and 7pm at Boise Little Theater, located behind St. Luke’s Hospital in downtown Boise, 100 East Fort Street.

Boise Little Theater President, Wendy Koeppl, said of the performance, “This is a quality show and we are extremely pleased to host free of charge, this wonderful family event. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of The Jeker Family Trust, we are able to present a free magic show; it’s a terrific gift for the entire community.” ‘The Gift of Magic’ performances will feature talented magicians, “Mister X” (aka Bob Bishop) and Jason Byers.

Both magicians have been entertaining Idaho audiences for over a combined 50 years, with mastery illusions, humor, and mind-boggling magic. “Mister X” is known as the Math Magician and uses illusions and magic as an educational tool. Jason Byers is an award-winning illusionist and an expert in the art of deception. Children of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy ‘The Gift of Magic.’

A Sense of Wonder

16 08 2009

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.

Motivational Magic Brain Bite #1

14 08 2009

 As I walk into the office of one of the schools I teach I view these words,

“What children learn and what they become depend largely upon how they feel about themselves”.

After years of reading those words I realized that this “feeling” is far more than emotion. I realized that a child’s perception of themselves is very important to their success in school. This questions the concept that teachers are just dispensers of knowledge. Self-perception leads to self-confidence and that leads to.…self-efficacy.

To quote Del Siegle,

“Self-efficacy is a person’s judgment about being able to perform a particular activity. It is a student’s “I can” or “I cannot” belief. Unlike self-esteem, which reflects how students feel about their worth or value, self-efficacy reflects how confident students are about performing specific tasks. High self-efficacy in one area may not coincide with high self-efficacy in another area. Just as high confidence in snow skiing may not be matched with high confidence in baseball, high self-efficacy in mathematics does not necessarily accompany high self efficacy in spelling. Self-efficacy is specific to the task being attempted. However, having high self-efficacy does not necessary mean that students believe they will be successful. While self-efficacy indicates how strongly students believe they have the skills to do well, they may believe other factors will keep them from succeeding. A growing body of research reveals that there is a positive, significant relationship between students’ self-efficacy beliefs and their academic performance. ….People with low self-efficacy toward a task are more likely to avoid it, while those with high self-efficacy are not only more likely to attempt the task, but they also will work harder and persist longer in the face of difficulties. Self-efficacy influences: (1) what activities students select, (2) how much effort they put forth, (3) how persistent they are in the face of difficulties, and (4) the difficulty of the goals they set. Students with low self-efficacy do not expect to do well, and they often do not achieve at a level that is commensurate with their abilities. They do not believe they have the skills to do well so they don’t try. The connection between self-efficacy and achievement gets stronger as students advance through school. By the time students are in college, their self-efficacy beliefs are more strongly related to their achievement than any measure of their ability. If we wish to develop high educational achievement among our students, it is essential that we begin building stronger self-efficacy as early as possible.

Carol Dweck shares her thoughts on self-efficacy when she speaks of Mind Sets.

Students with a fixed Mind Set
-say that intelligence is static
-Leads to a desire to look smart
-and therefore a tendency to avoid challenges
-Give up easily
-Sees effort as fruitless or worse
-Ignores useful feedback
-Feels threatened by the success of others
-They may plateau early and achieve less than their full potential

Students with a Growth Mind Set
-say intelligence can be developed
-Leads to a desire to learn
-and therefore a tendency to embrace challenge
-Persist in the in the face of setbacks
-Sees effort as a path of mastery
-Learns for criticism
-Finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others
-As a result they reach ever higher levels of achievement

Here are Dweck’s tips from Mindset:
-Listen to what you say to your kids, with an ear toward the messages you’re sending about mind-set.

– Instead of praising children’s intelligence or talent, focus on the processes they used.
Example: “That homework was so long and involved. I really admire the way you concentrated and finished it.” Example: “That picture has so many beautiful colors. Tell me about them.” Example: “You put so much thought into that essay. It really makes me think about Shakespeare in a new way.”

-When your child messes up, give constructive criticism;feedback that helps the child understand how to fix the problem, rather than labeling or excusing the child.

-Pay attention to the goals you set for your children; having innate talent is not a goal, but expanding skills and knowledge is.

-When they teach study skills, convey to students that using these methods will help their brains learn better.

-Discourage use of labels (“smart”, “dumb” and so on) that convey intelligence as a fixed entity.

-Teach students to think of their brain as a muscle that strengthens with use, and have them visualize the brain forming new connections every time they learn.

-Praise students’ effort, strategies, and progress, not their intelligence. Praising intelligence leads to students to fear challenges and makes them feel stupid and discouraged when they have difficulty.

-Give students challenging work. Teach them that challenging activities are fun and that mistakes help them learn.

About This Site

12 08 2009

The Magic of Motivation

This site is dedicated to teachers, parents, employers, employees, students and anyone interested in motivating themselves and others.  If your desire is to ignite yourself and others to use their full potential this website will provide ideas, articles, quotes and book suggestions that may help.


If you want to visit a particular category use the category listing or use these links below:

–  For Parents contains resources for parents to encourage their children

For Teachers contains classroom ideas for classroom motivation

Gifted Education contains resources specifically for teachers and parents of gifted children

Self-motivation for Everyone contains ideas for students, employers and employees

Motivational Quotes contains uplifting, encouraging or kick-in-the-pants quotes to motivate

Resources contains books and articles with comments to help in the motivation process

Creativity contains ideas to ignite and inspire creative expression and productivity

Motivational Speaking Engagements contains an update on what Bob is doing

-Student Essays and Ideas contains quotes and writings of students

-View Bob’s website at