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No special facilities required Can be presented outdoors Can be presented to a wide range of ages within the same class
Students practicing a rope trick at a Secret Stuff workshop
Students learning a vanishing trick at a Secret Stuff workshop
Students learning a rope trick at a Secret Stuff workshop Students learning a card trick at a Secret Stuff workshop

Secret Stuff

Step    inside    the    world    of    magic with     Ron’s     Magic     and     Mystery School.   Class   is   now   in   session   and your   children   can   be   the   students learning    some    of    the    secrets    of magic. This    is    a    beginner’s    workshop; children   will   be   introduced   to   the world   of   magic   with   a   series   of easy-to-do         techniques         and effects.       Most       everything       is provided;     that     which     isn’t     is readily available at home. Here     is     just     one     presentation scenario: Participants   are   asked   to   bring   the following:          a          home-made decorated    magic    wand,    a    few standard-size        playing        cards (2½x3½     inches)     that     can     be “destroyed”, a Loonie and a Toonie. All of these items will be used during the workshop. The   cost   of   the   workshop   consists   of   the   instructor’s   fee   plus   a   nominal   per- student charge for the course materials and handouts. The   students   may   also   have   the   opportunity   to   purchase   additional   materials that   are   beyond   the   scope   of   the   workshop   but   are   suitable   for   further   study and practice at home. Running   time:    2-4   hours   (shorter   programs   are   also   possible,   for   example,   as an add-on to a birthday party show). Group   size:    Maximum   of   50.   The   client   is   required   to   provide   volunteer teaching   assistants   to   help   work   directly   with   the   students.   A   ratio   of   1 assistant to 8 students is recommended. Age range:  School-age children able to read.

On Your Feet

This participation-based workshop teaches four highly important life skills:     Motivation and self direction     Becoming a team player     Presentation skills     Speaking in front of an audience How can one workshop do all this? Think   about   it   this   way:   If   you   can learn   to   relax,   just   a   little,   while speaking   in   front   of   an   audience, without   worrying   about   what   you have   to   say;   if   you   can   relax,   just a     little,     and     rely     on     those participating   with   you;   if   you   can be   just   a   little   bit   more   agreeable and   can   contribute   more   towards the   goal,   doesn’t   that   make   you   a more    valuable    member    of    the team? There   is   a   way   to   learn   all   that. Improvisation:    improv    for    short, will    teach    you    just    that.    It    all comes   down   to   one   thing;   it’s   the   first   rule   of   improv.   It’s   so   important   that   I teach it in the first few minutes of the workshop. The   first   rule   of   improv   says,   “Yes!   And?”   Simply   stated,   it   means,   “Accept and   advance.” All   improv   exercises   will   fail   if   you   don’t   follow   this   one   rule. And   it   is   this   one   lesson   that   will   make   you   a   better   team   player,   and   a   more active contributor to the group. What   about   improved   presentation   skills? You   simply   cannot   help   but   improve your presentation skills by participating in the exercises! It’s fun for everyone. Regardless of age. Running time:  2 hours (Anything from 1 to 8 hours is possible). Group   size:   The   workshop   is   best   suited   for   groups   between   16   and   50 participants. Age   range:    School-age   children   and   up.   This   program   works   equally   well   for adult and corporate groups!

The Build Your Own Balloon Experience

Get twisting with The Twisted Mister. In   this   workshop,   participants   will learn    about    the    art    of    twisting balloons    and    creating    wonderful works   of   art   using   nothing   more than air and latex balloons. It’s   a   whole   lot   of   fun   for   both children   and   adults!   In   fact,   it’s   a great   way   for   parents   to   join   in with     their     children     and     enjoy themselves too. It’s   an   hour   of   learning   that   will fly    by    as    everyone    gets    mixing, talking, laughing and twisting. It   starts   out   with   the   basics:   a   dog   and   a   sword.   Then   the   participants   go crazy    as    they    create    their    own    fantasy    hats.   There’s    only    one    word    to describe this - c-r-a-z-y! At the end, everyone gets to take their creations home with them. Running Time:  90-plus minutes, including a 30 minute magic show. Group size:  virtually unlimited! Age   range:    School-age   children   and   up.   This   program   works   equally   well   for adult and corporate groups! PDF coming soon!

Selected Testimonials

“Just   want   to   say   thank   you   again   for   coming   to   our   camp.  The   kids   LOVED it!!   They   were   still   talking   about   it   after   you   left.  May   God   bless   your   work, which will become precious childhood memories to them.” Iris Mak Sunshine Adventure Summer Camp Rhenish Church of Canada
The Secret Stuff magic workshop
The On Your Feet presentation skills workshop
The Build Your Own Balloon Experience

Workshops and Seminars

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Contact Ron - Office: (905) 889-5113   Cell: (416) 801-1207 © 2006-2016 Black Derby Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Secret Stuff

Step   inside   the   world   of   magic with    Ron’s    Magic    and    Mystery School.   Class   is   now   in   session and   your   children   can   be   the students   learning   some   of   the secrets of magic. This   is   a   beginner’s   workshop; children   will   be   introduced   to the    world    of    magic    with    a series   of   easy-to-do   techniques and   effects.   Most   everything   is provided;    that    which    isn’t    is readily available at home. Here is just one presentation scenario: Participants   are   asked   to   bring   the   following:   a   home-made decorated   magic   wand,   a   few   standard-size   playing   cards (2½x3½   inches)   that   can   be   “destroyed”,   a   Loonie   and   a Toonie. All of these items will be used during the workshop. The   cost   of   the   workshop   consists   of   the   instructor’s   fee   plus a   nominal   per-student   charge   for   the   course   materials   and handouts. The   students   may   also   have   the   opportunity   to   purchase additional    materials    that    are    beyond    the    scope    of    the workshop   but   are   suitable   for   further   study   and   practice   at home. Running   time:    2-4   hours   (shorter   programs   are   also   possible, for example, as an add-on to a birthday party show). Group    size:     Maximum    of    50.    The    client    is    required    to provide   volunteer   teaching   assistants   to   help   work   directly with   the   students.   A   ratio   of   1   assistant   to   8   students   is recommended. Age range:  School-age children able to read.

On Your Feet

This     participation-based     workshop     teaches     four     highly important life skills:     Motivation and self direction     Becoming a team player     Presentation skills     Speaking in front of an audience How can one workshop do all this? Think   about   it   this   way:   If   you can   learn   to   relax,   just   a   little, while   speaking   in   front   of   an audience,      without      worrying about   what   you   have   to   say;   if you   can   relax,   just   a   little,   and rely   on   those   participating   with you;   if   you   can   be   just   a   little bit    more    agreeable    and    can contribute    more    towards    the goal,   doesn’t   that   make   you   a more valuable member of the team? There   is   a   way   to   learn   all   that.   Improvisation:   improv   for short,   will   teach   you   just   that.   It   all   comes   down   to   one thing;   it’s   the   first   rule   of   improv.   It’s   so   important   that   I teach it in the first few minutes of the workshop. The   first   rule   of   improv   says,   “Yes!   And?”   Simply   stated,   it means,   “Accept   and   advance.”   All   improv   exercises   will   fail if   you   don’t   follow   this   one   rule.   And   it   is   this   one   lesson that   will   make   you   a   better   team   player,   and   a   more   active contributor to the group. What   about   improved   presentation   skills?   You   simply   cannot help   but   improve   your   presentation   skills   by   participating   in the exercises! It’s fun for everyone. Regardless of age. Running    time:     2    hours    (Anything    from    1    to    8    hours    is possible). Group   size:   The   workshop   is   best   suited   for   groups   between 16 and 50 participants. Age   range:    School-age   children   and   up.   This   program   works equally well for adult and corporate groups!

The Build Your Own Balloon Experience

Get twisting with The Twisted Mister. In   this   workshop,   participants   will   learn   about   the   art   of twisting   balloons   and   creating   wonderful   works   of   art   using nothing more than air and latex balloons. It’s   a   whole   lot   of   fun   for   both   children   and   adults!   In   fact, it’s   a   great   way   for   parents   to   join   in   with   their   children   and enjoy themselves too. It’s   an   hour   of   learning   that   will fly   by   as   everyone   gets   mixing, talking, laughing and twisting. It   starts   out   with   the   basics:   a dog    and    a    sword.    Then    the participants    go    crazy    as    they create   their   own   fantasy   hats. There’s     only     one     word     to describe this - c-r-a-z-y! At   the   end,   everyone   gets   to take their creations home with them. Running Time:    90-plus   minutes,   including   a   30   minute   magic show. Group size:  virtually unlimited! Age   range:    School-age   children   and   up.   This   program   works equally well for adult and corporate groups! PDF coming soon!

Selected Testimonials

“Just    want    to    say    thank    you    again    for    coming    to    our camp.  The   kids   LOVED   it!!   They   were   still   talking   about   it after   you   left.  May   God   bless   your   work,   which   will   become precious childhood memories to them.” Iris Mak Sunshine Adventure Summer Camp Rhenish Church of Canada
The Secret Stuff magic workshop
The On Your Feet presentation skills workshop
The Build Your Own Balloon Experience
Students learning a vanishing trick at a Secret Stuff workshop
Students learning a card trick at a Secret Stuff workshop
Students learning a rope trick at a Secret Stuff workshop
Students practicing a rope trick at a Secret Stuff workshop
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Ron is in a class by himself when it comes to training and presentations!

Workshops and Seminars

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