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Learning to Present a Simple Magic Trick Can Boost Your Self-Confidence Instantly

Learning to Present a Simple Magic Trick Can Boost Your Self-Confidence Instantly

For ages magicians have been capturing the attention of audiences with their breathtaking presentations. Magic can have an instant connect with people of all ages and thus learning it gives a boost to your self-confidence, as you get instant positive feedback. While you cannot turn into a magician overnight, learning simple magic tricks can make you attractive, thus boosting your self-confidence.

Called the positive feedback loop, a simple act of magic can alter your brain's emotional processing pathway to feel confident. To perform a magic trick, you have to pretend to be very confident about it. And pretending to be confident tricks your brain to think that you are actually confident, thereby boosting your confidence instantly.

A study, conducted by Rebecca Godfrey, Dr Sarah Woods, and Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire a decade ago, in fact, concluded that magic can conjure up confidence. It also helps one become good at social skills as you immediately tend to catch the attention of many.

The study analysed the effect of teaching secondary school children things like including how to magically restore a rope that has been cut in half, and read another person's mind. "Learning magic requires self-discipline, an understanding of how other people think, and an ability to entertain," noted psychologist Professor Wiseman. "Also, unlike playing computer games, it encourages children to interact with their friends and family. Because of this, we thought it might be a unique and effective way of developing an important set of psychological skills."

The participants for the study included 50 students aged between 10 and 12 at two schools in Hertfordshire. Assessments taken before and after a lesson at 'magic school', revealed some amazing psychological effects. The results suggested a significant increase in both sociability and confidence. Learning a magic trick and presenting it reinforces your self-esteem.

(Also read: 20 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known When I Was 20 Years Old )

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