David Ben - Photo by Paul Alexander

Speaker


David Ben

Creativity Expert | Master Magician

David Ben inspires people to strike the word “impossible” from their vocabulary. A master problem-solver, David uses his training as a former tax lawyer, a graduate of the London School of Economics, and a world-class magician to make perplexing problems in business simply disappear.

Recognized among the world’s premier magicians, David was the sole protégé of one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists of the 20th century, and has performed throughout North America, Mexico, England, and Japan. He has also developed special effects for theatre, film, and television productions, written six books, set up a performing arts foundation, curated a major museum exhibition, and programmed performances for an international arts festival.

Described as “one of the most influential magicians of his generation” by the Financial Post, David loves to share his passion for creativity, problem solving, innovation and mentorship. He has authored two books related to magic and business — Advantage Play: A Manager’s Guide to Creative Problem Solving and Tricks — and has appeared on numerous television programs, including Canada AM and Breakfast Television.


Advantage Play

David’s presentations are modular by design. The components—problem-solving, creativity, innovation, performance and mentorship—have been developed over the past forty years, built from David’s own career as a writer, performer, producer and consultant. Every keynote, presented under the umbrella title Advantage Play, is developed in consultation with the client and features a blend of components to ensure that each client’s meeting objectives are met.

Even though each presentation is a blend of components, David always addresses the overarching themes.

David Ben struck the word impossible from his vocabulary. As a world-renowned magician, David has to make problems disappear. Problem solving, he believes, is everyone’s core business. Unfortunately, few people have been taught how to solve problems in an effective and efficient manner. David demystifies the problem-solving process by taking his audience behind the scenes of the world of magic as he reveals tricks of the trade—and the methodology magicians use to perform the impossible.

Every activity is a sales opportunity. Whether people work in the field or behind the desk, success depends on how well they use and sell those skills, products or services that they provide. Again using magic as a metaphor, David distils this process into clear and simple terms, providing a strategy that truly maximizes success. His common sense approach ensures that clients and customers each receive exactly what they need, and when they need it.

David also demonstrates the true meaning of being proactive. As a magician, he has to make miracles happen. By performing magic and then explaining how the magic is created, his audience learns how to distinguish between real risk and perceived risk—and most importantly, that success is really the cumulative effect of many apparently inconsequential details, something most people take for granted.

David also reveals, based on his own extensive experience being a protégé and a mentor, the power of mentorship. He teaches how to find one, or how to be one, so that expertise can grow, for both individuals and organizations, exponentially.

Whatever the blend of components, his presentations are always as entertaining as they are enlightening. And David, should time permit or be allotted, is always open to answering questions from the audience.

His goal is to empower each participant with the will, and a way, to become a proven performer. It is a unique approach to learning a few new tricks for the trade presented by a unique individual—David Ben.

The Magic of David Ben

Planning a special event can be tricky, and choosing a speaker who will entertain your audience in a memorable and distinctive way is even more difficult. David Ben — hailed as “one of the finest magicians of his generation” by The National Post — manages to fill that niche seamlessly. Whether it is a program of intimate magic for fifty people, or a full stage production for an audience of 1000, David captures the crowd.

In creating a private performance for your group or function, David draws on hours of material to construct the perfect program. He might program his computer to read the minds of audience members, have two women from the audience assist him in sawing a man in half, conjure a ghost to perform the impossible, or even suspend a member of the audience in mid-air. Although no two shows are the same, each performance has been designed to feed the mind with mystery, ignite the imagination, and provide a few laughs along the way.