I can do magic… communicating ideas orally!

‘A really clever magician1 can create in your mind a picture of a woman being sawn in half’2.

David Ovason, in his book The Book of Magic describes stage magic as ‘the art of making pictures’3.

I would argue that communicating ideas orally, particularly complex ones, is also the art of making pictures; images you create in the minds of your audience of the idea being communicated; images that persuade them to suspend their disbelief4 and consider the meaning or outcome you want to attribute to those ideas.

Communicating ideas orally is a performance in the same way doing magic is a performance. It’s a creative process; a journey dexterously5 undertaken exploring all ramifications6 of an idea.

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