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David Ben

Speaker, Creativity Expert & Master Magician

Bio

Magician David Ben inspires people to strike the word “impossible” from their vocabulary. A former tax lawyer, with a law degree from the London School of Economics, David now thrills audiences using his unique gift of magic to demonstrate creative problem-solving and winning sales strategies — for anyone who wishes to be more successful in business.

Recognized among the world’s premier magicians, David was the sole protegé of Ross Bertram, one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists of the 20th century. He is a member of London's prestigious Magic Circle (the premier organization in the world for magicians), and has performed throughout North America, Mexico, England, France, and Japan. The Financial Post described David as "one of the most influential magicians of his generation."

David has authored two books related to magic and business — Advantage Play: A Manager's Guide to Creative Problem Solving and Tricks — as well as Dai Vernon: A Biography, which is based on the life of the famous magician Paul Fox. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including The Mike Bullard Show, Pamela Wallin Live, Canada AM, and Breakfast Television.

Topics

David Ben has three distinct keynote presentations – Advantage Play, Maximizing Sales and Magic By Design - for corporate conferences, sales meetings and association programming. Magic is a metaphor with meaning and David uses it to empower his audience with serious and new ideas but in an entertaining manner.

Advantage Play

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 explains the problem-solving process by taking his audience behind the scenes of the world of magic and revealing the tricks of the trade - the methodology magicians, card cheats and psychics use to perform the impossible.

David also demonstrates that every activity is a sales opportunity. Whether people work in the field or behind a desk, success depends on how well they sell the skills, products or services they provide. Using magic as his metaphor, David also demystifies this process and provides a strategy for maximizing success. His common sense approach ensures that clients and customers receive exactly what they need when they need it in a manner that is efficient for both buyer and seller.

His presentations focus on assessing opportunity based on the needs of the customer, maximizing opportunity by discovering new applications for existing products and services, using negative people to advantage, closing the transaction, understanding the importance of the "after sell" and its role in developing new and repeat business, and inspiring confidence in colleagues and co-workers. Always interested in technology, David outlines his pragmatic approach to innovation and the use of technology.

Most of all, David demonstrates the true meaning of being proactive. As a magician, David has to make miracles happen. By performing magic and then explaining how the magic was created, people learn that success in magic and business is the result of the cumulative effect of many apparently inconsequential details. It is a unique approach to learning a few new tricks for the trade presented by a unique individual - David Ben.

Maximizing Sales

David Ben's creative approach to business problems is an outstanding fit for sales audiences. A skilled salesperson himself (he has designed product launches for Colgate-Palmolive, IBM, and Canon Canada, and trade show presentations for Toshiba Canada, Amdahl, 3M, Panasonic and Ink Dezyne), David's dynamic sales presentation demonstrates that every activity is a sales opportunity. Whether people work in the field or behind a desk, success depends on how well clients or colleagues are sold on their skills, products and services. Using magic as his metaphor, David demystifies the sales process and provides a strategy for maximizing sales. His common sense approach of strategic selling ensures that clients and customers receive exactly what they need when they need it in a manner that is efficient for both buyer and seller.

This presentation covers such critical topics as:

  • Understanding customer needs;
  • Maximizing revenue by finding new applications for existing products or services;
  • Using "negative" people to advantage;
  • Closing;
  • The importance of the "after-sell".

In a presentation that is both fun and informative, David provides timely, thought-provoking and practical advice that your sales team will draw on often in the months and years ahead.

Magic By Design

Audiences love the unexpected - in books, movies, magic, and relationships. David Ben teaches how to engage, motivate and move your audience. He draws on his vast experience as an internationally acclaimed magician, theatrical producer and, yes, tax lawyer, to demonstrate how to orchestrate the unexpected.

David illustrates how performers make meaningful physical and emotional contact with the audience. Participants learn how to set the stage and usher the audience into the proper environment before making contact. David teaches the importance of invisible threads, how 'less' is more, and how to enhance communication by focusing on executing key concepts rather than confusing detail. David emphasizes the importance of listening to your audience as you guide them to the final destination.

David also discusses the concept of stage fright – on the stage and in business – and the techniques available to ensure that every performance is delivered in a confident and controlled manner. He teaches how to distinguish between real risk and perceived risk, and the power of process - how one constructs, practices, rehearses and performs. He examines the role of critics and criticism, how to profit from both the positive and the negative, the importance of chasing perfection and sharing secrets.

He peppers his presentation with humorous anecdotes culled from his performances at the Shaw Festival, the Charlottetown Festival and other high-risk and highly visible theatrical ventures. He also enchants his audience with tales from private practice including how he made the Stanley Cup magically appear at the National Hockey League’s annual awards dinner. The goal is to empower each participant with the will and way to become a proven performer.

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 our time" by The Financial 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.


David Ben is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, fees & booking speaker David Ben, contact us.

Testimonials

As excited as I was to have engaged you as our headline speaker at this years annual Global Private Banking Conference, nothing could have prepared me for the exceptional presentation you delivered to our audience. Your performance was captivating. The lessons you gave by drawing comparisons between our two businesses were thought provoking, memorable, and right on target!

–RBC

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As excited as I was to have engaged you as our headline speaker at this years annual Global Private Banking Conference, nothing could have prepared me for the exceptional presentation you delivered to our audience. Your performance was captivating. The lessons you gave by drawing comparisons between our two businesses were thought provoking, memorable, and right on target!

–RBC

In brief - you were simply outstanding! While most people are impressed with your magical talents, many also have a keen sense of appreciation as to how many of your magical design concepts can be so readily applied to the way we think and act in a business environment. For example, your 'creative thinking presentation' (Magic by Design) was an exceptionally well structured lead into our break-out sessions at the PLC.

–Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants

While there was some initial trepidation of inviting a "magician", I no longer have any reservations. The comments and evaluations of the HR executives indicate that your presentation was quite magical in addressing the issue of change management in a very professional manner. Although you label yourself as an entertainer and magician, I think the more appropriate label is inspirational speaker. I was most appreciative that you customized your presentation to fit our format. The outcome was most successful for all concerned.

–The Conference Board of Canada

After having seen many speakers in the past, I believe there are not many who can compare themselves with the informative and, yet at the same time, entertaining style of David Ben.

–BDO Dunwoody

The magic and the message in your presentation was well received by our staff. I'm very pleased with how well you were able to customize the presentation to suit our requirements. It was thoroughly entertaining while combining an important business message. An excellent performance.

–The National Life Assurance Company of Canada

I'd like to take this opportunity on behalf of the entire Public Affairs team, to thank you for your astounding motivational speech. Your performance left us all spellbound. We still don't know how you did it, but we're sure glad that you did!

–Bell

The word on the street over here is that you created magic on many levels. First of all let me just say that we were impressed with your level of professionalism. From accommodating the time change and still giving us your all, to living your word at managing the fire alarm. In that moment you were the consummate professional who not only spoke of change and innovation, but demonstrated it. Thank you for being entertaining, funny, enlightening, compelling and a true example of leadership in adversity.

–WSIB

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