RawMinds Summer 2019 Performing Magic Project

Photograph of a young woman and two young men gathered around a table, working with a magician to learn magic tricks. behind them is a grey curtain and on the table are magic props, such as cup and balls and a deck of playing cards.
RawMinds magic project, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Apply now to take part in a free project for 14 to 19-year-olds to learn the trade of conjurers and magicians, then step into the spotlight and perform.

What you’ll do

By taking part in our summer RawMinds project, you’ll get to work with professional magicians from Abracademy to learn about magic, misdirection and trickery. You’ll work in teams to produce short magic shows and science demonstrations that explore the psychology and mechanics behind magic tricks. After the project is complete, you’ll have the opportunity to perform your routine in front of an audience in the exhibition performance space.

What you’ll get

You’ll learn more about how our minds can be tricked and develop skills such as event planning, production and performance. These skills will be relevant to related courses you’re currently studying, as well as future education or employment in this area. Your food and London travel costs (zones 1–6) will be covered during the project.

When it is

The project will take place over two Saturdays in July and two Tuesday to Friday weeks during the August summer holidays.

  • Saturday 20 July, workshop 1
  • Saturday 27 July, workshop 2
  • Tuesday 30 July to Friday 2 August, project week featuring workshops 3–6
  • Tuesday 20 August to Friday 23 August, project week featuring workshops 7–10

After the workshops, you will have the chance to perform in the gallery. Performance dates are:

  • Tuesday 27 August
  • Thursday 29 August
  • Saturday 31 August

How to apply

downloadDownload our application form DOCX 62kb.

Fill it out and send it along with your application activities to rawminds@wellcome.ac.uk by one of our deadlines:

  • Early-bird deadline: Monday 17 June at 20:00. (We’ll give out six places at this deadline and let you know if you’ve been given a place shortly afterwards.)
  • Final deadline: Monday 8 July at 20:00.

Next steps

We’ll select a group of 15 people to take part, based on application tasks and availability. Priority will be given to people who can commit to all sessions.

What others have said about RawMinds projects

It has been an amazing experience! Highlights were getting the game to a stage where we can work on it, making the music and playing it in front of others.

Young person from RawMinds Spring 2019 Game Design Project

It was a lot of fun. I always really looked forward to going to the sessions in the morning, before it had actually started.

Young person from RawMinds Spring 2018 Improvised Comedy Project

The project was very interesting and fun, and the fact there was no expense or fees for all the opportunities we got is amazing.

Young person from RawMinds Summer 2017 Filmmaking Project

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