Steve Baker

Artist in Schools

Professional Magician Steve Baker has been performing for children of all ages for 20 years, while also acting and writing for live theatre. And NOW after 12 years delivering workshops with the Artists in the Schools Program, Steve is excited to have 10 different workshops for elementary students, so Kindergarten, Primary, Junior & Intermediate students can have an “age-appropriate” magical experience each year and never do the same trick twice!

The Magic Workshop:

Steve performs a variety of magic tricks using props like cards, coins, balls, tissues, and elastics. After performing a trick, Steve gives each student the props necessary to perform that particular trick, teaches the secret and then the students practice and perform the trick for a partner. Volunteers may then perform for the whole group. Along with teaching the secret to the tricks, Steve teaches the skills necessary (sleight of hand, secret moves, gimmicks, etc…) to perform the magical effects and discusses performing styles, showmanship, and the history of magic.

The number of tricks completed during the workshop depends on the time allotted. Generally speaking, up to eight tricks can be learned, practiced, and performed in an hour-long workshop. Steve brings all the necessary props for the students to use and take home (except when decks of cards are used, they are retained by Steve for future workshops). There are no additional costs for the props.

The Drama Workshop: 

Steve begins with warm-up activities such as “getting to know you” games, trust exercises, storytelling, observation skills, and improvisation exercises. Small group activities then follow using tableaux (frozen pictures), scene starters, machine structures, and more formal improvisations for character building and scene study.

Steve next sets up a scenario such as Missing Person Detective Case, or Haunted House, Advertising campaign, etc. and guides the open-ended story using drama structures such as whole group, small group, pair, experts, interviews, chanting, writing in role, teacher in role, etc. placing the students into multiple grouping scenes which expand and carry the action to a variety of possible conclusions.

The number of groups, scenes, and conclusions depends on the length of the workshop. The number of students for both Magic & Drama Workshops is only limited by the number of desks in the classroom. For Magic, desks are a place to practice and store magic props and for Drama, they allow for interesting drama groupings and settings.