What is the Magic of Maths Show?

It's an author visit with a difference! The show was created to celebrate the launch of 'Magic for Kids', my book of maths magic tricks. From Reception to adults, the show's messages are the same: maths can be enjoyable, full of surprises, and looking for patterns and wondering should be at the heart of the maths we do.

Can the show be delivered online?

Yes. Though only in exceptional circumstances. It works, but is not the same as a live experience, of course.

What does it cost?

In the UK, £600+VAT, and any travel expenses incurred. Travel is charged at either 50 ppm (driving to and from BN2 8HS) or the cost of public transport. If overnight stays are required these, are at a flat rate of £100.

How do we book?

It's very easy - simply get in touch via the email address below.

How far in advance do we need to book and pay?

It's hard to predict. But For example, bookings for September, October, and January often get filled up to a year in advance, so the earlier the booking is made, the better the chance of obtaining the date you require.

Payment is due by the date of the visit.

How many shows can be performed in a visit, and how many students can watch a show?

Primary: up to three shows, each of which can be for up to 2 year groups. (Rec. may join Y1/2 if required)

Secondary: up to two shows, each of which can be for half or a whole year group, depending on available hall space and timetabling.

How long are the shows?

EYFS and KS1 shows are 45 minutes; all others are 60 minutes.

What wiil children experience?

The show aims to raise confidence and understanding in mathematics, and are designed to meet the needs of those who love maths and those who are more reluctant to engage with it.

There is a mixture of humour, bafflement, explanations, and audience participation, with members of the audience coming up to help.

What is the content?

There are tricks with numbers, tricks with shape, money, mind-reading, illusions, and more. Some tricks are revealed, others are not.

The show covers aspects of the National Curriculum for mathematics, including number, calculation, shape and space, fluency, reasoning algebra (optionally for y6 and above) and more

Can you perform the show anywhere in the world?

Yes. Although some places are too far to come for a single day so we might ask for a minimum two-day booking or for two nearby schools to book adjacent days, which halves the travel expenses.

For example, several secondary schools use one day for one of their own year groups, and the second day for their feeder schools.

What would we need to provide?

Very little. A suitable theatre or school hall, a flipchart (for Y5 upwards), a table and chair, and a jug of water are all that is needed – everything else is provided.

If driving, I do appreciate a parking space as near to the performance area as possible.

Can we invite parents and governors?

Yes, There's no charge for that.

Can we invite other schools and share the cost?

Yes but only by prior arrangement, and there is an expectation that they would also promote the Magic for Kids offer to their own pupils. This offer only applies in the UK.

Can we take pictures or video recordings?

NO video of any sort must be taken, but photos are permitted.

Are Teachers Notes Provided?

Yes, on request.

Can we have INSET for our staff too?

Yes, but not on the same day - I've discovered that doesn't work too well.

Is there an information pack once we've booked? Yes.

Yes. This contains a letter to give parents, a link to a downloadable order form,, a free copy of Magic for Kids book to keep, some flyers, posters, a checklist and an invoice.

 What do schools think about the Magic of Maths shows?

Visit the testimonials page to see a selection of genuine comments.

What about CRB clearance and Insurance?

All Magic Message staff hold full enhanced DBS clearance, and £15 million of professional indemnity insurance through membership of Equity. Insurance certificates are available to view on request.