New Tampa Man Uses Magic & Storytelling to Educate to home. Eighteen months ago, he went back to magic or as he calls it “Edutainment” full time. “I’ve never wanted to be a famous magician,” said Smith, 46, who lives in New Tampa. “I just wanted to make a decent living doing what I love and teaching life lessons to children. To me, that’s success.”
r. Dallas Smith, who got his first paying gig at age 11, worked full time as a traveling magician throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He performed at schools, cruise ships, private parties, and corporate event. In 2003, he and his wife, Patti, adopted an infant daughter, at which point Smith took a job in corporate America to be closer
His magic shows promote reading, math, anti-bullying, and character building among school-aged children. He also sends a “Teachers List” to the schools the week prior to the performance which includes additional vocabulary words for the week along with activities to reinforce the message behind the chosen theme. The tricks performed using ideas, stories and/or props from various themes coincide with Florida’s elementary school and library
curriculum for the year. It is not uncommon to see Dallas more than once a year at a school; he is frequently re-booked to come back the next year. Because of his popularity Dallas has created 5 themed shows: Stop Bullying Now, Math is Magic, Reading is Fun, Just Say No, and Character Building. National studies have shown that 60 percent of learning comes from visualization; Smith says with that statistic and the verbal lesson his student’s walk away remembering almost all of his points. Dallas is constantly adding new routines to his shows with topical messages to keep his young fans happy. Dallas has performed for as many as 1,000 students at a time! Teachers, librarians, and principals comment on how amazing it is to hold their attention for up to 45 minutes. The
students are always on the edge of their seat listening, watching, and laughing. Smith says the greatest thing of all is that they are also learning while having fun. You may also catch Smith performing locally at festivals, fundraisers, company parties and birthday parties. He is often accompanied with his 8 year old daughter who is a major contributor to the show. Smith said he is blessed to have one of the students that he teaches life lessons to right there with him saying “ that is a great message dad” or no way get rid of that routine For additional information on his services, or for booking information, he may be contacted at 813-494-1484. Also, check out his website at www.DallasSmithMagic.com.
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