Is there Magic in Presentation? Nolan Haims Says Yes

Presentationist and magician blends the two at this year’s Summit

The Presentation Summit prides itself on making magic on an annual basis, but not like this. Nolan Haims intends to show how a good presentation is literally like magic.

And he should know: Haims spent his formative teen years as a professional magician, performing, touring, and even winning competitions. Working as a magician is how Nolan discovered storytelling to be a key element of good presentation. In this unique and personal keynote address, he will take you inside the magician’s world to show how we can improve our presentation chops with the help of the fundamental principles of sleight of hand.

“Magic was my first real passion,” Haims recalls, “but it was also how I learned to speak to audiences, to create narratives, to run a business, and to cultivate lasting friendships. I have long thought about how this seminal part of my life has influenced my work.”

Haims promises to take us all backstage and open his notebook. What exactly is misdirection and how you can use it in slide design? How can a magician’s secret moves help you manage wordy slides?

“Magicians aren’t supposed to reveal their secrets,” he lets on, “but maybe I’ll make an exception or two.”

This magician-turned-designer takes the stage on Tuesday, Oct 17. For complete information and registration instructions, visit

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