Motivational Magic
– Raising The Aspirations and Attainment of Students


John is passionate about helping young people achieve their full potential.  Which is why he’s developed a comedy filled inspiring presentation aimed at 14 to 19 year olds entitled ‘Think MAGIC’.

Ideal for assemblies, speech days, awards ceremonies, end of term events, open days and any situation in which young people need to be encouraged, motivated and introduced to some truths about the world after school.

The presentation contains

  • Magic
  • Comedy
  • Audience interaction
  • Real life learning
  • Prizes

In an entertaining and thought-provoking one hour session.

He left our students buzzing

“He left our Year 10 students, all 240 of them, buzzing about John’s visit.  His key messages were discussed in the corridors and the classrooms alike.  The lasting effect of John’s visit will, I am sure, be that students will now take much more responsibility for their own learning and ultimately responsibility for their own lives.”

John Farmer – Deputy Headteacher, Ryburn Valley High School, Halifax

The presentation structure is an acronym

M – MAGNIFICENCE – We are all magnificent whether we realise it or not.  We have the potential to achieve almost anything.

A – ACTION – So long as you don’t break the law or hurt someone, always take action.  If you just sit and just think about doing something it won’t happen.  You have to make a move towards your goal.

G – GROUP WORK – By working in a group or team you’ll achieve more.  It’s about knowing your strengths and constraints and appreciating what others can and can’t do.  Every member of a team must communicate clearly and take responsibility for his or her actions.

I – INSPIRATION – Sometimes in life you have no idea what to do next or how to go about something.  Where can we find inspiration?  Never be afraid to ask questions or ask for help.

C – CHOICE – You always have a choice when it comes to your attitude.  What will you choose – a positive or negative one?  Know when to keep trying and when to give up.

M.A.G.I.C. results

  • Motivated and inspired young people
  • …who have new insights about what to expect in life after school
  • …who have been exposed to good, positive personal values
  • …who feel engaged and enthusiastic
  • …who are encouraged to work effectively on their own and with others

Why John Hotowka?

John is a member of the Magic Circle, a fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and has an enhanced CRB certificate.  He’s been entertaining and speaking to corporate audiences since 1989 simplifying complex messages and delivering them with magic, comedy and stories.


Testimonial St Lawrence Academy

Presentation content fuels enthusiasm to achieve personal success

“The feedback from students was tremendously positive and it was evident that the content of the presentation had fuelled their enthusiasm to achieve personal success in the future.”

Derek Radcliffe – Director of Post 16 – Grange Technology College, Bradford

Students motivated to succeed

“Your presentation was funny, entertaining, thought provoking and was pitched perfectly for the cohort.  I was amazed to see normally shy students grow in confidence and be willing to stand on stage to assist you.  Your ‘call to action’ not only reinforced and enhanced the messages we were delivering as part of the Enterprise Event, but has helped motivate the students towards success in their final year.  I look forward to working with you again in the near future and will be recommending you to colleagues in other schools across York.”

Jon Zeb – Year 11 Learning Leader – Canon Lee Specialist Arts College, York

All the students were engaged and took action

“They are not the easiest of year groups and have lacked motivation and drive to achieve. John enticed them with his magic as well as his messages to be aspirational and follow their dreams. All students were engaged by his 60 minute session and certainly returned the following day with an aim to make the most of the remaining time in Year 11.

I have seen them act in a much more mature light in the first half term of this academic year and I am convinced that John’s engagement with them has some part to play in it.”

Claudia Fabian – Dixons Academy in Bradford

Delivery instantly understood and memorable

“You were also wonderful with the pupils you invited to ‘assist’ you – and so generous – I’m sure the boy who relieved you of £30 could not believe his luck.  I am also positive however, that your call to take ‘Action’ was extremely well made, delivered in a language that was instantly understood and will live long in the collective memory.”

Marian Farrar – Business Liaison Officer – St Aiden’s, Harrogate

Fantastic and brilliant

“Even though the sessions had been carefully planned, Mr Hotowka had to reconsider various aspects of his presentation because of sudden changes to the day and he managed these admirably.  At the end of the sessions, none of the students wanted him to go afterwards and offered the following comments about the day:

‘This has been the best day of our course because of John’s magic and message.’

‘He was fantastic!’

‘He was brilliant!’

‘We appreciated the message you gave us.'”

Graham Mackenzie – Assistant Head of Special Educational Needs – Carlton-Bolling College, Bradford

His message is delivered effectively

“John’s magic not only entertained but got over the key enterprise messages which had been discussed prior to the event.  His sense of humour and approach to the young people was appropriate and for those he brought up on stage he made them feel confident.  The prizes he awarded to them at the end also we well received.

John not only does great magic, he has a great story to tell amongst it all, which is why his message is delivered effectively and which I am sure will stay with the young people for a long time to come.”

Christine Marsden – Curriculum Development Manager – Education Leeds, Education Business Partnership

Messages young people need to hear

“John Hotowka is one of the most amusing speakers that I have had the pleasure to work with.  He not only works the audience into fits of laughter but amazes them with his incredible performance of magic. To top things off he skilfully weaves into his routine motivational messages that young people of the 21st century need to hear.  I would not hesitate in recommending him as being first class.  If you book him you will not be disappointed.”

Richard McCann – Inspirational Speaker