“Stuart helped us by facilitating a workshop where we, six leading lotteries from throughout Europe, were developing new game propositions. Stuart not only kept the creative energy levels high by performing magic throughout the three days but more importantly, he helped us in our approach to concept creation. Stuart brilliantly used the art of magic and trick creation to demonstrate alternative ways to approach innovation which helped deliver a very successful workshop that yielded a large number of great ideas.”
Jamie Hunt, Head of Co-lab Innovation, Camelot
“Entertainment at a conference might be a bit of fun but you don’t think of it as important or memorable. Months later, Stuart’s performance still has me thinking and applying the things he said to my work.”
Rebecca, Tate Modern Audience Research
“OMG! You blew everyone away at the performance today. Those are smart people now they’re baffled but smiling and chattering away about what you did. Awesome feelings here now. x”
Text from Ana Nedkova, Event Organizer, NDK (National Palace of Culture) Bulgaria
“Honoured to be joined by the very talented @StuartNolan for our final #SpeakerSeries of 2018! Stuart is experimentally walking our audience through the science of touch, the physiology of empathy, and the latest technological innovations behind mindreading!”
Tweet from Digital Science @digitalsci
“We asked Stuart to run a workshop for us to share some of his techniques and approaches. He was really skilful at making the link between magic, mind-reading, and the world of health and social care in which we work.”
Professor Stuart Eglin, BA Hons, Cert MHS, PhD, FRSA. Chief Executive, NHS R&D North West
“Stuart created and delivered the first Interactive TV training for the BBC in 2001. His knowledge of the field, insights into the future of technology, and expertise in delivering cutting-edge training were second to none. His training is still used to this day.”
Paul Akland, BBC.
“As a judge on the first two years of the Interactive Awards, Stuart helped us untangle the complexity of the interactive media world and his passion for finding and celebrating the excellence and the magic in all its forms was an inspiration.”
“I asked Stuart to perform at The Story because I wanted someone who really understood how to create a visceral emotional response from the audience. Most events provoke a limited range of emotions, from mild amusement to ironic detachment, but Stuart’s performance created curiosity, wonder and outright fear. This was down to his skill as a storyteller and performer, and his ability to create a whole world in the audience’s mind using just a few simple props.”
Matt Locke, Head of Cross Platform, Channel 4
“The Shining is an amazing classic but Stuart’s performance was even better than the film! Genuinely unnerving and gripping!”
Audience feedback for The Shining immersive screening at The Watershed Cinema.
“Stuart was awarded a NESTA Fellowship in recognition of his worldwide reputation for innovation and his unique contribution to novel yet practical methods for fostering creativity in business. His work in Applied Magic is both practical and delightful.”
NESTA Awardee Profile
“Stuart’s paper on his work with Oyster Partners on the V&A’s New British Galleries was outstanding. It brought a whole new perspective to the way people experience and enjoy museums.”
Museum Directors review.
“Stuart was part of the grand finale of our conference day, along with Nick Hornby, Robin Ince, and laser harpist Greig Stewart. He devised a unique show around the way our minds can be tricked by lightness and darkness. The audience were amazed, but also educated, about the way our brains see the world.”
Alessandra Caggiano, e-Luminate Cambridge Artistic Director
“I love the fresh perspective and thought bomb Stuart explodes in our crew. The muscle reading workshop was incredibly interactive and I watched in awe as Stuart managed to have 40 students from 28 different cultures each have their own moment of OH! NO WAY! – including myself.”
Tash Wilcocks, Programme Leader Digital Design Management, Hyper Island.
“Lots of people get described as unique when they really aren’t but Stuart is in a class of his own. Part entertainer, part scientist, part futurologist – totally fascinating!”
Stéphane Barre, l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) Paris
“I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Stuart on two occasions, in Madrid and Lima. It’s very rare to find someone with such a marvelous background which gives him the ability to work with all kinds of people using humor and playfulness to create a joyful atmosphere. Stuart has a talent for friendship – likeable, warm, welcoming, and a great listener – he understands the way that small and personal interactions are connected to the bigger structures of a successful organization.”
Marcos García, Director of Medialab Prado Cultural Program
“Stuart’s totally engaging style and revelatory set of approaches to strategic development meant that in a matter of hours the board had a whole new take on possible futures and gained the kind of insights that can take months.”
Teo Greenstreet, CEO, The Media Centre
“Stuart Nolan dazzled the delegates with some slight of hand and a rather terrifying looking animal trap, reminding us of the importance of danger and play as an act of rebellion.”
Pete Vance, Producer for Creative Producers International.
“The workshop with Stuart Nolan changed my perception of magic and illusion forever. Not only could I see the depth of thinking and craft involved, it also transformed my attitude to my own design practice.”
“A wonderful experience… a real stand out moment in my education.”
Staff and Students at The Architectural Association
“The team expected to be entertained and they certainly were. But they also learned valuable lessons in managing their focus and controlling the attention of the opposing team, which translate directly into skill on the field of play.”
Dr Paul Morgan, Huddersfield Giants Vice-Chairman, RFL President (2015-16)
“Through both his generous talk and his captivating performances at the DTI events, Stuart brought together a diverse audience of technologists, artists, and visiting British Royalty. A powerful, delicate, and hypnotic performer.”
Event feedback. Bridging Industries and Cultures.
“Stuart was a Magician in Residence at Pervasive Media studio and we have worked with him many times as an artist and facillitator. He has highly original ideas – he explores everything from unusual angles, which is inspiring and educational to be around. He is a natural communicator, and from performance to text is gifted at sharing his thinking with others.”
Clare Reddington, Creative Director and CEO of Watershed
“Stuart was a member of trade missions to Malaysia and France. He was both insightful and charming to work with, a great skill when communicating across languages and cultures. Everything we needed and more. Highly recommended.”
Anthony Jamieson – Trade Mission Coordinator.
“I’ve worked with Stuart a great deal and he never ceases to amaze – both with his knowledge and understanding of digital media and with his magical delivery. He brings excitement and humour to any project, which plays a big part in getting the most out of people. He’s a real joy to work with, and I always look forward to our projects together.”
Phil Birchenall, Projects Director, The White Room
“No way! I’m keeping my eyes glued right and I’ve no idea how he did that. What the #$*!”
Roberta Parry, Extreme Sports Channel Launch Party Organiser.
“Big big thanks to @StuartNolan for this amazing talk and to @GsmithsCentre for hosting us! And of course to our awesome audience!”
Tweet from @London_CM
“Stuart has consistently brought innovative, highly relevant research to the training and mentoring he has delivered on our behalf over the last 5 years. He possesses a unique all-round understanding of interactive media and what it means for content creators, broadcasters, advertisers and brands, with a keen awareness of emerging trends. Besides his in-depth knowledge, the quality of his training and mentoring has always been exceptional.”
Lynne McCadden, Director of Skills and New Projects, Vision+Media
“Stuart is a very exciting speaker. His talks, performance, and workshops are always challenging but always compelling. His work is truly interdisciplinary, he inhabits so many disciplinary areas that he naturally makes connections between seemingly unrelated areas in order to illuminate key ideas for the audience.”
Jon Wardle, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice
“We ran a programme called The Artimelt Academy to stimulate creative ideas generation for all things relating to the digital sphere. There they were; a group of people, mostly strangers, yet we wanted them in there, talking, sharing and getting curious about ideas and each other – and quickly. Could we have done better than bring in Stuart to work his magic at the first session? I doubt it.”
Nicola Stephenson, Director, The Culture Company