The concept behind the activity
Inspired by the well-known classic Magic Bamboo, we created a new version of this coordination challenge that finally meets any professional trainer’s demands. Whereas the original 7-foot long bamboo version was difficult to transport (and one of the reasons why trainers drove estate cars), our four-part aluminium Zauberstab – Magic Stick makes a handy piece of luggage. Due to its variable length, it easily adapts to group sizes from 6 up to 22 delegates. Definitely a must-have for your next workshop!
Facilitating the activity
The participants form two lines, facing each other. The trainer places the Zauberstab – Magic Stick on their extended index fingers, gently but not overtly pushing it downwards. The group’s task is to lower the stick to the ground. The only rule to observe is to never lose contact between their fingers and the stick. But, at the count of three, as the trainer releases her/his hold, the stick begins moving up instead of down, as if full of helium! The reason: In trying to maintain contact with this extremely lightweight stick (thanks to a special aluminium alloy, it weighs only 200 grams at 4 metres length), each delegate pushes upwards just ever so slightly. All others follow this motion, effectively raising the stick instead of lowering it. Detailed planning, concentration, self-organization and leadership are the keys to mastering this task.