Steve Bagienski is a magician, scientist, and positive psychologist. He loves using close-up magic as a tool to connect with others and has performed for bars, restaurants, parties, and other clients like Rutgers University and Exxonmobil. As a magician, Steve was naturally drawn to psychology and began studying the science of positive psychology in 2011, which is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. In his research, he combines magic with positive psychology to understand how magic may increase psychological wellbeing in certain contexts. He is currently doing his doctorate at Goldsmiths University of London, investigating the social and emotional experiences of watching and learning to performing magic. His research has been presented at international conferences and has received the Richard Benjamin Trust PhD studentship. Ultimately, he hopes to share the empirical findings with others to help develop evidence-based techniques that help magicians, their audiences, and other practitioners to live more meaningful, fulfilling lives.
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