Obscura Society DC: Magic Experience Design Workshop with Ferdinando Buscema - Atlas Obscura

Washington, D.C.

Obscura Society DC: Magic Experience Design Workshop with Ferdinando Buscema

In this exclusive and intimate workshop, learn how to hack reality and introduce a magical perspective into everyday life

This hands-on workshop will stimulate and inspire participants to use the art of magic-experience-design to create their very own episodes of designed delight, premeditated joy, and engineered wonder. 

This intimate workshop will be like designing a real-life, nonfiction version of magical realism. It will be led by acclaimed Italian author and performer Ferdinando Buscema, an international specialist in the design of magical experiences for individual and corporate transformation. With a background in mechanical engineering, humanistic psychology, and hermetic traditions, Ferdinando is a management consultant who has created high-value events worldwide for clients such as Ferrari and L'Oréal. As a sleight-of-hand artist, he is a credited performer at Hollywood's Magic Castle, the world's most exclusive stage for magical entertainment. 

Over the course of this three-hour class, Ferdinando will orchestrate the group's collective creativity to help participants conceive, plan, and put into action their very own "magical experiences." Want to show your appreciation for a friend or loved one with a truly unforgettable gesture?  Maybe an "unexpected" event is what's needed to make your work stand out from the crowd?  Perhaps you simply want to brighten up a busy street-corner with a little "improvised" wonder?  

If you are a designer, entertainer, teacher, artist, poet, maker, a curious and fun-loving person, a believer in science and mystery or someone seeking to introduce magic into their everyday life - well, my friend, this workshop is for you! 

Notes for this Adventure:

- The Loft at 600 F is located across the street from the Gallery Place Chinatown metro stop (red, green, and yellow lines).  Street parking is very limited. 

- Photography is allowed, but please no video recording.

- Post your photos to social media! Tag @atlasobscura and @ferdinando_MED with the hashtag #ObscuraSociety

- In addition to this workshop, Ferdinando will be performing a lecture-show about Wunderkammern, or “Chambers of Wonders,” on Thursday, July 7th at 6:30pm. Purchase tickets for the performance here

All ticket sales are final.  Questions? Please contact Alex Boxer (alex@atlasobscura.com)