Motivational Magic


Meet Steve

Steve Harmer is a former principal and teacher from Calgary. Steve left the Calgary system 20 years ago to pursue his dream and now combines his skills as a professional educator with his skills as a professional performer using magic, juggling, unicycles, storytelling, and music to deliver messages. He has presented inspiring programs to over 3300 schools in western Canada.

Because Steve knows kids, knows schools, knows curriculum, and knows how to perform, he captures his audiences. His various programs deal with Bucket Filling, Character, Bully Prevention, Leadership, 7 Habits, Resilience, Building a Better World.

Steve Quick Facts

• Former principal & teacher skilled at connecting with students
• An educator first, performing is his tool to impact students
• Magic & juggling that amazes and engages students
• Audience participation volunteers on stage, fun & laughter
• Magic a concrete teaching tool for abstract character messages
• Themes: Resilience, Character Education, Bucket Filling & 7 Habits


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• Build a Better World

Steve uses his magic skills along with 10 Building Blocks to visually demonstrate to students how they can build a Better World Pyramid by starting small and working outward:

Level 1 foundation (Build Myself) – Self-Esteem, Self-Control, Self-Awareness, Self-Discipline

Level 2 (Build Others) – Family, Friends, Community

Level 3 (Build This Place) – Environment, Property

Level 4 top (Build The World) – World

Grade Suitability: K-9
Duration: 55-60 mins.

• Brilliant and Resilient

We all must learn to face the ups and downs of life. And here is the good news: Trouble can be a great teacher, and often it is the struggle that makes us strong. This assembly presents the 7 C’s that will help empower students with RESILIENCY: Connection, Confidence, Competence, Contribution, Coping, Control, and Character (Based on Dr. Ken Ginsburg’s work “Building Resiliency in Children and Teens”).

Grade Suitability: K–9
Duration: 55-60 mins.

• Be a Bucket Filler

This exciting show was inspired by the popular ‘How Full is Your Bucket’ material by educators Tom Rath and Donald Clifton that is being used by many schools these days. We all are born with ‘invisible buckets’ that represent our emotional and mental health. We need our own buckets filled with acts of kindness and we need to help fill the buckets of others — a concrete, easy-to-grasp way to help students understand the power of affirming words and actions.

Steve teaches students: What is a ‘bucket’, Who are ‘bucket fillers’, How do we fill a bucket, Why fill buckets, Where do we fill buckets, When do we fill buckets.

Grade Suitability: K–9
Duration: 55-60 mins.

• 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids Show

based on the work of Stephen and Sean Covey

In his exciting and innovative magical way, Steve Harmer reviews how these excellent 7 Habits can help guide students to success in every area of their lives:

1.Be Proactive,  2. Begin with the End in Mind,  3. Put First things First,  4. Think Win-Win, 5. Seek First to Understand,  6. Synergize,  7. Sharpen the Saw

Grade Suitability: K–9
Duration: 55–60 mins.


If you have not already done so, click below to rank the top three artists you’d like to see tour to your area. There‘s no obligation to book, doing so will simply register your school for any applicable discounts and help us coordinate artists’ tours where there is the most interest for them.

Fees are listed as a range because the exact fee is determined by your area and number of shows in a tour. Once you’ve cast your vote, we can let you know the exact fee and possible dates for your preferred artists.

If your school is facing severe budget challenges please inquire about qualifying for our assistance program.

Brief Artist Survey – register your school and qualify for any applicable discounts

Build a Better World

$650–$825 + GST

Brilliant and Resilient!

$650–$825 + GST

Be a Bucket Filler

$650–$825 + GST

7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids Show

$650–$825 + GST


Totally awesome! You captured and captivated our students’ attention and your message was clear and well received by all. Keep smiling! You are on to something fantastic!

K. Lawes – Shortreed Elementary

POWERFUL! Very appropriate across grades 1-7. Captivating and fun! Solid educational tool! Kids responded!

Doug Jeffers – Boundary Elementary

Fabulous! The best children’s presentation I have ever seen!

Nicole Daneault, Vice-Principal – Kwayhquitlum Middle School

WOW!  I love these presentations!  Motivational Magic presentations are the BEST presentations I have ever seen in our school!  Using magic to captivate students’ attention in order to present such important information is absolutely brilliant!

T. Harris – Westminster School, Lethbridge, AB

That was the best educational magic presentation I have ever seen.  It had informative content and a polished presentation!

G. Nixdof – I.F. Cox, Redcliff, AB