Mind Games & M.A.G.I.C. - College Alcohol Awareness Presentation
an entertaining exploration of the link between perception and decision making with measurable results


"Excellent program! This was the most outstanding and enlightening program we've ever had."

Athletic Department, College of Charleston

Student athletes who play team sports are less likely to smoke cigarettes or use illegal drugs, but they're more likely to drink alcohol. Strong group cohesion, a highly valued component of teamwork, has been linked to a range of positive and negative consequences. Students in cohesive groups are confronted with powerful pressures to conform to the group's goals, norms, and decisions.

Many students have a misperception about "normal drinking" behavior, and believe their peers drink more than they actually do. Studies show that college athletes overestimate the normal drinking rates both on campus and among their teammates. This inaccurate perception, in and of itself, may lead to an increase in personal alcohol use as the athlete tries to keep up with the perceived, yet false norm. The theory of inaccurate social norms suggests that the tendency to abuse alcohol may frequently be motivated by misperception.

In his Mind Games & M.A.G.I.C. alcohol awareness program, John Fabjance uses a blend of magic and humor to demonstrate how student's perceptions influence their emotional, behavioral (and even physiological) reactions. Students often experience thoughts or feelings that reinforce faulty perceptions. Such perceptions can result in behaviors that can negatively affect numerous life areas, including family, romantic relationships, work and academics.

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