About Michael Abrahamson and Powerbrain
Michael studied Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, and then studied Statistics at Honours level. He obtained the Liberty Life gold medal for top student and a first-class pass, and continued with his Actuarial Exams through the Institute of Actuaries in London, obtaining various Actuarial diplomas through this internationally recognised body.
Michael’s interest in sport was instilled in him at a young age. At a school-level, he was famous among his peers for his accurate imitations of the world renowned cricket commentator, Charles Fortune, and in the early 90s, he submitted a mock commentary tape to the SABC, and from there his broadcasting career began.
Michael is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most versatile and best commentators, having covered numerous sports at the very highest level for both TV and radio. A career of over 20 years in the business includes many highlights, some of which include being the senior radio commentator at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, covering the Athens Olympics in 2004 as the SABC’s main English commentator, and being the senior radio commentator on Radio 2000 during the Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2003. Please have a look at all Michael’s broadcasting career successes and awards here.
He has also worked as an MC and stadium announcer on some major swimming and gymnastics events and has been the stadium announcer at the Wanderers, SuperSport Park and Willowmoore Park cricket stadiums.
Michael became interested in magic at a young age. He took lessons while working hard under some excellent magic teachers at a newly-formed magic school as a child. Since then, his magic grew from strength to strength and his shows developed rapidly.
Feeling discontent with performing only magic, Michael became exposed to mentalism (or magic of the mind) in the early 2000s and studied the art intensely. He now has a full-scale mentalism and power of the mind show that he has performed around the country, and he develops new stage shows almost annually. Michael counts some big corporate companies like Investec, Spar, Auto and General, Absa, Volkswagen, Nedbank, Allan Gray, Tiger Brands and Discovery as just some of his clients. At the end of 2014, Michael was contracted to perform on the MS Rotterdam on the Holland America Cruise Line for international audiences. Click on the link to read more about the Powerbrain Mentalism shows. Click on the link to read more about the Powerbrain Mentalism shows.
Memory Course History
In the early 90s, Michael had the opportunity to study an intense memory course under a top magician. He read and researched further, and was then asked by his students in 1997 how he managed to recall so much information. He immediately put together a memory programme for them and instantly had over 120 applicants. The course has developed to such an extent that it has been expanded to incorporate memory techniques, study skills, coping methods for exam situations, preparation for exam sessions, improving concentration, sharpening the mind, spelling techniques, stress and time management, eating and sleeping patterns and nutrition, and vitamins and minerals.
Hundreds of people have attended the course, and the results and feedback have been phenomenal. Michael has now added an advanced course which develops on the methods covered in the basic course with advanced study skills, study schedules, memory techniques and motivation.