Robert Bishop is a popular presenter at many National and State conferences.He has taught numerous teacher in-services and hundreds of school math assemblies.

He has performed his Education Magic shows nationally.

Recently, he performed his Math Magic programs and his Einstein programs in Taiwan. He was the 2008 recipient of Idaho’s Gifted Education Milestone Award (GEM award).

He has written many books including:

  • Igniting Creativity in Your Workplace (for Hewlett Packard)
  • Igniting Creativity in Your Classroom (for the teachers of the gifted in Idaho)
  • Pocketful of Math Games
  • Hatful of Math Magic Tricks
  • Success Habits for Creative Leaders
  • Motivation for Successful Creativity

Letter from Marti Pike (Past President of ITAG/SAGE)

Bob Bishop is a friend of gifted children! He has a mind that is prolific in creating course materials, books, games, and ideas for improving gifted education. He is professionally inviting as he asks colleagues to team teach an Edufest strand. In discussions of gifted topics you hear “let’s talk,” and”have you read…?” He has his students model the board games they created in his class, showing us not only how to play the games but also what successful teaching and excited learning looks like. He loves his family, finding a unique balance by inviting his daughters and son to join him in teaching. To call his presentations enthusiastic is an understatement. His love for teaching gifted children is absolutely contagious. Under his direction you catch a vision of possibilities for your own work. He continually learns, not only from his ten years as a public educator at all levels, but also from his curiosity. Because of his learning, he has become a magician with math and is able to teach professionals about Brain-Based Learning. His is interested in math, writing, classic literature, logic, music, art appreciation, movie making, chess, creativity, and problem solving. In all of this his eyes are on his students and their future. Idaho’s gifted children, parents and educators owe much to Bob’s abilities and enduring dedication but most of all, his heart.

ITAG SAGE Recognizes and Thanks Bob Bishop For His Contribution to Gifted Education Milestones For the State of Idaho 2008

Customer Reviews


Here is another raving review of The Math Magician from a school district visited this week!!

Posted by Math Magician on Thursday, March 5, 2015

“Bob has a unique way on engaging his audience- whether they are children or adults. They are captivated by his humor, his intelligence, and gentle manner. Bob teaches in such a way that the participants don’t even realize they are being challenged and taught something at the same time. I would attend any workshop or class Bob taught, knowing that I will come away with more skills and knowledge than when I walked in– and have fun while doing it!”
-Sue March; 6th grade Cynthia Mann Elementary

“What a wonderful presentation of Einstein filled with fascinating facts and inspiration for students. You captured the attention of many future Einsteins.”

“Bob Bishop’s enthusiasm and knowledge of creativity is evident in his teaching strategies!”
-Linda von Tagen; GATE Facilitator, Boise, ID

Another great review of The Math Magician from last week program. For more information see

Posted by Math Magician on Sunday, March 8, 2015

“This has been the most energizing seminar I have ever attended in 37 years as a teacher. The book is absolutely awesome and every page is a true gem. I’ve been feeling very burned out but now I feel that I can do my best again. I wish all my administrators and teachers could benefit from Bob’s energy and message. Thank you for letting me see that there are still educators who believe in children as people and not as numbers on a chart. I have decided not to retire!”
-Diena Hurtado; Teacher, Anaheim, California

“You are a GEM, Mr. Bishop. We are thankful for you everyday in our household. We talk about you a lot with our son. You are astoundingly gifted!”
-The Zehnder family; Unsolicited remark from a parent of one of Bob’s students

Listen to another review for The Math MagicianMr. X, the Math Magician, came to Idaho Learning Center Academy in Meridian, Idaho to not only show kids how to have fun with math, but also ignite a passion for math in children who have learning disabilities and an overall negative view of math. Mr. X quickly developed a wonderful rapport all the students with his eye contact and great sense of humor. He was able to captivate the minds of our elementary students as well as the upper grade students by presenting them with a variety of math games, puzzles, problems, and magic tricks. Our auditorium was filled with the sound of children’s laughter as all the students were engaged in Mr. X’s show. Furthermore, Mr. X made special appearances in classrooms to assist with homework, and he took time at lunch to teach an impromptu chess lesson. His time at ILCA was a huge blessing to our students and teachers. I highly recommend Bob Bishop, aka Mr. X, the Math Magician to put on a spectacular, educational show for your school. Lisa Illa Teacher at Idaho Learning Center Academy

Posted by Math Magician on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

“Bob Bishop’s special skills as an educator, creative teacher, author, curriculum developer and professional magician put everything he teaches into sharp focus. His research abilities, creative style, high energy deliveries, practical applications and humor make him a sought-after presenter.

This mixture of experience as a magician and educator makes his presentations a unique blend of entertainment and sound pedagogy. When you watch Bob, it is obvious that his desire goes beyond entertainment and instruction. Watching him work with a group of students, mixing magic and mathematics, is to be amazed at his ability to completely involve a very difficult audience.

Those who participate in his workshops are invited to go beyond the ordinary boundaries of thought. He stimulates curiosity, creativity and a confidence in those that he works with, whether they are children, teachers, or engineers for major corporations.”
-Nick Johnson; Middle school teacher

“Bob’s fast paced yet calm presentations sparkle with wit and humor. His years of classroom experience and connection with children are reflected in examples to which every teacher relates. He applies his in-depth knowledge of brain-based learning in his classroom and in his presentations. Bob is a unique presenter. You will remember this presentation and use the material in it.”
-Rita Hoffman; Gifted Program Supervisor, Boise School District, October 2008

“The exposure to the wit and wisdom of Bob Bishop has indelibly impressed upon me his dedication to his students and effective teaching, his commitment to include humor in his presentations and personal interactions, and his personal high standards of achievement for himself and his students. Observing Bob will stimulate recollections of Socrates and Aristotle-Socrates for his incessant use of questions, and Aristotle for his demand for evidence for student opinions.”
-Larry Rogien; Education Dept. Head Boise State University

“When Bob Bishop teachers he is articulate, expressive, and engages the learner in the adventure and discovery of learning. He does not give easy answers, but uses a variety of methods and style to lead the learner to explore the topic at hand. Young or old, Bob Bishop prompts the learner into new territory where learning is once again, fun, worthwhile, relevant, and meaningful.”
-Scott Ziemer; Teacher/Counselor

“Fantastic! Captivating! Challenging! Thorough! Creative! Very Knowledgeable! Humorous! Engaging! Committed! Gifted and talented teacher. Bob Bishop is a master teacher who makes learning come alive for his students. He can take any topic and present it in a way that allows new insights. Prepare to be both challenged and entertained.”
-Cheryl Richardson; Hillcrest GATE Center

“Mr. Bishop is creative, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. He inspires teachers and students alike. When Mr. Bishop speaks he entertains and educates-and gives you lots of “aha” moments. You will walk away from Mr. Bishop’s classes with tools and ideas that are awesome!"
-Gifted Teacher

“Bob Bishop, math wizard extraordinaire, presented his hallmark math antics, games, and puzzles before parents and students at our first family math night. The cafetorium was packed with kids having fun with numbers. We gave Bob and the event a 10. The kids loved the wizard and so did we!”
-Debbie Hertzog; PTA President Seven Oaks Elementary

“Bob is energizing, motivating and …fun!!!! He makes you think, analyze, debate, and enjoy all at the same time. A session with Mr. Bishop is always worth attending because you never leave ‘empty minded’.”
-Linda Stokes; GATE Teacher, Collister Elementary School

“Bob Bishop’s workshop helped me get in touch with my creative side, and learn how to better tap the creativity in my gifted students. He infused his presentation with humor and magic. It was educational and entertaining.”
-Sharon Kerr; GATE teacher Roosevelt Elementary School