MICHAEL ABRAHAMSON - BIOGRAPHY
Michael Abrahamson is truly a jack of all trades, having carved out for himself lucrative careers in broadcasting, lecturing, entertaining, study skills programmes and as an MC. A born and bred Johannesburger, Michael was fortunate to be exposed to numerous influences in his formative years, all of which helped to shape his career.
After matriculating with five distinctions (just missing out on a distinction in his sixth subject after some problems with the re-marking of the exam), Michael went on to study Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of the Witwatersrand. On a whim, he opted to continue studying after obtaining a B.Sc degree and spent a year as a postgraduate student studying Statistics at Honours level. He obtained the Liberty Life gold medal for top student and a first-class pass. All the while, Michael continued to write and pass his Actuarial Exams through the Institute of Actuaries in London, obtaining various Actuarial diplomas through this internationally recognised body.
However, just a stone\'s throw away from qualifying as an Actuary, Michael decided to put these studies on hold and pursue his other passions. He did, however, take time off to work on a Masters degree in Statistics, working on a new method for calculating results in rain-affected cricket matches and thereby combining some of his different passions. However, this remains a ‘work in progress\' as his other commitments have to date prevented him from completing the degree.
Michael\'s interest in sport was inculcated in him at a young age. He played tennis, cricket, soccer and table tennis at school level. Acquiring instant fame among his school peers for his famous imitations of world renowned cricket commentator Charles Fortune, Michael suddenly realised that this was a career worth exploring. In the early 90s, he submitted a mock commentary tape he had made at home to the SABC, and the rest as they say is history.
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 nearly 20 years in the business includes many highlights, some of which include covering the Athens Olympics in 2004 as the SABC\'s main English commentator (commentaries which were also used by TV New Zealand and other networks), being the senior radio commentator on Radio 2000 during the Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2003, covering the Springbok rugby tour to the UK and Ireland in 2004, covering the inaugural soccer tour to the West Indies in the late 90s and numerous other local and international highlights. He has also presented sport on SABC TV, Radio 2000 and SAfm and worked as a voice-over artist on numerous programmes. Currently, Michael works as a freelance soccer and tennis commentator for SuperSport and presents his own sports show, SAfm Sports Special, on SAfm (the SABC\'s national English radio station) on weekends.
Bearing testimony to Michael\'s outstanding work in the broadcasting industry are the numerous awards he has won for his work. He is the first broadcaster in the country to win the prestigious SAB Radio Commentator of the Year 3 times - in all, he has won this award 5 times. He has also won the Coca Cola Cup Soccer Commentator of the Season 3 times, and the Castle Premiership TV Commentator of the Year award. In big demand as a commentator for various sporting codes, Michael is too committed elsewhere to make this his full-time occupation at present.
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.
MAGIC AND MENTALISM HISTORY
Michael became interested in magic at a young age, when he saw a magician perform at a child\'s birthday party. He immediately became involved and took lessons, working hard under some excellent magic teachers at a newly-formed magic school. Since then, his magic grew from strength to strength and his shows developed rapidly.
Not content with performing magic only, Michael became exposed to mentalism (or magic of the mind) in the early 2000s. He invested heavily in purchasing as many resources as he could and studying the art intensely. He now has a full-scale mentalism and power of the mind show that he has performed around the country. Michael counts some big corporate companies among his clients, namely Investec, Spar, Auto and General, Absa, Nedbank, Allan Gray, Tiger Brands, Innovent, Rand Merchant Bank/Morgan Stanley, Horwath Leveton Boner, Orbes Media, Search Partners International, Chemical Services Ltd, United Cricket Board of SA, Hunters Rest Hotel and many others.
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 manages 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 in an exam situation, preparation for exam sessions, improving concentration and sharpening the mind. The course has now been run at numerous schools around Gauteng and for Michael\'s own students and their parents and friends. Hundreds of people have attended the course which is constantly changing and being updated and the results and feedback have been phenomenal.
Realising that he had a talent for imparting information, Michael began teaching statistics in the late 80s. He has taught in his own personal capacity, as he is doing currently, but has also been on the staff of 4 different colleges and was a statistics lecturer at Wits University for 3 years during the late 90s. During this time, his students voted him best lecturer, and the University recognised his talents by awarding him the Convocation Best Lecturer Award in the Science faculty.
Michael currently lectures statistics and mathematics related subjects in his own private venture to students at numerous universities and colleges. His 20 years of teaching experience stand them in good stead, and the results of his students are consistently way above the rest of the class.
Michael also MC\'s functions and runs fun music and general knowledge quiz evenings. He is often invited to be a guest speaker at various functions. Michael has also been seen on TV in a different capacity. In 2000, he was a contestant on the popular Afrikaans music quiz show, Noot Vir Noot, beating the other contestants to secure a semi-final spot. In all, he earned close to R7000 for his efforts. He was also a contestant on SABC3\'s quiz show, The Hot Seat, in 2006.