Rob Eastaway – Maths Magician

Maths Magician Rob Eastaway is renowned for his interactive and entertaining maths talks for every age group from primary school children to secondary school teenagers and adults. He is famous for his engaging books about everyday maths which include the bestselling “Why do Buses Come in Threes?” and “Maths for Mums and Dads”.  He also appears regularly on radio – everything from the Today programme on Radio 4 to the Christian O’Connell Breakfast show on Absolute Radio – where he explains the maths of everyday life.

While his talks on maths, magic and mind-reading are particularly popular, he has a range of talks suitable for all audiences.  These include talks about the Hidden Maths of Sport, Maths and Psychology, and he even has a show that he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe called Ten Ways to win a Maths bet in the Pub.

For primary schools, Rob offers his “Maths & Magic” show. However for secondary schools he recommends “Maths of Everyday Life”.  The four shows he performs most often are “From Lampard to The Olympics – The Hidden Maths of Sport” (Year 9 and above),  “How to Cheat at Mind-Reading” (Year 7 up to sixth form), “The Maths of Games” (Year 9-11), and “Ten Ways to Win a Maths Bet in the Pub” (Year 12 and above).

Rob is Director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of theatre-based lecture shows for older teenagers, and he’s as comfortable with audiences of a thousand as he is with a small workshop of ten.  His most unusual audience was a group of convicts at Pentonville Prison.  Well, that was one way to guarantee a captive audience.


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by Isobel Cooper, Further Maths Support Programme on

The audience loved your tremendous talk on the Hidden Maths of Sport – as I anticipated!

by Dave Parnell, Primary maths consultant, Hampshire on

Many thanks for an excellent and inspirational morning. Our group of headteachers went away with a renewed passion for maths.