So, you or your child is interested in magic, that’s awesome! Getting into magic can be quite overwhelming, and I’m here to help you start off on the right foot.
You need to know where to look or what to do, so here are 6 tips on what it really takes, and what you should know before starting out with magic.
1. Get Books on Magic: the Best Way to Learn!
The best tricks and advice you can find for performing magic tricks are always in the books. Most libraries will have some basic beginner books on magic, however if you want to purchase some at a cheap price, Dover Publishing House has produced many great books on a multitude of tricks, styles and props. I personally would recommend the Encyclopedia of Card Tricks and Card Tricks for Children, both are full of tricks and ideas to get you started. If you are looking for something more flashy with colored pictures, check out Joshua Jay’s books for kids such as The Amazing Book of Cards or The Complete Course in Magic.
2. It’s Not Only About the Audience.
Many people who start out in magic only want to fool others and impress their friends—which magic can do, and very well at that—however don’t ever forget to enjoy it for yourself as well. Mastering a trick or a sleight that you have been working on is a great feeling, as is learning something new that intrigues you. Learn to enjoy magic for itself, not just as a way to trick and impress others.
3. Buy Quality.
I don’t recommend you purchase magic sets which advertise 101 tricks or something along those lines. They are always overpriced and come with very cheap props and instruction. Rather, do some research and try to find some individual tricks and props to buy that are better quality. To start out you should look into;
- Thumb tip
- A good deck of cards like Bicycle
- Magic wand
- Sponge balls
- For individual tricks, I recommend looking into those made by Royal Magic. They make many tricks for children and are fairly priced.
4. Try Using Smaller Cards
I am often told when teaching card tricks to kids that the cards are too big for their hands. Of course, this depends on the age of the child. If that is the case for your child, you can purchase Bridge-Sized Playing Cards which are the same height but significantly less wide than standard cards and might make learning and practicing a bit easier.
WARNING: Magic takes practice and work. It may start off very easy as many beginner tricks are practically self-working but if your child intends to build up their skill and repertoire of tricks it will take a lot of time and effort. There is no way around this (which is why most people who become interested in magic eventually drop it). So I am letting you know before you even begin, the trick to learning magic is practice, practice, practice. You can practice by a mirror or perform for friends and family and let them give you advice on what they think you should work on some more. It is a safe and fun way to improve your skill.
6. This Tip is for the Parents
For all the parents out there, this is for you. Because magic can be difficult, if your child shows an interest, you should encourage your child to practice and work on it. Magic is a great kosher, healthy outlet and hobby. It boosts confidence and it’s enjoyable. So help your kids learn and give them advice when needed, and let them perform for you. Always give a great reaction and response to continue to allow their confidence and skill to grow.
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