Here are some additional ideas and resources to spark more curiosity about magicians, their tricks and the science behind them:
Investigate a famous magician.
At the library or online, introduce your children to some of the greatest magicians of all time: Harry Houdini (an oldie but a goodie, famous for his great escapes), David Copperfield (the rock star of all magicians), Doug Henning (known for his theatrical performance style), Siegfried and Roy (popular for their magic using big cats).
Explore the science behind magic.
The book Kids’ Magic Secrets: Simple Magic Tricks & Why They Work uses everyday items to help aspiring young magicians magically make things happen with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. Each trick is followed by an explanation of the scientific or mathematic principles that make it work.
Learn easy magic tricks for kids.
Let your child find a trick they are excited about trying. Here are 3 ideas, or check out the wealth of how-to videos online, or one of the many books at the library. Once they’ve got it down, let your child perform a magic show for your family and practice a little dramatic flair!
1 Rubber Pencil – This classic magic trick just takes a little practice to get the right speed and technique. Hold a pencil by the eraser and shake it. When shaken at the right speed, it creates the optical illusion that it’s made of bendable rubber, not wood.
2 Disappearing Coin – This basic disappearing trick is a great introduction to magic tricks. It helps teach fine motor skills, discipline and the self-confidence magicians must have to perform magic! The trick is to master such a smooth sleight of hand that the audience doesn’t notice when the coin drops into the magician’s lap.
3 Bending Spoon – According to Udemy.com, the key to this trick is in how you hold the spoon while “bending” it. Grab the spoon and hold it with both hands closed around the handle. Make sure that the spoon isn’t peeking out the top of your hands. Now place the bottom bowl of the spoon, open side up, onto the table. As you begin to press down on the spoon you allow the handle to slide along the inside of your hand until it reaches the bottom of your palm. This makes it look like the spoon is bending from the spectator’s point of view, even though you are not bending it at all. Your other hand that appears to be gripping the spoon is hiding the spoon handle sliding in your first hand.