How parents can help their kids magic tricks practice
Our son is 11 and is trying to learn card tricks, he is on YouTube every day, he upset me yesterday, when trying a trick that went wrong, he was very disappointed after I said it had gone wrong a few times .. He went up stairs crying and said “sorry I’m not a magician yet ” … Bless him.. What can I buy him to get him started and able to do a few tricks .. He had two sets of bicycle cards.. Are there special cards and books you have that will enable him to feel he is making progress ..
Roger, you are correct, your son will get it wrong a few times, I still get things wrong whilst I’m practicing, but your son will get there, sometimes it is good to go along with him, even if he messes up, but once the trick is over give helpful pointers. so, if you saw a flash of a card that he was trying to hide, try and explain how he could have positioned himself differently to cover it more or if you see him turn over two cards when he is saying it is one, tell him if you think he could have done it differently to be more convincing. I know you are not a magician, but I hope you understand what I mean there. Constructive criticism can go a long way to improve if it is handled delicately and with supportive suggestions on how to improve.
One thing I will say, is the YouTube tutorials are often taught by people who rush to learn a trick and give a poor explanation that can be difficult to follow, or may teach a trick incorrectly, leading to confusion whilst trying to learn it – especially for a younger person who is still learning the jargon.
After saying that though, YouTube does have some Solid Gold Gems for learning Flourishing and kids magic tricks. Dan and Dave Bucks channel is excellent for learning flourishes with cards, and once your son develop a little, he should definitely check that channel out.
There are a few resources I can suggest straight away that may be of use.
Born to Perform Card Magic is an awesome DVD that starts at the beginning – how to hold cards correctly – and develops the magician through sleight of hand lessons, shuffling, trick explanations and audience management to be a great card magician. The best thing about the DVD is you get to see exactly how to do the tricks, no guessing, no half-hearted or semi-coherent explanations, 100% clarity on how everything should be done.
There is not a lot of sleight of hand, I perform that I did not learn from this DVD.
There is also a book called the Royal Road to Card Magic – this is regarded as the bible of card magic. It was written LONG ago – but the material explained in the book has not changed from then until now. The only downside I can really say about the book, is that it uses words and diagrams to explain sleight of hand, which can be confusing at times to follow.
Secondly, you asked about cards. There are standard bicycle cards that we use as performers in our working environments, but I too am a card collector, so know a few things about pretty cards!
Some great decks in no particular order are:
Just click on each of the suggestions and it should open up the pages for you to view.
If you think he would learn best from a DVD then I would 100% suggest Born to Perform.
As for the cards – you know him better than me, but they are all fantastic decks I’ve suggested. They all feel really nice and are perfect for magic.
All of these kids magic tricks are 100% suitable for your son, The DVD is really easy to follow along with and is very well explained. The cards are all just decks of cards – so nothing can really go wrong there!
If your son even needs any advice, and you are OK with him talking to us, get him to send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help him out with any advice or concerns he may have.
There are some simple kids magic tricks with coins:
For non coin related things, have a look at:
Link-o – It is a linking Polo effect which has a very nice ending.
Self Tying Shoelace – Shoelaces tie themselves with a shake of the foot.
Pen Through Bill – Push a pen through a banknote or a piece of paper, then pull it out without leaving any holes – you can borrow the paper
Raven – Vanish coins and other similar items from the back of someone else’s hand.
There are also a few freebies you can download and let him have a look at, I’ll pop the links to them below.