Peter writes: I’m looking for some advice on magic books for kids. She’s 10 years old and very bright, but not very handy. I used to do a lot of magic some 50 years ago, and am now showing her some of what I remember (and still can do with my arthritic 65 year old fingers).
Great to hear that you are passing on your love of magic to your daughter. It’s a great hobby for her to get into, and a nice break from screens and apps… I think a good way to go is to pick one of the more modern texts on card magic. Royal Road to Card Magic is great but it way written so long ago that it’s hard going for most people, let alone a younger magician. One of the best magic books for kids who want clear, clean, simple instruction. This book that will teach her a range of excellent magic is this one:
The magic book is well written, easy to understand, engaging and fun. Best of all.. The card magic taught within it is a brilliant foundation for her to develop further if she wants to become a card magic expert.
They become classics for a good reason.
For a classic book that is stuffed full of magic she will love, Including 9 some excellent foundation level card magic) this book wins a place on our ‘must have magic bookshelf’:
Mark Wilson was one of the worlds most respected master magicians. The magic book is a complete and comprehensive magic “teach-in” with over 300 classic tricks from sleight of hand to levitation are explained in full detail within this impressive 503-page magic book. It’s one of the best card magic books for kids, and you’ll be dipping into it yourself too.
Choose a series of magic books for kids.
The card college series of magic books stand out as THE core series of sleight of hand magic with cards. This book is a perfect first step into a series she would be reading, and learning from for years to come:
Card College is the world’s most acclaimed card magic books course and Card College Light, focuses entirely on professional caliber card magic tricks requiring no manipulative skill.
The book is intended for everyone who has always wanted to perform card tricks, but who didn’t have the time necessary to learn complex routines, or the years necessary to master difficult techniques. So, yes, this book is certainly great for your 10 year old and will naturally push her softly towards developing sleight of hand skills as her confidence in magic grows.
But what about if visual learning is more her thing?
A good download course on card magic could also be an option:
Sean Heydon has a great reputation in the magic world for his card magic, and this beginners series of tutorial videos will teach your 10 year old some brilliant magic at her pace. She can watch the videos online anywhere and work through each lesson.
The online card magic course teaches 9 of his most powerful card tricks that anybody can learn, as well as some extra moves and card magic secrets that all card magicians should master.
I hope these suggestions for card magic books for kids will help you and your 10 year old to learn some great magic and best of all, to have fun together. Giving someone help to fall in love with magic is a gift for their whole life, and I wish you both many happy hours amazing each other.