Running out of ways to entertain your kids this summer? Then let’s get magical! It’s so fun for kids when someone knows exactly which card they’ve picked from a deck or pulls a quarter from behind their ear.
Magic isn’t just for the professionals; Kids can learn the mechanics and science of magic tricks too. Try out this book list to get started on your family’s magical adventures! Below are a few of my favorites.
“Children’s Book of Magic” by DK Publishers
In addition to an introduction to magic from ancient times to the present, this book explores the different types of magic, magicians and tricks using archival illustrations as well as photographs. Twenty different tricks are explained along with their history. These include the secrets of sleight of hand and the mysteries of misdirection. This book will have answers for even the most magic obsessed child.
Peter Gross is a professional entertainer with over 25 years of experience putting on comedy and magic shows. This book includes silly jokes and pranks as well as instructions for magic tricks that are sure to entertain your family and friends.
“Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson and Rob McClurkan
This is a fairly dense book for young readers on the science behind magic tricks. The basic description of the brain and how it works is quite involved and includes a diagram. The primary focus is on how magicians utilize their knowledge of how the brain functions to create illusions. A simple trick with a straw and an apple is included.
“DIY Circus Lab for Kids: A Family- Friendly Guide for Juggling, Balancing, Clowning and Show-Making“ by Jackie Leigh Davis
No magic show is complete without juggling! Learn all about juggling along with the arts of acrobatics, acrobalance and human pyramids. Some of the tricks can be, well, tricky, and for some of the props you will need to use sharp tools. That said, this is a great workshop for the whole family!