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Topic: Magic and Education
Message: Posted by: ptigue (Mar 10, 2008 07:10AM)
I'm not sure where exactly to put this, but this was as close as I could get.

I teach 5th grade and I usually do tricks for the kids in the halls, at lunch. Nothing serious and often just as a "hey, watch this" kind of thing.

I've always wanted to incorporate magic into lessons since the tricks always seem to really grab the attention of the students. I've had some ideas in the past (T&R paper using geometrical shapes, rice bowls for multiplication, or even Burger's Card Warp Inquisition) and am soon going to try some to see how they "work" in a classroom setting. Will I get an "Aaaah" or will they be climbing the walls for the remainder of the day. Joke. Sort of.

Anyway, anyone have any ideas for tricks that would lend themselves to the classroom setting? I'm looking for things that are not the standard "kid" effects (Svengali coloring books, etc.)

Think of specific topics within the subject if you can, i.e. reading (inferring, cause and effect, comprehension), social studies (native Americans, American Revolution, Civil War), math (geometry, multiplication, fractions), you get the idea.

Time to stretch your minds a little. Any subject, any curriculum area, and any grade! The choice is yours. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Message: Posted by: jkvand (Mar 10, 2008 05:46PM)
I've had many teachers ask me where I got my Bruce Kalver Growing/Shrinking Head illusion. I'm not sure how they intend to use it, but many of them loved it when they saw it. I think it would be a great way to get the kids to focus - tell them to focus for 30 seconds on the disc, do the illusion and let everyone see how cool it is to watch your head grow or shrink, then direct them to focus their attention for the next 30 minutes on your teaching! It definitely works as an attention getter, and a way to recapture them if they're drifting off.
Message: Posted by: Bradley Roberts (Mar 10, 2008 08:16PM)
Hello Phil,

Jim Kleefeld has some great programs for education with magic. You might want to check out some of his stuff. http://www.jimkleefeld.com/JWKbooks.html I have used them and they work like magic :)

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 12, 2008 06:41PM)
As a university professor, I have often used a magic trick as a control in management research projects under laboratory conditions.

In lectures, I've used tricks to show marketing research students how easy it is to "force" responses with poorly designed questions and possible answers.

It has its place!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Red Shadow (Mar 13, 2008 06:07PM)
As a High School (11-16 years) ICT teacher, I often do tricks in the class as the starter or plenary.

Usually they are Ring Tricks or Body Tricks. I sometimes relate them to the lesson, depends on how well it lends itself to the subject.