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Topic: What do you recommend for a child who wishes to learn magic?
Message: Posted by: Alex1 (Nov 16, 2008 03:36PM)
My 8-year-old nephew wants to learn magic and I'm not sure how to do this. I'll buy him whatever needs for Christmas. What do you recommend? Hiring a live magician to teach him? Children's Magic Book or DVD?
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Nov 16, 2008 03:41PM)
Those magic kits box set would be great for him. I believe you can find them in Toys'r'us.
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Nov 16, 2008 04:54PM)
See if you can find a magic set that includes a DVD of a magician teaching the items in the set. There are a myriad of advantages to this...not the least being that the child can watch the presentation of the magic over and over, etc.

I wish I could give a specific recommendation, but I've grown out of the loop on magic sets since I went 'online only' with my shop, but when I closed my store DVD instruction included in the magic set was the growing thing. Best,
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Nov 16, 2008 04:57PM)
Fantasma Magic has some nice looking magic sets for your nephew's age group.
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Nov 16, 2008 05:00PM)
I went off to my favorite supplier to see if they had the set that I used to sell. Here it is:

Fantasma's Extreme Magic Show
by Fantasma Magic

An exciting magic set that will astonish your friends with over 200 high impact effects! The set includes incredible illusions like the 360 degree arm twister, die penetration and a production box! An instructional DVD is included that also has bonus footage of Legends of Magic such as Houdini performing. This set is endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is age graded for 7+. The DVD also has optional French subtitles.

Retail is $50.00 or should be

There is pretty good distribution of the Fantasma line and you could very well find it in your local area. GREAT set! Good luck,
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Nov 16, 2008 06:05PM)
There is a new book / DVD that has just been released by Joshua Jay called "Magic: The Complete Course" and can be found in most big box book stores like Barnes and Noble or Books A Million.

Joshua is a fantastic young magician who has made a HUGE name for himself. He has put together a great book that includes a 2 hour DVD teaching many of the effects from the book. Many of these "tricks" are those all new magicians learn in the beginning.

There is also a book by Mark Wilson called "The Complete Course In Magic" that I always recommend to anyone interested in magic. This can also be found in the same big box book stores. It features magic from most styles so one can learn a variety of things and figure out what interests them the most. Heck, I've got 2 copies of this one myself! Make sure you get the large one with the black cover and not the smaller "Cyclopedia" version.

Both books are very affordable and can found for under $20 each. Here are a couple of links to help get you started.



Good luck.

Mark. :)
Message: Posted by: scaevola (Nov 16, 2008 07:21PM)
The best magic gift I got at that age: My dad got me a coupon for a personal lesson with a local magician. He was a college kid so I am sure my dad got a great deal. I learned the key card location, the charlier cut some great magical presentations. The dude was a real stand up guy.

I gotta call my dad and thank him.
Message: Posted by: abc (Nov 16, 2008 08:51PM)
Choosing between Fantasma and Mark Wilson is going to be tough.
If it was me would buy the Fantasma first and then make him a deal to buy him he MArk Wilson book if he can keep going for a year with Fantasma's extreme magic show.
Message: Posted by: mguistolise (Nov 16, 2008 09:48PM)
On 2008-11-16 16:36, Alex1 wrote:
My 8-year-old nephew wants to learn magic and I'm not sure how to do this. I'll buy him whatever needs for Christmas. What do you recommend? Hiring a live magician to teach him? Children's Magic Book or DVD?

These DVD's are great for someone just starting out.

Message: Posted by: chidzuyo (Nov 16, 2008 11:32PM)
Agree with the replies. Magic sets and dvds are gd, let him explore on his own first. You can hire a teacher later if he really wants to learn more.
Message: Posted by: Jimeh (Nov 16, 2008 11:54PM)
Erdnase's Expert At The Card Table ;)

Seriously though, I agree that a magic set would be best.
Message: Posted by: mmreed (Nov 17, 2008 12:43PM)
We offer a series of magic kits by Scholastic (same company that publishes the educational and school text books)

They are very nice kits and designed exactly for the purpose you stated - helping new kids embrace magic in a fun way.


is just one example of the kits they put out.

I have had several magic customers purchase these and said the kids really loved them.

The other option is a more "classic" way of bringing them into magic - start them out on a tarbell book, or Mark Wilson's book. One thing to keep in mind, at 8 years old, reading "dry magic books" is not always fun for them. Maybe keep it fun with a magic kit and as they become more focused and you see they truly have a passion, bring them into the classics.
Message: Posted by: scaevola (Nov 17, 2008 01:15PM)
Another great gift you will give him is your own interest! You can be supportive of his ability to overcome difficult obstacles through discipline.

You can be the one of the first people to teach him that is ok to mess up but that you can also practice until you can do it without ever messing up. Of course this isn't the kind of gift you can tally or wrap but it will be some of the most valualbe life and magic lessons.

Ya know, "discipline is hard, that's the point"

think how long it takes to learn that lesson....i am glad I started early but still have a lot to learn about discipline in general.
Message: Posted by: JustLoco (Nov 30, 2008 12:50AM)
Check out Mac King's magic kits, books, and DVDs. Perfect for kids who want to learn magic.
go to his website.

Message: Posted by: Wayne Kawamoto (Dec 1, 2008 12:48AM)
I highly recommend the Scholastic Magic Sets. They offer lots of value for ten bucks.

You can read reviews here:

Message: Posted by: Mr. Ray (Dec 9, 2008 08:54AM)
Well I think you should buy something already recommended but what comes after that.. Is a lot more importnent. If your going to buy him a set/book/DVD the next thing he prob. wants is that you'll be watching his tricks 24/7.. I'd suggest you to say "Good work! How did you do that? Amazing!" kind of replic. Good luck! :)
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Dec 9, 2008 01:01PM)
Stay in School!
Message: Posted by: Strange Tasting Fish Sticks (Dec 9, 2008 03:47PM)
What about sponge balls? Can't go wrong with those