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Tom Stevens
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I performed my "Clown Magic Show" at the school my children attend.

My clown character is sort of a wannabe magician, so in my show the volunteers can sometimes do better magic than I can, when they wear the magic hat or hold the magic wand: pull a better toy rabbit out of their hat, fix a silk that I accidentally shredded, undo knots that I can't undo, etc.

The school was very pleased with my show, so now the younger classes are going to have the theme of "magic" this next term. They said they'll have me come in and teach the kids some secrets and magic.

Of course, I want to be involved in my kids' school, as many of the parents volunteer to teach something at this school.

However, I don't want to teach magic, but would still like to help out. Showing them the secrets to tricks just exposes the charlatanism that it is and is really against the one principles of this school "Honesty, Confidence, Responsibility".

It's not responsible to do this.

How can you teach little kids that it's okay to deceive for the purposes of entertainment. (Do I sound like I'm having a crisis of conscience?)

Actually I'll look like a fool, because I have to see these people every day when I drop the kids off. Not that it ever crossed my mind to actually show them how I do anything in my magic show. But even the concept is something that I would like to keep to myself.

What can I teach on the subject of magic that does not reveal the concept? This is proving to be quite a difficult trick.

I thought of doing some sucker tricks, but what will the kids write in their essay?

Even teaching the history of magic makes a plain case that there are no miracles and never were, only manipulation of the mind. (Let's not debate this please...or if you must, start a different thread.)

I've seen some magicians sell little booklets of simple tricks after a show, but I don't approve of such actions. Let the people believe!

Does anyone have any words of wisdom for this situation?
p.b.jones
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Hi,

Perhaps it will help to consider yourself an actor?

They watch a film and know that the characters/content are not real, but actors are not considered liars or charlatans. Perhaps explain that you are an actor acting that part of a magician. You do not want the kids seriously thinking magic is real do you? Surely that breaks the school's Honesty rule.

Phillip
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Thanks, Phillip!

I like that approach.
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