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Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
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My Daughter Mary who is 8 years old, wants to learn magic and be my assistant. I'm torn
about teaching her because it kind of kills the magic once you know how its done. She has been bugging me for two years know which shows me shes a bit serious about it.
Is she too young to teach ? and how could I keep the magic alive for her while I'm teaching her?

Any advice would be appreciated


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Montreal, Canada
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Hi Gardini!

I started teaching my kids some elementary magic tricks when they were 7 years old... That, as a matter of fact, is approximately the time at which I also learned my first tricks that I performed in public!

My son is now 11, and my daughter 14. They both practice magic occasionally. I can not say that they are the most interested of students, but they do practice. I think they also enjoy the time spent with me, doing something that appeals to all of us. If your daughter is showing interest (and it seems to me that she is...), then go ahead! Teach some basic effects! You will both enjoy it!

Have a nice day!

Louis Jutras
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If she wants to learn magic for herself, you should purchase her a cheap magic set to see where she goes from there.

If she just wants to spend more with you because of love, teach her about handing you simple tricks when needed.

You ever thought about having her be on The Magic Café twice a week?

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Charleston, SC
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I agree with Dynamike. Get her a magic set and see what happens.

Then, get her Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic book. This is one of the best books to have and will become a wonderful place for her to continue learning about many aspects, and types, of magic.

Mark Wilson

Good luck. Mark.
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My suggestion is to take it slow.
Teach her what is needed to be your assistant first.
This might be considered as an apprenticeship of sorts.
Let her help with your props, attire, etc, and answer any question you feel are important to your act.
See where that goes.

At some point you may want to teach her some trick and I'd suggest a trick, or tricks, that focuses on presentation and misdirection. Of course there will be methods involve and teaching her clear and fairly simple methods may be the way to go.

Good luck.
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Show her two tricks, one easy (like the jumping rubber band) and one of medium difficulty requiring some practice. If within a week, she can do the easy one, but has barely tried the harder one, she may not be ready to put in the effort yet.
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I think Jaz hit the nail on the head.

Start her off as an assistant.. Bring her into it slowly. Then, David said something that kind of applies to that principle. If she gets bored with being an assistant and doesn't work harder toward learning more about magic, maybe she just wants to know because Daddy does it. If she does, it's worth teaching her. Even if the novelty wears off after a few years, it'll be a great bonding experience for the two of you.
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Wow, Thank you for all the positive feedback, My wife has been all for it for awhile now. I wasn't too sure but I been considering an sort of apprenticeship program for her and ease into the trick side of it. I was afraid that she was too young to start taking the mystery away, I guess I was being overly protective.

Thanks again,

Mark Wilden
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This doesn't apply strictly to your situation, but sharing an interest in magic with my 14-year-old son has been extremely rewarding for both of us. We've got stuff to talk about, things to show each other, lectures and shows to attend together, and TV to watch together.

But the coolest thing is that, even though we both started learning magic at the same time, he's way, way better than I am. That's very satisfying to me.

Of course, 14 years old is a pretty common age to develop an interest in the subject. It might be a different question for an eight-year-old.

Josh the Superfluous
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This could eventually turn into a family affair. Just look at Mark Wilson and how his wife and sons helped in his television shows. Another great example would be Blackstone Sr. & Jr.

If she wants to learn magic for herself, you should purchase her a cheap magic set to see where she goes from there.

I wouldn't go TOO cheap on the magic set. A poorly made one can do more to discourage someone starting out than just about anything else.
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My daughter is 11, and I'm just starting to introduce her to 'adult' props. I chose this over 'Magic sets' - I ant her to see that I'm interested in her learning.
Have chosen a ring on rope sequence, and a basic sponge ball routine to start.
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