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Munseys_Magic
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I am a high school math teacher. Almost any card trick cn be tied into my lessons on probability. I also (once a year) offer a night of no homework if my prediction fails. I then show the ID. I display it on the top of the chalkboard throughout class. At the end, I let the class choose a classmate who will name a card. Again, if my prediction fails -- no homework! The excitement builds as we talk about the probability of no homework being 51/52 (98%). I dramatically reveal my prediction..... You know how it ends.
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Sounds good teaching them probability and sods law at the same time.
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Any card prediction is a simple way to teach math. I predict your card is black - a 1/2 or 50 percent chance. I predict your card is a spade a 1/4 chance since there's 13 spades (favourable outcomes) out of 52 cards (possible outcomes). Wait a minute I forget I left the jokers in so that's...and on and on.
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I teach 1st grade and use magic to highlight content and make it memorable.

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I teach Brickwork and use a lot of math magic .
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Magic and teaching would be a wonderful combination!
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On 2012-08-27 01:41, Tamariz wrote:
Magic and teaching would be a wonderful combination!
It's rough getting to 50 ... LOL
Brings back memories. Smile
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On 2012-08-27 01:41, Tamariz wrote:
Magic and teaching would be a wonderful combination!
It's rough getting to 50 ... LOL
Brings back memories. Smile


Slim,

You're like a mind reader! Impressive lesson re. Online behavior. Smile
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I am not a teacher but am super-involved in my son's elementary school classroom; math and computers being my specialties. I'm working on a set of effects, some of which would be fun to teach the kids about math and looking at numbers in different ways. (21, 25 and 27 card effects, whispering jokers, etc) I'm a total novice/amateur but love maths card effects and have been working on other sleights to make things a little more interesting.
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Send a request to gusarimagic@comcst.net and I'll send you a couple of number based effects you might be able to use.
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This is an old thread, so, crowslide, you may not see this response, but here goes. I was in a teacher licensing program I did not complete for personal reasons. However, I contemplated using magic for certain purposes such as bell ringers or extra time activities. I've got a method for doing the magic square which works great for this purpose. PM me if you want to see more. Oh heck, I'll PM you.
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Old thread or not it's still relevent!

I started as a Waldorf teacher, then was a subsititute teacher, and then worked for 5 years in Special Education. I used magic (and puppetry, juggling, storytelling and bubbleology) in EVERY class!

In some cases I did a little show during various class parties for Halloween, etc. Sometimes it was for the whole school when the word spread that I could do magic.

In other cases, most notably when substituting, it was a way to grab their attention right off the bat and steer them in the right direction. I would do some magic trick and then point to a large manila envelope covered with question marks hanging above the chalkboard and say, "and if you thought THAT was cool just wait until you see what's inside THAT envelope! But, I will only take that down if class runs smoothly, etc."

Worked like a charm.
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A specific example came to mind...

Doing magic can also reach certain students who may not be reached in other ways. I did a school-wide magic show one time and for a week afterward a young student would walk past my open door and stop to peek his head in and ask me how I did that torn tissue trick (torn and restored.) I gave him the usual stock answers about not revealing the secret, etc. but he was persistent. This went on for awhile, these daily visits to ask, "how did you d it?"

I decided to reward his inquisive nature and persistence. Next time he asked I turned the tables and said, "how do YOU think I did it? I can't just tell you the answer but I'll let you know if you're on the right track!"

His face lit up and I could see he'd be mulling over possible solutions. This created a dialogue. An otherwise shy student was opening up in a way I had never witnessed before. He eventually came up with a workable way to reproduce the effect he saw me do and in doing so he gained a sense of accomplishment and a boost in self-esteem. That's what teaching (and Magic) is all about to me!
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GREAT Story Geoff
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I am the Headmaster of a K through 12 Christian School. I use both storytelling and magic on a regular basis. I don't reveal methods, but I have done cold reading, vudu, and mentalism much as a skeptic would. I use shrunken heads, glass eyes, petrified poop, swords, eat fire, juggle, newspaper tears, science "magic", straight jacket escape, bed of nails, pickled punks, real artifacts, you name it. Teachers must capture the imagination for that engages interests which is key for both memorization and learning. The main ingredient however is story. Illusions and performance can distract so you must be careful, but story always captures them. The Bible is 80% story. We are designed for it, need it, and absorb it. In many ways we are all teachers, and all storytellers. The real question is what story are we telling and what are we teaching those who stop to listen?
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