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The Baldini
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Hello Café brothers sisters,
I work as a volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital , strolling through outpatient and inpatient facility. I’m looking for a teach a trick to explain and leave props with the patients. I currently use a rabbit paddle and of course at the end of the tutorial I let him keep it. I also have a 3 card monte, A very small block off string, I made 25 myself.
I often see the same patients more than once, please share your ideas.

Thx. Dave
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Adair's Butterfly is inexpensive and always popular. More magical than strong magic, but also has healing powers as a message

I have given away dozens in such situations. Kids can't wait to show their parents and nurses.

It is the old long-short boomerang optical illusion with red & green caterpillars that grow or shrink - then turn into a butterfly at the end.

available in quantity for EXMagic (Robbins)
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I taught a bunch of scouts the Jumping Rubber Band (it jumps from your forefinger and middle finger to the other two). Most of them mastered it after quite a lot of practice: it's harder than you think for a kid!
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I make the broken wooden match piece on a safety pin. It’s a penetration trick where they push with the thumb and it’s really flipped around so fast it cools the eyes...
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I posted this on the Café a number of years ago:

I have been teaching middle school children magic, my goal being that they will not go on Facebook and be bullied but will, instead, spend the time practicing magic.

There are four sessions each about 45 minutes to an hour

Here are the session outlines:

LEARNING MAGIC

SESSION ONE

Entertainment and Presentation
It is very easy to bore your audience
“Routine” should be planned.
Should fit your personality
Know when to stop. Sometimes one trick is enough

Misdirection and Timing
Much psychology in magic
There are basic principles of misdirection and timing in magic including:
The audience looks where you look
The audience looks at something moving
Timing – action done when magician relaxes

Anti gravity pencil, straw, etc sticking to fingers

Red and black card effect
Presentation is important

Key card - card effects
Next card I turn over
Read mind – look in eyes
Fingerprints

Overhand shuffle (sleight of hand)
Position of deck in hand
How to shuffle

Riffle Shuffle
On table
In hand

Hindu Shuffle
Position of deck in hand
How to shuffle




LEARNING MAGIC

SESSION TWO

Review
Anti gravity pencil
Red and black card effect
Key card

Rubber band jumps from fingers to fingers (self working)

Card That Counts
A card is selected and returned to the deck and the deck is spread and one card is face up in the center. It is not the selected card but by counting down the number of spots on the reversed card we find the chosen card.

Poker Player Picnic
A spectator cuts the cards into 4 piles and then moves the cards around on each pile and at the end the top card of each pile is an ace.

Topsy Turvy Cards
Half of the deck is turned face up and placed face to face with the other half. The magician riffles the cards and all is correct.

Coin transpo under hands (sleight of hand)
A coin is on the palm of each hand. The hands are turned palm down on the table and both coins are now under the right hand.


LEARNING MAGIC

SESSION THREE

21 Card trick
21 Cards are laid out in three piles and a spectator is asked to think of one. The cards are assembled and dealt twice more, each time the magician asks only which pile the thought of card is in. The magician pulls out the thought of card.

Coin vanish from under handkerchief
A coin is placed under a handkerchief and everyone feels it there and yet it vanishes.

Mated
The magician pull out two cards and lays them face up on the table and gives the deck to a spectator with the request that the spectator deal the cards face down and at any time, pick up one of the face up cards, drop it face up on the dealt cards and drop the undealt cards on top.

When this is done another spectator is given the deck and told to do the same with the other face up cards.

When this is done the deck is spread and the two face up cards and the two cards above them are removed and the those cards are found to be the mates of the face up cards.

Coin vanishes when touched by a pen

Coin vanish in pants (sleight of hand)
A coin is “wrapped” in the folds of the magicians pants just above his knee and when the fold is undone the coin has “vanished”.



LEARNING MAGIC

SESSION FOUR

Review prior

Band jumps from fingers to fingers
Coin passes from under one hand to under the other
Coin vanishes when touched by a pen
Coin vanishes in pants
21 Card Trick

Electric toothpick
A toothpick is balanced on a spectator’s fingers and is touched by another and the first “jumps”.

Snapping knot in handkerchief

Invisible ball
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Thanks for this, Gerald. I've been looking for something like this (I'm a teacher and am trying to put together a club and curriculum like this). Do you have any other resources or insight into your outline/teaching? Thanks again

best
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If they complete the above I would then recommend books like:

The Royal Road To Card Magic

Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book
senno52
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Well said, and thanks. Any advice on how to relay the psychological aspects to students?
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On May 6, 2019, senno52 wrote:
Well said, and thanks. Any advice on how to relay the psychological aspects to students?


Other than general reference to misdirection, eye contact and false expectations, I would avoid it.

In my teaching experience, the acceptance of any psychological ploy theme is related to the student's awareness of the role of psychological ploys in their daily life.

For example, students who regularly use heuristic fallacy over 'reasoned evaluation" will often feel that most ploys will not work with them, but might with others.
Most younger folks do not realize the number of psychological ploys used by marketers and politicians every day.

So, using optical illusions (including sidewalk chalk art) and fun stories of bad decisions can help prepare the student to accept the deliberate use of ploys in magic.
Then you can shift to examples of perceptual illusions as "common reactions" rather than manipulation or ignorance.

Also realize than many psychological ploys useful in magic effects do not work on video replay,
and that any admitted student reaction only measured after some social media contact is questionable.

This is by way so suggesting avoiding any mention of psychological ploys when teaching magic to beginners.
Only when they voluntarily mention the success of some effects over others and ask ...
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Whats the trick called where you have 5 cards glued together and you put a paperclip on middle card usually a queen and when spectator does he cant do it ad its on the right side?
senno52
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Thanks for the thoughtful, interesting answer, funsway.
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15 cards can be used to teach what I call Piano Cards where one card flies from an odd pile to an even pile. Since I am always giving away cards that are signed, I end up with incomplete decks and have extra cards to use.

On a side note, instead of teaching magic, you may want to do the following: I have a clickable spot on my website that takes people to my secret page where they can get the directions to a trick that I did for them. In the case of Piano cards, I would do the trick for them, leave the fifteen cards with them along with my business card, and tell them how to find the secret page on my website. The benefit to me is traffic to my site, they remember my name, and they have my contact info.
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Ryan Pilling just released a neat little book that is fully customizable. Print your contact info and/or the hospitals info.
https://www.mymagictips.com/shop/card-tricks-booklet/
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On May 16, 2019, ldl1017 wrote:
Ryan Pilling just released a neat little book that is fully customizable. Print your contact info and/or the hospitals info.
https://www.mymagictips.com/shop/card-tricks-booklet/

Thank you. I remember hearing about this site before and I could not remember the name. So thank you again.
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