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What’s So Magic About Magic?

Is the reason kids like performing magic at home for friends and family and the reason they like watching a birthday party magic show the same?

Let’s look at why kids love a birthday party magic show. Surprisingly I don’t think it is about the magic tricks. The magic is just a vehicle for fun and laughter. The premise of many magic tricks is that something is going wrong for the magician, in some way or another the magician is in trouble, the kids can see the solution but frustratingly for them the magician cannot, so the children will yell, scream and shout at the top of their lungs indicating they are smarter than this adult, it’s a big change from their normal lives where adults always know what’s best, it’s a time for the children to shine and point out the obvious to the silly, forgetful, adult magician. They become smarter than the adult. It is a very enjoyable moment for me, when I hear the kids going crazy trying to explain to me, something that is obvious to them.

Of course, this is a magic show, so the big delight is when what seemed the obvious solution to the children, is often resolved in a startling way, using magic. It’s like leading them down the garden path and then taking a sharp right hand turn, something unexpected happens to resolve the issue, the shouting stops, that is when the gasps of amazement come, the laughter, the release, the wows!!

Kids love to laugh, kids love to help and interact, kids love to feel they are smarter than adults and kids love a startling, unexpected happening in a safe controlled environment. A magic show is the only vehicle that can do all this; it is a rollercoaster ride of fun, laughter and emotion. I think that is why kids love a magic show.

If your child shows any interest in learning magic at home it should be enthusiastically encouraged. Learning magic has so many benefits for a young child, it encourages reading, concentration, repetitious practice, manual dexterity, hand/eye coordination, it builds confidence, increases social skills, gives pride and a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment, oh my, I could go on and on about it, so many positive things a parent will want to instil in their child, and all done in a fun way without it seeming like work for the child, it cannot get any better than that.

Learning a new skill like magic, that will surprise and entertain friends and adults and give that warm sense of satisfaction and allow you to have some knowledge that you can explain was definitely one of the reasons why I liked magic as a child, and I think I am no different to why any child likes magic.

Glen Rhodes

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

2 thoughts on “What’s So Magic About Magic?”

  1. Ohhhh… a magician. My son would love this. I will check your directory to find some magicians in Brisbane and get some quotes. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for posting my article. I just read through it and yes I would have to agree with myself. With magic, kids love the journey rather than the trick, whereas adults are more interested in the trick.


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