Since late last December, my mind has been all about Houdini, Blaine, and Copperfield.
You see, come January, my son is to perform on a talent show for his class and he has chosen to be a…. (drumroll please…) MAGICIAN!
Since he chose it already, I can only support it, right?
Oh, how does one become a magician??
This was actually the easy part. I just had him don a formal attire, something he used in a previous wedding, and a black hat. I bought the black hat ages ago from Greenhills and it’s a good thing that it still fits.
Since I had no idea where to start, I bought a kiddie magician’s kit from the House of Magic (Shoppesville, Greenhills). The price was actually steep but I gave in, thinking I needed to start somewhere. It came with a black bag, a magic wand, and 4 magic tricks. After carefully studying the tricks, the husband and I eventually decided that they were too small for a big audience. They had to be performed in close range (e.g. card trick) so that the audience can better appreciate them.
Back to square one. At least I already have a bag!
For the bag, I just stuck a small piece of chalkboard sticker (from NotedPH) and had him write the lettering with chalkies. Nice, huh?
With the confidence of a bag and a wand, I scoured the net for resources on magic tricks. I found out that there are some easy things for kids to do. I proceeded to DIY the props so that we could practice the tricks already. Christmas break was almost over, waaa!
The performance is supposed to be about 3-5 minutes long. I initially had so many tricks listed down but later on had to cut the list because of time constraint.
We’ve trimmed it down to just these 4.
1. The Growing Wand.
The wand starts out very small and grows into full size when pulled out of the bag.
2. The Flower Trick
The House of Magic actually sells this trick for around P695. I just DIY’ed this though. This one is all about letting a plant grow out of the pot using the magic wand.
3. The Disappearing Crayons
The magic is all about making the crayons inside the box disappear. This, I realized post-event, must be done up close as the audience couldn’t see from afar that the crayons inside have disappeared. Oh well.. It’s a nice trick, nonetheless.
4. The Magic Printer
Lastly, it’s the magic printer, where you insert a blank piece of paper and it comes out as real money. This would have been better also if the audience were in close range.
Now if only I have a real printer like this… 🙂
How Did it Go?
It was our talent show yesterday and I’m so glad that it went well. While most of the kids chose singing or dancing as their talent, this came out so refreshing and new. Plus, magic and kids are a great combination. They were amazed (mostly), they clapped, and they cheered! Yey! Success!
Let them Choose
While I’ve painted a rose colored picture of this, don’t force it on your child though. It’s still best to let him choose what he wants to do. That way, he’ll own it and be it. 🙂
Has your child performed in a talent show too? What did he/she do?