Recently we met a young man who is very excited about magic. He’s anxious to learn more about the art! As I talked with him I was impressed at how much he had been able to learn independently.
After a few minutes I turned to his mother and said “Wow! It’s so nice that your son has taken such an interest in magic!”
She looked at me and said “For you maybe!”
Apparently she was less than thrilled with her son’s interest in the art of magic. It was a source of embarrassment to her. She wanted nothing more than for her son to “grow up” and “give up” his interest…
A common question we get is “how can I get my child started in magic?”
This is a hard question to answer. Magic is a difficult art that takes years of discipline to master. It’s not something that you can pay $9.95 for at Wal-Mart and suddenly be successful.
With that said, there are some things you can do as a parent to give your child a gentle push in the right direction.
Watch this video.
The beginning is kind of slow… It’s the second half I want you to pay attention to.
Notice that even when they reveal how the trick is done, it’s still amazing and incredibly entertaining. Frankly, in many ways with clear cups it almost seems MORE magical!
So now you know how the cups and balls are done.
Is it still art?
Is it still entertaining?
If you answered yes (and I think you did), then perhaps it’s not the trick that matters. It’s how engaging the performers are. Penn and Teller are masters at engaging their audience.
Think about that the next time you hear someone say they don’t like magic.
Is it really that they don’t like the entire art of magic, or is it because they’ve only seen it performed badly?