Taught a Magic Class of Cub Scouts in St. John Indiana

Magic is a great hobby and an inexpensive way to have some fun and stay out of trouble. I taught a class of great students, a den of Cub Scouts, last night at the VFW Hall in St. John Indiana.

There were about eight students and their parents packed into a small room at the back of the VFW hall. I used as my textbook “The Secrets Of Alcazar; A Book Of Magic" by Allen Zola Kronzek, and it made for an engaging hour of magic teaching and discovery

Knowing that children need guidance on how to be truly entertaining as a magician, I printed out cards as handouts containing some basic rules of how to be a good magician, which included such tips as "never tell the secret," "practice practice practice," and "never perform your magic in a showoff-ish attitude." I gave the cards to the children to take home with them as a hopefully permanent reference.

Some of the tricks I taught the children were the Salt Shaker Through The Table, the Rising Initials Off The Sugar Cube, the Cut And Restored Rope and a Two-in-the-Hand, One-In-The-Pocket-Routine.

I also taught the children basic card terminology, such as the top of the deck and the bottom of the deck, as well as basic card handling such as shuffling, ribbon spreading, fanning, cutting the deck, and so on. Adults tend to forget that these basic techniques are something that most children have not yet learned.

The children had the most trouble with the Cut And Restored Rope (as well as refraining from eating the sugar cubes!) but all in all they learned a lot and a good time was had by all. I hope I was able to spread the joy and instill a lifelong hobby and interest in the art of magic in some of the children at the VFW hall in St. John Indiana.