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.

Show for Oak Glen Elementary School in Lansing, Illinois

I had a great time as the event magician at Oak Glen Elementary School in Lansing, Illinois recently.

I did two shows, one for the kindergarten to second grade students and the other for the third grade to fifth grade students.

Both groups of kids made excellent audiences, although I was told that the third to fifth grade students were difficult and hard to please.

One of the workers at the school before the second show told me that her child was in the audience and it was his birthday and wondered if I could use him as a volunteer in one of my routines. I told her I would be happy to do so if I remembered, and fortunately, I did! (To avoid jealousy, I didn't mention to the audience the reason I took him up “on stage.” )

The show was held in the multipurpose room, which was a combination of gymnasium cafeteria and auditorium. The children sat on the floor, but this made for fine visibility. I try not to be overly picky about the circumstances I work under.

This particular gymnasium had acoustical tiles on the ceiling which helped cut down on echoes which can sometimes make the acoustics difficult, even with amplification.

There were about 200 to 300 children in each audience, which made for good reactions. I was happy to be able to use several volunteers in my act.

For my Wacky Wands routine, for example, I was able to use one volunteer in each show to hold the breakaway wands, another to hold the wands that come apart, another one to be used for the wand that turns him into a "giant rabbit," and yet another volunteer to open the magic “Box of Confucius!”

A good time was had by all, and I was out of there by the time that lunchtime preparations were about to begin!