ADVANTAGES OF LEARNING THE ART OF MAGIC?
1) GREAT FOR CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM
Researchers have concluded that magic should be taught to every school pupil. Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire conducted a study of 60 pupils aged between 10 and 12. The study found that the self discipline to master the magic effects, problem solving, and performance skills developed through ‘magic lessons’ were more effective than the existing ‘self-esteem and confidence’ lessons taught in the current PSHE curriculum. Magic is an excellent builder of confidence!
2) MAGIC HELPS DEVELOP LATERAL THINKING
Studying magic and working out how to present it, naturally encourages a child to problem solve and think up new presentations and variations. As the child becomes more knowledgeable about magic techniques there tends to be a pull towards developing their own illusions and methods. This is exactly the kind of creative leap, that can really help a child both in their studies and later life. The modern education system is moving away from route learning of facts and information, towards creative thinking.
3) MINIMAL TIME IN FRONT OF A SCREEN
Magic is based in real life (although it simulates imagination). Children get to master a new skill, just like a computer game, but without the instant rewards a game feeds to them. It’s a process of development and improvement which becomes so much more rewarding. Magic is just as exciting, with an endless range of new effects and techniques to master, but your child will develop skills way beyond the ability to press buttons rapidly. Super Mario can’t beat that, a great excuse to give the Ipad a rest!
4) IMPROVED DEXTERITY AND COGNITION
Chances are, most kids already have basic dexterity, albeit mostly in their thumbs, especially if they love to text or play on their xbox. However, that is nothing compared to what can be developed by manipulating cards or coins in a magical manner. Hand eye coordination, timing, and reflexes are fully developed as magic is mastered, a perfect complement to learning a musical instrument.
5) MAGIC MAKES CHILDREN SOCIALLY AWARE
Magic encourages children to look at issues from other people's perspectives. Your child learns a skill designed to be performed, just as much as the quiet practice required to develop it. A child that can perform a few amazing tricks has a perfect ‘ice-breaker’ and soon gets a reputation as being an entertainer. New friendships develop and with magic clubs in most large towns and cities.
6) DEVELOPS ACTING AND PRESENTATIONAL SKILLS
Magic is a performance art. OK, it’s practiced in private, but has to be performed to other people. Children learn about presentation, performance, and timing just like an actor. They learn to make eye contact with spectators, how to project their voice, develop a character and understand how people think. Unlike playing computer games, magic encourages children to interact with friends and family. It naturally leads to your child wanting to perform a ‘magic show’ for their family and friends.
7) IT IS A GREAT HOBBY, AND EXCELLENT ADDITION TO A CV
Schools and employers love to see this listed on employment or entrance applications. It’s an instant topic of conversation at an interview and shows an ability to learn, the discipline of practice, social skills and confidence dealing with the public. Magic opens many doors of communication into adulthood, which are essential to survive in a fast paced world.
8) IT IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE
Fast forward several years, and your child will be flying the nest and making their way in the ‘grown up world’. Giving your child a skill that can fund their way through collage or help support them as they set up on their own, is a true gift to give them. Working magicians can earn a considerable income from just a few days or nights work a month. Having a part time job performing magic, is a great way to get an income without taking away time from their studies. You could say goodbye to that bank student loan!
9) A SKILL THAT CAN BE USED THROUGHOUT LIFE
Magic is based on a few principles that can be used to do an amazing amount of incredible things. These principles, once learned, can be used and applied with many different objects and situations. So through their life journey when they are in the boardroom or looking after their own children, they will be able to amaze and entertain. Magic opens up doors of opportunity into adulthood.
10) HOW DO I INTRODUCE MY CHILD TO MAGIC?
Age 7 onwards is a great time to start a child off learning magic. A great way to do this would be to obtain some beginners magic that is age appropriate for the child. Don’t just hand it to the child and expect them to work through it. It will end up scattered all around your house. Open it together, choose one item that looks appealing and learn it together. After you have two or three tricks down, announce to the family that you are putting on a magic show, and allow your child to be the magician.