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Teach Your Child Magic

By Todd Fox

From “The Wizard of Oz” to “Peter Pan” to “Harry Potter,” children have long loved fantasy and illusion. You can make some quality time by teaching your child magic.

Here are three easy tricks you can teach your children, and before long, they’ll be putting on their own magic shows.

A trick called “Find the Card” has been around for ages. Take a 52 card deck and look at the bottom card. Let’s pretend the card is the queen of hearts. Ask someone to pick one and remember it. Run your hand across the cards, still face down to make them stacked. Ask your child to put their card on top and cut the deck once. Ask them to take the bottom half of the deck and place it on top. Take the entire deck and fan it out, facing up. Look for your original bottom card, and the card that was picked will be below it.

Making a quarter disappear adds dexterity to the learning experience. Hold the quarter between your thumb and index finger, facing your chest. Use your dominant hand. Practice passing the coin between hands. Once you have that down, say a magic word. Use the index and middle finger to knock the quarter into the palm of the hand holding the quarter. Pretend like you are grabbing the coin in your empty hand. While it remains secretly tucked in the hand it started in, show your other hand is empty and the quarter is gone.

This trick involves some science. A few ingredients you will need: tinfoil pan or plate, water, some flat toothpicks, and the magic ingredient: clear liquid dishwashing soap. Dip the toothpick in soap and sit it aside. Rinse the pan and fit it with water. Put 5 toothpicks on the surface of the water in the shape of a pentagon. After you demonstrate, let your child practice making the shape.

Next, practice some words to tell the audience: You’ve arranged a special five-sided shape called a pentagon out of toothpicks, and you are going to cast a magic spell on a sixth toothpick to break it apart. Say a spell over the soapy toothpick. Closing the eyes and appearing to concentrate while casting the spell will help make the trick all the more entertaining when it’s later performed for an audience.

Take the soapy magic toothpick and dip it into the center or the pentagon.

Here’s where the science comes in. Explain that all things, including water, are made up tiny things called molecules. Water molecules tend to cling together – you can demonstrate this by spilling some water on a table and pointing out how it blobs together to form a droplet.

The soap on the magic toothpick has different molecules. The magic works just like that! This trick will never get old.

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Fox, Todd "Teach Your Child Magic." Teach Your Child Magic. 22 Aug. 2010. 6 Aug 2014 <>.

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