Summertime and of course for most kids there is no school. Many have been to day camp and I am getting a lot of traffic with these kids. They are serious, dedicated and anxious to learn and I am amazed how much they know at 8, 9 up to about 12 years old. Luc, watch out! Some are even younger and some older but most of them have got the bug with a passion. It seems magic courses are popular at camp. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the teacher or teachers.
The parents are thrilled that they have something to spend time with that does not involve the computer. Many have told me they look to the computer to learn some magic but now that they know there is a shop it has all changed. They are already planning their birthday and Christmas gifts. OOps. Here comes another one. A girl, I’m happy to say.
It’s the next day and you didn’t get the post on Wednesday as scheduled. I thought I’d have time to write it but with the young lady and her first time in a magic shop there was no time. She knew exactly what she wanted as some of the other kids from camp had already been here and I guess she had seen the tricks. But she was curious and asked many questions and she took notes of what she wanted for the future.
It thrills me to see these youngsters, and not only because I have a new crop of customers, but to see how confident and bright they are. It gives me hope for the future generation. I’m sure most of them will see it as a hobby and perhaps participate in talent shows in school but I have a hunch there is a future Luc Langevin or Juliana Chen in this new group who are now in the budding state and will eventually blossom.
If you are a regular reader of my blogs, I think you’d agree that I usually do not use the blog to push products. However, two weeks ago I mentioned that there would be magic lessons for kids in English and got such a tremendous response that I couldn’t believe it. Its a four week program given at the Cote St. Luc Shopping center by The Amazing Todsky.
I realize that many children are interested in magic and also that many parents like the idea that their children are interested in magic, as it develops many traits that are important to have to succeed in life. Its good to be able to talk to an audience, to impress them… it gives the child confidence, and he grows up with it. It also ensures they practice something until they get it right, as they don’t want to look like a fool. It improves their dexterity, gives them a new way to think, encourages creativity and all sorts of side benefits. There are magic kits, but usually there are a few props with many ways to use them and the child loses interest. Many however get started on kits, as we saw in the movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone ( which we thoroughly enjoyed).
Back to the lessons. Everyone has busy schedules these days, especially with kids; soccer, skating, ballet, scouts, swimming, and those are just the ones my 2 grand chidren are involved in. Even if you didn’t have any activities, the lessons which were advertised couldn’t handle hundreds of kids. There is an alternative solution. We just happen to have a series of DVD’s MAGIC TRICKS R4 KIDS. The series consist of 4 DVD’s each one costs $16.50, and there are 20 kids on the DVD also learning the magic. It is geared for age 7 and up. In some if not all, a prop is included and in one, juggling lessons are included. Most of the tricks are done with everyday objects so it seems to me to be something worthwhile trying out. They teach about performing as well as just tricks which is important, most important! If they like the first one, there’s 3 more. If they don’t it’s not that great an investment, and you may learn a thing or two. If you have kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews of that age, it makes a great gift.
Check it out!