Its one thing to have a favorite uncle pull a quarter out of your ear or nose; its quite another to be born into a household in which a parent is a magician.
These children learn things that other children do not. They know what goes on behind the scenes. They learn about secrets and practice and doing what seems impossible. They are usually favourites when it comes to “show and tell” in school. They know to “show”, but they also know not to “tell”. They know a story is an essential part of the trick. They learn the importance of getting their audience on their side. They learn, through magic, that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak, and that things are not always what they seem. They learn lessons when they make mistakes. They learn about “outs”.
These are powerful life lessons. Magic is more than a fun hobby. It’s something that lasts a life time. It can come in handy when you least expect it. A book “Death Camp Magicians” is about a magicians that survived the Holocaust because he was a magician. Many students have earned their college education by performing at birthday parties, etc.
Before we were in the magic business, my daughter who was about 9 or 10 found an old suitcase in the basement and opened it up. It was full of Phil’s magic tricks. He used to perform at parties when he was younger. When she found out about that she begged him to perform at her birthday party. And he did. That goes back about 50 years.
Actually, this is the first year that we are in town for Christmas and the shop is open. We thought we were coming in for nothing, as everyone would be away, but we were happy and surprised that people did come in. So if you’re looking for something to do, we’re here. Bring your kids or grandchildren. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it. It might just open up a whole new avenue for them and will get them away from their iPhone and games.