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Topic: Hi and school magic club
Message: Posted by: ZaphodBB84 (Jul 9, 2020 05:27AM)
Hello. Iím Tom; Sheffield UK
Interested in card magic specifically memory tricks and anything to keep my mind active (two young kids - brain going to mush).

Iím also a secondary teacher and half considering starting a school magic club. Does anyone have experience of that and what good starting points there are

Thanks
Message: Posted by: TomB (Jul 13, 2020 10:51PM)
Hi Tom.
Welcome to the Magic Cafť forum.

Do you have any books or dvds?
Is there a theater club at your school?

Everything is zoom nowadays.
Message: Posted by: wulfiesmith (Aug 30, 2020 03:25PM)
Hello Tom ...
if you are a teacher, and considering a school magic club, then I highly recommend Mark Wilson's "Complete Course In Magic".
An old book, but an invaluable resource, which can be picked up from ebay (go for the hard back).

For example, it has a section of classic stage illusions. Detailing: effect, secret, preparation (materials and dimensions), and method.
here is a taster ...

arabian tent illusion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=831gPgHk5-4

haunted house illusion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBaN-q07Spg

victory cartons illusion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aTIFMkAaNM

For me, it has to be the "Farmer and the Witch" illusion.
An illusion where people change places in front of the audience which leaves them totally confused.
All are an ideal school magic performance ... the creation of props, team play, rehearsal, performance.
There you have it - planning, preparation and appraisal.
As an ex-primary teacher I can say this is a real "can-do" team builder.

All are ideal "end of term" shows with high student participation.
If you are anywhere near me, I would love the opportunity to come see the performance if you pursue this!!

kind regards,
Geoffrey Smith - from Beverley
Message: Posted by: Russo (Aug 30, 2020 07:17PM)
Yes - Victory Carton Illusions - is great for an inexpensive start - also Farmer and witch/switch is nice - but you need a backstage assistant and an off stage area. Though easy to make