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Is Gospel magic a possible source of ideas for educational magic tricks?

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I'm guessing that one of the goals of gospel magicians is to educate people about the gospel, so I'd have to say yes.

As both a teacher (of adults) and someone who has done the occasional pulpit presentation, many techniques cross from one area to the other.

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I would say YES.
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Consider that most illusions are simply tricks of the eye and mind. You can take things like the boomerangs illusion and similar stuff that you've placed a gospel message to and examine the science behind them.

How about chemical tricks? Gospel messages behind these are about change, transformation and so forth. But, if you understand the science, you can use them to illustrate chemical principles too.

I'm interested in this same exact thing.

I've been looking at a handful of illusions that I can do a gospel magic show with, and then follow up with a "Science in Illusions" for my son's 4th grade science class in Christian parochial school. I'm being especially careful to only consider effects that no one would expect to ever see a birthday or working magician do (so as to keep them somewhat "new", to not step on anyones professional toes, and to honor the magicians motto to never tell the secret - in this case, I'm teaching scientific principles). In this case, I'm looking at optical and chemical effects mostly.

So, I hope to get a three way bang - 1) I share Gospel principles, 2) I share science principles and 3) the kids learn as they are entertained.

Check out Steve Spangler Science for a bunch of ideas, for example.


P.S. Lest one think I'm crossing a fine line, again, I'm only looking at effects that would not normally be a part of any magicians working repetoire - or tip principles behind illusions they might use. The main emphasis of the class is science. I am being very sensitive to the difference between teaching and exposure. Things like boomerangs, shrinking/growing head, color changing water, polymers (water becomming gelatenous/solid), dry ice effects, etc.
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