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Wandering Man
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I had the pleasure of making an object disappear and reappear for my soon to be 5 year old granddaughter the other evening. Now I’ve got word that she can’t stop talking about it. She’ll turn 5 next week and her parents are wondering if there might be any gimmicks appropriate for her.

I think I might be able to teach her a couple of things, but we live far enough away that it could be a month before I see her again.

Are there any small kid appropriate magic you could recommend?

As I write this, I wonder if should I refuse on the grounds that I don’t want to take the magic out of her world just yet.
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No need to take the magic out of her world. Just keep showing her the small tricks you are planning to teach her when she begins to ask to learn how to do what you do. Store tricks: Ball and Vase, Penny to Dime, a Paddle Trick, Sponge Bunnies (and then later sponge balls) for starters. Instead of giving her tricks for her birthday, consider giving her a magic book and then be able to perform the tricks for her from time to time as she learns to read about them from her book.

Suggested book: https://www.amazon.com/Kids-Magic-Secret......92147084 But don't give her the book if you can't sit next to her and read it together. Remember, YOU are the link between her and magic. You can SHOW her magic - others can just read to her about it.
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Splendid advice from Jim here. Helping a child discover magic is a great thing. Good luck and have fun
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If she can write her name, you can sign her name on a blank card and do Ambitious card routine. Definitely practice the French drop and use your imagination.
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Yes, I've decided to not spoil her yet. I texted her mom and explained that Tinsley never asked "how did you do that?" She just accepted that I could make things disappear. I don't want to take that away from her.

Thanks for the suggestions. Hopefully magic will become a skill she wants to add as she gets older and I'll be able to start her off.

As I am still rather unaccomplished in the field, it will be fun to watch her if she decides to do magical things and allow me to refrain from asking her "how did you do that?"
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I read that for you to perform. A few years back, I bought a Hello Kitty magic trick at toys r us. They had several different options. Real cute and age appropiate.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00FV9JVG......?ie=UTF8
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Great ideas....I have a 10 year old granddaughter who is showing an interest as well. We are learning together and hope to put on a "family show" during upcoming holidays. By the way, where did summer go Smile
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One trick you guys could do is pull a coin from the kids ear using Down's palm. The little kids really love this and it's pretty easy to learn. Just look on YouTube.
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Get her a cheap mirror box
Aus
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Make or buy a set of Buddha papers. Make a story about wrapping your tooth ( use a TicTac for performance purposes) for the tooth fairy in the papers and when you wakeup in the morning the fairy takes the tooth and leaves aa coin there or some other variation of that theme.

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On Aug 16, 2019, Aus wrote:
Make or buy a set of Buddha papers. Make a story about wrapping your tooth ( use a TicTac for performance purposes) for the tooth fairy in the papers and when you wakeup in the morning the fairy takes the tooth and leaves aa coin there or some other variation of that theme.

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Nice. Thank you for sharing that idea.
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Give her a double sided coin and she can call it correctly every time.
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A deck of cards!

I swear!

Simple card stuff. Like self-working stuff.

DB I believe started pretty early on if I can remember.

Josh
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