Magic is an awesome to gt started in young! Here are 5 simple magic tricks for kids and adults alike.
It’s fair to say that kids can sometimes get a little too ‘rough’ with toys and you don’t want them breaking fragile (and super expensive) magic sets.
Luckily for you, however, I’ve come up with some of the best durable tricks for kids- tricks that are visual, flashy, and won’t break easily.
In no particular order, here are the top 5 magic tricks for kids.
Number 5: Sponge Balls.
Sponge balls are an absolute classic in the world of magic; and that is for good reason. They’re durable, fun and astonishing if used right. They are great for kids thanks to their highly visual nature.
The sponge balls are still a relatively new trick for magicians; the idea of using sponge balls was not really explored until the early to mid 20th century. But thanks to the work of great magicians like Al Cohn and Frank Garcia, sponge ball magic has been brought into the public eye a little more.
The best thing about sponge balls is, naturally, their ability to be squashed. You can conceal multiple balls in your hand without giving them away, and they instantly pop back up to full size when you open up. They are ideal for kids because they don’t require much mental effort the way card tricks do (remembering a card etc).
Here is a video showing a couple of cool tricks you can do with sponge balls:
Here is a great performance using sponge balls:
Sponge balls are available on Amazon.
Number 4: Cardtoon
Cardtoon is a magic trick that involves a stickman, a top hat, and a lot of fun. It is a great choice for kids; it isn’t too long, grabs attention really well, and is simple to understand!
Number 3: The Floating Card
You really can’t go wrong with any trick that involves making something float, but the best way to do it is definitely with a playing card.
My personal recommendation would be to use Loops by Yigal Mesika. If you’re performing for children, they are more likely to get a bit ‘grabby’ while you are performing, and this can be a big problem for levitation tricks. Loops allow you to make something float in a very impressive way, but when the kids start trying to touch the cards you can easily ‘destroy the evidence’. Loops are available on Amazon and Penguin Magic
Number 2: Bounce No Bounce
This is probably the simplest looking trick on this list, but don’t let that fool you! This trick is more of a fun gag than mystery, but that doesn’t lessen its impact. The magician takes a ball out of his pocket- just an ordinary rubber ball- and drops it to the floor. Naturally, it bounces straight back up to his fingertips. Of course it does.
Next, he invites a member of the audience up to the stage and hands them the ball. ‘Go ahead’, he tells them. This time, when they drop the ball it just sits on the ground like a rock. The magician picks it up, drops it, and it bounces. The audience member picks it up, drops it, and once again it thuds to the ground.
This trick is suited well to children; it is very easy to understand the premise of the trick- the ball bounces for the magician, but not the audience. It is an infuriating little gag that is sure to get a response.
Number 1: Magic Coloring Book
I love this trick. It is easy, short, and mystifies not just kids but adults too! The magician pulls out a coloring book, and flips through the pages. It is full of drawings, but none of them have been colored in yet. He closes the book, and asks a member of the audience to say the magic word. Once they do, he opens the book again and the drawings suddenly are full of color.
The audience thinks this is the end of the trick, until the magician closes the book again, and asks for the magic word one last time. He opens the book, and not only is the color gone, but the drawings too. The book is completely blank.
This is THE perfect magic trick for kids; extremely easy, visual, and an astonishing effect.
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