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When I was a child, I always wanted to learn magic. But didn’t everyone? As you become old enough to stop believing in the tooth fairy and Harry Potter, the desire to replace those things with real magic is overwhelming.
I had a couple of little magic sets over the years but never really got to grips with it. The instructions were a bit complicated or the tricks weren’t up to much and I lost interest. Fast forward 30 years and an email turned up in my inbox asking if I’d like to learn magic. And I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure. Would it be a repeat of the disappointing magic tricks of my childhood? I was willing to find out.
Learn magic with Abracademy
Abracademy is a brand new way to learn magic. It combines traditional magic tricks and performance methods with the new technology that is now available. Instead of buying a magic kit with a dry, complicated instruction book, you sign up to a magic course. The course is taught via videos on the Abracademy website and your magic kit is posted to you to make sure you have everything you need.
Learn basic tricks with Abracademy Instant Magician
The Instant Magician course is the perfect hook to get you interested in learning magic. It is aimed at people aged 8 years and over, but the tricks are so simple and effective that even my little ones can learn magic to impress their friends. Better still, it is priced at just £15 for the magic kit and access to the online course.
There are three tricks in this kit. You will learn to turn one large dice into eight small dice, levitate small objects such as a matchstick and seamlessly mend a rope that you’ve cut in half.
The dice trick is so simple that Lia has mastered it at just two years old. And what’s more, it’s so effective that when she showed it to her dad, he had no idea how she did it! The rope trick is equally simple but does require a little bit more force, so I’ve taught this one to Libby who is four years old. She got her dad to test the rope and thread it through her rope cutter. She then cut the rope and showed him the two pieces. She then asked him to hold one end of the rope, while she performed magic to put it back together. And voila, he was able to remove the whole rope. The final trick is one that is a bit too delicate for tiny people and I can see why it is aimed at people over eight years old. This is my favourite one because I showed it to everybody and until my husband watched the video, he had no idea how I was doing it. I haven’t showed the children how this one is done and they’re young enough just to accept it for what it is – magic.
Learn to work the audience with Abracademy Storytellers
When you learn magic, it’s not just about the tricks themselves. One of the most important aspects is the way you perform them. The tricks in the Storytellers course are a little bit more challenging than those in the Instant Magician course.
The first trick you learn is how to make money disappear through an invisible trapdoor. This is pretty amazing because the money actually disappears from the hand of an audience member. My husband did this trick on a couple of his friends and they literally had no idea how he was doing it. Another trick that involves a member of the audience is the molten coin. The chosen individual will bend a 10p coin with the power of their mind. Also on this course, you learn to put a pen through a bank note and restore it to perfect condition afterwards. You also learn a card trick, where a little man on the pack itself can find and display the card chosen by a bystander.
This whole course revolves around the delivery of the tricks and stories. So as well as learning how it’s done, there are several videos about delivery and how you make it believable.
Learn magic using everyday objects with Visual Magic
The longest course available from Abracademy is Visual Magic. For this one, you don’t receive a magic kit because no props are needed – you use everyday objects around the home. In fact, you learn to make everyday objects vanish and reappear.
As an adult, this course is my favourite because it takes a lot of hard work but once you’ve mastered it, you can do magic anywhere. I haven’t mastered any of these techniques yet, but I’m hoping to do so by Christmas. How amazing will it be to learn magic well enough to unexpectedly entertain my family over Christmas?
Sadly, I’m not allowed to reveal how any of the magic is done, so I can’t tell you too much about the Visual Magic course. But it’s safe to say if you’re looking to learn some real magic that will impress everyone you meet, this is the course for you.
A few magic tricks that we’ve learnt!
The girls have both been practising their magic, and I teamed up with my husband to show you the final trick in this video. Please bear in mind that the tricks are designed for people aged over eight years old. My girls did their very best but they’re quite little, so older children and adults will put on a much better show!
Please note, I was able to try out the Abracademy courses free of charge for the purpose of this review and I was compensated for my time. All views, opinions and mini-magicians are my own.