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Buffalo McKinley

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Hello,

My son is almost 10 years old and does an impressive back palm.

I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a magic kit for kids that is fun, inspiring and well-made.  I'm happy to pay more for quality.

One idea I had was just building a magic kit for him with quality magic tricks that seem age appropriate.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

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Buffalo
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I think you are dead on.  Build you own kit for him. Put it all in a nice hard shell camera case or something similar. 
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I recommend that you include a copy of Allan Kronzek's book "The Secrets of Alkazar"

I once started writing a magic book for kids.  My criteria for selecting material were
- no complicated arts and crafts projects
- every-day objects
- no daunting sleight-of-hand
- kick-ass close-up magic that would fool adults

My emphasis was on developing presentation skills. 

I stopped the project when I discovered Allan's book - it was exactly the book I wanted to write.

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If your son can do back palms I'd go there path of building your own kit.

Find out what he likes, let us know, and we'll be happy to offer recommendations.
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Buffalo McKinley

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Thanks, everyone!

I'm going to build him an awesome magic kit, hopefully with your help.

I think he'll appreciate magic tricks that feel more like real, grown-up magic tricks instead of cheap, plastic tricks.

I ordered "Nickels to Dimes".

What else would you recommend?

Thanks,

Buffalo
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Robin Dawes

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I recommend Richard Sanders' Turbo Stick.
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A few ideas:
  • Trick decks (Svengali, Stripper, Mental Photography, Invisible, etc.) in Bicycle back. There are some nice, affordable deck/instructional DVD combos for these that were put out by Daryl.
  • A nice chop cup
  • Scotch and Soda (I got a lot of mileage out of this as a kid)
  • Loops
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Color Monte.

If he had no books, get g Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book and a brick of cards. Tally Ho's or Bikes or whatever the kid likes.

Turbo Stick is killer. I use it all the time for paid gigs.

Magic and Meaning is another great book. Gives really good insight as g
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Mark Wilson's Course in Magic.  Flip through it yourself first so you can get the appropriate props.  A hank of Magicians rope.  Thumb Tip.  Some sponge balls, a few half dollars, some silks, A deck of cards.  Just a few things to get started.  The book covers all aspects of magic.  Each move is illustrated.   Close up, parlour, stage.  from self working to sleight of hand it is just a fantastic course.  I reccomend the large book rather than the small pocket version.  Can be purchased at your fav magic dealer or Barns and Noble, Amazon.  
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If you include a thumb tip, try to find a small one.  Most adult sizes are so loose on a child's thumb that they have to be held on by other fingers.  In addition, the visual dissonance between small fingers and huge thumb makes deception very difficult.
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Buffalo McKinley

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Thanks everyone for your recommendations!

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I also recommend the book "Now You See It, Now You Don't" by Bill Tarr. A truly beautiful book for learning sleight of hand. I still perform material in there for paid gigs to this day.
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I second the vote for Allan Kronzek's book "The Secrets of Alkazar." I have a couple of copies ready for when a friend tells me that their kid is interested in magic. You can get it on Amazon and it's only $8. The Kindle edition is $4.95.

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