Wowing my kids with the Magic Dads course

A man performing a balancing banknote trick from the Magic Dads course.

Disclosure: I was gifted access to the Magic Dads course.

When I was around eight years old, I wanted to be a magician. I got a Paul Daniels magic set as a birthday present and was forever practising tricks in the hope of wowing family and friends.

In addition, I spent quite a lot of time trying to work out the secrets behind illusions on TV. I can still remember a few tricks and it’s fun to wheel them out now and then to entertain the kids.

My repertoire is pretty limited though, so I was very pleased to hear from Ben Williams at Magic Dads.

Ben is on a mission to teach parents tricks to impress their children. As we remain in lockdown for the foreseeable future, magic acts can provide some much-needed cheer.

The Magic Dads course comprises 12 tricks, all of which are easy to learn quickly. What’s more, they use everyday household items.

So the tricks range from bending spoons and coins to making other items appear or vanish.

Ben is a member of the famous Magic Circle and has created magic for professional performers for over a decade. As a result, there are some unique ones among them, including the brilliantly named ‘Cereal Thriller’.

After a bit of preparation and rehearsing a couple of the tricks in front of a mirror, it was time to try them in front of an audience. You can see how I got on via the video below.

I wasn’t 100% confident in myself, but the four I performed for the kids all went well. They were, indeed, wowed and immediately started asking how I’d done them.

I was really pleased. There’s obviously a lot of room for improvement on my part. But the fact that everything went to script gave me confidence.

Particularly as I was trying two of them – namely ‘Element’ and ‘Cereal Thriller’ – for the first time.

This is thanks in no small part to the videos which form the course.

They show the tricks themselves as well as clear explanations of the methods behind them. There’s some humour thrown in for good measure too.

I’m going to keep working on the other tricks and look forward to performing them for the kids.

If you’re looking for a new way to spend quality time with your children during lockdown and beyond, the Magic Dads course is well worth it.

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