Magic tricks are just tools of the trade that a magician needs in order to perform. A carpenter needs a hammer, saw, nails, etc. in order to be able to do his job. Tools are a means to an end. You need them in order to accomplish something. If a farmer didn’t have a milking machine, then he wouldn’t be able to get the milk from the cow. The machine is the tool he uses to accomplish his goal. In and of themselves magic tricks can amaze and delight people, but a great magic show is not about the tricks but about the magician.
Who are you as a performer?
I read the other day a great quote, “An EXPERT makes the difficult look easy, a SHOWMAN makes the easy look spectacular”. No, not a snowman, a showman! To me, that has the “WOW” factor. It’s not about what a magician does (a bunch of tricks that look spectacular), it’s more about who they are. How good of a performer are they? Can they hold the attention of a four year old for longer than 15 minutes?
Your child as a performer
If your child loves to do magic tricks then the best thing you can do to encourage him/her is to emphasise their performance of the trick and not the trick itself. It’s a lot like encouraging your child to be someone on the inside rather than emphasising their outward appearance.
If a woman buys a new dress and she asks her husband “How do I look?” And he thinks it is the most disgusting thing he has ever laid eyes on, he had better be careful what he says or he will end up sleeping in the dog house for the next month. A wise man will say, “It’s not the dress that makes the woman, it’s the woman who makes the dress.” In other words, your child needs to know that his/her performance is more important than having the most amazing trick.