Themes in schools are very popular throughout the year. One of my local schools decided to have a theme about magic. I was invited to perform a show for the younger children and then do a workshop for the older ones.
I showed the children a trick and then explained to them the secret of how it worked ( a no, no for magicians!). My purpose in doing this was twofold.
1. To teach the children that magic can be easy to do as long as you know the secret. Once you know the secret then all you have to do is practice, practice, and practice. Obviously some tricks are much harder than others.
2. Allow as many as possible to come up and perform the trick. I wanted to give them the experience of doing a magic trick in front of their peers. To experience the excitement of doing something that gets a laugh, a smile, or a clap from others. There were so many children that wanted to come up that we ran out of time. It was great to see the desire to participate from so many.
Like most things in life, the best way to learn is by doing it. My shows give as many children as possible the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a magician. I like to tell them, “You came to this assembly/party/event as a normal boy/girl and are going to leave a magician!”
If your school is looking for ideas on how to reward the children for half term, Easter, end of school treat, or a theme on magic, why not recommend funnybone magic shows to them? The school will appreciate your idea, your kids will love you for coming up with it, and the magician (me) will be forever grateful for recommending him!