Creating Educational Magic Shows For Schools

Creating educational magic shows for schools is a great way to get children excited about learning about topics such as the environment, healthy eating, bullying, self-esteem, etc. If you are a professional magician, you have a very strong vehicle with which to create such a show - MAGIC!

Most magicians approach creating educational shows the wrong way. They take a standard magic show and throw in a few comments about the subject matter they have selected.

This is wrong. You have to approach an educational magic show from the aspect of creating the instructive material first and then using magical effects to emphasize the various educational points.

First: Find a topic that either you already have knowledge of or want to learn more about. A good way to choose a topic is to talk with teachers and ask them about their hot topics. Schools have targets for citizenship, health, and other topics that may be outside the normal curriculum. These are great topics to use. Let's use health, for example, which is currently a very big topic all over the world. The first step is to create a list of topics related to health.

An easy way to do this is to use "Google". Put 'health' in the search box and view all the topics that come up. Then you'll need to narrow it down a little by finding information related to your target age group. Let us use 3 basic topics: 'eating', 'drinking' and 'exercise'. Create an outline using the information you derive from your searches on these three topics.

Next: Start with an opening effect, which will create the theme of your show. Create routines for your 3 topics (eating, drinking and exercise) and then do a closing effect to wrap up all your points.

Important Point: When searching for and deciding on the magic effects, make sure the routines will emphasize the educational points. Don't let the magic overshadow the messages.