Over at his blog, Jim Macdonald discusses how to put together a basic introductory magic kit for a young magician. (Magicians, like poets and mathematicians and ballet dancers, tend to start young.)

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Consider the Little Box of Magic Tricks from Barron’s.  I’ve seen the Ideal 100-Trick Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase well spoken-of.   Consider too Joshua Jay’s The Complete Magician Kit. The Klutz Book of Magic  includes props can be considered a magic set all by itself.

In my opinion, the best magic sets are ones you make yourself.  Hand assembled with love.  You know your own child the best.

The biggest bang for your buck (and the longest lasting benefit) is books. Two books should be on your list:  Now You See It … Now You Don’t! by Bill Tarr and Big Magic for Little Hands by Joshua Jay.

Props:  a set of cups and balls (you know your budget best — these range from inexpensive plastic ones (and some big-name pros use the three-color inexpensive ones in their pro acts; e.g. David Regal) up to OMG three-figure prices.

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