I do a set centered around a child’s magic kit.

Bit of a long backstory to this one, so bear with me. This isn’t really the first magic set I ever had – that was lost years ago. I found this a while back in a thrift store and at the time, my brother was doing social service work with troubled kids. I thought the kit might be a good way to help build a bond with some of them; show them a few tricks, get them interested, then teach them the secrets to help put them at ease He never really found a good opportunity to use it, though. Plus he left that job a few months later, so it was ultimately moot.

The kit sat in my closet for a few years while I tried to figure out who I could give it to, drawing a blank each time. Then last week I was listening to a magic podcast and one of the co-hosts was being heavily critical of how some performers get too deep into metaphor when using props that don’t really relate to the theme they’re going for. He commented that he’d love to see a magician do a set around the earliest magic props they got when they were younger and how it shaped their development as a performer. After listening to that I thought back to the kit and decided to take a crack at it. Opening the set again and looking over all the props, the jokes just wrote themselves. I had a lot of fun doing this, and even though I wish the levitating pen at the end had gotten a bigger reaction, this set was designed more for laughs than awe, so I’m happy with the outcome.

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