7 benefits of learning magic

Why learn magic? Although magic is universally recognized as a fun hobby and popular form of entertainment, there is also great value in learning and performing magic for others. Read on to discover seven of the benefits of learning magic.

1. (Re)discover the joy of learning.

Do you want to learn how to read someone’s mind? Read a book about magic and you will discover the mysteries behind mind reading and make all sorts of magical things happen. But as you read the mysteries, you may also become addicted to the psychology of magic, intrigued by the intricacies of stagecraft, drawn to business opportunities, find yourself hanging on the edge of your seat as you read tales of rivalry and espionage , and more. Even if you don’t like to read, try a spell book. Chances are, you won’t be able to put it down!

2. Develop fine and gross motor skills.

While it is a misconception that a magician’s hands move “faster than the eye,” it is true that performing magic requires coordination and control. Project Magic, a non-profit organization founded by internationally renowned illusionist David Copperfield, exemplifies how magic can be used to improve dexterity, coordination, range of motion, balance and more. If you would like to learn how you can get involved with Project Magic or would like more information, you can call 1-785-270-4610.

3. Build self-discipline.

Practice and you’ll see your skills improve. Once you’ve mastered the mechanics of the trick, you’re ready to start scripting it. Stage it. Practice some more. Pick a costume. Practice the trick by putting all the elements together. When you’re ready to perform, the ultimate reward will be the amazement and applause of your audience. Cultivate this disciplined approach to learning and there is no limit to what you can achieve.

4. improve self-confidence

When performed successfully, a magic trick can generate a lot of positive attention and make you feel good. Be humble and proud of what you can do. Develop your special skills and see how you can use your talent to bring joy to others.

5. Improve interpersonal skills

The process of learning magic is particularly suited to developing social-emotional skills. For example, someone learning magic may end up practicing verbal and non-verbal communication, presentation skills, developing a sensitivity to group dynamics, or all of the above. In a recent study by psychologist Richard Wiseman, students who were taught magic were significantly more social and confident than a control group of students who received standard social and health education classes. These interpersonal skills in particular have real-world value and can be beneficial when applied both inside and outside the classroom.

6. Awaken curiosity and creativity

In the words of Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” To remain relevant, magicians have worked hard to stay abreast of the latest discoveries in theater, science, and technology. Long before robots and computers, for example, were invented, magicians were already constructing automata, i.e. self-propelled machines. If you’ve ever wondered, “What if…” or dreamed of making the impossible possible, then you’ve begun to think like some of the greatest wizards who ever lived.

7. open doors

Magic is an ability useful in a variety of contexts. Doctors, for example, often use magic tricks to soothe little patients. Business people use magic at trade shows to differentiate themselves from the competition. Teachers have used magic as a tool to motivate students and illustrate important concepts. And scientists have studied the magicians’ techniques to gain new insights into the workings of the human mind.

This article is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to detailing the benefits of learning magic. Whether you’re 6 or 96, get out there and learn a magic trick or two. You might be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities presented to you. There’s no telling where your journey in magic will take you!

Thanks to Evan Paquette | #benefits #learning #magic

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