Synopses & Reviews
Summon your inner Houdini and learn simple magic tricks that will wow your family and friends!
How did he do that? Have you ever racked your brains trying to figure out how that birthday party magician pulled a dove out of his sleeve? Or spent sleepless nights wondering just how he made that coin disappear? Well, what if there were a book that shared a magicianand#8217;s secrets with you and showed you how to do magic, too?
Eleven-year-old magician Kristen and her magician dad, Ken, reveal secret magic techniques with step-by-step photographs and demonstrate how you can perform tricks that look impossible but are, in fact, very simple to master! Youand#8217;ll also learn one of the most important secrets about becoming a magicianand#151;how to use your confidence, personality, and presentation skills to enchant and amaze your friends and family. Choose from thirty of Kristen and Kenand#8217;s coolest tricks and learn how to:
and#149; Make a pencil float in mid-air!
and#149; Bend a key using your mind!
and#149; Make a pile of items disappear!
and#149; Eat a knife!
and#149; And much more!
With Abracadabra!, youand#8217;ll see that you donand#8217;t have to be an adult to perform magic!
British magician Ken Kelly and his 11 year old daughter Kristen introduce 30 magic tricks described via step by step instructions; photographs taken by Ken’s wife Colette; and online videos that readers can access via QR codes. Several tricks make use of everyday items like coins drinking glasses toothpicks and vases; others require paper props readers can cut out of the book such as a paper lady that can be used to replicate the classic cutting someone in half trick. Kelly explains terms like “misdirection” “gimmick” and “sleight of hand” and discusses how audiences will perceive successfully performed tricks. The text is sometimes repetitive (“Think of all the candies you can eat during practice! You’ll have the best excuse ever to eat tons of candies”) and the book’s design is bare bones but this is still a solid guide for magicians in training. Ages 7–up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
is an eleven-year-old who has been surrounded by magic all her life. She won her local talent competition, Warringtonand#8217;s Got Talent, at age six for her magic show. She lives in Warrington, England.
Ken Kelly has been a professional magician for over thirty years, ever since he received his first magic set from his grandmother at age six. He co-runs the blog MagicTricksForKids.org where he shares his passion for magic with other young magicians. He lives in Warrington, England.
Colette Kelly, wife of Ken and mother of Kristen, adds her own magic touch to MagicTricksForKids.org with her photographs, videos, and graphic design. She lives in Warrington, England.