"Growing confidence in children through the learning and performing of magic tricks."
Learning and performing magic tricks remains one of those activities that nearly all children enjoy without even realizing how the process enhances their personal confidence and social skills.
Consequently, The Omaha Magical Society offers the Magic That Matures™ classes (described below) both as a during school or after-school programming option.
After ten years of teaching magic to children , we had a professional curriculum designer work with us over a two year period to develop and test an after-school curriculum primarily for those in grades 4-7.
Here's a four minute video - providing an overview of the Magic That Matures™ curriculum as used in our after school programming.
The Red Cup, The Blue Cup, and The Yellow Cup level of the Magic That Matures™ curriculum each contains eight magic tricks taught in four thirty to fifty-minute classes (with access to follow-up online videos made available to each class member at the conclusion of every class).
Each class consists of learning the mechanics of the trick(s) and practicing those mechanics with a partner; learning a presentation for the trick and practicing a presentation (and the mechanics) with a partner - ultimately having some of the students perform in front of the whole group before the class is over.
Upon successful performance of the tricks at each level, one of the colored cups is awarded to the participant along with a bonus magic trick that can be done with that cup.
Upon successful completion of all three stages, the participant owns his/her own set of what is historically believed to be the oldest magic trick in the history of the art - The Cups and Balls along with an online tutorial of an easy-to-learn routine with the set of cups.
As a full-time performing professional magician, Steve's focus has increasingly been directed towards passing on the art that has become his passion.
He teaches magic classes as part of the team in the club's Junior Magician program. However, he understands that for many new students the magic classes will need to be brought to them.
As Director of our School Programming, Steve works with a staff of teachers and a grant writer to continue securing the funding for providing this resource for an increasing number of area non-profits.