Every once in a while, someone will post a story on the Ellusionist forums that goes something like this: “My parents think I’m wasting time with magic.”
Those kids now have some scientific evidence to show their parents why magic is a good thing.
According to the results of a University of Hertfordshire study, teaching card tricks to kids increases their confidence and social skills. Researchers, with the help of magician Marvin Berglas, taught magic tricks to kids aged 10 to 12 years old. Results from the survey suggest that some kids with low self-esteem could benefit from learning and performing magic. From the story:
Psychologist Professor Wiseman said: “Learning magic requires self-discipline, an understanding of how other people think, and an ability to entertain … Because of this, we thought it might be a unique and effective way of developing an important set of psychological skills.”