Study: Learning magic increases childrens’ confidence

September 10th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General
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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.”


  1. I am a former school teacher. I taught in the Junior School of a boarding school in Canada.
    There was a student that stuttered and was ashamed of what he thought was a disability.
    He was interested in magic so I taught him the basics. He then purchased many small illusions. We worked together to form a show which he performed for the school. HE DID NOT STUTTER.
    He went on to perform his show through high school and university.

    At his wedding he stated that thanks to learning magic he overcame his stuttering. He is now a very successful businessman in Toronto.

  2. thats very cool, it helped me be more social.