It doesn’t matter how old we are, magic tricks entertain our curiosity and sense of wonder.
For adults it may be just entertainment, but for children, the art of illusionism means a whole lot more. Not just a prestidigitation show, but a source of inspiration, fun, and a whole different skill set waiting to be unlocked.
That’s the great thing about magic kits for kids. It allows them to have fun while honing manual dexterity, stage presence, and social skills.
If your children love mind-blowing magic tricks and are hot to learn how to perform them in front of an audience a la Dynamo or Criss Angel, there’s no better way to learn the basics than practicing with the magic kits listed in our Top 10 Magic Sets for Kids. Let’s dive into it.
Here we have a German company dedicated to teaching children about science since 1822, and just in 2001 they closed a sweet deal to take an even more entertaining approach to science with a new line of toys. These are the same guys behind our #1 pick: Thames & Kosmos World’s Greatest Magic Show. This magic kit takes everything your young magician would enjoy in a magic set and packs it all in a bundle of fun tricks suitable for children 8 years old or older.
So instead of having to update every couple of years to make magic appropriate for all ages, you can get this set and ensure your child will have plenty of tricks to learn and have fun with for years to come. Appropriate for children ages 8 and up and, this magic set comes with an astounding 415 tricks. What’s in the box? 49 props including a magic wand, cards, handkerchiefs, rings, and other standard props for magic shows.
Oh! And if your child really enjoys card tricks, this magic kit comes with more than 140 card tricks carefully explained in a 60-page instructions booklet. One of the things I loved the most about this set was how much care they put into the instructions. To make everything crystal-clear, they included a second booklet illustrated with pictures for every step as well as exclusive access to the video tutorials on their official website.
Large assortment of tricks, all carefully explained in easy-to-follow instructions in every format. Plenty of quality props and fun for kids 8+ years old. It’s an amazing present that both, your 8-year-old and your 11-year-old will equally enjoy and happily share.
Ridley’s may be widely known for its line of quick-setup board games like ‘Nope’ or ‘Selfish’ and their variety of retro games and toys, but as it turns out, they also have an exceptional magic set for children, especially those taking their first steps into the world of magic.
Because this magic set is made so your children get a basic notion of how magic tricks work, you will get 15 classic magic tricks with all the necessary props to perform them, namely: cups, balls, coins, cards, and of course a magic wand. Something worth noting, even though there seems to be no age restriction, we believe it’s best for children 8 years old or older given the amount and size of the props.
While it may not be the fanciest magic kit, it will certainly provide the best tricks and props for your kid to test the waters of illusionism and master the basics before moving on to something more advanced.
Melissa & Doug have invested more than 30 years in their outstanding approach to educational fun with their own line of wooden toys and plushies, and their magic kits are quickly becoming another hit in their all-time favorites and a great example of that would be their Magic in a Snap! Hocus Pocus Collection. As the name implies, the magic tricks in this set are pretty straightforward which makes it great for 4-year-olds, a feature that’s really hard to find as most magic sets are made for 8-year-olds and older children.
The Hocus Pocus collection comes with 12 props, including a fake $100 bill and a cash case for vanishing acts, a magic silk scarf that changes colors and disappears in a clear tube as well as a coin that you can pull out of a seemingly ordinary mesh coin bag.
At the end of the day, what really makes this magic set so special is how tricks have been toned down so children of all ages can perform magic tricks with ease and so they start refining their motor skills while having fun.
This power couple has been making toys for children since 1988 and with 5000 products under their belts (mainly educational, wooden, and plush toys), their brand has grown to the likes of powerhouses like Mattel and Lego. In other words, they know how to make amazing toys. A fine example would be their Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set, a perfect treat for lovers of magic tricks in ages 8-10.
Other magic kits for kids may be either too basic, too advanced, or include props that are too flimsy. This set strikes the perfect balance between easy and challenging while also providing durable wooden props.
This set is as sturdy as they come because all props are made of high-quality wood; clearly, an outstanding feature when compared to most sets of plastic props. The magic kit includes tricks such as the Magic Coin Box, the Vanishing Zone, the crowd’s favorite Magic Number Prediction, and the classic Ball Disappearing act, just to name a few of the 10 tricks appropriate for children ages 8-10 years old.
The magic kit also features a wooden box that your magician can use as a cute little stage for the show. A nice touch of genius we really liked is how the box can also be used to neatly put away all the props. That, in addition to the detailed step-by-step instructions, make this set incredibly user-friendly and one that your child will definitely enjoy.
This one is going to hit close to home. If you ever had a Teddy Bear, a Shirley Temple doll, or a Rubik’s Cube, then you’re familiar with the Ideal brand, the company behind many legendary toys, and this time around they’re bound to mark yet another generation’s life with their Ideal Magic Spectacular Magic Suit.
The magic kit is recommended for children ages 8 and up, but it should be noted that they should either have some experience with magic tricks, be passionate about magic or have an older sibling due to the number of tricks and the difficulty of some of those tricks. As an entry point, it would be more suitable for a 10-year-old though an 8-year-old will also manage with a little extra effort.
With that out of the way, let’s focus on what this suitcase of awesomeness has to offer. This magic kit comes with everything from plastic cups and fuzzy balls to double-sided lollipops and thumb tips. It also includes a special deck of cards for those amazing card tricks. Of course, every magician has to have a magic wand and to help your little illusionist look the part, the set comes with both a magic wand and a top hat. That’s only a peek of the total amount of props included.
Great quality props and a large repertoire of magic tricks. All in all, it’s a great kit all around and though we recommend it for 10-year-olds, you cannot go wrong grabbing one of these for an 8-year-old who’s crazy about magic tricks.
They say a magician never reveals his secrets, Marvin Berglas not only revealed them, but he also turned them into a business in 1987 and called it Marvin’s Magic. Marvin is a first-class magician who’s run some of the most prestigious toy and hobby stores in the world, including the Toys R Us International Store in Time Square, New York. But there’s another reason Marvin is famous for: he made pro-level card tricks accessible to children.
There are plenty of magic kits with card tricks out there, but none of them will make your child look a card trick prodigy quite like this set.
This magic kit contains a regular French deck and 5 sets of secret magic cards to perform all 50 tricks. Also included: a booklet with instructions for every trick and a QR code you can scan for bonus tricks in their ‘secret website’. What we liked the most is how impressive these magic tricks are considering how easy they are to perform. The audience will think your kid has been practicing for years. You might even want to learn some of the tricks yourself (wink).
For turning pro-level sleight of hand card tricks into child’s play, Margin’s Magic is the undisputed champion of card tricks for children.
Thames & Kosmos gets a second entry in our list thanks to one of their best magic kits yet: Thames & Kosmos Magic Hat. This set is designed to provide hours of fun for the whole family, but especially for 6-year-olds and even 12-year-old preteens. A product with this wide a recommended age range is meant to stand the test of time and what better way to describe ‘best bang for your buck’ than durability? To give you a better idea of what this magic kit has in store, here are the details:
35 tricks total, all perfectly explained in a very comprehensive 20-pages instruction manual, plus a really cool plastic top hat and bunny puppet. You will find 40 props including: a magic wand, an x-ray box, thumb tip, magic coins, and other neat accessories. What really stood out to us was the quality of the props and the attention to details put in the instructions manual.
The final verdict: outstanding quality props from a reputable brand. If only I had more than 35 tricks. Aside from that, it’s a real treat for kids who love magic.
Scientific Explorer is one of those few toy brands that goes the extra mile to teach children about science in a fun way. Their Magic Science for Wizards is a prime example of their efforts to make science even more interesting.
Unlike other magic kits for kids, this one is not centered on illusions and tricks of sleight of hand. Instead, it draws inspiration, thematically speaking, from the ancient pseudoscience of alchemy. In other words, if your children are more science-driven and love chemistry and crafts, then they will definitely enjoy the 9 activities this magic kit has in store.
Because this set is for wizards instead of magicians, they trade the top hat for the iconic pointy hat decorated with stars that your kids can make with the provided purple paper and star-shaped stickers. Under your supervision, your kids will be mixing citric acid, baking soda, vegetable oil, and other every-day ingredients to learn about chemical reactions as they make their own color-changing wizard wands and other cool experiments.
It’s not every day that we find a toy that makes science fun and that’s something this magic kit excels at. Hands down, a memorable gift for any child with a knack for science.
Criss Angel starred in the A&E show Mindfreak for six seasons until 2010 when they aired the last episode, but his tricks are as timeless as they’re amazing. If you want your kid to learn how to be a master illusionist from one of the greatest, Criss Angel Ultimate Magic Kit is where it’s at.
What’s in the box? A toy store worth of props. 2 card decks, a secret device to make cards float, 2 silk cloths, red balls for the Chop Cup trick, the famous money printer, and many other props to perform over 550 tricks; all perfectly detailed in the instructional DVDs. One of the highlights of this magic kit is the bonus DVD with instructions to teach your children how to perform levitation tricks without much preparation.
A great many tricks; all easy to perform and prepare. This bundle full of props will provide hours of fun for children ages 8 and up. All around solid product from one of the most famous magicians of our time.
Dating back to the 1940s, Dowling actually picked up speed in the mid-’80s when a group of teachers and their spouses came up with a way to create learning tools that were fun and easy to use. Before long, Dowling became the reputable brand that today brings our pick for best money magic kit for children. The beauty of this kit lies in the clever use of magnets to perform fascinating tricks. An innovative take on magic, not often seen in magic sets for children.
Again, this is a different approach to money magic in the sense that it tones sleight of hand down to the minimum. Instead, it heavily relies on the magnets and to help your child perform impressive feats of illusionism. To be precise, the set includes 2 strong magnets encased in stainless steel and 32 coins in UK currency freshly minted as well as coins from other currencies. The instructions booklet contains 44 activities and interesting facts about magnetism.
Even though this magic kit doesn’t focus on sleight of hand, it still packs plenty of wow factor your kid can use to complement other tricks and have the audience wondering how on earth all those ordinary coins can be balanced in seemingly impossible structures while hiding the magnets holding the whole thing together.
If you want a great gift for children who like money tricks and illusions, this one of a kind set is all you need to make their day.
The wonder and mystery of magic draw audiences of all ages to witness the impossible unfold before their eyes. Famous magicians dedicate years to mastering the art of illusion, but thanks to these wonderful magic kits for kids, your child could become an amazing performer in a couple of hours.
The best thing about these magic kits is that they are more than just toys for sheer entertainment, they also boost your child’s confidence and stimulate social skills while exercising their critical thinking and fine motor skills. In short, kids learn and sharpen important abilities while having the thrill and the satisfaction of leaving their peers in awe.
Making the Statue of Liberty vanish into thin air like David Copperfield did take years of practice. Why not start young?
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