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Magic Lessons - Boosts Children's Confidence

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Professor Richard Wiseman, a UK psychologist and magic enthusiast, has found that students that were taught magic tricks showed an increase in confidence than traditional social skill classes.  Students from the ages of 10-12 were shown various magic tricks, practiced them, and then performed them in front of their class. "Tricks develop self-esteem, confidence and empathy. These are all useful traits to teach children," says Wiseman.

The study was conducted in 2 schools in Brittain where 60 students were taught two simple magic tricks and were given tips on presentation.  The control group was given the normal Personal Health and Social class curriculum. While both groups showed improvements, the magic lesson proved to be more helpful in boosting the child's self-esteem and confidence. Shy children seemed to benefit the most from the magic instruction. Wiseman said, "It is unlike playing computer games, it encourages children to interact with their friends and family."

Wiseman was once a professional magician and is a member of the Magic Circle.  He has published over 40 papers and a number of books including Magic in Theory: An Introduction to the Theoretical and Psychological Elements of Conjuring. 

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