Five Minutes with Houston Magician, Mr. Phil

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Mr. Phil is the Houston magician and owner of Magic Street Productions who runs the highly anticipated “Mr. Phil’s Magic Camp” for four magical week-long sessions each summer! Check out one of his performances here . We were able to steal a few minutes with him before he vanished; check out our interview with him here:

  1. What’s the hardest/coolest trick you’ve ever performed? “I would have to say the ‘Cups and Balls’ trick. You need to know all of your slights to perform this effect effectively.”
  1. Who’s your favorite famous magician? “Channing Pollock, he was a magician I watched on the old Ed Sullivan show and what inspired me to learn dove magic.”
  1. How/when did you know you wanted to be a magician?“At the age of 9 when I saw my first live magic show.  I just thought, “How cool is this?”  I was a hairdresser for 23 years and when that market crashed, I had the opportunity of doing my first school tour, which I did, and the rest is history.  I have been a full time magician for over 30 years now.”
  1. What’s your favorite part about teaching summer camp? “Working with the kids and seeing their faces when they have accomplished the trick.”
  1. What tricks/supplies are great for beginners? “There are so many but what my students receive are sponge balls, coins, cards, rope, and a lot more.”

 

Even at young ages, children are captivated by magic, make-believe and imagination! My 2.5 year-old and her toddler friends absolutely love Princess Sofia and Cedric, the castle’s magician. His magic tricks and shows are often a favorite feature of the episodes. (And yes, I may be watching too much Sofia the First.) When they are a little older, Mr. Phil’s Magic Camp is an awesome way to let them be a part of learning the skills and science behind the tricks. Attending camp also gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to create magic for others!

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What will children learn at magic camp? Children aren’t just learning one or two tricks or watching a professional magician perform. They will each leave knowing how to perform a full 30-minute magic show complete with take-home props. It’s truly an immersive camp where students learn the history behind tricks, the theory and techniques of the tricks, and then the actual art of the trick and the performance. This camp is all magic all week, so it’s a must do for any aspiring magicians out there. I know parents are always looking for ways to sneak in academics in to their children’s summer break so they will be pleasantly surprised with all of the things children will learn at Magic Camp (in addition to magic). Mr. Phil’s Magic Camp helps students develop social/communication skills, self-esteem, hand-eye coordination, motor skills, art, history, culture and the ability to multi-task (which is really such a necessary life skill that isn’t often practiced.)

 When is camp? Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Currently, camp sessions are open on the weeks of June 11th, 25th, and July 23rd. One of four sessions is already sold out so if your little magician can’t wait for magic camp, you’ll want to register soon!

 What’s Special? The small camp size is amazing and really rare for summer camps. Camps are limited to 4 – 10 children so that each child really gets the time and personalized instruction necessary for them to really learn magic! Another bonus is that this summer camp runs from 9am-5pm so it complements working parents’ schedules quite nicely.

Looking for more magical fun with your children this weekend? Check out these simple and educational ideas:

  • Literacy and Math: Read One Potato Two Potato and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble for some magical (and mathematical) fun.
  • Theatre Arts: Order a magic trick book/kit (like this one) or look on YouTube to learn some tricks together and put on a show after dinner!
  • Learn a classic trick like the “coin behind the ear trick” and get some giggles from your little one. On our family cruise vacation last summer, our girls loved at dinner each night when our waiter would entertain with simple, classic magic tricks.
  • Science: Use this science experiment magic kit so your magician learns the science behind his tricks!
  • Music: Pick out music that would work well for a magic show or certain tricks and talk about how the music can enhance the suspense of the trick.
  • Art: Design your own banner for a magic show!
  • Social Studies and Technology: Use the internet together to research the “first magic family”.

 

By Mary West
Mama of 2 and teacher/tutor;
the only magic in our house is how quickly the dishwasher fills up!

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