Sunday, July 16, 2017

Grandma Camp Magic!

The best part about performing at our week's end magic show is that we know things mommy and daddy don't! We love to see jaws drop in the audience, followed by the inevitable "How did you do that?" Kids usually don't tell though, responding only with smug, impish grins!

But I don't mind sharing tricks of the trade with other grandmothers. I've experienced the fun and camaraderie of introducing, practicing, and performing a variety of easy to do acts that I've gleaned from several sources: a delightful online site, a purchased kids' magic set, and a goofy idea of my own that resulted in an unsolved mystery!

Got your ticket? Good! Take a seat and enjoy the show! 

Our opener is a crowd pleaser and three times the fun when it's demonstrated in tandem. We present lengths of rope. Each is one piece! Come on up and check them out if you'd like. We've nothing to hide! - well, except for the short extra loops we've hidden in our palms to snip in half! There! See? You thought one piece was cut in two and were totally amazed when we revealed the original, uncut length! Ta da!!!! 😲

I love my free subscription to "Magic Tricks For Kids." It's where you'll find this trick demonstrated step by step - and dozens more to choose from!

"Bree! What are you doing?" One of the twins approaches her in the act of breaking an egg. "Making cookies!" she casually replies. No hanky-panky is suspected when the other twin follows up with, "Need any help?" "Sure," she answers. "I want these eggs cracked!" But no one cracks up more than the little tricksters who reach into the carton, grabbing three to toss to the audience! "Here, dad! Help us out!" they shout as rubber eggs go flying toward a ducking audience! 😲

This crazy idea was my own. I found fake eggs at an online toy retailer. But I've been the victim of a mysterious disappearing act myself! I have yet to locate the third egg after our show. Looked everywhere! It's gone! But unlike our other tricks, there's no explanation for this one! Poof! Real magic!

The easiest way to conjure up a repertoire of cool performance tricks is to buy a kit designed for kids. I did this last year, relying solely on the nifty eye foolers in a great Melissa and Doug set. But this year I found another one I like! "Spectacular Magic Show" is less than $20 and packs 100 cool ideas into a box that also contains an instruction book plus a fun CD that clearly demonstrates them all - plus more!

We chose the easiest among them for this year's event. My favorite was the "Magic Paint Can." A secret compartment that's very well disguised allows water to stay secured when the can is tipped to "prove" it's GONE! A slight twist and an agile "abracadabra" with the included wand makes contents reappear in a sec!

But that's not all! Bree's cousin stepped up and announced he's got something even better to show! His glass of water met a few drops of food coloring secreted inside the can, and the audience gasped when he poured out GREEN PAINT instead of clear liquid!

The set also includes a well made fake deck of cards and a specially designed case for it. Nick flashed an ace, replaced it, and slid the deck deftly back inside. With a flick of his wrist, the deck disappeared - courtesy of a fake surface on both sides of his prop!

There are a handful of clever tricks demonstrated on the CD that require only simple household items for astonishing a crowd. Here, daddy's been conscripted to choose a crayon from a set of four different colors. Only he and the audience know which one it is. It's placed in Sae's hands, held behind his back. Let the concentrating begin. Our magician closes his eyes. Thinking, thinking, thinking...He dramatically raises one hand to alert the audience he has an answer. "ORANGE!" he triumphantly exclaims. And what do you know? ORANGE it is!

I see a future for this one at restaurants where restless grandchildren are given crayons to keep them busy before meals arrive. Tell grandpa to scrape off a bit of wax while the crayon is behind his back. He can briefly glimpse at it as he flourishes his hand forward to pronounce the correct color!

Nick loved folding a one dollar bill twice to make George Washington turn upside down, and Bree successfully employed a fake plastic thumb to make a silk handkerchief magically reappear. Our audience eagerly gobbled up everything we did!

And then there was Ava! Pictured at top, this little gal has been a fan of magic ever since last year's show when her brothers pulled stuffed bunnies from hats to present to their little sisters. She frequently duplicates this trick at home with toy tigers and Barbie dolls, waving her wand with a pronunciation of "abracadabra!" that she alone has perfected. This year, the right thing to do was give Ava the stage to conclude with her delightful act. She loved every second, and so did we!

Here's part 1 of this year's Grandma Camp series! And here's part 3.

This is not a sponsored post. I just enjoy sharing the success I've had with good products. 


  1. I only have one really good magic trick, it always amazes, but it is so simple I always explain it...I would make a terrible magician.

  2. Loved reliving this event and can still hear all the giggles and gasps! Thanks Gah for another amazing family event!!!

  3. What a blast. You should charge grandmas to read these posts because you have done all the research and come up with an event that is over the top. I can only imagine the hoots and hollers that go up from the audience as these little stars present their magic show. Love those smiles. Keep researching because you've got plenty more camps to plan, and we'll all be here waiting to see what you come up with next. :-)

  4. Hello, always fun times at grandma's Love the cute smiling faces.
    Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

  5. Another fun camp finale. LOL eggs flying out to the audience; that's a hoot!

  6. Love your camp and your grandmother's heart! Teresa from

  7. You are so fabulous! And your grandkiddos take after you, for sure. Love seeing the magic they make because of the magic YOU make for them. ♥

  8. What a wonderful activity for your grandchildren! In years gone by, I had my two older granddaughters for "Grandma Camp" every summer for two weeks. Now - they're all grown up and working summer jobs (too old for "Grandma Camp"). My 3 little grandsons are still too young to come and stay with us without their parents. I can't wait 'til they're a bit older so that I can start having "Grandma Camp" again. The activity planning and hosting are as much fun for me as for the kids.
    Carol ("Mimi") from Home with Mimi

  9. Sounds like an amazing amount of fun... and what great memories you have made with those precious ones! :)

  10. I had to come to your blog and follow you after your wonderful comment on my Gentle Joy Homemaker-Herb Library-5 Reasons To Start Your Own. I was surprised to see that this was your blog... I had just been to it and enjoyed the Grandma Camp. Now, I am following. :)

  11. What kid doesn't love magic? What a great grandma you are to create a magic camp!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. What a lucky bunch of kiddos! Sounds like a wonderful time, great ideas. We are so happy you linked up with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week!