Do You Know These Magic Facts?

“Through magic, we are entering a fictional world of wonder where nothing bad happens and all dangers vanish when the magician retrieves his assistant safe and sound after being cut in two or escapes himself from an imminent danger.”   Magic amazes, astounds, and entertains and The abracadabra shares some interesting facts that you may not know about magic and here are some of them:

  1. The word ‘magic’ is derived from Greek, mageia (μαγεία).  Persian priests known as magish and Greek magoi were the first to perform magic acts.
  2. It was in the 18th century that magic became a respectable practice and was performed by rich private persons, prior to that it was a form of entertainment at fairs and included juggling and sword swallowing.
  3. Established magic organizations abound and the largest magic organization is the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the oldest organization is the Society of American Magicians, and Houdini was its president for several years.
  4. Houdini died on Halloween in 1926.
  5. The common magical phrase “Hocus Pocus” was taken from the name of a Norse mythological sorcerer known as Ochus Bochus. Meanwhile, anecdotally (from the English writer, Daniel Defoe),  “Abracadabra” comes from an inscription on amulets worn during the Black Plague as protection from the disease.
  6. Magicians kept their tricks secret for many years for fear that people would no longer be enthralled. if they knew how the illusions were done.  The first publication was Reginald Scot’s, ‘Discoverie of Witchcraft’ in 1584. Today, magic tricks are revealed on a lot of media platforms but contrary to the magicians’ fears, audiences are still willing to pay for entertaining magical feats.
  7. Today, the term illusionist has become more popular in place of magician.  The rationale being that some artists admit that their acts are skillful deceptions.

“For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice.” ~Joseph Dunninger


For full article:  14 Facts You Need to Know About Magic

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Even though our summer camp has ended, we will continue to feature campers from a variety of camps at Purchase on Wednesdays.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Future Stars Camper Matthew, an aspiring magician.

Farah:  Hi Matthew, nice to meet you.  Thanks for chatting with me.  By the way, how old were you when you started at Future Stars Camps?

Matthew:  Well I’m 13 now,  so probably about 8.  

Farah: If you have siblings, do they attend the camp too? 

Matthew:  I have 2 brothers, one older and one younger. My younger brother did basketball last year and my older brother did baseball maybe 4 or 5 years ago.  

Farah:   What are your hobbies?

Matthew:  I like magic and I like basketball


Farah: What are your favorite television shows?

Matthew:  I really like “Lab Rats’, its an old television show.

Farah:  Who’s your favorite sports player? 

Matthew:  My favorite athlete is TJ McConnell, he’s on the Indiana Pacers.

Farah: Do you have an idea of what you want to do or be when you grow up?

Matthew:  Maybe a basketball analyst or a reporter, something like that.

Farah:  What’s your favorite food?

Matthew:  Pizza

Farah:  What grade are you in? 

Matthew:  I’m going into 8th. 

Farah:  What do you most enjoy about school?

Matthew:   I really like science.

Farah: What are you most looking forward to this summer at camp?

Matthew:  Just having fun!

Farah:  Which programs at Future Stars camps do you attend?

Matthew:  Magic and basketball


Farah: What is the best part of being a kid?

Matthew:  Getting to try new things and having new experiences.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Matthew:  My favorite memory from camp was maybe 2 years ago.  In magic, we did a performance, like a pre-show for the circus before they started their show. I just remember the faces on the people in the audience. I loved just seeing their faces when we did the magic tricks, it was really fun to see their reaction!


For more information about the Magic camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Magic Camp page today.

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Why Magic?

Magic’s roots date back to Ancient Persia and Greece in the 17th century.  Magic can be entertaining and intriguing. Mentalism and Magic shares great reasons as to why you should bring magic into your life  and here are some of them:

  • improves your critical thinking as you have to hone your analytical, inferential, interpretive, evaluative,self-regulatory, and performance skills to learn and perform magic tricks
  • works on your self-discipline and patience levels, both are required to perfect magic tricks so that your magic is flawless
  • enhances your creativity, as you develop new tricks or add a twist to old favorite magic tricks
  • grows self-confidence and charisma as presenting and connecting with audiences is key
  • gives you the opportunity to become a part of a centuries’ old tradition
  • may lead to extra income when you get good enough to perform at different venues
  • offers you the chance to share joy and fun with family and friends

So, why not try magic?  Let it capture you and your imagination!


For full article:  14 Reasons Why You Should Learn Magic Tricks!

For more information about the Magic camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Magic Camp page today.

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Now you See it, Now you Don’t: Tips for Magicians of All Ages

The life of a magician is never easy, and that’s especially true for young magicians today. Magicians are few and far between, a rare breed of mystical people who instill amazement and awe into the hearts of many. If you’re a magician or are considering becoming one, you’ll need to know all about the following:

♠ You’ll Always be the Life of the Room

Not everyone knows how to perfectly pull off the tricks and illusions that Magicians make look so effortless. It is safe to say that if you know how to make someone’s secret card appear out of a deck of cards you will have the attention of the entire room. People will ask you to do the same trick multiple times and as you are showing them your best trick, you are also perfecting it with each repetition!

♥  People Always Want to Expose Your Trick

There’s always that one person who is desperate to crack the magic and ruin the trick for everyone. It’s not because they hate magic, usually it’s just a way of just showing how clever they are. You need to figure out who this person is and keep a close eye on them, perhaps distract them or get them involved as a volunteer, otherwise they’ll ruin your next trick with glee. Don’t let them spoil the fun for the rest of the audience.

♦ Nurture your Best Cheerleaders

Your parents are probably going to be your biggest fans. They’ll make you show off all your latest tricks to their friends when they come over. Take this time to try out new tricks and get feedback from a group of adults that are going to think what you’re doing is awesome no matter the result! It will sharpen your showmanship and build your confidence before you present your tricks in front of a crowd of peers.

♣ You Want To be a Professional Magician

You play coy when people ask, but of course you want to go pro. It’s fun and you get to meet lots of interesting people. Whether you end up performing at kid’s parties, wedding receptions or TV appearances, you would be doing something you love and possibly earning money for it. While your peers are busy working in part-time retail jobs, you could be working corporate events as a magician and you’ll be inspiring others to follow in your footsteps.