It’s 3pm, the school siren rings. It’s home time and there’s a tonne of fun activities your child can get involved in (after their homework, of course).
From soccer training, dance, gymnastics, to piano lessons, you’re spoilt for choice. However, there’s one hobby that stands out in the crowd for its educational, social and cognitive benefits, and that’s....drum roll please..... magic!
“Magic is an amazing skill for young people to learn. Its benefits are far-reaching, spanning all facets of development – confidence and communication, mental health, cognitive skills, storytelling and presenting, coordination, and so much more,” Global Magic Shop magician and director Jonathon Fox said.
“It’s also so much fun and something special and unique for children to learn.
“The goal doesn’t have to be for the child to pursue magic professionally, it’s about pushing them to get out of their comfort zone, train their mind, and gain so many skills in the process that they can carry for life into social settings, their professional careers, and more.”
HOW MAGIC HELPS WITH COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Cognitive development in children includes problem-solving skills, decision
making, and memory – all of which can be fine-tuned through the art of learning magic.
Magic is a skill that does take a level of dedication and perseverance. It’s not
something most people can just pick up and be great at instantly. It requires hard work, being able to read and understand instructions, memorise a trick, and make decisions and improvise as they go.
Analytical skills learnt through magic are also transferrable to school subjects, particularly Maths and Science, and extend to studying techniques for exams, training the mind to remember important facts and information.
IMPROVED CONFIDENCE + MENTAL HEALTH
“The self-confidence benefits are also significant,” Mr Fox said.
“We’ve seen firsthand bullying and social issues in schools which can impact a young person’s confidence and sense of self-worth greatly.”
Anxiety is already on the rise in primary schools in Australia, and by learning magic, students can get their minds off issues from the classroom or playground.
“By practising magic, a child will naturally improve their self-confidence when they achieve something they’ve worked hard to perfect and learn how to communicate better with others,” Mr Fox said.
The flow-on effects are massive – presenting skills for one are something invaluable that children will be able to carry through their education and into the workforce.
“Being able to stand up in front of a crowd and tell a story and hold the attention of said audience all while performing a complex trick, is no easy feat. It requires a level of confidence and proficiency, all of which are learnt when studying magic,” Mr Fox said.
“When a child is able to practise magic in front of an audience – they’re set for life really. Being able to communicate well is something needed for most jobs. Whether a child is an introvert or extrovert – it doesn’t matter, magic can help them feel and be more confident.”
Magic can also help improve a child’s coordination skills for day-to-day tasks and their future careers.
“We all know most magic tricks will require magicians to use their hands and fingers – fast,” Mr Fox said.
“Now, I’m not going to give the secrets of our trade away, but dexterity skills are needed when practising magic, and a young magician’s fine motor skills will be enhanced through their magical journey.”
Manual dexterity is important for a whole host of careers a child may want to pursue later in their life, from medicine, dentistry, art, design and more.