Holiday Magic Gift Guide 2021

It's finally here!  School of Magic Arts Head Magicians Annie Montone and Brian Kehoe have put together a holiday shopping list tailored specifically to your young magician.  Whether your student is just starting out in the art of stage magic or has been at it for awhile, everything on this list is sure to bring them a smile. There are a lot of magic "gimmicks" out there that cost a fortune and will soon be discarded as one-trick-ponies.  These ten items, though, are made with quality and will be useful for years to come!  In fact, Annie and Brian have used a lot of these in performance as professional stage magicians.  Have a magical holiday season!

1. Close-up pad

Every  magician should have a close-up pad. These are especially great for card magic and other table top magic. Murphy's Economy Line of Close-Up Pads contain a non-slip back, a high-quality fabric top and a high-quality inner-cushion. Murphy's Economy Pad is extremely affordable and will last  for years. Available in two sizes and multiple colors. Starting at $6.95 these are a great deal.

2. Notebook

We are serious note takers here at SOMA. We have many notebooks full of ideas and sketches and reflections on past performances. Brian designed the No Risk No Magic Notebook to keep our notes and sketches safe while also reminding us to take some risks now and then. These are 5.5" x 8.5" spiral bound with 140 dotted pages.

3. the Magic book

This is an invaluable resource of magic! Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic is the first book we pull from our shelves when we are looking for inspiration. This book contains 500 pages and 2000 illustrations and has magic for all skill levels. You can either buy it new directly from Mark's website or, because the book has been in print since 1975, you can find them used all over the place.

4. Workshop

In our first workshop of 2022 we explore Unicorn Magic! This is a great workshop for those who want to perform for children or want to get a little silly for a couple hours. Our magicians will learn a full magic routine that includes combining colors into a rainbow, making a cupcake appear, and creating a cloud! This workshop is open to students ages 6-14.

5. Mentalism prop

This is the only magic prop on our list this year and it's because you can do so much with it! Sven Notes allows the magician to show all of the pages to be different (words, drawings, celebrities, destinations, foods, phone numbers, etc.) and then the participant peeks at one page. The performer instantly knows what they are thinking! These come in a pack of 3.

6. Tee Shirt

At School of Magic Arts, we celebrate that there is no one way to look like a magician. Our newly designed This is What a Magician Looks Like Shirt is for all of our proud magicians.

7. Magic Set

We LOVE Shin Lim and when we heard he put out a magic set we had to take a look. We recommend Shin Lim's EVOLUSHIN Magic Set because it contains some of the professional magic we have performed in the past. This set has a variety of magic for beginner and intermediate students of magic with each effect being taught by Shin Lim himself on a 2 hour 22 minute downloadable video.

8. Lesson

Do you know a young person who might be interested in joining us at SOMA? Our Magic 101 group lesson is a perfect introduction to our school. Magic 101 is a "Pay What You Decide" trial class developed to show new students how SOMA works, what they can expect to learn, and how much fun magic can be.

9. Magic case

Every magician needs a place to store their magic and this case is perfect. It has a soft velvet interior to keep props safe. This Magic Case also comes with a stand so it can be used during performance as a table. We love this this type of multi use prop and have used them on stage many times. Measures 18″ x 14.5″ x 5″ locking case and stand.

10. Coin Magic Book

Affectionately called "The Bobo", Modern Coin Magic is a book for intermediate to advanced students. Originally published in 1910, this reprint has 510 illustrations they will learn all about palms, holds, flips, switches, change-overs, steals, cuffing, sleeving and other sleight-of-hand techniques; coin tricks requiring special devices are also included.