Presto! The Magician’s Secret

Eli Whitney Museum

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for ages 7-9

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2023 Summer Program

More than 100 years ago, A.C. Gilbert graduated from Yale. Rather than practice medicine, for which he trained, he practiced magic. He founded the Mysto Magic Company with John Petrie. Gilbert went on to build Erector Sets and other learning toys, but he never lost his love for the discipline and art of magic.

Construct your own magic show with traditional card, coin, and silk tricks. Build a carrying case to keep your secrets. Transform yourself into a master of performance with an intriguing stage name. Elaborate on your production with signs and props. Learn to distract your audience with gestures and movements. Practice and perform your art for family and friends. Vanishing and disappearing are tricks of the trade. Master these moves and more!

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