Frequently Asked Questions
Categories are General, Online Classes, and Organization Questions
“What is the San Diego Magic Academy?”
The San Diego Magic Academy is a premium magic course designed by a team of award-winning magicians and created specifically to help children develop critical people skills that are quickly fading in today’s technology-centric society.
“How does the Academy teach life skills?”
This is not a magic class with life skills “sprinkled in”… it’s a life skills course camouflaged as a magic class. Each class features one of the 8 traits of a true magician. These are the 8 important life skills we teach: Confidence, Respectfulness, Enthusiasm, Authenticity, Creativity, Humbleness, Preparedness, and Giving.
“Does learning magic really help kids develop social skills?”
Yes! Magic is an interactive art. We feel the most important benefits to be derived from magic come from performing for others.
There is a complex cycle of verbal and non-verbal communication flowing between the performer and the people watching that is unique to magic.
We’ve developed a system that will insure every child gets to perform for someone, several times, in the positive, nurturing classroom environment.
“My child is really shy. Will they be able to do this?
We have created a totally safe and nurturing environment for your child’s first few performances inside every class. And try particularly hard to insure a child’s confidence has every opportunity to grow from the very beginning.
“My daughter is interested in magic. Will this be appropriate for girls?”
Yes and yes! Although historically, more boys than girls get into magic, in recent years that has changed.
There are more girls than ever before performing magic and the percentage of girls learning magic is increasing every year! Ultimate Magic Academy was developed with these changes in mind.
“My son has already learned some magic from YouTube, will this still be appropriate for him?”
Absolutely. It’s unlikely he would have learned any of these specific tricks any place else. We have created custom made props, cards, and routines that can’t be purchased anywhere online!
Plus, we believe that just knowing the secret to how something is done is only the beginning.
Additionally, the 8 traits of a true magician are unique to the San Diego Magic Academy and are exclusive to our curriculum! You won’t find these in ANY other magic class in your area!
“What kind of tricks are you going to teach?”
The San Diego Magic Academy features a wide range of tricks from making things appear and disappear to reading minds and passing a solid through a solid.
Many of these tricks are unique to our program and they all feature a kid friendly presentation.
“My child has never done magic before. Will they be able to do these tricks?”
Yes! Every trick is simple enough for a beginner and designed for small hands.
No prior experience is necessary.
“Will the tricks learned ACTUALLY fool adults?”
Yes! We teach a wide variety of tricks and many will legitimately fool adults.
Others may not, but they serve a purpose in teaching the kids how to respond in a variety of situations.
For example, we teach the students what to say to audiences when someone says, “Can I see that?” or “I think I know how you did that.”
“My child has never expressed interest in becoming a magician. Is that ok?”
Posilutely! Even if your child has never expressed interest in magic, most kids love watching and learning magic tricks.
Our main purpose is to make sure your child is having FUN! That’s why we include several fun games that kids get to play in each class.
However, it’s not unusual, after the first class that kids are excited and THRILLED to be learning the secrets to magic!
“Would my child have to attend every online course?”
No, but it is encouraged to attend as many as possible. If your child happens to miss any courses, the videos of the tricks, explanation on how to perform them, and VIP video is in the online video vault to view later.
“How often and when will the online classes be held?”
Online classes will be held twice a week (usually Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday) and last approximately 1 hour for each session. Times will be posted for each course.
“I heard that you have your classes on Zoom and I am concerned that it can be hacked.”
The login info for the classes will be emailed directly to you (the parents) and will not be shared otherwise. Also, Zoom has taken proper precautions to ensure safety in the Zoom platform.
“I would rather my child not go onto Zoom but I would still like for them to take the course. Is this possible?
You bet! We can mail you the complete course, which includes a key card with a personalized code to access all the videos in the online vault, just like online and in-person students have. And you will still receive support from San Diego Magic Academy via phone or email. Contact us if interested.
“My organization would LOVE to offer this course to our children! What are the options?”
We would love to work with you and we offer discounts on the course(s) depending on the number of children participating. Contact us for more details. We can even do a special online course as well.