Great Gift for the Holidays

Learn more than 300 magic tricks with the Fantasma Toys Deluxe Legends of Magic DVD Set. This award-winning magic set contains an enormous array of magical tools, including cups, balls, a money-making machine, a trick deck of cards, and more. With the set’s 90-minute instructional DVD, kids will be performing magic tricks in no time. Recommended for ages 7 and up, this set is an ideal gift for any aspiring magician.

Fantasma Toys Deluxe Legends of Magic DVD Set

Fantasma Toys Deluxe Legends of Magic DVD Set

Beginner and Advanced Tricks
The Legends of Magic tricks cover a broad range of difficulty levels. This makes the set ideal for beginners, as it allows them to ease into the art of performing magic. Kids will want to start by learning the basics of deception–maybe by trying their hand at simple card tricks. From there, they can move on to something more difficult, like linking the metal rings together. Buy the Fantasma Toys Deluxe Legends of Magic DVD Set at Amazon now!

Learning magic tricks can be a fun and rewarding activity, especially for children. Kids will enjoy wowing their family and friends with mind-bending tricks and will hone their skills of perception and dexterity in the process.

Instructional DVD with Legendary Magicians
Also included with the set is an exclusive, 90-minute DVD that demonstrates how to perform various tricks. The DVD includes actual footage of legendary magicians, like the Great Houdini, Al Flosso, and Kalanag. Learning about these great magicians will stimulate kids’ curiosity about magic; it could even inspire them to develop tricks of their own. Buy the Fantasma Toys Deluxe Legends of Magic DVD Set at Amazon now!

What’s in the Box
Fantasma Deluxe Legends of Magic money machine, illusion box, metal linking rings, production tubes, money paddle, puzzle box, Chinese sticks, coin base, plastic cup, clear tube, coin coaster, bizarre boomerangs, phantom deck of cards, four billiard balls, magic wand, long rope, drawer box, secret gimmick, card box, three handkerchiefs, DVD, magicians poster, and instruction manual.

Over 250 cool tricks to learn

Includes: 90 minute instructional DVD
The included table converts into a working illusion to perform amazing tricks
Bonus: DVD footage of Houdini and other great magicians
Endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Magicians

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Add to the excitement with birthday party games

by Rita Hutner

Whatever theme you select for your child’s party, with a little creativity you can adapt any of the games listed below. If your theme is based on a T.V. show or movie, be sure to read through the story for ideas. Blue loves to find clues. The traditional Scavenger Hunt becomes Blue’s Treasure Hunt. You might also want to play theme music at the party and read a short version of the original story. All are great birthday party games that will make the day memorable. These suggestions are from kids domain.

Most of these games are good for almost any party with kids – and they’re not just for birthdays!

1. Pin the _Something_ on _Something_

Traditionally pin the tail on the donkey, this game can be changed to fit any theme. In this game, blindfolded guests try to stick a paper ‘tail’ onto a poster of a donkey. You can take a piece of poster board and draw anything with something missing – a nose on a clown or animal, the TY heart on a beanie baby, a spaceship in an outer space scene, and one year we gave Yoda (Star Wars) his staff. Just be sure to include an outline of where the object needs to land.

2. Bean Bag Toss

You can make an easy Bean Bag Toss using a double layer of poster board glued together and a large box. Use the large box as a base, and attach the poster board to one side of it. Before attaching the poster board, paint a design on it, allowing for one or more holes. Kids always have a lot of fun throwing bean bags. They’re easy to make from fabric scraps if you sew. This should be included in your file of inexpensive and creative birthday party games.

3. Pinata

This is a game that requires room and good supervision. The children are blindfolded (or not, if they are young and don’t want to be) and they take a stick and try to break a hanging container that has candies and other small goodies in it. (Colorful Band-Aids are popular among preschoolers). To make one, you can do something as simple as decorating a paper grocery bag with paints or crepe paper and then gluing and taping the top shut once the treats are inside. Run a string along the top edge before shutting the bag. You can also make a fancier one using a balloon and paper mache. The fun thing is that these can be decorated to match any theme. This is just one of the many birthday party games that can be adapted to the ages of the attendees.

4. Make a Bracelet/Necklace

This activity can be an activity the children can go to between other activities, or the main focus. A big bag of pony beads, some elastic cord, scissors and an adult to help when needed, and they can make their own jewelry. Be sure to supervise this one, so that necklaces and bracelets are not made too tight.

5. Go on a Treasure Hunt

These are some treasure hunt ideas: You can scatter coins in the lawn and let the kids hunt for them, much like an Easter egg hunt. You can hide each child’s goodie bag and then give that child a piece of paper with a hint for finding it – it could be a simple map drawing for a young child, a word or two, or a riddle for older children. You can also let the children do a paper clue based hunt as a group – with the goodie bag for the youngest being the first found, along with the clue to the next goodie bag, and so on.

6. Guess How Many

This is an old favorite on the birthday party games list. Fill a jar with candy. Have children write their name on a small piece of paper and their guess as to how many candies are in the jar. The child who guesses the right number, or comes closest, gets a sucker. The candy in the jar is then divided among the children. A variation would be that the winner takes the jar of candy home to share with their family.

7. Make Place Cards or Placemats

This activity could be as complex or simple as you want – children can decorate 3×5 cards or construction paper with a variety of stickers, cut outs (use an old beanie baby magazine for a source of a hundred or more beanie pictures, a pokemon magazine for pokemon), crayons, and colored pencils. If you have enough help to cover the placemats after they’re done with clear contact paper, they will last a long time.

8. Who Am I?

When the children come through the door tape a farm animal or item/object to their backs. Through the course of the party they may ask each other yes and no questions about what they are. Explain that the first question they may want to ask is “Am I an animal or an object?” At the end of the party each child takes a turn saying what they think they are. Suggestions: cow, pig, sheep…pitchfork, saddle, horseshoe, hay, milk, barn, tractor, etc. This is another one of very popular birthday party games.

9. Button, Button, Who’s got the Button

A child is chosen to be “it” and hides her eyes as a button is given to a child to hide in his lap or behind his back. “It” then has three chances to guess which child has the item. (All children hide their hands in their laps/behind their backs like they have it.) For animal themes, select an item that goes with the animal. If you’re doing a character theme like Cinderella it would be “Slipper, Slipper, Who’s got the Slipper”.

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Some Magic Birthday Party Tips…

• Tie balloons to your mailbox so that it is easy for your guests to find the party. Have the birthday child select the colors.

• Protect your pets! Put your pets in a safe area away from the party. Some children play rough, and animals may bite if threatened.

• Best party times are 1:00—3:00 or 2:00—4:00. This way you can avoid serving a meal. For little ones, try 10:00 –11:30 to work around nap time.

• Invitation equation: try not to over do it. For children under 8 years old, invite as many children s the birthday child’s age. As your child gets older the formula will need revision.

• Involve the entire family in the party. Assign duties for each. Perhaps one parent could be in charge of pictures. One could be in charge of games, etc.

Cost Saving Tips…
Cost Saving Tips for a Great Birthday Party
• Make your own invitations and party decorations. Your kids will love this special project, which will ultimately make the party more memorable.

• A personal computer can be used to make fun and colorful invitations, banners, and decorations.

• Plan the party around non-meal times. The price of food will increase the cost of the party by two or three times. Kids really only want the cake and ice cream, anyway.

• Instead of party bags, check out a couple of craft books from the local library. For just a few dollars, you can get the supplies for a couple of different projects. Kids will love making the crafts and will have something to take home with them.

• Set up a backyard Olympics. Kids love to play games and you can find out their favorites by asking other parents or teachers. Hand out stickers to the winners (try to make sure that everyone wins at least one game).

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Food Ideas – Magic Party Decorations

Make your party area magical with these ideas for party decorations:

* Create easy centerpieces! Set one top hat upside-down on each table of the party area. Place a stuffed rabbit in one. Tie brightly-colored scarves together and attach one end inside the hat and the other end to the ceiling. Fill another hat with crinkle paper.

* Make oversized playing cards by drawing hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs, and numbers with black and red markers on rectangles of white poster board.

* Tie groups of balloons together and tie them to the backs of chairs. Anchor them with balloon weights and put them near doorways or at the corners of the party area.

* Scatter loose playing cards on tables and windowsills.

* Cut star burst shapes out of dark purple, blue and black construction paper and write magical sayings on them with metallic gold and silver markers. Use words such as “Abracadabra”, “Hocus Pocus”, “Presto Change-O”, and “Alacazam”. Hang these around the party area.

* Hang a banner over the entrance way to the party that says, “Say the Magic Words to Enter [your birthday child]’s Party!” (Add the “magic words” to the invitations so your guests will know what to say. “Open Sesame” works well.) You can create a personalized party banner for your party.


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