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Kids' Magic Secrets: Simple Magic Tricks & Why They Work [Kindle Edition]

Loris Bree , Marlin Bree
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Using everyday items found in most homes, aspiring young magicians can dazzle friends and family with this guide to performing magic tricks. In the activities detailed, items disappear, water refuses to leave a container, and magicians make partners disappear (and reappear). Each activity includes step-by-step directions and illustrations followed by an explanation of how the trick works. The scientific principles and mathematical concepts behind these tricks are valuable teaching tools for elementary and special education instructors.

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"Simple written directions and clear illustrations make it easy to understand each step." -- Boise Family

About the Author

Loris Bree works with children with disabilities. She is the author of Kid's Trip Diary, Kid's Travel Fun Book, and Kid's Squish Book. Marlin Bree is the illustrator of Kid's Trip Diary, Kid's Travel Fun Book, and Kid's Squish Book and the author of Wake of the Green Storm, Call of the North Wind, and Teeth of the Northeaster. They both live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable hobby book to learn from April 6, 2004
Whimsical illustrations by Marlin Bree add a fun touch to Loris Bree's Kids' Magic Secrets: Simple Magic Tricks & Why They Work -- a straightforward instructional guide to magic secrets any child can learn to do. Whether as the basis of a magic show, some fun tricks to demonstrate to friends, or just an amusing pastime to master on a rainy day, Kids' Magic Secrets is an enjoyable hobby book to learn from, and share with other aspiring young magicians.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Learning Tool January 6, 2009
I purchased this book for my 10 year old grandson who is getting more involved in "magic" since he's been 9 years old. He was quite thrilled with the gift which was one of his Christmas presents and pretty much ignored his other gifts after he opened this book...he just sat there enthralled reading it. I highly reccommend it !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for our 8 year old July 5, 2011
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We bought this for our 8 year old, and she enjoyed the book, and learned some good magic illusions, using ordinary household items.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids! January 19, 2013
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I ordered this for my 7 year old nephew. It is easy to read and follow and everything you need to perform the magic tricks are things you have around the house. This is an excellent book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kids Magic Secrets Book May 28, 2013
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Though it had good things in this magic book it wasn't what I was quite looking for. This are tricks were much to simple I was looking for more complex tricks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids Magic Secrets January 11, 2012
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This review is by my 2nd grade student, Colin.

By loris Bree This book has lots of fun magic secrets. This book is very entertaining. It contains very simple magic. This book can teach you magic. It makes me happy to read it. The main character is the little girl doing the tricks. I hope you like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very cute June 16, 2014
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My 7 year granddaughter wanted a magic book and this has been just about right...She can read it and actually do some of 'em w/o adult guidance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Tricks March 2, 2014
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I bought this for my grandson for Christmas. He likes it a lot and practices the tricks and shows them off for the family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
our grandson loved the book. Simple and practical to use
Published 6 days ago by Elizabeth T. Boatwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Kids
If you have a little one who aspires to be a magician this book is for them. The book is very easy to read and is wonderful for adults to read to kids to spend time together. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RedWolf8
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ONE!
Published 5 months ago by Shopper54
5.0 out of 5 stars gift for 8-year-old
I think my grandson had a lot of fun doing tricks with this book. It also helped with his reading skills.
Published 6 months ago by Mary A. Kuhn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
This was purchased for my nephew aged 4 and I was informed by his parents that he loved it. Happy.
Published 6 months ago by Elma Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination maker
9yr old grandaughter liked the challenge of finding things around the house to use for her tricks. Sparked her imagination.
Published 7 months ago by Dorothy Bosco
4.0 out of 5 stars Only thing missing are tricks for hats!
This book is easy to read and provides some basic magic tricks, explanations on how to do them and reasons why they work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Betty J. Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas
Is was satisfactory for my needs as a kid's magician. Some simple ideas for kids to easily follow. Recommended for fourth grade and above.
Published 8 months ago by Amazing Magic Jack
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for School Book Report
Daughter was in 2nd grade and had to do a simple magic trick and then a "book report" on it. This worked perfectly and fit our needs.
Published 13 months ago by Kellie
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good...
Bought this for the kids to kill time while waiting for food to arrive. Some easy and most not so easy. Worth the price to have something fun to read at bedtime and the bathroom.
Published 14 months ago by Nick
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More About the Author

Marlin Bree is the author of a number of books -- not only sailing and boating books, but a number of very successful kid's books as well. The latter were done with his sailing and publishing partner, Loris Bree, who brought her love of children and a background in speech and language therapy to the jointly developed Marlor Press kid's books.

Marlin's boating adventures began early. As he built Persistence, a 20-foot centerboard sloop of epoxy/ wood veneers construction, a fellow Minnesotan crossed the North Atlantic in his home-built boat, Yankee Girl. Gerry Spiess, the skipper, came over to visit Marlin's boat-a-building laid out diagonally in his two-car garage and together the two sailors decided to do a book about the record-breaking crossing of the ocean in Gerry's 10-foot boat. After the manuscript was turned down by about 25 New York book publishers, a Minneapolis firm published Alone Against the Atlantic and it turned out to be a national best seller. Reader's Digest Condensed Books also published the book in England, Italy, Japan and Germany.

Marlin decided to undertake some unique sailing experiences by making long solo voyages aboard his sailboat on Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake. Persistence's 20-foot length is not considered big enough for open water cruising, but the skipper and his little boat survived high waves, winds and storms of all sorts, including a record windstorm with downbursts estimated at 130 mph. From the cockpit of Persistence, he also found that he had a special insight into a vanishing frontier. From his anchorages and remote harbors, he recorded stories on Indians, voyageurs, miners, sea captains and colorful local inhabitants. He became fascinated with the many shipwrecks he sailed over, including the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sometimes called the "Titanic of the Great Lakes."

Buoyed by the adventure,he began a series of books that found an international audience: In the Teeth of the Northeaster: A Solo Voyage on Lake Superior; Call of the North Wind, Voyages and Adventures on Lake Superior; Wake of the Green Storm: A Survivor's Tale; and Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures. Several of these books hit national best-seller lists for a little while.

He also developed his own Boat Log & Record (Marlor Press), especially suited for the amateur small craft sailor. This was revised and updated in 2013 in the 4th edition. Marlin carried this Boat Log & Record on all his many voyages and sailing trips and, most important, kept it around during winter storage months (you can only sail so long in Minnesota) to plan the coming season's boating updates and work.

He wrote the wry, The Dangerous Book for Boaters: A humorous waterfront guide to the ways and wiles of boaters. For the latter book, he explains: "As a small boater, you've got to have a sense of humor." The publisher prefaces the book, "Warning: Boating Humor Ahead!."

Inspired by the best-selling fiction book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and after meeting a good many fascinating gulls on his trips, he photographed and wrote a nonfiction book, Amazing Gulls: Acrobats of the Sky and Sea,(Marlor Press 2011. The book sprang from his love of the remarkable sea birds he saw from the cockpit of Persistence. In over 90 digital photographs and drawings, he takes readers into gulls' antics, fun and beauty. "A stunning tribute to one of the world's most recognizable seabirds."--IPG Books. Jonathan would be proud.

In addition to his boating books, Marlin developed a line of best-selling nonfiction children's books with his writing partner (and spouse), Loris Bree. Loris's love of children and her educational background as a speech and language pathologist for 17 years in Minnesota really shines here in these educator-approved books.

The best-selling of these kid's travel books is The Kid's Trip Diary, which encourages a child age 8 and up write up his or her own travel adventures and experiences in a carefully strucvtured and helpful format. (Note: this is not a blank page book -- please see the samples available when you click on Kid's Trip Diary). The book is now in its 4th edition.

After the success of the Kid's Trip Diary, the authors were encoraged to bring out a compaion book, The Kid's Travel Fun Book. These two books can bring many a happy back-seat hour to kids as they travel. Both are in quality trade paperback as well as in the Kindle e-book edition.

Another book that rates well with readers is Kid's Magic Secrets book, which tells kids how to do magic tricks using ordinary household objects found around the home. It's educational, too (Loris is a former education specialist with a Master's Degree) because it tells the scientific or other principal used in the trick. A notable fact is that it was signed up by Screen Gems and used in the movie, Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

Another Marlin Bree book signed up by Hollywood was his Boat Log and Record, for the movie, "The Perfect Storm," starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane.

Marlin regularly writes for a number of boating magazines including The Ensign, Small Craft Advisor, Soundings, Cruising World, and Good Old Boat. A member of Boating Writers International, he has consistently won prizes in the BWI Writer's Contest. He is the only writer twice to win BWI's Grand Prize Writers Award, the highest honor BWI can bestow upon a writer.

Marlin believes in sharing his boating experiences in his website, Here you can see color photos of Marlin's beautiful all-wood boat under construction and under sail, as well as see Marlin's construction details and innovations, all working in wood and epoxy. Here also are downloadable materials of Marlin's two top award-winning BWI magazine articles. In the various pages, there are detailed descriptions of all of Marlin's marine books complete with critical reviews and comments as well as some examples of the writing and the content. You can spend some enjoyable time browsing these pages if you are a fellow boater.

Marlin was saddened greatly with the passing of his beloved wife, Loris, on March 9, 2013, after her brave battle with Parkinson's Disease. Her legacy lives on at Marlor Press and in her many children's books. On May 7, 2013, Marlin and Loris were honored with Minnesota Publisher's Association's Pat Bell Award for their contributions to the midwest publishing community. Both were founders of MIPA, with Marlin and Loris serving as presidents in the early years. The prestigious award is presented only once a year and it is MIPA's highest honor. The award says, "In grateful appreciation for all that you have contributed to the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and the independent book publishing community at large, including mentoring, patience, understanding, encouragement and humor."


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