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473 of 479 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2005
Nine year old daughter wanted a magic kit, so I purchased this one. The kit has a lot of amusing tricks and a great amount of items for the money. The items are well made and hold up to a lot of abuse, after seeing it I would think this kit would cost a lot more. Some of the tricks are silly, but some are actually very good. All the tricks are easy to understand and perform. My daughter has even done several tricks for her class at school. She has been thrilled with it and I have been very pleased. I would recommend this kit to anyone. Hope this review helps.
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184 of 190 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2006
Santa brought this for my 6 year old (who had been making up her own "magic shows")and she loved it. Some of the tricks were too complicated for her, but she was able to manage many of them with some adult help. The items are of high quality compared to other "magic show" kits that we looked at.
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175 of 189 people found the following review helpful
I bought this magic set for my girlfriend's 8 year old son. I was amazed at the quality, durability, and entertainment value of the magic set. He has been having a blast playing with it and learning the tricks. I would highly recommend it.
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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2010
We have been shopping for a beginner magic set for my son for about six months now, and had trouble finding one that didn't look like a bunch of cheap plastic and paper tricks that wouldn't last a week in our house. Some kits claimed to have 50-100 tricks, but really they were the secrets to the tricks and no real props. We also weren't interested in paying $40 for a DVD and a few dimestore props.

At Christmastime, I gave up. There were some nice kits for older kids/adults, but for beginners it was dismal. Come February (birthday month) I looked again, and gave up. Luckily as I was leaving the last store I planned to visit (at closing time the night before his birthday), I saw the Melissa & Doug set off in a corner.

The box was beautiful! It reminds me of the old Victorian parlor magicians. And I can't say enough about how great it is to be able to buy wooden toys that are durable and will last. And all of the pieces are painted nicely with Egyptian themes and exotica, adding to the 'atmosphere' of the show. Bonus to the fact that my son had just been to The Tomb and was interested in pharaohs and hieroglyphs!

I think it's perfect. My 8 year old son loves it and was able to do all of the tricks right after I demonstrated them to him. He did them for the adults, and with the exception of two of the simpler tricks, they were quite impressed and they couldn't figure out how it was done. The two best tricks even caused some actual jaw-dropping! He was overjoyed to be able to see grown-ups astounded, and thought it was hilarious that they couldn't figure out how he did it!

I would suggest the company add a good strong clasp of some sort to hold the box closed when not in use, but that is all I would do to improve on it.

I also loved the format of the instructions, with the aged, burned parchment effect of the paper, and the fact that every trick/prop was illustrated on the bottom of the package so you knew exactly what you were getting, plus you could see most things the way it was packaged.

Another work of art from M&D.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2005
I purchased the Deluxe Magic Set for my daughter for her 11th birthday. This is a very good set of tricks. The tricks are fairly easy to master, and entertaining to watch her perform. Many of the tricks are quite good! Many of the tricks will stump even the most observant adult audience!

The items in the kit are sturdy and should hold up well for many, many magic shows that I know will come.

I highy recommend this kit...so does my daughter, she loves it.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
There's a lot to like about this set - the tricks are fun and there is a nice variety. I got this for my 9-year-old son. We both liked that it was made out of wood and that the components can be stored inside the presentation box. A few of the tricks are self-explanatory and my son was doing them within minutes. For the rest, we read the instructions. There is still one trick that we still don't understand how to do based on how they are explained in the booklet. I think there could be some improvement there. Video clips of someone doing the tricks so we can see how they're supposed to work would be even better. Also, I think a bit of showmanship is needed to pull of some of these tricks and not every child may have this (mine doesn't!). That's not a flaw of the set, of course! Maybe he'll develop that a bit more after a few more family gatherings.
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120 of 137 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2005
Well I first bought this magic set for my brother(for his birthday, when he was turning 7), thinking it would be dumb, and that the tricks would be very easy, and fake, but after I opened the box I knew i was completly wrong! This magic set is very durable, and fun for all ages! I am 13, and even I enjoy playing with this magic set! I highly recomend buying this item, it is a great buy, and im sure all kids who enjoy a magic trick once and a while, will love this set!!! - a 13 year old girl from massachusetts
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2006
According to my 7-year-old niece, the Deluxe Magic Set is the best thing since crayons! And according to her mother, she now performs(!) for young and old at every opportunity. So, as her "magical" uncle (that's me), I'm hoping a 2nd Edition is coming in time for next Christmas - because to a kid, it sure beats getting money.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
This magic kit has its plusses and minuses. Overall more minuses than pluses in my mind especially for a Mellissa and Doug toy. Generally Mellissa and Doug make great toys, but I'm very disappointed in this case.

The kit contains 10 magic tricks that I suggest a child at least 7 to 8 years old can present to an audience of kids from about 4 to no older than 8 or 9.

The plusses:
1. Seven of ten magic tricks are good to acceptable for younger kids.
2. In general, the instructions are easy to follow.

The minuses:
1. The quality is very poor; extremely in some cases:
a. The kit has a disappearing scarf trick that uses a magic bag. The bag is made exceptionally poor- seems and glued areas are coming apart after the 1st use and a hinged portion makes a lot of noise all that completely ruins the trick that a 4 year old noticed.
b. The kit also has some wooden cards with numbers on it for a number guessing trick. The trick is great, but the numbers on the cards very easily scrap off to the point after about five times doing the trick some numbers are almost missing. The numbers were already partially faded (scraped off) out of the box.

2. One trick (disappearing box) is very confusing at best were even several adults could not figure it out how to make the trick even sort of look like magic (the whole point of the toy).

3. Another trick (vanishing zone) is where you slide a wand through a wooden box and the middle of the wand disappears. It's very obvious how it's done even for a 5 year old and the wooden box is another poorly constructed item adding to the usefulness of the trick.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I cannot imagine why this set would get anything other than a five-star rating! The value is superb! I would have paid a much higher price to get the quality and fun this toy provides. My children aged 11,8 and 6 were able to perform the magic with ease. The pieces were mostly made of wood and velvet and the colors are very vibrant. The magic was very amusing and would keep the adults guessing. I highly recommend this set to all the parents out there with kids interested in magic.
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