Episode 8: Do You Believe in Magic…

July 9, 2018

Pick a card, any card! In this episode we recap our visit with our good friend and fellow librarian, Lee, at his workplace, the Conjuring Arts Research Center in NYC. Then we discuss some magic tricks of our own for use in storytime using guns, knives, gorillas, and fire. Oh wait, that’s Penn and Teller. Still, our tricks have a blend of science and mysticism that are easy to pull off in storytime and are interactive. Plus magical storytime selections the kids will love. Is it an illusion? Check out Ep. 8 to find out!

You can listen to this episode on iTunes or SoundCloud – or listen to it below! This page also has the rhymes, songs, links, and books we discussed. Party!

While in NYC last month, we took an amazing tour of a very magical place, the Conjuring Arts Research Center.



The Center’s magicians and librarians taught us so much about the world of magic, and we saw some seemingly impossible things. Like a baseball in a bottle – WHAT?!

Storytime Selections:

Magic Hat:

I put a spell on you! This is from the book Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning by Abigail Flesch Connors. Have the kids pretend to be wearing a hat using scarves or just their hands. When they “take off the hat,” they are transformed into a cat – meow! Sing multiple verses using a variety of animals. The tune is Here We Go Looby Loo.

The Magician:

This song is to the tune of The Wheels On The Bus and starts off by holding a pretend wand. For the next versus you can pretend to hold a hat under your arm and “pull out a rabbit”. For the last verse the kids can jump up and down pretending they are floating in the air.


Magic Trick:

Get ready to wave your pretend wand in the air and yell, “POOF!” Try doing multiple verses using a variety of animals and objects. Add to the fun by making flannels disappear using some sleight of hand (ie dramatically take them off the board!). The tune is Pop! Goes the Weasel.


Let’s Make Some Magic:

This song is to the tune of London Bridge and has only a few movements. For the first verse you tap your shoulders for “cape” and wave your wand for the rest. The second verse you have the kids wave their hand around like they are casting a spell with their wand.


My Magic Show:

This rhyme is adapted from the poem My Hat is Full of Rabbits by Kenn Nesbitt (poetry4kids.com). The tune is My Darling, Clementine. Pretend there’s an elephant on your lap, and then make it disappear by saying “Abracadabra, poof!”

Magic Tricks for Storytime:

Here are some fun magic tricks to do in storytime, as discussed in the episode. The kids’ involvement is key – tell them THEY are the ones doing the magic and they will be in awe!

Soda Bottle Magic Trick:

For this trick, we had the kids raise and lower their arms to make the ketchup packet rise and fall after repeating these magical words: “Abracadabra, Abrakazoom, storytime magic come into this room!” (Rhyme found on onelittlelibrarian.blogspot.com)

Turn Water Into Ice:

This simple trick may be mind-blowing to the little ones! Have the kids pretend to have super cold magic breath to turn the water into ice.

Book Buzz:

This beautiful new picture book by Grace Lin will be published August 28. Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble?

We love reading Penguin Problems in storytime, and now we have Giraffe Problems to look forward to, out September 25! Can you guess what’s making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be . . . HIS ENORMOUS NECK??

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