How do magicians trick people?
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Activity Prep

NOTE: This is our St. Patrick's activity from 2019. It’s possible your students did this last year, but we think it would be fun to do it again! You can also choose from our other St. Patrick's and April Fool's mini-lessons and activities.
In this mini-lesson, students discover that making close observations like a scientist can help them figure out how magic tricks work. In the activity, The Gold Finder, students build a trick prop and practice performing for their friends.

Preview activity

Number of students:
Great Gold Finder worksheet 1 per pair
Magician’s Secret Story worksheet 1 per student
Glue Sticks
1 per student
Scissors
1 per student
Prep Instructions

We suggest students work in pairs. Homeschool students can work on their own.

Prepare the Great Gold Finders

The Great Gold Finder will print with two copies of the template on each sheet. Older students will cut these in half during the activity. If you work with younger grades, you may want to pre-cut these to save time. Make sure to cut along the thick black line!

Note About the Video

All step-by-step videos show the Great Gold Finder with the arrow pointing toward the upper right at the start of the trick. While this is what the Magician will see from their perspective, their audience will see the arrow pointing to the lower left. The magic trick will work regardless, but some students may notice and ask you about it.

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