Magic boosts children's confidence

Teaching magic to children can help to boost confidence and improve social skills, latest research suggests.

Unlike playing computer games, learning magic tricks was found to encourage children to interact with their friends and family.

The study, presented at the British Association for the Advancement of Science festival in Liverpool, involved 50 pupils aged 10-12 who were assessed for social skills before and after a single magic lesson.

Lead researcher Professor Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘Learning magic requires self-discipline, an understanding of how other people think, and an ability to entertain.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

BA Festival of Science, Liverpool 2008

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