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Ages: 8 to 12
4 1/2 stars from CD-ROM Today
Learn the Art of Magic is a fun-filled interactive multimedia software program that transports kids to the world of magic. Along the way, it teaches them a variety of amazing tricks, magic vocabulary, and some fascinating history.
Master magician Jay Alexander is the zany teacher who takes them behind the scenes of the magician's trade, and back to the days of the world's most famous illusionists, escape artists and conjurers!
Calliope music and vintage carnival posters set the scene as Jay unveils the mysteries of AMAZING magic tricks. He also reveals performance tips that give kids the confidence to put on their own magic shows and astound their friends and family.
Magic Tricks - 26 tricks performed, revealed and taught. Five different categories: crazy card tricks, radical rope tricks, groovy table tricks, magic set, and money money money.
Famous Magicians - Discover the rich history of famous illusionists as you click around the screen.
Magic Slang - Talk the talk. Learn the language of the magic masters.
Box Office - It's showtime! Print your own magician's certificate, show posters and tickets.
The Oath - The secret every magician must know and uphold.
Retail box includes these cool props: Three card monte, crazy cube, wish box, ball and vase, and card box.
Windows - Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 - 33MHz 386DX or faster (486 or faster recommended), 4MB or RAM, minimum of 8MB of RAM with Windows 95, hard drive with 4MB of space available, CD-ROM drive (double speed), SVGA (640x480, 256 colors), Microsoft Windows compatible sound device, mouse.
Macintosh - 25MHz 68030 or faster (PowerPC version included), 2.5 MB of free RAM (4.5MB free RAM for PowerPC version), CD-ROM drive (double speed), System 7.0.1 or higher, color monitor (256 colors).
HomePC, February 1996
"This wand-erful disc teaches 26 illusions; kids see Alexander perform card, rope, table and money tricks, then watch a video showing how each works. Those inspired to stage a magic show can use the include props. Young magicians must pledge not to reveal the disc's secrets - but they won't be able to conceal their delight."
CD-ROM Today, December 1995
"Unlike many of the excessively sober 'learn magic' books on the market, learning tricks with this disc is fun. The energy level is high as kids learn that showmanship is nine-tenths of every show. The hype is ratcheted up even higher by some clever QuickTime video editing.
"All the fun is designed to simulate the world of harmless and miraculous happenings that, in a kid's mind, is the magician's natural medium. The disc invites kids to enter that world as long as they study hard and uphold the magician's oath: Never repeat a trick, and never reveal its secret. One secret they can reveal: This disc is absolutely terrific."
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