I first want to say that I purchased this for my son who was almost 4 at the time, and now he is 4 1/2...
Being a professional magician, you can imagine that my curious little one is always wanting to play with mommy's props!
I have purchased a TON of children's magic sets (anything that looked half way decent) for him to try and this one has some very unusual tricks that you just don't find in most magic sets- and that really impressed me!
2 of my favorites are:
The Lollipop Trick
The Block Through Wand
These are both professional style tricks so I was pleased to find them in my son's kit!
However, please know that the recommended age of 4+ is a little of a stretch... Will he grow into this set? Yes!
How many tricks can he perform (successfully) on his own from this set?
* The Drawer Box (this is the easiest operation of a drawer box I have ever seen- and the only one that he can operate with his little fingers- so that made me very happy)
* The Puzzle (which is simple and cute)
* The Boomerangs (which is simple and classic)
* The Sliding Picture (which is flimsy, not great)
* Vanishing Crayons (which is cute, and combines great with the Drawer Box where you can make the crayons reappear)
and he almost has the Ball and Vase down (another classic).
The lollipop, block through wand, and color cube are a little too advanced-- but he loves to watch me perform them-- and he loves to try! That is all that really matters anyway, right?
BTW, the included instructional DVD is wonderful!
I highly recommend this set to any child to introduce the fun of magic and performing-- especially if they are 4+ (just know that they may not be ready for it ALL at 4- but they will be able to do most of it) and if they are 6+ I'm sure they could whiz right through the whole set!
I picked up a super cute magician's costume Deluxe Magician Costume Set, Small for him and he loves to perform for all of our family and friends- it is the cutest thing!!
If you want to add a few more easy tricks to your child's aresenal (for age 4+) so they can perform a show...
in addition to this set, I highly recommend: a Change Bag Blue Velvet Magic Zipper Change Bag with a Mahogany Style Handle (this is a classic, super easy, and super versatile- just remember to pick up some silk hankys to go inside like the Flag Blendo set- USA FLAG BLENDO, a Coin Slide Coin Slide, Color Changing Hanky Magic Makers Color Changing Hanky , Rabbit out of the Hat Kid's Magician Hat w/Rabbit- this is very versatile since they can make all kinds of things appear from the hat, and Magic Coloring Book Royal Magic Coloring Book - Easy Magic Trick, and my son's ALL-TIME-FAVORITE: Appearing Flower Melissa & Doug Magic Flowering Pot
All of these extras are very inexpensive and will give your child many extra tricks that are TOTALLY age appropriate!
For older kids like 7-8+ I highly recommend Fantasma Deluxe Legends Set Fantasma Toys Super Deluxe Legends of Magic DVD Set super great stuff in there too!
Have fun and don't forget to tell the kidos, "Magicians never reveal their secrets!"