Magic kits for kids are a fantastic non-toy gift option that inspires imagination and builds confidence. They also encourage independent learning and may even get siblings to work together to put on a show. (Now that’s magic!) But when it comes to choosing the best magic kit for your kid, in particular, be sure it caters to their age and interests. Are you shopping for a novice performer in need of a toddler-appropriate gift? A teen who’s already advanced at trickery (and to be clear, we’re talking the magician kind)? Or maybe they’re a make-believer who’s more interested in dressing the part? Whatever the case, there’s a set out there that’s perfect for your budding illusionist.
From fun surprises suitable for 4-year-olds, to advanced slight-of-hand tricks for teens, to a STEM kit that proves that chemistry is magic, we’ve found some of the best ones out there. Below, check out our favorite magic sets — which are highly-rated on Amazon — for any kind of performer (including dress-up clothes that can double as this year’s Halloween costume). So sit back and enjoy the show as your kiddo makes coins and $100 bills disappear faster than you can. Only, you won’t have to feel too sad, because this disappearing money is fake (it’s all part of the *illusion,* after all). ALAKAZAM!
Best Kid’s Magic Sets With Costumes
For the youngest performers, the Melissa & Doug Magician Role Play Costume Set is an awesome (and adorable!) choice. Not only will your spectacle-maker look the part in a top hat, sparkly vest, and bow tie-clad cape, this costume is cleverly designed to help them perform, too! For instance, the vest has a hidden pocket and the hat has a secret compartment (shh!). This set also comes with a rabbit, a coin, a magic wand, and card tricks so they can put on their own little show.
You know what they say … dress for the job you want! And if your mini-magicial dreams of being a magical entertainer, this set is a great place to start. In addition to a hat, gloves, and wand, there’s also a whole box of tricks (plus props) so they can start learning the art of illusion, then start planning their show.
With this magician’s set, it’s all about the costume; that makes it perfect for petite performers who are too young for advanced tricks, or bigger kids who already have a few tricks up their sleeves and want to look the part. Even better, it comes in two sizes, small and large, to accommodate kids from ages 5-14. They’ll love donning the dramatic cape (it’s reversible!), white gloves, and plush top hat, complete with a hidden compartment. The finishing touches are a bunny puppet, magic wand, and colorful ribbons to add to the mystique.
Magic Trick Sets & Kits
Calling all aspiring magicians! This kit is choc-full of over 350 magic tricks designed especially for beginners! Geared toward kids ages 5-14, young performers can master intriguing illusions. In addition to props like exploding dice, color-changing silks, and an appearing flower, they’ll also have access to video walk-throughs and three bonus e-books on coin and card trickery.
Maybe you have a tween or teen who’s a bit more advanced in the world of magician-ing (is that a thing?). Of course, they’ll want a challenging, cool magic kit, and for that, we recommend this professional magic kit inspired by Criss Angel. With this set, they can perform a whopping 400 tricks from video downloads taught by the OG mindfreak, himself. It’s an educational activity older kids can do independently that involves minimal screen time (i.e. watching the lessons) and more brain power than video games.
With over 225 tricks and a great price point, Marvin’s Amazing Magic Tricks deluxe edition kit is ideal for kids beginning to dabble in the world of magic. It comes with lots of multi-use props including cards, dice, and even a magic wand, plus an easy-to-follow instruction booklet complete with illustrations. For even more secrets, download the Marvin’s Magic App for videos and tutorials on your favorite illusions. It won’t be long before your kiddo learns a handful of tricks — let the show begin!
Introduce your child to the “magic” of chemistry with this awesome STEM kit. With it, they’ll be able to perform exciting experiments like changing the color or water, manifesting snow, and seeing a coin float (levitate?). Chances are, parents, you’ll be intrigued, too! Also, white gloves are included for full magician effect.
Suitable for novice illusionists as young as 4 years old, this is a fantastic set for young magicians. It includes props and instructions for 25 easy-to-learn tricks like making candy disappear (although, do they really need “magic” for that?), and making crayons and a coin vanish. To make the lessons even easier, you’ll get codes for online videos for visual how-tos.
A magic set from Melissa & Doug? Alright, we’re already sold. But in case you’re wondering: This set is suitable for kids ages 4-8 and consists of 12 staple pieces that are perfect for your beginning magician’s collection. With it, your youngster can make a hundred dollar bill disappear (hey, we can do that!) and reappear (hmm, more of a challenge …), and perform fun illusions with a ball and vase, a magic coin bag, and more. We love that there’s only a dozen quality props so it’s not too overwhelming for kids or parents. And, FYI, Melissa & Doug has an Abracadabra set, as well.