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1. Before doing a trick, always obtain the child's consent. This will prevent him/her from feeling manipulated or "tricked." In my experience, the majority of children/teens will happily agree to see a magic effect.

2. When working with children who are highly suspicious or guarded, you may want to show them the secret to the trick after you perform it. This can build trust and a sense of sharing.

3. Use magic that the child can touch, feel and play with.

4. Use magic that facilitates interaction between you and the child (as opposed to the kind of magic that is performed on a stage).

5. Be cautious about using magic with children who have poor reality testing or psychosis.