Magicians were more common during the Victorian era, when they were often called upon to pull rabbits from powdered wigs and saw chimney sweeps in half the long way for easier access into sullied inglenooks. Bring practical presage back in style with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a three-hour kids' magic workshop at Abra-Kid-Abra in Crestwood (a $35 value). Workshops are available on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and June 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Classes are subject to availability.
Abra-Kid-Abra's illusionists conjure up an eye-sleighting array of magic shows, classes, and camps for aspiring enchanters. Throughout the three-hour course, students ages six to 13 gain insider access to Abra-Kid-Abra founder Jeff Lefton's literal bag of tricks he accrued performing in Las Vegas, at Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, and before mobs of skeptical ventriloquist dummies.
Classes strive to cultivate a student's presentation skills and confidence, leading miniature marvels through playful hocus-pocus routines and the squeaky assembly of animal balloons. The workshop culminates with a live magic show for students' parents, and each magic maker takes home a complimentary bag of gags, such as squirting cameras, snapping gum, or a college recommendation letter written in disappearing ink.