The Catechist's Magic Kit
The Catechist's Magic Kit
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The Catechist's Magic Kit

80 Simple Tricks for Teaching Catholicism to Kids

By Angelo Stagnaro, Illustrated by Sean Pryor


256 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $32.95)

Publication Date: April 2009

ISBN 9780824525187

Price: $29.95


Simple magic tricks for teaching spiritual truths to children are explained in precise detail in this distinctive compendium. The lessons faithfully follow the catechism of the Catholic Church, but many of the tricks can be used or adapted by teachers from other Christian denominations and other religions. Each trick is presented on a two-page spread and fully explicated by text and sequential illustrations. Magic tips for better performance are interspersed among the tricks, which are done with inexpensive household items such as cards, rope, tape and utensils. All aspects are clearly addressed, including what equipment is needed, what the audience sees, how to perform the trick effectively, and which bible verses to discuss with each trick. The strongest element of this book is theexplanation of the theology and spiritual truths that underlie each trick in a simple and inspiring way. The mysteries of faith can be difficult to impart verbally to a young audience, and children can become restless and inattentive in a classroom setting; but this dynamic method of teaching religious principles is sure to capture their attention while reinforcing the catechism.


"Angelo Stagnaro’s book explains, not only the construction and performance of each of the magic tricks and its presentation, but also has extensive Biblical and classical literary references to the religious lessons each effect represents. If spreading the word by entertainingly presenting the important concepts of Catholicism is your goal, (and I can't think of a better one), this well written volume should be at the top of your list." —Mark Wilson, Magic International

"The magic tricks are easy for a catechist to learn because they are simple and direct; written with beauty and clarity permeated with the love of Christ. Fear not, these tricks can be performed by the average layperson for children, teenagers and adults! You can use the whole book or treat it like a cookbook by choosing just a few routines. Each magical lesson is keyed with a special index that describes how it can be used best – as a levitation on stage for example. A monumental and complete resource for using Gospel magic as a teaching tool!" —Rev. David Reed-Brown, Meaningful Magic

"For religion teachers looking for ways to engage children's attention and impart to them the truths of the Catholic faith—Presto!—here is your book." —Brian Finnerty, national communications officer, Opus Dei

"Angelo Stagnaro has done an outstanding job in this book.. . . excellently written and presented. His approach to teaching religious concepts through the use of magic is very creative and his choice in magic tricks is sure to impress catechism classes. He's done a fantastic job. I am proud to have a copy of his book in my collection." —María Ibáñez, president, Society of American Magicians

"Stagnaro provides a brief survey of the principles of the stage art of magic before his collection of step-by-step instructions for tricks along with scripts that tie the Word to the action." —National Catholic Register

Author Biography

Angelo Stagnaro has been a professional magician for more than 35 years. He performed as the house magician at F.A.O. Schwartz for three years, and is currently editor in chief of Smoke & Mirrors, the largest international professional monthly e-zine for magicians. He lives in New York City. Sean Pryor earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Freehold, New Jersey.