We try to have “family night” at our house periodically. Our schedule is so very busy (just like most people these days). Evenings where we have nothing planned come few and far between, so we try to make these evening memorable for our kiddos. Some are more memorable than others by either watching a movie together, to playing putt putt golf or going fishing. However, last night Daddy (a.k.a. 2nd Man) made it really memorable for the kids by making it a magic night.
Years ago, before we even had kids, 2nd man had included some magic tricks into his repertoire for teens and Bible schools. For those who are sensitive to the topic you can also use the term “illusions” (disclaimer: no dark magic or satanic technique was used in performing any of these tricks.) He hasn’t used them in quite some time as you don’t want to overdue the tricks or perform them more than once for an audience, especially an audience of kids trying to figure out the trick.
So, last night I suggested that 2nd man do some of his old tricks for our kids. He decided to do three of his favorites. For Mr. Jarod man he started with a table trick. He began by telling Jarod that he was going to actually use the saltshaker to pound some money through the table. Our daughter, Megan provided the coins in question, which was a concern for Jarod. Before anything was done he had to express to dad, “Dad, will you promise to pay Megan back for the money she provided?”
Then he began to ask for “magic words” to make the trick work.
None of them seemed to work.
Then he “remembered” that it was the saltshaker that was supposed to go through the table. He pounded on the napkin covered saltshaker and it went through the table!
Jarod was impressed…
Next, Daddy poured some salt into his fist
And it disappeared….
…No wait…it reappeared!
Then came the piece de resistance…the floating money
2nd man started by working up the static on Megan’s hair
Then he worked it…
and wala! Floating money!
The kids were duly impressed. As were we when we first learned this trick. 2nd man actually learned it off of an old college friend whose spirituality we questioned when he performed this one for us. Thankfully he appeased our fears and now it has worked wonders with our children. Perhaps we’ll keep them wondering about Daddy for a while and use this power for good in obedience enforcement tactics.
Or maybe we’ll just enjoy their expressions of awe for a while.