Doing a Few of my Favorite Things (In my Favorite Place!)
Your favorite Mustache is back on the Move! A few weeks ago, I was off to the best place on Earth for the best week of the year. Forget Disney world or Christmas; for me, the most wonderful time of the year is Tannen's Magic Camp! This year was the 49th camp (WOW!!). I've been coming to camp as a counselor for 25 years (ALSO wow!!), and for the past 15 of them, the camp has been held at the beautiful Bryn Mawr College campus outside Philadelphia.
Eighty-five percent of the campers this year were either brand new to camp or had only attended the online versions. They were able to watch some incredible magicians perform and also learn from those same magicians in their classes, lectures, and workshops. Whether you are a camper or a counselor, if you come to Magic Camp, you leave with a family!
As many of you know, one of my biggest passions is teaching others, whether it's balloons or magic tricks. I usually have the opportunity to teach both at camp!
Some of the first-year campers chose to take the "Magic 101" workshop, where every day they learned a different skill from juggling to advertising to, you guessed it, balloon art. On "balloon day", I teach the campers how to do several simple balloon designs, such as the flower I'm holding in the photo to the left.
One of the highlights of my week at Tannen's Camp was teaching some simple tricks from my own magic curriculum to young Mateo, pictured right. For some people, learning or understanding how a trick works gives them just as much wonder as seeing it performed. Mateo was eager to watch the magic demonstrated by several campers and counselors, and I was even able to teach him a little something to impress his friends and family. Moments like these are what it's all about for me!
Clearly, there are dozens of reasons that Magic Camp is so important to me; I can't say enough about it. If camp sounds like something a kid you know might enjoy, be sure to visit the camp website here to learn how you can join the Camp Family!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I hope you're enjoying your summer :)
(photos courtesy of Hal Schulman and Todd [Skippy] Seidenberg)