By Melissa and Doug

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2008

Deluxe Magic Set

From vanishing coins to entrancing illusions, this all-wooden kit will inspire would-be Houdinis. Forget those cheap plastic tricks you see hanging up at the local party store-- this set has 54 high quality pieces and they're built to last. The directions are clear and easy for even the youngest magicians to follow. When the show's over, all the parts can nest in the deliciously retro painted wooden box. From disappearing objects to multiplying coins, there's enough razzle dazzle to captivate the neighborhood. In the process, young magicians will work on eye-hand coordination, brush up their presentation and public speaking skills, and gain oodles of confidence.  (Melissa and Doug, $29.99)