★ AN ACE OF SPADES PLAYING CARD
★ A BALLOON
★ A PIN OR NEEDLE (anything to pop a balloon)
★ ONE RED OBJECT (something that you can hold in your hand and be seen when held up to the screen)
★ ONE BLUE OBJECT (something that you can hold in your hand and be seen when held up to the screen)
★ A BOOK (printed, like a novel, and something that you don’t mind writing in)
★ PAPER AND PEN FOR NOTES
★ SCOTCH TAPE
★ A SMALL BOX THAT CAN CLOSE (best if it can be locked with a key, but if not, that’s fine.)
★ YOUR KID’S FAVORITE SNACK TREAT (candy bar, chips, soda, carrots, whatever can fit in that box)
★ A MUG (ok to have funny writing on it, any mug will do)
★ A SPOON
★ A PLASTIC BAG (or bags) OF SPICES
★ A SPECIAL GIFT THAT YOUR KID WILL LOVE (could be money, a paint set, an online gift certificate, whatever you like. Be creative!)
Prior to the show, in secret:
1. Take an ace of spades playing card and tape it to the kid’s bathroom mirror. If you prefer, you can put it inside the bathroom mirror (if it opens). Either one is fine.
2. Write “HAH!” on a piece of paper. Place that paper in a balloon. Blow up the balloon, and tie it. Tape the balloon outside your front door.
3. Place a pin or needle — anything that will pop a balloon — and place it next to the computer that you’ll be watching on.
4. Take a red object and a blue object — the size of something you can hold in your hand, and be seen on screen when held up — and place it next to the computer that you’ll be watching on.
5. Take a book and pick a random page in the middle. It must have the following letters, in any order, anywhere on the page: S T U F F E D T O Y. Circle those letters on that page. Write that page number on page one of the book. Place the book in the oven.
6. Write a note that reads:
Underneath the place you sleep, Find yourself a hidden treat.
Place that note in an envelope. Put the kid’s favorite snack treat—candy bar, chips, soda, carrots—whatever he or she loves that is edible, and put it in a small box. If the box locks with a key, great! Take the key and place it in the envelope. If it doesn’t, that’s fine too. Take the envelope with the note and key, seal it, and place it in the kid’s sock drawer, or wherever the kid’s socks are kept. Take the box—if it’s a key box, lock it, if not, just close it—and place it under the kid’s bed. (If there’s no ‘under the bed,’ place it next to the bed, somewhere not easily seen.)
7. Write a note that reads:
Remember: anyone can be a wizard! Write your own spells, build your own book, make your own magic. Our final spell just placed a starter kit in your mailbox. Just be careful with XXX. And, tomorrow morning, don’t forget:
PURPLE, ORANGE, YELLOW, BLUE
I’M A WIZARD THROUGH AND THROUGH.
(For the XXX, write your pet’s name. If you don’t have a pet, write a friend’s or neighbor’s pet’s name.) Place this note in an envelope and tape it under the chair that the kid will be sitting in to watch the show. Place a mug, a spoon, and a little bag (or bags) of spices in your mailbox.
— This is where the show ends, but there’s more! —
For the next morning:
Write a note that reads:
Look under your pillow, Wizard.
While the kid is asleep, tape that note on the kid’s bathroom mirror. Under the pillow, leave something your kid will absolutely love. It could be a $10 bill, a gift certificate to an online store, a new book, a paint set, whatever you like. Be creative!
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