Although I think Magic tricks has somewhat lost their appeal in the last several decades, who wouldn’t want to impress their friends with the opportunity to show an impressive slight of hands or blow the minds of a young audience? The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Solid-Wood Magic Set With 10 Classic Tricks is a well-made, nostalgic play set with 10 classic magic tricks included.
It was easy to get ready for playtime with the Magic Set. The whole set is packaged in an open face box and wrapped in a thick plastic. Once the seal on the plastic is broken you can open the package and start removing all the pieces. Included in the package are several wooden pieces, boxes and other components for tricks as well as illustrated instructions.
The Playtime Experience
I had to follow the instructions pretty closely to learn how to do these tricks. They were marketed as 10 classics however, I hadn’t heard of most of them! The instructions were clear though and the illustrations really did help. I was impressed by the quality of all the solid wood pieces. This is certainly a set that will last a lifetime. My only issue with this set was when play time was over, there was no good way to store everything. Being solid wood, things can only be compressed so much and the box they are packaged in is actually a trick element and has a hole in the top making it difficult to keep everything together. There are also several small trick components like coins for the coin vanishing trick, these could easily become lost since there is no good way to store them.
Things I Liked
I like that Melissa & Doug stay true to the brand and provide a high quality play experience with their high quality solid wood toys.
Things I Didn't Like
I didn’t feel like many of the tricks were “self-explanatory” many of them were tricks I had never heard of so I relied heavily on the instructions. I also didn’t like that there was no good way to keep the whole set together in between play time sessions.
Due to the complicated nature of the play set the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Solid-Wood Magic Set With 10 Classic Tricks is recommended for players older than 8. I would say that rather than age I would gauge the players ability to follow multiple step instructions as a better estimation of whether or not this set is a good buy.
If you or your child are really into Magic tricks then the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Solid-Wood Magic Set With 10 Classic Tricks might be a good buy. The set is certainly high quality as all the pieces are solid wood and well made. However, I don’t think I would purchase again for myself. I didn’t that the set isn’t easily stored and I am not one that enjoys trying to follow multiple instructions personally.