Trading treats for tricks: Payson’s Brian South pulls out the tricks for Halloween

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With Discover Magic, Payson’s Brian South has created a way to hand out tricks instead of treats for Halloween. (Photo by Tausha Coates)

It’s known as the holiday where children dressed as ghouls and goblins ask for tricks or treats, and while most families prepare bowls of candy for Halloween, local venture Discover Magic is pulling out all the tricks.

Payson’s Brian South has been a magician his whole life. He has performed at events and fairs, developed a company that sold tricks to magicians, and started a program that taught teachers to incorporate magic into classrooms. And now Brian is pulling Discover Magic out of the hat.

Brian’s program teaches kids magic, life skills and communication.

“The inspiration behind Discover Magic is that we are concerned about effects of social media, smartphones and iPads,” Brian says. “Kids are losing their verbal communication skills. Most kids feel more comfortable texting their parents than actually talking to them.”

Brian teamed up with two other magicians to develop the Discover Magic curriculum.

“The inspiration behind Discover Magic is that we are concerned about effects of social media, smartphones and iPads. Kids are losing their verbal communication skills. Most kids feel more comfortable texting their parents than actually talking to them.” — Brian South, Discover Magic

“Our whole program is built around eight traits,” Brian says. “A true magician is respectful, prepared, enthusiastic, confident, humble, creative, authentic and giving.”

Eight tricks represent each one of the traits. The tricks are easy to learn and some are even suitable for those as young as age 3.

Using people’s names, saying please and thank you and standing up straight and tall are just a few of the skills kids learn through magic.

“We want people to understand that this is more than another form of entertainment,” Brian says. “Magic is a tool, and you can use it to motivate and inspire good character.”

The tricks can be ordered online and come in a variety pack of tricks (just like a mixed bag of “treats”). The individual cost of each trick is comparable to candy.

Learn more at tricksinsteadoftreats.com.

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