BBC published a news report Magic ‘boosts pupils’ confidence’:
Children taught how to do magic tricks instead of attending standard personal and social education lessons perform better socially, a psychologist says.
Magic requires self-discipline and an ability to empathise with your audience, Prof Richard Wiseman told the British Association Science Festival.
His team thinks it could help with bullying and aggressive behaviour.
He has tested it by teaching magic tricks to children aged 10 to 12 in Herefordshire.
My personal take at that story is that stage magic has very clear and easy to internalise criteria of success, of a well performed trick. I heard similar stories about personality-buliding effects of sailing and rock-climbing. And scuba diving. I invite the reader to continue the list…