Having observed the niche of Gospel Magic for four decades, two observations consistently bothered me:
Then while a Pastor, I was given an opportunity to author a curriculum for a non-denominational youth publishing house with a different short small group study on each of 120 different qualities of God's character as presented in the Bible. Each study was to have a simple magic trick, brainteaser, or other attention-getting activity to engage the interest of the students and then transition seamlessly into the Bible study with its discussion questions.
- The repetitiveness of the Bible themes being illustrated with the magic in much of what I read; and
- It oftentimes seemed like the magic trick was selected because the presenter enjoyed doing the trick and then forced the trick awkwardly to fit the theme of the lesson.
This is the manuscript I sent to the publishing house with 34 pages of short Bible Studies and 300+ pages of discussion starter activities linked to those Bible studies. The eBook has been designed to be fully searchable by topic and/or Bible passage, and I hope it serves as a useful resource for personal and small group study as well as a collection of obscure magic tricks, brainteasers, and other engaging activities.
1st edition 2018, 345 pages.
word count: 55982 which is equivalent to 223 standard pages of text