Day: May 13, 2024

Starting the Journey of Becoming a Magician

When I heard about us doing this assignment, I couldn’t help myself but to go to magic right away! I spent some time thinking about some other options that might seem more practical, but card magic is something that I have always shown interest in. I have never been amazing with card tricks, but I have learned a few over the years, but I can confidently say I don’t even remember a thing, which is pretty crucial to something like magic. I believe one of my first moments that I became interested in magic was through the show America’s Got Talent. This talent show was something I would watch with my family each week and it was always my favourite when magicians came on. My favourite part in magic had to do with cards because it was something I always had at my house and always was easy to follow. Usually after watching an episode and seeing a magician is when my interest would be at the highest level and I would spend the next day or two trying to learn a trick. Unfortunately, I never stuck with it and by the time we were watching another the following week I had already forgot what I spent hours learning.

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I would love to say my base level is more than introductory but since I have never been consistent, I cannot remember a full trick and each step. As much as I want to call myself a magician already, I unfortunately cannot just quite yet. It makes me more excited knowing I am going into this pretty much with a blank slate as it leaves endless possibilities. Even though I will be focusing on card magic there are so many different variations and skills that can be adapted into your work.

For me I learn best seeing something done and then going step by step which a lot of magicians do when explaining their tricks. I plan on using platforms like YouTube, Tik Tok, and plan on finding some apps maybe on the app store to help along the way. I also already follow a few magicians on Instagram like Shin Lim and Jon Dorenbos where I will look for things like tips and pointers to help with card magic.

Ironically, my Tik Tok algorithm has been filled with magic which also influenced my decision on choosing this for my learning project. Before even learning about this assignment, I already had a few how-to videos saved to my profile which I will go back and actual use rather than them just sitting there.

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One thing I love is how card magic can be incorporated into so many different things. Spoiler alert but lots of card magic can actually just be numbers and tricks that you cannot screw up if you follow certain patterns or count a certain way which can be directly translated into school with mathematics. This can help to make something like math more enjoyable for students and allow students to connect different ways in school. Mathematics was always a favourite class of mine and I have always loved working with numbers which I think is one reason why I have always been so interested in card magic.

I believe there will be lots of things I learn about to help me work on this skill, but I think I have a strong foundation with the platforms I will work with to start and the things I will learn about to help with learning card magic. A prediction for myself is Tik Tok will be a big help for me as it is already something very present in my life. I want to make sure I am using a variety of tools to help at the same time and not only rely on Tik Tok. I plan to learn a new trick every week while remembering each trick going forward, giving me a full arsenal of cool card tricks to share by the end!


Hello, my name is Dylan McCabe. I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Education through the program of SUNTEP (Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program). I just recently finished my fourth year in the program and have internship as well as 2 other classes remaining before I finish! I have played for the Men’s hockey team at the university for the last 4 years as well where I have had the challenge of balancing academics and athletics.

While being in the program of SUNTEP I have had the opportunity to not only work towards an education degree but also do an incredible amount of learning about my family and where I come from as someone with Metis roots. I have been able to connect with family and community and incorporate that learning and those experiences into the classroom. As SUNTEP students and future teachers we are set up to be strong leaders in the Indigenous community and work towards the change of a better experience for Indigenous learners.

I am grew up in Regina until the age of 16 where I moved away from home to pursue hockey. From the age of 16-21 I spent the winters playing competitively in various locations. It is also during these experiences I had thoughts about being a teacher. While playing hockey in different community we were often asked to do school visits. Whether it was reading to a class, participating in a physical education class or just talking to the students I always enjoyed it. Guys on my team always seemed to complain about having to do these school visits, but for myself I always enjoyed it and wanted to go. This is when I started to think teaching might be for me.

While pursuing my degree I have worked in fields close to teaching which has helped me to build confidence in the classroom while I am teaching. I have worked as an education assistant for the past two years in the Regina Public School system. This has allowed to experience different classrooms and schools while working closely with teachers. I have also worked with Summer Sports School at the university of regina as a sports instructor combining the skills of teaching and athletics into one and connecting with various kids over the summer. This has allowed me to work on my skills as a teacher while working closely with my passions. Lastly, I have ran a hockey camp in Lumsden for the last five years which prepares hockey players for the upcoming year. I have used countless teaching techniques and skills while helping young players develop and further their passion for the game of hockey.

When I am not playing hockey, working, or busy with school I try and travel as much as I can. I have been able to make countless road trips with family and friends over the years as well as going to Costa Rica last year to do some exploring. I love being able to travel and bring those experiences back into my teaching and make different connections with students though my learning.

I like to think I have a good experience with educational technology, but with it evolving so quickly I know I have lots to learn! I really enjoy incorporating technology when I am teaching because it is such a huge thing in everyone’s lives. I am really hoping to learn more about AI and how to incorporate it into our teaching! I also do not really have any experience blogging so I am looking forward to working on this and becoming more confident. I think blogging is really cool because it can almost be like a journal and track things that happen everyday. I am excited to become more confident with blogging. I would not say I am the biggest fan as I have never really read any blogs but I am looking forward to the journey.

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