Listen as world renown magic teacher Michael Ammar describes
the concept, philosophy, and benefits of the Discover Magic program.


The Academy

The Academy of Wonder™ uses the licensed Discover Magic™ curriculum, a one-of-a-kind, internationally recognized program specifically tailored for 8 to 12 year old students. As the exclusive licensed presenter of “Discover Magic” for the Greater Los Angeles area, the Academy of Wonder™ offers a course like no other.  Learn More…


The Instructor

Brian Smith started magic at the age of 12 when he was given the opportunity to take magic classes from Michael Ammar, the founder and creator of Discover Magic.  Since that time he has had the opportunity to enjoy many successes that can, to a very large degree, be attributed to his early training and performance of magic.   Learn More…

Mission & Vision

At the Academy of Wonder we are dedicated to maximizing the potential of magic to develop people and life skills in children, through performance-based learning experiences. It is our commitment to always provide a safe and nurturing environment that ensures that every magic student is afforded the opportunity to perform, over and over, until they are both comfortable and confident.  Learn More…

Brian Daniel South

Brian Daniel South

Brian has invented dozens of magic illusions that have been used by some of magic’s biggest names around the world! After receiving his degree in Creative Marketing, Brian started a magic manufacturing company (Creative Magic) that he ran for over a decade! He then started Teach by Magic, showing educators how to use simple magic tricks in the classroom to make learning more fun and memorable. Brian has worked as a creative marketing consultant for a variety of companies from theme parks and gaming companies to the leading publication for magicians, MAGIC Magazine.
Michael Rosander

Michael Rosander

Recognized as one of the top performers in family entertainment, Michael’s degree in Theatre has given him the structure and knowledge to mold magic so that every trick has a purpose. Michael also specializes in magic camps, with over 10 years experience! His multiple award winning programs send over 400 kids through its doors every year! In addition to his love for magic, Michael enjoys his career as a working actor for film and television. He has been seen on major networks, such as HBO, FOX, and CBS.
Michael Ammar

Michael Ammar

Michael is an American close-up magician, recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living magicians. He has won several awards including six Oscar equivalents from the Academy of Magical Arts and a F.I.S.M. Gold Medal! Michael has also produced over 40 instructional magic DVD’s and has consulted with the most successful magicians in the world! He has appreared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and his television appearances include The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The World’s Greatest Magic, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Michael has also performed on television in many other countries, including: England, France, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Russia! MAGIC Magazine has listed Michael as one of “The Most Influential Magicians of the Twentieth Century.”


The experience of magic is created only by performing for and interacting with other people. By applying the eight key traits of a true magician, your magic will be stronger. More importantly the same qualities can also build a successful life. Most often in magic, as in life, what you do is not as important as how you do it.


Always be on time. Always be kind to your audience. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Never interrupt or interfere when others are performing. Never say you know how a trick is done.


Practice, Practice, Practice. Always have a plan. Have everything set-up. Know your beginning, middle, and end. Be ready for questions like, “How did you do that? Can you do it again? I know how you did it.”


Introduce yourself enthusiastically. Remember you are performing your magic as a gift. Be Prepared. Know what you will say. Engage with your audience. Trust in your practice and have fun performing.


Be happy. Smile. Be excited about your performance. Use your voice and use hand gestures. Don’t be too loud. Have good posture. Sleep well. and eat healthy, so you have energy.


Never brag about what you can do. Always be ready to learn. Admit your mistakes. Listen to and learn from others. Be kind. Help others succeed. Give credit to others. Enjoy other people’s success.


Allow yourself to be different. Don’t take ideas from others without permission. Don’t be afraid to fail. Add YOUR personal touch. Creativity is developed and not something you’re born with.


Be your best you. Don’t pretend to be something you are not. Be truthful. Don’t blame others. Don’t try to impress. Know the goal is to entertain. Don’t try to make friends, just be a friend to others.


Be Authentic. Give without expecting anything in return. Be Creative. Create a memory: the real gift is the feeling they get. Be Humble. Don’t tell others what an amazing gift you gave.


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