I let my 12 year old daughter watch Insidious. There, I said it. The cat’s out of the bag and I’m officially a bad dad. Since that night, she’s manifested an incredibly irrational fear of the supernatural.
About the same time, I bought Richard Dawkins’ new book, The Magic of Reality, somewhat geared for kids about her age, and entertaining enough to be geared for kids my age!
So I’ve spent the last couple of days talking to her about some of the first big ideas Dr. Dawkins introduces in the book and she’s actually started reading chapter one.
I wanted to break out for her the three kinds of magic:
- Supernatural magic – the kind of magic that exists only in fairytales, myths, and of course, fiction (movies, books, etc.)
- Stage magic – the awesome slight of hand and illusory magic performed for our entertainment by David Copperfield, David Blaine, Penn and Teller, etc.
- Poetic magic – the kind of magic that one “feels” when you see something beautiful, natural, artistic, poetic, etc.
And ultimately give her the logical tools to quite easily tell the difference in an attempt to help her regain control of her rational brain, and unload that nagging nugget of irrationality that has been imbedded like a splinter ever since she watch that dadgum movie!
Here’s hoping for a good night’s sleep!