The Magic Wand

The Magic Wand 2    Age 9 and up.

A magician comes to a market and he has a magic wand.  A homeless boy comes to watch him.  Can the magician help?   Click the link, listen and hear.  A story from Africa.  2.20 mins

Why does that boy want what he wants?  Leave a comment for others to read.

Story origin for me: American storyteller, Laura Simms, at the Toronto Festival of Storytelling.




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4 Comments on “The Magic Wand”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Kia ora Jan – I listened to this this morning here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and thought it was a variation on the Magic Fish sort of story, where someone asks for more and more and ends up back where they were.
    This one finishes with the boy’s comment on wanting the wand – that took me by surprise. Can you please tell me your thoughts about why it ends there?

    • My interpretation is that what the boy wants is not more stuff but power — the ability to control his own life. As I said, I heard this story from Laura Simms. She found herself telling it to a boy soldier she had to send back to Africa after a time of “rest and recreation” in the States. The story seems to me to have a very African flavour too it — so much so that it leads me to think of how much so many of the tales we have that supposedly come from “around the world” have in fact been Westernized.

  2. Mark Goldman says:

    Hello Jan, I like this story. I agree that the boy wants the power.
    I am thinking that this might be a good story for business. A CEO might tell the story to convey the message that she/he wants employees to look at the bigger picture, what would it be like to “hold the wand” or “be the magician.” What would they do with that power?

    Are there other/multiple sources for this story? How might I get permission to tell this story.


    • As far as I know, this is a traditional story and therefore in the public domain. I believe Laura Simms actually heard it in Africa. You might want to contact her but I don’t think you need to. Thanks for your comment. Would love to learn of the responses if you do start telling it yourself.

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