Children's book Author
Former Kid Magician
Hocus Pocus Practice Focus:
The Making of a Magician
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What The Pro Magicians Are Saying
This book has a captivating story, a wonderful moral, and great magic. You can tell that it was written by someone who really loves and appreciates magic. I hope this book will encourage kids to work towards their dreams and inspire future magicians.
Fooled Penn & Teller on TV at Age 16
“Why aren’t there more female magicians?” I think I’ve gotten that question 1000 times. By being a role-model for young girls getting into magic, I believe I can change that one day. This book, however, will likely do so before me.
Mom & Magician
Mila's story is magical and relatable, teaching kids about the importance of practice and preparation, lessons they can apply to magic and beyond. As a professional magician whose journey in magic started with a book, I'm so happy thinking about all the kids this book will inspire!
Las Vegas Headlining Magician
Founder of Cause to Wonder
Hocus Pocus Practice Focus is an adorably illustrated, well-told story about how to become a magician. Hidden in the antics of the heroine, young readers are left with a framework for success. It will be what I am giving out as gifts this year.
This book is refreshing and inspiring. It’s an excellent introduction to what it takes to learn magic—a skill that builds lifelong confidence and interpersonal skills. Get this book. I predict it will be a huge hit!
Mentalist, Magician, Finalist on America’s Got Talent, and Father of Three
I wish someone had been able to give me this book when I was little! It really shows what magic is about and how much effort it takes to be great. It gives every little girl the opportunity to see, that there is a place for them in the magic world and community.
Magician & Brand Choreographer
I love this ingenious little book. Wise story (from personal experience!), full of clever rhymes, sweet, funny pictures, and even a surprise twist. And it comes with a bonus magic trick anybody can do. Inspiring!
of the World-Famous Magician Duo,
Penn & Teller
Amy Kimlat writes a young hero for our time. Mila is a recognizable young girl who discovers that real magic arrives with practice and focus. A refreshing and inspiring present-day gem.
The Carbonaro Effect
This is the first book every young magician should read. Along with Mila, readers of all ages will learn one of the deepest secrets of magic: that it is less about ‘the tricks’ and more about finding joy in the work and play of crafting a fine performance.
Dr. Larry Hass
Dean, McBride's Magic & Mystery School
Every child is born magical, but only some learn how to become magicians and share their magic with the world. Join Mila and Greta to learn the real secrets required to delight and amaze.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee,
The Magic Castle & The Magic Circle
A fun story that gives young girls a role model and the guidance needed to start their own journey in magic. I might have found magic much sooner if I'd had this book.
UK Close-Up Magician and Cardist
Finalist on Spain's Got Talent
My inner child jumped with joy when she read this book! Without a doubt, this book will help a lot of girls to feel seen, inspired, and motivated to enter into the wonderful world of magic.
Do your magical children a favor and get them this book-the strong representation of diverse magicians will not only inspire but empower kids to succeed. This is the book I wish I had as a young magician.
Host of the Shezam Podcast
Teaches the lesson of perseverance & dedication to a craft which is...one of the most important elements to success in the arts...a wonderfully heartwarming and inspiring book full of playful and lyrical rhymes with echoes of Seuss.
As Seen on TV's Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller: Fool Us
of the World-Famous Magician Duo,
Penn & Teller
Magic has been a boys’ club for way, way, way too long. That’s changing and quickly. This book will make it change even quicker. I have no doubt the next magic superstar will have started out as a girl magician. And, she will fool us all!
Like all budding magicians (and young people who want to learn something new) [Mila] discovers the values of focus, tenacity and lots and lots of practice. With rhyming prose and utterly delightful illustrations, this book is engaging and lots of fun.
The Magical Storyteller
I wish this book existed when I was a kid! As a professional magician and magic teacher, I have seen firsthand how important representation is in encouraging all children to pursue magic. I know this book will truly inspire the next generation of magic makers!
The Songstress of Magic
...Makes it easy for children to learn how they can succeed at performing magic. What a wonderful surprise that Mila’s female magician mentor is a person of color. I predict this book will have a huge impact around the world for young girls and women in magic!
of the Renowned Mentalist Duo,
Very interesting and fascinating book. Take the book to heart and practice, practice, practice till you can act it well. And enjoy every minute.
The First Magician to Perform in Las Vegas
With this book, Amy Kimlat writes little girl magicians into the collective in new and important ways. She communicates that magic is an art which requires discipline, encouraging a respectful, dedicated and thoughtful approach to learning something new.
Creator, Sisterhood Playing Cards
This is the book I have wished for, something to recommend to parents of young magicians. It's so sweet and wonderfully written, I think this will be one of those books children ask for at bedtime night after night.
Guinness World Record-Holding Fire Eater
Magic Castle Stage Magician of the Year
A book that every child interested in magic should have, and every girl interested in magic needs.
Legendary Las Vegas Magician
Magic is a serious art form that requires study and practice. Amy Kimlat delivers this message using playful rhyme and a fun story of a plucky young heroine's discovery of the demands and rewards of presenting first-rate "Hocus Pocus."
Librarian of Hollywood's Magic Castle
Winner, America's Got Talent
Magic requires more than just talent. This book is a wonderful introduction to magic that illustrates the importance of practice and perseverance through an engaging story.
Amy perfectly depicts the highs and lows, the laughs and tears that are part of the process of becoming a magician in a way my son can understand but still feel inspired to do. If I had this book when I was kid, I might have stuck with magic rather than waiting until my 30s...
Magician & Performer,
Hollywood's Magic Castle
This book is absolutely delightful! What an inspiration for all children who want to learn about magic. It's especially inspirational for girls who need good role models who look like them.
Fooler, TV's Penn & Teller Fool Us
As a children's magician for over 30 years, I wish I had had this wonderful book to recommend to the hundreds of girls (and boys!) who asked me how they could learn to do magic.
"Amazing Magical Margo"
and Magic Historian
A fabulously fun read for anyone interested in not just magic but any hobby. It teaches patience and that if you truly want to learn something to never give up. It shows inclusivity and support in a profession mostly dominated by males.
The Magic Assistant
Mila and her mentor, Greta the Great, the kind of magicians I wish I could have seen more of as a kid starting out in magic. Persistence and mentorship are equally important to making real magic as they are to supporting a new generation of women in magic.
Founder, Women's Magicians Association
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“Magicians work hard just like dancers and singers.
They don’t become great just by snapping their fingers.”
–HOCUS POCUS PRACTICE FOCUS: THE MAKING OF A MAGICIAN
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