The Daily Mail this week reported that researchers have suggested that children should be taught magic tricks in schools to boost their confidence and self-discipline.

A study found that an hour lesson at a ‘magic school’ did more good for a group of 10 to 12 year olds than their normal ‘life skills’ classes.

Learning magic requires self-discipline, an understanding of how other people think and an ability to entertain

Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at Hertfordshire University who carried out the study, called for magic to be included on the national curriculum.

Thanks to iTricks reader Rachel who also sent this in.