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Junk Drawer Magical Adventures

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Comedy, magic, tutorials make for refreshingly unique show.

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Educational Value

Each episode includes tutorials for magic tricks that kids can easily replicate at home.

 

Positive Messages

Kids see Walker and Akira share their passion for magic with each other and with the audience through simple tutorials. They also use more advanced magic in the show to get themselves out of mischief they inadvertently cause. The series presents the idea of supernatural forces and beings with humor and levity that neutralizes any scares. When magic tricks require potentially dangerous prep like using a lighter to make a plastic pen malleable, Walker and Akira remind viewers to ask their parents for help. Some tricks involve gross-out humor.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Walker and Akira use household items in their magic and teach their tricks to the audience so they can enjoy them, too. Walker is cast as more fearful of the actual supernatural than is Akira, but both confront the challenges they encounter with resourcefulness.

 

Violence & Scariness

The show deals in matters of the supernatural. Stories involve magic, ghosts, witches, vampires, and a walking, talking skeleton, but none of the content is scary.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Rarely "butt."

 

Consumerism

This series is an offshoot of the young magicians' Youtube videos, in which they teach audience members magic tricks with common household supplies.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Junk Drawer Magical Adventures stars Akira and Walker of Junk Drawer Magic, a popular Youtube instructional series in which the two teens teach viewers how to do simple magic tricks. In this show, they incorporate their lessons into scripted plots that see them experimenting with magic of a larger scale and performing feats like bringing to life a king from a card deck, causing themselves all kinds of mayhem that requires more magic to fix. There are no scares of note, but occasionally a trick uses gross-out humor (boogers, for instance), and some require viewers to use tools like a lighter or scissors to prep supplies, prompting the actors to remind kids to ask for adult help as needed.  

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What's the story?

In JUNK DRAWER MAGICAL ADVENTURES, best friends Walker (Walker Satterwhite) and Akira (Akira Sky) share a passion for magic, and that makes for some unusual happenings in their lives. Sometimes it's a ghost they reawaken and befriend, other times it's a quirky character they bring to life and instantly regret. In every case, though, magic is the trick to getting things back to normal . . . and to having a little fun along the way. They share their talent for magic with the audience in tutorials that teach some of their tricks.

Is it any good?

Houdinis-in-training Walker and Akira expand on their Junk Drawer Magic success in this scripted series that sees them taking their magic beyond the walls of the kitchen. The parlor tricks are fairly hokey -- Akira enchants eyes on the back of her head, Walker turns into a ghost, etc. -- and there's little reason to fear any actual scares. Even the supernatural creatures that appear look like they're costumed for a middle school play and not a terribly scary kids show. There's a refreshing innocence to the series, even if it does trend toward the campy.

The unique format in Junk Drawer Magical Adventures blends a traditional comedy series with the magic tutorials for which Walker and Akira have become known on Youtube. Some of the tricks of the trade they share are repeats from Junk Drawer Magic, but all of them are simultaneously impressive and surprisingly simple to replicate. This innocuous series is a fun pick for kids that's a welcome departure from the routine TV line-up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Junk Drawer Magical Adventures' unique format. Does the mix of magic lessons and traditional sitcom work well, or do the two qualities distract from each other? What is the goal of this show: entertainment or instruction?

  • How do Walker and Akira demonstrate strong problem-solving skills? Even though it's a fantasy series, can you learn anything from how they work together to undo the mishaps they cause? Should entertainment always teach us something, too?

  • Kids: What hobbies do you enjoy? How do our extracurricular interests challenge us in different ways than more traditional learning does? Does this show inspire an interest in magic?

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