What is a more engaging way to introduce variables and equations to students than using a magic trick? Equation Magic is one activity out of a unit called Solving Algebra and Pattern Problems. Student use manipulatives to represent a series of algebraic manipulations and learn to record their steps using variables and equations. At the same time, the idea of equality is reinforced at each step of the magic trick. Because of the concrete use of manipulatives, this activity can span several grade levels by varying the difficulty of the equations.