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Topic: Most Expensive Kid Show Item
Message: Posted by: benafito (Sep 29, 2005 08:11PM)
What was the most expensive kid show item you have every bought. It can be a prop, accesory, or a trick!

Also, do you you use it/ do you like it
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Sep 29, 2005 09:07PM)
Collectors Workshop Kyber Kobra .... It has paid for itself many times over for the past 12 years.

Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Sep 29, 2005 09:29PM)
I'd have to agree with Dan, although if it's a larger kid show, it might be my Jumbo Sidekick II or for a school show, my Silver Odyssey. They talk about that one for a LONG time afterward.

Steve Thomas
Message: Posted by: Brian Lehr (Sep 29, 2005 10:12PM)
Axtell Magic Drawing Board. Just received it last week, and haven't had time to practice with it yet.

Message: Posted by: krantis (Sep 29, 2005 10:18PM)
Oooh prob.... the circus wagon by mak magic - it really adds a kick to the end of the show!!
How reliable is that Kobra from Collectors - the routine looks good!
Message: Posted by: sluggo (Sep 29, 2005 10:44PM)
You are going to have a blast with the drawing board. I've had mine now over a year and I'll never leave home without it. I ask the kids if they like to draw and of course they say yes. So I tell them I am going to draw something and as soon as they know what it is yell it out. As I am drawing 'Sponge Bob' I start giving them clues. I.E. Who lives in a pine apple underneath the sea. "Sponge Bob!" they scream. Once I finish I ask them to tell me more about him, as I do this he eyes start going back and forth. They are yelling that they are moving and of course I say "Yes, his eyes do move on TV but it's impossible for his eyes to move because he's only a drawing." Of course after more screaming I look and they are still. The third time they disappear and the kids are going nuts. When I look the eyes are back.
So I ask "Sponge Bob are your eyes moving? Then his mouth moves answering me. Then I get all excited and ask who said that and more yelling. Then I have alittle conversation with him. Neat gadget.
On 2005-09-29 23:12, Brian Lehr wrote:
Axtell Magic Drawing Board. Just received it last week, and haven't had time to practice with it yet.


Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Sep 30, 2005 09:44AM)
My most expensive item for kids shows has been the Chair Suspension. But considering how much use I've gotten out of it, it's well worth the money.

Message: Posted by: Brian Lehr (Sep 30, 2005 10:06AM)
On 2005-09-29 23:44, sluggo wrote:
You are going to have a blast with the drawing board.

I am looking forward to using it. I was planning on debuting it in a month at some of my halloween shows, drawing a Frankenstein or Dracula. However, not being a vent, that drawing wouldn't fit with the voice of the Art-O-Matic axtrax.

Speaking of voices not fitting the character, I have muppet "Animal" (which I love), which I've had for years. I was at an event once where they were doing a puppet play, and one of the puppeteers begins to use this same puppet. I'm thinking, "Yes, I love animal!" But when the puppet speaks, it's this girly voice (a woman was doing the handling). I nearly screamed, "Nooooo, not to my Animal!"

So I would hate to disillusion the children by putting the high-pitched voice of "Mark" onto Frankenstein. They would need therapy to overcome the emotional scars! :)

Message: Posted by: RJE (Sep 30, 2005 11:01AM)
Our sound system is the most expensive thing in our regular children's show. Much of the other effects would be lost without it.

All the best,

Message: Posted by: Dutch illusionist (Sep 30, 2005 12:37PM)
The floating table.
The children like the floating table and I can also use this prop in adult shows.
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Sep 30, 2005 01:45PM)
My Corvette vanish. But that's just for the rich spoiled kids on the lake.
Message: Posted by: chris mcbrien (Sep 30, 2005 04:17PM)
Wacky Weasel....kids of all ages love him! He's CWAAAAAZY!
Message: Posted by: donsmagic (Sep 30, 2005 05:40PM)
Collector's Workshop Kyber Kobra. Worth every penny. The second most expensive is Wolf's Magic ABC Gumball, a classic!
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Sep 30, 2005 06:10PM)
I would have to say my chair suspension. As someone else stated, I have performed it so often, that it has easily paid for itself time and again. Another HUGE exspense would have to be my 20 years in magic. After 20 years of invested time, I am still learning every single day and every time out. I wouldn't change it for the world.

Message: Posted by: Chuck Lyons (Sep 30, 2005 06:23PM)
For Me its Chico The mindreaded. This has fast become a kid show favorite in my program . The kids go ape... Huh I mean bananas over him. LOL. Really Its a fantatsic item and It works equally as well for adult venues as well. Every one loves him even the 3 qnd 4 years old love the movement of the monkey. Thanks to Bill Abbott for this fantastic routine.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Sep 30, 2005 06:51PM)
Chuck: It sounds great and looks like you get a lot of great response from it.

From those who posted, how many of you see it as the trick itself that is making it priceless or is it really more the routine that you have developed with it that really gives it and makes you feel you got your money's worth and then some?

I know for me that even though my chair suspension cost me a bundle, it is the routine I have developed over time that really is what makes it personally priceless for our show. So much so that I probably would have easily paid double just to own it because of the reactions I get the the fun and empowering moment it causes to the child.

Message: Posted by: sspanks (Sep 30, 2005 10:53PM)
Wolf Magic Funhouse and Hip Hop Magicians... worth every penny.

Message: Posted by: graemesd (Oct 1, 2005 02:40AM)
Most expensive my axtel collection - 6 of them. and my sound system
the cheapest thing that I get most mileage out of is a toilet roll!! I nick them from the halls I work in!!!
Message: Posted by: Tom Stevens (Oct 3, 2005 07:42PM)
Sound system is of course the most expensive.
Second would be my backdrop. I'm still not 100% sure it was worth the investment.

I just bought haunted castle, which is only half of what my backdrop cost.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Oct 3, 2005 07:57PM)
But if it adds value to your client and the services you provide to them, then it will pay itself off in a matter of time. So in som e ways it can be a very worth while investment for you. =)

Message: Posted by: muzicman (Oct 4, 2005 10:42AM)
Most Expensive? Wolfs Wacky Weasel is my most expensive childrens prop.

Wait, no, it's my Sony [url=http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/LC_BrowseCatalog-Start;sid=7CZBID3q76ZAbX6oeBZLK3L6SljEPCSi6cc=?CategoryName=lc_AIBO]AIBO[/url]

However, the most $$$ spent for my shows is my DMX lights and PC and software to run it all. I don't always use my lights but when I do, it's pure theater and entertainment!
Message: Posted by: Andini (Oct 4, 2005 03:28PM)
The most expensive THING is probably my mini-sound system. The most expensive trick that I use in a kidshow is the Axtell Drawing Board.
Message: Posted by: danryb (Oct 5, 2005 01:35AM)
My sound system is also my most expencive item. The most expencive, used item in my new show is axtels "seal" puppet.

Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Oct 5, 2005 09:52AM)
I would guess that the most expensive "thing" in my show are the elements all put together for my drawer box routine, so not necessarily a single prop. But more looking at what is involved in a single "routine" in the show.

I have the cost of the drawer box, the 200' chain of beads, the 3' picture silk (soon will be upgraded to a 6' picture silk), the 60' silk streamer, a chain of twenty 18" silks, and ten 36" individually colored silks. Plus I also use 4 (quality) feather flower bouquets in the routine. All told, probably close to $1200 worth of props in one routine. And yes, I perform this routine in my family shows all of the time. It's one of my main closers.

I also recently acquired a used ata-case-style sub trunk that cost me about $1500. Apparently, the wrist shackles for the trunk are originally from Mark Kalin and Ginger's act (they used in their version of Andre Kole's spiked table of death illusion). I haven't used this prop in a show yet, still rehearsing it before putting it into the show, and still using my older wood crate style sub trunk for now (that one belonged to Shawn Farquhar when he was a teen).

- Donald
Message: Posted by: dmagic (Oct 5, 2005 02:29PM)
The most expensive

sketch pad - sean bogunia 350$
Chair Suspension - 400 $
snake from basked electronic with water(card) - 350 $