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Topic: Tricks that work for children and adults
Message: Posted by: Mumblemore (Sep 3, 2007 12:35AM)
It has been suggested elsewhere in the Little Darlings that Lemon Game is an ideal trick for old and young (at least over 6 or 7). I would put Blow Yur Stack, Ultimate Snake Basket, Invisible Deck, and Linking Rings also in that category. What other tricks do you suggest that are extremely effective both with adults and kids (well, maybe not really young kids, but primary school and up)? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: phillipsje (Sep 3, 2007 01:57AM)
Coin in Bottle, Magic Coloring Book.
Message: Posted by: Andre Hagen (Sep 3, 2007 05:12AM)
Miser's Dream for sure.

Andy
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Sep 3, 2007 06:06AM)
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On 2007-09-03 06:12, Andre Hagen wrote:
Miser's Dream for sure.

Andy
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I agree with Andy.
The Miser's Dream is a feature trick for the young and old.
Richard Lyn
Message: Posted by: mcharisse (Sep 3, 2007 07:45AM)
Linking rings, T-and-R newspaper, die box, egg bag -- all work as well for either audience without changes in presentation. Too, I think the die box needs some kids to get the sucker aspect going and my own presentation of the egg bag requires a kid. I avoid card tricks (except snake basket) for anyone under 8 or so, and find the coloring book often impresses adults more than kids. Go figure.

Marc the Magic Man
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Sep 3, 2007 07:49AM)
Ding Dong.

I've never quite understand "Blow Yer Stack." I know it's considered to be good 'cause you guys always rave about it, and I know CHance makes grat stuff, but I must be missing something on this one. I've read the description many times, but I can't see it. It looks to me like you're just making the kid fail in their attempt to stack the cups. Someone once said (Vernon?) a good trick can be described in one sentence. [b]Could someone please do this for "Blow yer Stack"?[/b]
Message: Posted by: Mumblemore (Sep 3, 2007 07:57AM)
I've never tried the coloring book on adults. Does it really work on them? And Miser's Dream sounds like a good one . . . Thanks for the replies. Any others besides these classics and Ding Dong (who produces that one)?
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Sep 3, 2007 07:58AM)
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On 2007-09-03 08:57, Mumblemore wrote:
Ding Dong (who produces that one)?
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Ron Jeremy?
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Sep 3, 2007 08:03AM)
Okay, okay ... I was kidding about "Ding Dong."

But, for clarification, do you mean doing the same presentation for these audiences, or adapting it to fit either?

I think the "What's Next-Dinamo-Dot Card" variations fit the bill.
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Sep 3, 2007 08:13AM)
Fantasy magician.

Ken
Message: Posted by: Tony Thomas (Sep 3, 2007 09:27AM)
Hey Ken,

What is Fantasy Magician? I did a google search and a search on a magic store's web site and I cannot find this. By the way, I just ordered your DVD "Making the Birthday Dough", I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Sep 3, 2007 09:35AM)
Fantasy magician is a routine that I do/make wear you wrap a tux around a person and you do the magic through the arms of the coat. very funny routine! It is on my site.

Did you order the DVD from me or someone else?

ken
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Sep 3, 2007 09:40AM)
It's the age-old gag where you stand behind someone and reach your arms around them. It looks to the audience like your arms are the helpers arms. It can be very funny if done right.
Message: Posted by: Tony Thomas (Sep 3, 2007 09:44AM)
I'll check out your site for the Fantasy Magician idea. Sounds fun. I ordered it from Penguin Magic. I think it was the only US site that came up with my search.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 3, 2007 09:59AM)
With the exception of sucker tricks, and card tricks most magic tricks can work with adults, and children. I believe that the difference between an adult trick, and a kids trick is mostly presentation.
Message: Posted by: Andre Hagen (Sep 3, 2007 10:44AM)
I believe it was Harris Solomon who said, when asked how to perform for kids, answered: "You bend your knees a bit."

Andy
Message: Posted by: John C (Sep 3, 2007 11:05AM)
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On 2007-09-03 11:44, Andre Hagen wrote:
I believe it was Harris Solomon who said, when asked how to perform for kids, answered: "You bend your knees a bit."

Andy


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Says it all right there. Plus "common sense."

John
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 3, 2007 11:25AM)
Andy
The month is young, but that is the funniest post I've read so far in September.
Message: Posted by: mcharisse (Sep 3, 2007 11:51AM)
Re: coloring book for adults. I've never tried it at an adult-only show, but had plenty of parents puzzle over it far harder than the children. Coloring book for adults ... hmmm ... maybe there is something there ...
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Sep 3, 2007 12:14PM)
Coloring book for adults...check out the DVD set from Mel Mellers called "Tickling the Mind". There's an adult routine in there for that.

All ages effect..."Picto-Chango". The NON-original model from Mark Trimble. All ages, all situations, surrounded.

Steve
Message: Posted by: nucinud (Sep 3, 2007 01:59PM)
Ever since Michael Jackson's trial I have decided not to buy Fantasy Magician.
Who needs the problem of impropriety. Today with so many parents ready to sue at the drop of a hat over nothing, I wont do it. As funny as it is.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Sep 3, 2007 02:03PM)
[quote]
On 2007-09-03 13:14, Stevethomas wrote:
All ages effect..."Picto-Chango". The NON-original model from Mark Trimble. All ages, all situations, surrounded.[/quote]

Hi Steve -

Somewhere on another thread (a while ago), you talked about the differences in the models. Do you have a link to that post? Also, can people still get Mark Trimble's products new, or do they have to look for used? Could a person adapt Gene's current product to have the features that the Trimble version had?

- Donald
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Sep 3, 2007 02:18PM)
Nucinud I see your point although I will not change just because Michael Jackson. However I do the routine mostly on adults.

Ken
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Sep 3, 2007 02:20PM)
Hi again Steve -

I did my research and read your old posts on the subject. So I've answered my first two questions, but still have my third.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Sep 3, 2007 04:04PM)
The current Picto-Transpo CAN be adapted. You just have to paint the frames and make 2 bags (matching colors, preferably red/blue or anything with a huge contrast, and you want the same colors as the markers you'll use) out of something like vinyl or naugahyde...remember that stuff?

Trimble's products aren't available new anymore. If you can find an original Picto-Chango, you'll want the DELUXE model with the wooden frames. The aluminum are alright, but not as good.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Sep 3, 2007 04:15PM)
Thanks, Steve.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: liljay510 (Sep 12, 2007 10:12AM)
Pom Pom Prayer Stick.....check out the Paul Gertner video on youtube, her performs it for some Jazz festival...very simple yet effective.
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Sep 12, 2007 11:09AM)
Magic in their Hands! Any effect that is interactive and allows the magic to happen in their hands will kill with kids & adults: Sponge Balls, Sponge Rabbits, card & coin transpositions, penetrations, silk color changes, silk vanishes & reappearances, color knives finale, rope knot effects - there are so many! I try to remember that sitting and watching an effect is Dull! Dull! Dull! Drawing the spectator into the fantasy as a full participant - Priceless!
Message: Posted by: Regan (Sep 12, 2007 04:46PM)
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On 2007-09-03 17:04, Stevethomas wrote:
The current Picto-Transpo CAN be adapted. You just have to paint the frames and make 2 bags (matching colors, preferably red/blue or anything with a huge contrast, and you want the same colors as the markers you'll use) out of something like vinyl or naugahyde...remember that stuff?

Trimble's products aren't available new anymore. If you can find an original Picto-Chango, you'll want the DELUXE model with the wooden frames. The aluminum are alright, but not as good.

Steve
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So Steve, you seem to know a lot about Picto-Chango. Is Gene's version still being made?

Regan
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Sep 12, 2007 05:34PM)
Here you go, Regan:

http://www.geneanderson.com/products.html

- Donald
Message: Posted by: MrFye (Sep 12, 2007 05:48PM)
Speaking of Gene Anderson, I do the torn and restored newspaper for kids and adults and patter about making mistakes (tearing the newspaper) and how mistakes can be fixed.
Message: Posted by: RobWestcottMagic (Sep 26, 2007 08:33PM)
I do Picto Transpo in my children's birthday shows, using the mom as the 'volunteer'. Having mom up gets the attention of the kids and the adults, and it fools EVERYONE. I use the new retractable Sharpie pens to save having to recap the pens. I love that trick for all ages.