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Topic: What Kids Show Tricks Have Played Well for You?
Message: Posted by: Corbett (Oct 14, 2009 09:34AM)
It's been way too long since I did a kids show (years), but agreed to do one in a few months for a charity event. I need some refreshers on kids show tricks. I will do some classics, like C/R rope, mismade flag, lota bowl, tricky bottles, etc.. but wanted to get some additional feedback from you more experienced kid entertainers. What do you currently have in your show?
Message: Posted by: Corbett (Oct 14, 2009 09:43AM)
I should add, some of the routines I'm considering currently include (in no particular order):

C/R rope and Prof. Nightmare
C/R newspaper
Some silk and TT stuff
Tricky Bottles
MisMade Flag
Acrobatic Knot
Small Ass - with script for Princess and the Pea
Die Box
Aldo Colombini's Real Danger (substituting the danger of spike, with something fun like eggs, bag of money, bag of candy, etc.. I haven't decided yet)
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Oct 14, 2009 10:11AM)
What age group are you performing for?

I have found 7 years and older will watch a mature magic show just fine (actually my youngest son when he was 2yrs old would sit and watch a 2 hour show mature show no problem).

In the same vein I have found 7 years and older to be jade towards "story" tricks.

Now to answer your question: My foot twisting illusion and straitjacket escape are always big hits.
Message: Posted by: Corbett (Oct 14, 2009 10:31AM)
This will be mostly 9-10 year-olds.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Oct 14, 2009 10:45AM)
I have not had good luck with the die box for this age.

I do the Scorpion for 9 - 10 year olds, and they love it. I think any "smash and stab" would work as long as it's not too dangerous.

Card in balloon is also good, since kids this age know (or almost know) their cards. I always have them draw a face on the balloon first.

Have fun - sometimes this age can be a challenge.

That's my 2 cents.

Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Oct 14, 2009 11:00AM)
Hi Ronnie,

It's hard to say which tricks work as some can make effects that you wouldn't think would work work and vica versa.

Good strong effects (like those which you have listed) with a lot of family comedy work well for this age. I'd just pick the effects you can do well and see if you need to adapt the script.

Do many of those effects involve a helper?

Message: Posted by: Corbett (Oct 14, 2009 11:02AM)
George, to answer your question, most of those routines involve helpers.
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Oct 14, 2009 11:09AM)
Should be grand then
Message: Posted by: Michael238 (Oct 14, 2009 11:10AM)
Gene Anderson newstear
Martin Lewis Cardographic
peanut butter and jelly Tim Wenk version
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Oct 14, 2009 06:47PM)
For that age group I get a great reaction from six card repeat, followed by cards across.
Also, I have a great routine involving swallowing a balloon, and that goes down well.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Ulzen (Oct 15, 2009 01:15AM)
I can recommend: paper to bill (use it), thunbtip routine with silk, David Ginns Snake Can Routine with lots of gag wands, cut and restored rope together with gag scissor(s), tricky bottles, invisible deck.
Message: Posted by: MrGreggy (Oct 15, 2009 01:24AM)
Any trick, within reason, will work with kids audiences. It's all about how you present them, what bits of business you add, comedy timing, etc etc. There are plenty of books and videos with routines and gags that can be incorporated into just about any trick.

Just pick a trick, one that you do very well, and focus on the routine. It's all about the performance. Remember, put your total attention on the kids, and they will pay attention to you.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Oct 15, 2009 11:57AM)
Sponge Balls, Linking Rings, Chop Cup and Egg Bag go over huge, if you have a great routine.
Message: Posted by: kingsillusions (Oct 22, 2009 12:19PM)
McCombical Deck
Snake Basket
Hippity-Hop Rabbits work well, due to being a sucker effect, for all ages
Kandu's The Rope Trick (uses three audience volunteers, and has lots of room to add material and other effects within the already great routine)
Message: Posted by: Kevinr (Oct 22, 2009 06:56PM)
Bigger Wands
Chair Suspension helps bring up the value and ad the kodak moment
Message: Posted by: Kaylan (Oct 22, 2009 08:38PM)
Try Miser's Dream, Corbett
Message: Posted by: Kaylan (Oct 22, 2009 08:40PM)
Or....Silk to egg (Steve Dacri, Ammar and Don Alan come to mind)
Message: Posted by: Irfaan Kahan (Oct 23, 2009 06:25AM)
The Magic Coloring Book seemed to tickle everybody . . .
Message: Posted by: coolini (Oct 24, 2009 03:54PM)
My ungimmicked version of 3 coins across followed by miser dream is great and what's my job trick
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Oct 24, 2009 06:43PM)
I may also state the obvious here as well. Remember it is not so much the effect but what you do with it that leaves them liking you and loving the experience you create. =)

Message: Posted by: stijnhommes (Oct 25, 2009 05:16PM)
I haven't tried it myself yet, but I can see Colombini's Real Danger working well for a kid's audience if you use an egg and a balloon-type hammer as someone else suggested on the forums here. With a gameshow patter and some funny stuff (safety goggles, of course) this should work perfectly. 9-10s know TV like their back pocket so that patter should suck them right in.
Message: Posted by: Tod Todson (Nov 3, 2009 10:45PM)
A few things naturally lend themselves to bigger reactions, like HUGE funny wands, flames (right or wrong) or a real live animal.

But beyond that, it has little to do with the trick at all. It's all what MrGreggy said above.

In the right hands (not mine), more fun and laughter could come from a 5 cent pencil than from anything at Hank Lee's.

Message: Posted by: LVMagicAL (Nov 9, 2009 01:08AM)
Mr. Greggy has hit in on the nose. Just look at that nose! Hehehehehe!! He's absolutely right. It's YOU and the attention you pay to the kids in the audience that makes the show a success. The effects you do aren't nearly as important as what you do with them and how you connect with the audience. Hope this makes sense.
Message: Posted by: A Birthday Magician (Nov 20, 2009 04:30PM)
That's a tough age group, I use egg bag, rope routine, bank night, sponge balls, paper to money...and balloon swallow
Message: Posted by: A Birthday Magician (Nov 20, 2009 04:30PM)
That's a tough age group, I use egg bag, rope routine, bank night, sponge balls, paper to money...and balloon swallow
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Nov 21, 2009 06:46PM)
Snake basket
Wolfs chicken sword
Lasso rope trick
Misers dream

They all play well for that age group
Message: Posted by: magicone (Nov 21, 2009 09:12PM)
Wolf Magic - Run Wolf Run
Message: Posted by: Loyal R (Nov 25, 2009 09:02AM)
Jay Mattioli OLBS 2.0 (didin't had they chance to use mine since I changed the theme of my show but I've seen one in action and the kids loved it!(thats why I bought one)) Like I said, I changed the theme of my show so I'm selling mine: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=338539&forum=79&4