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Topic: Oh, from the poem?
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Mar 26, 2011 03:04PM)
Here's a silly thing I was doing today in my shows.

When a child tells me their name I go
"Oh, from the poem?"
And when they ask what poem I make up a limerick using their name. Or when I remember for the birthday child I make it up in the car on the way.

Todays poems where:

There was a young Lady called Niamh, (pron neev)
Who liked to keep things up her sleeve,
She had up her right,
3 shoes and a kite,
And in the left one a monkey called Steve.

There was a young lady called Pippa,
Who was remarkably chipper,
She would shout "Hurray!,
It's my Birthday today!,
Then hit Tom on the head with a kipper.

(tom was her little bother...)


Have a go!

Or have a big crazy argument about nothing!

I don't really mind.
Message: Posted by: keeblem (Mar 26, 2011 03:23PM)
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On 2011-03-26 16:04, magicgeorge wrote:

Have a go!

Or have a big crazy argument about nothing!

I don't really mind.
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George, you're hilarious. :)

I love this idea. I'll have a go. And then have a crazy argument with my wife about nothing!

Mark
Message: Posted by: keeblem (Mar 26, 2011 03:27PM)
OK, Gracie tomorrow...

There was a young girl called Gracie
She was always a bit too hasty
She ate a sandwich to quick
It made her rather sick
But afterwards she declared it was tasty!

Mark
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Mar 26, 2011 05:01PM)
WOW that's great.
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Mar 26, 2011 05:21PM)
Perhaps the best idea I have come across in a long time. Thanks, George. I will be stealing it.
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Mar 26, 2011 09:24PM)
I'll keep working on some, I think I have to develop the knack.

Still this is a GREAT idea, I love it.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Mar 27, 2011 12:55AM)
Fantastic, George! With your permission, I'd love to adopt this right away.

John
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Mar 27, 2011 01:53AM)
This is a great idea, George. I do a very similar thing with songs - claiming that every kids' name is in a song. Of course, many are, so I can often sing the original song - but sometimes there's no song comes to mind, or I'd choose to sing a "silly" song instead. Eg "Mary" -- "We No Speak A-MARY-cano"; "Etta" - "Who-l-ETTA- dogs out"; etc...
And "knock-knock" jokes can be invented about a surprising number of names too. "Ewan" - knock knock - who's there- Ewan- EWAN I need to talk, so open the door....etc
Kids love to have their names played with...as David Ginn points out in "KidBiz". I have loads of fun mis-hearing names, and often another child will repeat the name, so I'm able to pretend I think they BOTH have the same silly name, etc....
Message: Posted by: themagiciansapprentice (Mar 27, 2011 03:16AM)
Magicgeorge and Potty -

great ideas for kidshows - definitely entertaining for both the Birthday child and for the magician
Message: Posted by: keeblem (Mar 27, 2011 05:05AM)
Another thought...

I always end the show by "magically" producing a birthday card (Good ol' Mark Leveridge!)so I could write the limerick in the card - forever immortalizing the little verse!

Mark
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Mar 28, 2011 07:17AM)
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On 2011-03-27 02:53, Potty the Pirate wrote:
- but sometimes there's no song comes to mind, or I'd choose to sing a "silly" song instead. Eg "Mary" -- "We No Speak A-MARY-cano"; "Etta" - "Who-l-ETTA- dogs out"; etc...
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When I get a kid called Louis I point to my foot and ask him what it is then sing "It's a foot, Louis, a foot, Louis, kick off your sunday shoes"


There was a young fellow called James,
Who would play ridiculous games,
He'd jump on his bed,
Then stand on his head,
And call his big sister daft names.
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Mar 28, 2011 11:43AM)
Do you really come up with some of these off the top of your head?
I'm not getting very far, I think I need a rhyming dictionary and a book of puns.

I've got several variations of Girl named Mira, who swings on the chandalier-a but I haven't got it right.

Nevertheless it's such a good idea that once I get it I'll be thrilled.
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Mar 28, 2011 11:56AM)
I think Mira would stump me too. Is it pronounced Mee ra?

I occasionally make it up on the spot. If they're got name tags on I can get a head start ;)

I usaully think up the last line first then fill in the middle bit.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Mar 28, 2011 12:04PM)
There once was a girl named Mira,
A magician tried to appear her.
He twitched his moustache,
And there in a flash,
She was swinging from the chandeliera!
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Mar 28, 2011 12:08PM)
Yes, Mee-rah (my older daughters name)

Potty, that's a good one!

I had something like:

I once knew a girl named Mira,
she would swing from the chandalier-a
She smile a big grin
as she swung from her chin
and say 'it's perfectly safe my dear-a'

But I don't know what I think of the last line.
I actually saw a rhyming dictionary being given away a while ago at my library. I'm going today to see if it's still there.

EDIT:
1) I just did the rhyme for my daughter and she totally cracked up. I guess that one will work for now
2)wanted to share this with everyone:
http://www.rhymezone.com/
Message: Posted by: harris (Mar 28, 2011 12:42PM)
There was once a man named George
who had creativity hot as porridge
his poems were great
like icing on cake
for the young lady, Ms Orange
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Mar 28, 2011 01:14PM)
Limericks are probably easier to invent than you might think. Once you have a few under your belt, lines 3 and 4 can be switched in to many different verses - so in fact, a lot of the time, you only have to think up 2 rhymes for the kids' name. And of course, you can learn lots of obvious ones by rote.
How about some of the most common kids names in the UK right now:
2009 most popular names:
Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, William, Joshua, Daniel, Jayden, Noah, Anthony
Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Abigail , Chloe, Mia
2008
Aiden, Jayden, Ethan, Jacob, Caden, Jackson, Noah, Jack, Logan, Matthew
Emma, Sophia, Madison, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Madeline, Addison, Hailey, Lily

I'll start:
There once was a young man named Jacob,
In the mornings he just couldn't wake up.
Except for his Birthday,
Got up at six thiry,
Ran downstairs, and ate all of his cake up.

(maybe someone can do better?)
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Mar 28, 2011 01:41PM)
There was a young lady called Mira,
Who spoke so softly that noone could hear 'er,
She said "The only way,
To hear what I say,
Is to stoop down and come a bit nearer."

Jacob's a hard one to rhyme. I usually just say that I have tried their crackers :)
Message: Posted by: keeblem (Mar 28, 2011 05:08PM)
There was a young girl called Isabella
For miles around people could smell 'er
Man, she did stink
She started to think
That she'd never be able to find a fella!

I wouldn't really use that one! ;)

Mark
Message: Posted by: Bill Knight (Mar 29, 2011 06:08AM)
A lady called Mira once said
you lot are all off your head
you waste so much time
getting my name to rhyme
so try it this way instead

This is just my way of suggesting that the name of the child doesn't have to be the end word, so if you have a difficult name, place it mid-line and use an easier word

let's have a play with some of Potty's names:

It's Sophia's birthday today
so we're having a party, horay!
with Emma and Jayden
and Chloe and Aiden
and anyone else who can play


There was a young lady called Hailey
and she was a pest twice daily
but at one of his parties
Potty yelled "now me harties"
"we're all gonna dance to the kailey" (I know it's not spelled like that, I just did that for pronunciation)

George, this is a great idea, I like it a lot!! Thanks for sharing

Bill
Message: Posted by: Scott O. (Mar 29, 2011 09:34AM)
Here's one for any name. Sort of a sight gag. I picture holding a hat with a hole in the back for your hand to go through as you recite the following.


A party for _________ was planned
to take place in a magical land
The magician was there
and he pulled out a hare (OWWW!)[pull hand up through the hat with the other hand as you pretend to pull a hair off it]
But the pain was all he could stand
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Mar 29, 2011 11:05AM)
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On 2011-03-29 07:08, Bill Knight wrote:
A lady called Mira once said
you lot are all off your head
you waste so much time
getting my name to rhyme
so try it this way instead

This is just my way of suggesting that the name of the child doesn't have to be the end word, so if you have a difficult name, place it mid-line and use an easier word

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!
That's great. It seems painfully obvious now, but that is quite a revelation.
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Mar 29, 2011 04:46PM)
Thanks all for some great ideas!

John
Message: Posted by: Cesar Munoz (Mar 29, 2011 06:31PM)
Great ideas--thanks!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Apr 5, 2011 07:55PM)
On Saturday, I get a little girl on stage. Her name? Lyric. Thanks George, this one was just too easy.

John
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Apr 5, 2011 11:46PM)
One of your better ideas, George! Excellent. Works with kids or adults.
Message: Posted by: kihei kid (Apr 6, 2011 02:17AM)
Absolutely superb George.

The least I can do is attempt to contribute here.

No doubt somebody could make this one better but here goes.

A little Lawrence Welk for you all...

A1 and A2 and A3...

There was a girl named ____ who as a birthday child
had a very special party that was crazy and wild.
a magician called _____ came over to show
eye popping magic, everybody yelled whoa!

Time and again he amazed ____, and everyone in the place
oh if you could have just seen, the looks on their face.

Well Iím going to stop the poem, so donít have a cow,
Because itís time to wish ___ a very special birthday right now.


Then perhaps have the entire crowd yell happy birthday _____?
Message: Posted by: philblackmore (Apr 6, 2011 06:05AM)
George you are a genius, great funny idea!
Also I'm loving your blog, could you write some more please!