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Topic: How Young?
Message: Posted by: Jizmagic (Aug 2, 2004 07:38PM)
I recently got a call from a parent who wanted a magician for his daughter who was turning one (the children's ages at the party would range from one year to five years). Do you set limitations on the ages of the children that you perform for (I usually perform for 6-12 year olds)?
Message: Posted by: mattisdx (Aug 2, 2004 08:50PM)
No limits on age, just change the effects you'll be performing for different ages. I wouldn't do a torn and restored card effect or a mind reading routine for a 2 year old :D go back to your easy stuff. cups and balls, ball and vase, etc...

Enjoy ! :D
Message: Posted by: AragorntheMagician (Aug 4, 2004 08:06AM)
I always tell the booking party that I can handle from "2 to 105". I do get a lot of parties for 1 year olds. However the entertainment is always for those older.
Aragorn TM
aka: Bob
Message: Posted by: Regan (Aug 4, 2004 08:22AM)
A 1 year old is not going to enjoy a magic show. However, if you explain this to the client and they're ok with it, then go for it. Since there will be some older kids there, it should go over fine.

Message: Posted by: Jizmagic (Aug 4, 2004 08:40AM)
Hey Aragorn, who do you gear your effects towards when they ask you to do a party for a one year old?
Message: Posted by: Cheshire Cat (Aug 5, 2004 08:00AM)
I would suggest your limitations (or lack of limitations) on age ranges, can sometimes be influenced by business necessity. We now just do the girls 3 to 7 birthday range and boys 4 to 6 birthday range. This suits us fine, we can trade sufficiently on this. Anyone just starting out, or anyone who's work is 'thin on the ground' may of course need to expand upon this.

By the way, is there ANYONE out there who ENJOYS doing 1 or 2 year old parties? Could a good trick for one year old parties be to suspend yourself from the ceiling dressed in bright colours playing a harmonica. Have someone twirl you round and then place the child in a pram underneath you?
Message: Posted by: Tyler_Magician (Aug 5, 2004 04:26PM)
That is really young to perform for. Would she even understand what you were doing?
Message: Posted by: Tony S (Aug 5, 2004 04:38PM)
I only perform for school age children, mostly due to the fact that I don't enjoy it as much when they are younger.
Message: Posted by: Steven Steele (Aug 5, 2004 09:23PM)
I always inform parents about the child's inability to appreciate magic when the birthday child is three or under. I talk to the parents about the different types of magic for different age groups. They always are so happy that I am honest with them.

In addition, I always do a couple of effects for the adults, so they know that I have the ability to entertain them too, and not just children.
Message: Posted by: Emazdad (Aug 6, 2004 04:44PM)
I'd turn it down, I do parties for 4-9yr old. At a 1 year old party you may have a few kids of an entertainable age, but you'll also have a few who are too young. I find people really appreciate my honesty when I tell them they'd be better off spending the money they'd pay me, on a really good present the kid would appreciate.
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Aug 6, 2004 09:15PM)
A 1 year old is not going to enjoy ANY kind of show, and the 1-2-3's are often terrified of a clown or costumed character. But if the parents understanbd that and want me to entertain the 4+ crowd, I can - I can even SOMETIMES get a 3 to "star" in the featured rabbit production - and I have a special final gift that suits 1-2-3-4-5's pretty well (I inflate a big yellow smile-face beach ball, costs me about 30cents from Rhode Island Novelty.)