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Magicray80
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Is it a good idea to perform a head or arm chopper at a b-day party. Is too violent, scary, or ok to do. Would the parents be fine with it? I guess it depends on the routine you use.

If you performed either effect and did it for a b-day party what was your feed back from the parents and kids. And how do you feel performing it at a b-day party.
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I'm sure this has been discussed before. I personally have used arm chopper in a comedy vein for kids 1st grade and above. I use it well into the show after my comedy character has been established. And yes it did scare a few of the kids a bit and I also had a couple of kids who volunteered and then backed out when it came time to put their arm in. A bit of fright can be quite entertaining.
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This has been discussed heavily. There are many factors involved here, one being some can pull it off while others can't.

It's OK for a Halloween Show, but one may question a elementary assembly type show. Nothing educational about it.

At a Birthday party, I had an experience where the victim said to the birthday child (5-year old) "Say good-by to grandmon." Well that brought a hystical child in the routine. (The only out was to allow Grandmom to calm the child.)

So are you prepared to deal with unusal situations that may crop-up?
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At this time I would think it is in very bad taste to do a head chopper routine anywhere. Why? Well altho it has ben several months now since anyone has been beheaded in the Middle east it is still in many peoples minds. I think the less it is made light of the better. Plus due to the events earlier last year had I been doing a head chopper I would have certainly taken it out of the act and would have had to think it over for along time as to if it should ever go back in.
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I agree with RS1963. Some things are a bit too 'raw' at the moment considering recent world events. Plus the fact I did a wrist chopper routine on the birthday girls Aunt a couple of years ago and ended up with the birthday girl in tears. Thankfully my next trick was to produce her a birthday present which managed to bring the whole party back on track! Never again!!

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Magicray80
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Thanks for the feedback
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Amazing Magic Co
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I too love these routines but have gotten away from them. I regret that times have really changed in this regard.

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I did a French arm chopper illusion at a school a long time ago. The volunteer boy was all for it. My routine was a light hearted comedy style, so everything up to that point was a fun thing. I did the illusion, (I blindfolded the boy so as not to let him see the secret) and of course he had no idea what was happening. He knew he wasn't hurt so he just stood there while I went into the routine of "Oh my! Did I just cut off your hand?" Everyone in the audience had fun with it too. Everyone that is except the boy's younger sister. I learned later she freaked badly because the illusion of the hand dropping into the basket is really good. I would never do that trick again for young kids. Maybe teenagers or older. I was young and very stupid then regarding the reaction of kids to that sort of trick.
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I can never understand anyone that does stuff like this at a birthday party for children. I wouldn't even do it for older kids. They would have to be at least 12 years old before I would even contemplate it.

To be frank and at the risk of offending anyone it is bloody stupid procedure. It is beyond me that anyone would even contemplate it.
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David Ginn does a danger trick in his school shows.
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I knew that someone would point that out.
And I am pointing out that he is wrong.
However I shall ask a question. What ages is he performing for and what is the trick in question?
After that I shall tell you if he is a little bit wrong, moderately wrong, or severely wrong.
However wrong he will indeed be.
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<<<David Ginn does a danger trick in his school shows>>>

Well he is wrong to do one, just because he's written a book or two, does not mean he is an total expert and everything he says or does is right.
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I must say, I don't feel this type of magic is appropriate for young kids. I have done danger magic but it was for a Jr. high show or anything over that. Now if you are doing a stage show that's open to the public and it is not geared towards kids, but yet kids are of course in the audiance well that's another story. In this case maybe a disclaimer on the program or at the start of the show may be useful. Just my thought!
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