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AceTony
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I have been performing magic shows for about 25 years. I am now looking for a different angle in age ranges. I have decided it is time for a slight change and a challenge and I am going to try working for an older age bracket of children. I work at present for 3 to 10 year old children. I am think of starting entertaining children at secondary scholls, these children are in the age bracket of 11 to 16 year olds. I know this will be a much harder show, I havent got anything booked as yet, but I am at present looking for ideas. Can you suggest anything for an older age range of children. Thank you oin anticipation of your help.
NJJ
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Hey Tony..


11-16 year olds are, essentially, adults. Treat them as if they are group of very, very difficult and potentially rude adults and you can't go far wrong. Create routines which are sincere and personable rather then the pompusity often found in magic shows.
AceTony
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I live in Cheadle, near Stoke on Trent, I have been trying to get some advice in regards to working with older children.
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Tony,

This can be a very difficult age level to perform at but it can be done. I guess my first words of advice would be to really research this age level. This may mean going in and actually talking to the schools in your area. Simply ASK and you probably will get a lot of great information from them. Ask them what they look for in entertainment for their school and what times of the year are best to get information to them? Are they looking for educational themed shows or can you get in to the school offering a fundraiser event for their PTA or school. All of these can be options. First step is research your intended new market and learn all you can learn about them.

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AceTony
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Kyle, thank for your usefull advice.
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Tony:

You are very much welcomed my friend. I hope some of it helps you or gets you thinking. I think starting out in any new market really requires the magician to take a step back and not race into it. The biggest mistake in doing a new market, is to just assume everything and dive into doing shows.

You need to force yourself to take the proper time to research, learn and ask. Only when you know what your new market prospects are needing to have solved, can you gear your show to solve those needs. I think with this age level that you are talking about, it requires a new way of thinking.

The needs of a parent of young kids or an elementary school is probably vastly different then the needs of a middle school or of a high school. These needs will force you to learn to adapt your show and even change your patter and routines around to fit this market and age.

I think, in regards to routining, that you will need to do away with the childish type of patter that you may be comfortable with. Children at this new age tend to try and act cool,. easily want to be accepted by their peers and are not quite sure of themselves. We all know this cause we have all been through it at that age. We tend to think we know everything and we want to and act like adults even when we are far from being one.

Because of these views, I feel you need to gear your routines and your show to focus more on adult type of magic. This does not mean blue material or resulting to using inappropriate material. It just means that the focus of the effect can not be on a fairly tale or on you acting childish to get laughs. It just will not work.

I think you are on the right track. What have you done so far with getting ready for your new market?

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