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Hi Everyone! I have to do a birthday party for a group of 10-12 year olds, and I’m wondering if my standard magic show for 5-6 year olds will work for the older age group. The ending is especially worrisome to me. I do David Ginn’s Snake Can, in which the birthday child ends up wearing a large pair of sunglasses and brushes his teeth and combs his hair at the same time. The magic happens when a large silk vanishes in a Change Bag, and then reappear in can of candy. The can of course, has three spring snakes in it as well as a large Happy Birthday Silk pinned to the last snake. I like this ending because it finalizes the show as well as ending the trick, but it may not be a good effect for this older group. So, do any of you have a good idea for an alternative ending I can use for this age group? Thanks a lot for any suggestions–Marty
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Production of a live bunny is always a nice clean ending for any age group. It takes all of the attention off you and onto the rabbit.
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DONT DO IT!!! Marty if you do adult shows do some routines from it. Also, consider doing a magic workshop for them , this is where you can sit down and teach some very easy to do magic. Kids at that age NO everything so it is a perfect setting to teach them stuff. In fact when I start my parties that are this age I do about a twenty min show followed by a 30 min workshop and I tell them at the start that I will teach some tricks at the end. By doing this they "SOMETIMES" put their guards down. Have fun!!
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Ken, what tricks do you usually teach?
I do a balloon twisting workshop with older kids.
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two card monte, mind reading crayon, instant knot on rope, fortune telling fish, jumping rubber band,growing newspaper tree. this is a few that come to mind that I am using right now. I am always adding new things to it.

When i do this type of party for a birthday I charge them a flat fee of 275.00 and 3.00 per bag of tricks for workshop.

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Thanks for the advise about not using The Snake Can effect for an ending, but what would be a good trick to end the show, say “happy birthday” to the birthday child, and thank the audience as well. I’ve substituted more adult type tricks for the majority of the show, but the ending still has me stumped. Any other ideas? I’d like to use a rabbit and the distraction it creates, but I don’t have a rabbit, and the party is to soon to work one into the act. Marty
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Hi,
Personally I do not like finishing with anyone else on the stage.
I like to close with a strong solo item.
With a closing tag line to kick start the applause

Pom Pon stick
Unequal ropes
Rabbit vanish (though I know there are those that say no to a vanish closer. I find it OK as long as you add a comedy tag line.

Try this, cut a circle of black felt a little bigger than the diameter of the bottom of your vanishing coke bottle sew a small black curtain ring to the centre of one side. Make up a silk fountain (I pin all the silks to the black felt) Fold and Put a The End or Good Bye silk on the innermost silk of the fountain and fold as per std silk fountain.
You should now be able to push this up inside the coke bottle. Perform it as normal until you are at the point where the gimmick has just been ditched and the bottle is half showing under the tube. Push the bottle up square with the tube thus vanishing the bottle, pause a couple of beats, then pull the fountain out of the bottle/tube (easy because of the curtain ring) perform your fountain, show the tube empty tossing it into a receptacle then make your gag line and allow the Finale silk to open.

I will leave the patter to you I have mine
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Some ideas for the older kids:

-a couple card tricks or packet tricks
-bounce, no bounce by Darryle
-Egg can for production of candy, a good/funny routine is enjoyed by the kids
-linking rings
-egg bag
-rope routines
-sucker trick like the die box, but present it in a fun manner
-sponge balls
-coin magic (coins across, matrix)
-elastic band magic

Close up magic is enjoyed by that age group and if you insert some of the your children's stuff with a older age twist, it will be enjoyed.

hope this helps,

john
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If you have a table (you could use a tv tray) you could do cups and balls using a lemon as a final load. then go into signed card in lemon as a kicker. Or even a chop cup would work. just do a few card effects before you start the cups.
You could make up a game show with a winner(girl) and a loser(boys) Girls vs boys and the loser maybe placed into a arm chopper they too will still getting a nice prize at the end. This is a good age for the arm chopper or anytype of effect like this. at this age try to use boys in the chopper Girls still might be a little scared yet but they sure have fun watching the boys doing it. I know a lot of you are going NO NO DON"T DO THAT. but this age groups it works. f you do not have a arm chopper you could do rope thru neck or body or a finger chopper or balloons throught head (using the arrows thru head box if you have one)
you could do a staright jack escape (yourself)or a rope escape or a chain escape. Go to the magic shop and buy the cheap Sibreain (sp) chain escape. this is small and cheap but once you know the secert you can go to the hardware store and make your own full size chain set with a pad lock.
What ever you build it up doing your show. If you are going to do an escape then keep saying later I'll be doing the ______ escape of death or something like that.
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Think it's all been said Marty. I personally would not release your snake can to this age group nor do a 5/6 year old show for them! It's many, many years since we did parties of all this age group but we used to include anything gruesome - guillotine, spikes in arm etc. Plus various competitions. They are also very fascinated by card magic. I think it's wise to also remember that if you get a rush forward or similar reaction they are quite big bodies and mighty strong (my 11 year old can pick my wife up) - and they cannot be restrained the same as tinies and of course any restraining or positioning on stage of girls of this age is fraught with dangers. If you do balloon modelling then do a one-balloon workshop with them (give them all a 260E). They like being involved at this age. Smile
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Oh oh, I'm getting scared now, since the show is tomorrow! Here's how it looks so far:
1. Intro with warm-up trick: Pom-Pom Pole (say it’s an early Xmas gift).
2. Magic to Music Section: Which includes the following quick effects--Happy Birthday Banner, Crystal Cabinet (production of spring flowers), Dollar Bill to large Dollar Bill, Four-Square Blendo, Vanishing Coke Bottle, Square Circle (production of silk streamers & 36" dragon silk).
3. Audience Participation: Tricky Bottles, Production of 10' MacDonald’s Straw, Top Ten, The Vanishing Bandana, Little Kid’s Handcuffs (Crazyman’s Handcuffs), Radar Vision, and Nest of Boxes (with the birthday boy).
That’s it. Any suggestions? My thanks to all of you for your ideas! Marty
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Sounds fine. I am sure you will do well.
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Thanks Andrew, I needed that! Marty

You're not going to believe what happened! Stay tuned! Thanks, Marty.

Birthday Party--Saturday Nov 16th, 2002:

I arrived 30 minutes (3:30) before the show was to begin. I knocked and rang the doorbell several times. No answer. I went around to the back of the house and met the family dog. No one there. I knocked and rang the doorbell again. Still no answer. Perhaps, I had the wrong address. I went next door to ask. Yes, the address was right, but no, they didn’t know about any birthday party. They offered to call and see if anyone was at home (3:40). Good idea. The grandparents answered.
“Everyone’s down at Tony’s Pizza Parlor, that’s all we know”. I drive to Tony’s (3:45). To be continued.........
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WOW! This is good.... waiting...

Ken
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Will the birthday party ending end?
Will the pizza win?
Unless the dog bite you, you have no reason to do this.
The suspense is killing me...
I'm going to take out stress in some Hitchcock's movies Smile
I hope after all you had a better than perfect party (altough this will ruin my story) Smile
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Birthday Party– Saturday Nov 16th, 2002 (cont):

Tony’s has two entrances. One entrance for the general public. One entrance for small party groups. I check out the one for small parties. There’s a birthday party going on. Could this one be mine? There’s lots of 5-6 year olds, with responsible looking mothers. It’s not my party. I’m told my party is in the general public room. I’m escorted to a 20' long empty table (4:00). I meet the birthday mom. "I thought the party was going to be at your house." "No, it’s here at Tony’s." "You can set up at the end of the table" she adds. "We’ll start when you’re ready." I begin unpacking next to the bathroom doors. I listen to the game on the big screen TV. I watch FOX on another. The jukebox is playing Seger. I start to sweat (4:15). To be continued.....
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This is good story...
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I'm on the edge of my chair!

I think they Magicainnapped Marty!! should we call the National Gaurd?
Nothing of the same will bring any change, take action today!
Just taking a step, is a step in the right direction because when you stop working, your dream dies.
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Birthday Party– Saturday Nov 16th, 2002 (cont):

The party begins:

I see the birthday boy. He’s a very small 10 year old. His friends are younger. I shout my name. The dozen adults and five children smile. I pull out the Pom-Pom Pole. “The yellow pom-pom is connected to the blue pom-pom...” People look confused. I go on with the show (4:30). Tony’s starts to fill up. I can’t find the end of my Color Changing Silk. “Pick-up for pizza number 27.” Maybe, this is the Twilight Zone. I wish I had Radar Vision. I shout some more. Saturday night at Tony’s is in full swing (4:45). Help! I end the show.

The birthday boy watches me pack. I take down the Jet Set. He points to the Snake Can I still have in my case. “Can you do that one?” I head out to the car. It starts to rain.
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Ooh...it's an old-fashioned serial, complete with cliffhangers! Is this the end of our hero?
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