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Beaudini Magic
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Hello Everyone,

I was wondering what time of year most Blue and Gold Banquets fall upon. I am from northeast Ohio, and am a former scout, but cannot seem to remember the particular time of year. Does it vary state to state, or are they mostly all around the same time? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Donald Dunphy
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Hi Beau -

In February (usually around the week containing February 22nd), because of founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell's birthday (and his wife's birthday, which happened to be on the same date).

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Beaudini Magic
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Thank you so very much Donald, I may still have a little time further market this show.

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Beau Alexander
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I have a new trick out for Cub Scout shows called "Nutty Neckerchief." Check it out at http://www.mikebentmagic.com
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Yeah, it's one of those events where you'll get scores of calls, all for the same date in February!
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I also have found that most fall in February but some go as far as the second week in March. Just something to keep in mind.

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You will get a few in March. The best time to send out letters for these is December and Janurary. Most roundtables only happen once a month. So you will want to get the info out to them when they start thinking about their event.
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In our area, the local Cub Scout Packs start planning for these in December, with 90% or more happening in February.
Is there typically a large response from the Scouts for bookings? Our Pack usually has a relatively small budget for the banquet and an extra effort is made to not ask the parents for any more money... since we spend enough all year anyway Smile
That's the primary reason folks from within the Pack (or friends of the families) will normally provide any entertainment.

Our favorite has been a character one Den Leader made up called "Ranger Tim". It's not magic related, but it's hilarious and the kids love it! Anyone interested can PM me for details...
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I went through both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. There's a local Cub Pack that I do a show for almost yearly, and I charge a very low fee. I see it as giving back.

It's a big challenge to do these shows...nothing like having a very energetic group of eight-to-ten-year-olds to keep from getting out of hand! Anything that makes an adult in the crowd look silly goes over bigtime.

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They are energentic. They love magic too. They get pretty wound up as it is, but having a magician normally gets them even more hyped.
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I get to do my first Blue and Gold this year..... deep breaths.... I can't wait! It should be a great time. Most of the boys already call me Uncle Sam because my nephew is a Webelo in the pack. I'm seriously looking forward to it. However, any words of encouragement or motivation would be appreciated. One question, though: I usually lay down a "Magic Line" that, if crossed by the uninvited, "scares" off the magic. Does this work for Scouts?


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I don't bother with those techniques for scouts. Most of the time, the Cubmaster is in control and sets the ground rules. If you use the "peace sign" (rabbit ears with your index and middle fingers) all scouts know that means to settle down. For scouts, it works better than any "regular" control techniques we usually use.

Don't sweat it ... they are fun shows.
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Your Cub Scout show will be fun. It is a supercharged family audience, with most of the energy sitting on the front row. They love magic and will appriciate you're being there.

I would avoid throwing anything on the ground as there will be a mad dash for it.
If anybody gets out of hand (there is an occasional troublemaker in the group), then walk over to the cubmaster and ask them to have the energetic soul sit with his parents.
If you arrive and find that the energy level is frightenly high, then have the scouts sit with their families (not together on the front row) before the show starts.

When you ask for volunteers, scouts will all volunteer, so be sure to ask questions like: "I need a volunteer who is sitting down, is wearing a blue shirt with a neckerchief, etc..." Make a point to pick scout volunteers that are properly uniformed. It supports scouting.
Also be sure to pick some non-scouts to be volunteers, it will be appreciated by the families.

You will have a boat load of fun. Some of their energy will rub off on you so enjoy it.

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