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I give the birthday child first choice of coming up. The attention can sometimes make even a non-shy kid shy at that moment, so I just give them first choice. I do full audience participation throughout the show, but only have three places for volunteers onstage with me during the performance (4 times during my extended show). If the birthday child chooses to come up for the first thing, great, if not they'll get another chance. The second time for volunteers onstage involves 4 volunteers, 2 adults, 2 kids. So there's another chance plus the variety of getting some other people up. The third time is the last trick. This one is a change bag trick, so even a one year old birthday child can be held by his mom to do this trick. He just reaches into the bag to get a balloon. This way, if the birthday child wants to come up for every opportunity, I still have variety. If for some reason the child doesn't volunteer for the first two, they will usually agree to come up for the third because by that time everybody's relaxed and knows that it's all about fun, so even a shy child will almost always be willing to do the last trick. I also do like to mention the birthday child and the reason for the celebration a couple times for applause at the beginning and end of the act.
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Ed - that's it. I use other kids but save a special routine for the birthday kid.
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Great thinking Neale. I`ve recently been having fun with Arthur Stead`s BIRTHDAY FINALE. It`s a quick visual way to end and much like Neale writes involves the Bday child in a special way.
Check it out here:
Just be aware you`ll need some sort of music playback device at the party.

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