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Paul G
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I have Ken's version. It's great. It gets an overwhelming reaction from the audiences.

I think using an male adult lends the routine to more comedy than with a kid, and it eliminates many of the issues posted above. Choosing the right adult is key to getting the great audience reactions; you want someone who's not afraid to play it up a bit.

I would vote against giving the participant a script ahead of time. As Scott recommends, before I turn the music on I just tell the adult to follow my instructions during the trick. If you've chosen someone who's willing to live it up a bit, and tell them what to do in real time, you'll probably get a funnier, less inhibited routine out of it.

I'd also say that it's not so much the tricks you do but the hand movements, dancing, etc that make the trick great.

This is a great routine!
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This may be only tangentially relevant---but ---when a kid comes up to you and starts to begin to hug you, you can extend your palm and say "give me five"--(yeah I know it is "passe")----and they will usually forget about hugging you and just slap the fire out of your hand---lol-----I work in the public schools and this works 9 out of 10 times---how this helps---Jimeuax
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What if the mother wants to kiss you on the cheek?
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I have Ken's Instant Magician and it is a great effect. When you do magic there are times you are touching people that help you on the stage or in a parlor situation or even when doing close up. If you are afraid to touch someone when you do magic then you maybe in the wrong business. If the getting close bothers you that much maybe you can pre-arrange with some of the parents prior to the show and explain the effect you are going to do and let them know you have to have your arms around their helper. Just try to get permission. Most of the birthday shows I do, I know some of the parents and kids there anyway. I think people make to big a deal out of this. Also if it still bothers you then use a DAD at the show. Its just as funny with and adult as with a child. I will tell the adult that he will basically have a coat on and my arms arm going to be around him and doing the magic for him. I have never had a problem with this effect and don't think I ever will.
Ken thanks for coming out with a great product and I will also say that Ken's version is 100 times better than Kevin James version. As stated earlier above Ken's is a real tux and Kevin's is a cheap material. Plus they are about the same cost.
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On Jun 17, 2004, Emazdad wrote:
I agree Ken it is hard to say "no" to the kids, however, better safe than sorry in my book and you only need one paronoid or money-hungry parent to end your career.

I think I'll stay as I am playing it safe. I'd hate to have to give this up and actually get a job. uuurrrgh


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On Jun 17, 2004, TrickyRicky wrote:
Well, let me say this. I guarantee that in due time it will happen if you keep doing that trick.

I've been doing magic for children for over 45 years, times were different then. Today we have so many loony parents who are looking to get money even if it means using their own children to do so.

In my opinion, the Instant Magician is not a good trick for children - sooner or later it will happen.

I do not allow children to put their arms around me for any reason even if the mother is present. You just never know who you're dealing with, I have to protect my reputation and what I do for a living.



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On Jun 19, 2004, magicbytodd wrote:
I, too, have been concerned about using the effect for the reasons mentioned earlier but was wondering about having the assistant sit in a chair rather than standing. My thinking is that the chair would create a safety barrier. What do you think? Would this even work with the effect?



Smoky Mountain Magic has provided a prop to solve the problem

Here is the answer to the members here that want to perform the routine; it also makes for great photos

http://www.smmagic.com/?p=206
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I'm not sure that actually solves the problem.
If you have a parent that is psychotic, they will see what they want to see.
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On Mar 30, 2015, Frank Starsini wrote:
I'm not sure that actually solves the problem.
If you have a parent that is psychotic, they will see what they want to see.



Hi Frank;

I'm still wanting to meet up with you and have lunch but my kids shows have really taken off and my corporate weekday shows have increased preventing me from taking a day off so I haven't had time to visit Sacramento in awhile.

To reply to your question, what the stage does do is solve the basic problem by providing a barrier between the magician and the child volunteer.

I don't know of any method of solving the potential problems of a psychotic parent attending a party. I just finished reading a post here on the Café where a magician posted that the day after a show one of the ladies wrote to him that some parents were offended by his actions; he posted that she pretty much implied that he was sexist because he picked three boys and did not pick a girl as a volunteer during his show.

In my research to decide weather I will perform fantasy magician I read every thread on the Café concerning the fantasy magician routine; through the years there have been many threads.

In every thread, not one magician that actually performs fantasy magician had posted to report a problem, actual or perceived; in fact every magician that performs the routine posted that it is among the most popular of routines they do perform; the only negative comments posted on the Café were by members that has never performed the routine, or even practiced it.

There was a magician that did stop performing the routine and it was not because he had a compliant from a parent, he posted the reason he pulled fantasy magician from his show was because he became scared after reading the negative posts from members on the Café that had never performed the routine.

In my opinion, Fantasy Magician has many possibilities as a routine; in addition the Fantasy Magician Stage provides a wonderful background to the routine, a fantastic photo opportunity for the parents to photograph their child on stage, in addition to a solid barrier between the magician and the child to appease the psychotic parent.
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I think that's an excellent solution to those who may have worries about the Instant Magician. You can't do any more to provide a barrier between you and the child, if any parent decide to make an issue out of that then in my opinion they only booked a magician in the first place with the intent of finding any reason they could to sue them. Job well done in my mind! Smile
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Howie hit this nail on the head. In over eight years of performing Ken's remarkable effect at hundreds - if not thousands - of fairs, festivals, parties, banquets, and corporate events WITH KIDS, I have never had a single hint of a complaint. The only complaints I have seen have appeared on this site and others like it - from magicians who are overthinking this hilarious bit. A full suit of armor with a thrice padlocked codpiece will not protect you from a psychotic overprotective mother - knowing your audience and your volunteer and avoiding that kid might.

That said, I LOVE Howie's Fantasy Magician stage prop - not for the "protective value" - but, because it frames the entire routine and puts the focus on the volunteer - where it belongs. It is colorful, compact, easy to transport and set up, and it is VERY eye-catching. This prop - like Ken's Fantasy Magician - is worth every penny and more.

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Skip, Thanks for the positive replies.

I'm very happy with the setup and folding of the stage; no screws, bolts or tools to set it up, you just lift it up and it's ready to go; it's colorful and as you wrote, eye-catching resulting in a wonderful presentation on a performance stage that goes along with the Jeff Jones Backdrop I set up behind the Fantasy Magicians Stage if the stage has no curtains.

I purchased the stage because it looked so good during the routine and takes the focus off of me as I stand behind the curtain with arm slits that is behind the volunteer; the clincher was as Jonty pointed out, is the added protective barrier to fend off the evil eye Smile of the psychotic parent
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Jonty;

Thanks for the reply to my post.

In my experience, I have never worried about the parent that booked me because they only booked a magician with the intent of finding any reason sue me.

My concern is the psychotic parent I have never spoken with that comes to the party and stays for the performance not because they want to enjoy the show, but because out of fear, they never leave the child alone anywhere and will over react by anyone going near or touching their child.

I have not very often, but occasionally witnessed this type of parent standing in the back of the room staring at the children the whole time and not enjoying the party.
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