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marty.sasaki
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Boston has had a citywide New Year's Eve celebration called "First Night" There are all sorts of performances, music, juggling, dancing, story tellers, yo-yo's, acrobatics, martial arts demos and even more. Things are happening all around the city, in the convention center, in some theaters, churches, and even lobbies of some buildings. Unfortunately the number of magic acts has dwindled to only one, a fellow who calls him self Bonaparte.

Bonaparte does a children's show and the younger kids were really enjoying themselves. He did a lot of "sucker" effects, but the joke was always on him, not on the kids in the audience. It seemed a little repititious to me but the kids were laughing and shouting and were falling over themselves to be called upon to volunteer.

My question is this, are all kids like this? Do you use different types of routines to good effect (obviously this is true judging by the conversations on this forum.

Does anyone perform where you don't get the kids screaming?

Thanks.
Marty Sasaki
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There are lots of things that go into audience character.
Here are a few:
Time of day
Type of event
Type of venue
Seating arrangement
Type of foods being consumed
Character of performer

All of these can attribute to crowd reactions.
That is why the more of the above that you can control, the more you can control a crowd to do what you want it to do.

Good topic.
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For me personally, I feel performing magic for children is all about engaging them, empowering them and allowing them to be throughly entertained by what it is my wife and I present. I want and encourage the interaction. Now this certainly can be achived in different ways according to what works best for each performer. However, one can say safely that the adults and clients are happy if their kids are having a good time. If this is the case, I think the magician you saw did a great job at it.

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No doubt about it, he did a great job. I was mainly interested in learning if this is the normal reactions to a good children's performer.
Marty Sasaki
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Yes, if a good performer wants that reaction, it is easy to get them roused up.
As stated, there are many factors as to crowd reaction.
I have seen linking rings done by a great performer where the audience was quiet and mesmerized. And I have seen a great performer do linking rings in a comic way and had kids laughing and hollering. Again, a good performer can control a crowd any way he wants. It doesn't have anything to do with "type of kid" it has to do wit the performer.
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The answer is indeed "yes". Children want to have fun and if you watch them at play it is all about reactions and interactions. As a children's performer I want to engage them to seek those reactions as much as I can. I want them clapping and screaming and getting excited and smiling. To me that means they are having fun. If they are having fun then they are being entertained and I am doing my job well.

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One of my last programs of the year was for a group that was not from my country.
My usual program was reworked to eliminate any "common reference". The show went well with out the usual reactions. The kids were very polite and not as reactive. There faces showed delight and attention. Following the main show I did some walk around for the adults sitting toward the back of the room. They were attentive and appreciated the close up magic. The "tip" was larger than usual even though the reaction during the show was "quieter".

It is good to get laughs and loud noises as well as other emotions.
My usual program has many different levels...I remember the first time I included the death of "Nigel's" dog in a program....and the time at a Children's hospital..when I got the following request...for a small marionette puppet..
make it dance...make it sing...make it die...

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