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BScott8870
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I have done several Children's Shows now and have gotten great feedback. My shows usually last about 45-60 minutes.

Wanted some advice on a handful of funny illusions I could add or sub-out in my routine. Listed below is what I already have. Always perform in a living room or home for B-Day parties, so some illusions like Bowl-a-rama might not work due to angles. Any advice is appreciated.

1. Silver Sceptre and Axtell Off The Meter(opening)
2. Die Box Routine
3. Roag Toad
4. PB&J
5. ABC Gumball Recombulator by Wolf Magic
6. D'Lite and Thumb Tip Vanishes
7. Change Bag Routine with Silks
8. Color Changing Records and Color Booking
9. Eggs from Mouth and Eggs from Axtell Puppet (Turtle)
10. Water Vanish and Comedy Funnel then Water Reappear with Squirting Elephant
11. Heinze or Coke Bottle Vanish
12. Axtell Drawing Board
13. Coin Magic - Hopping Halves and Bite Thru 50 Cent Piece
14. Zig Zag Rocky
15. Dove Pan Production of Bubba Bull Frog from Axtell
16. Finale - Large Square Circle

I just purchased a Twin Di Box to upgrade my Die Box routine and Ghost Rings to add linking rings to the show. Still looking for Blow Yur Stack from Wolf Magic and also just purchased Axtell Elephant Puppet with Water Squirter to enhance water vanish routine and Axtell Crocodile Puppet and Turtle Puppets.

Are there some home run effects or routines for 3-12 year olds I am missing?

Thanks,

Bart Scott
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Cut and Restored Rope, using the pre-cut two pieces of rope. If you use quality rock-climbing rope you can burn up the ends and use them over and over. You can have the kids cut it with plastic, wood, or invisible scissors. I perform it for mostly ages 5-6 and up, it's a bit long for 3-4 year olds.

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Bowl-a-rama??? Where would you drop the ball?

looks like a fantastic line-up. Pick up a copy of Silly Billy's book "Seriously Silly" to really learn how to put it all together.

Also, I've been told not to do eggs from mouth for kids. Someone might emulate you and end up choking, etc. In addition, no fire, knives, etc. Hard to believe we used to watch cartoons where people (animal characters) got blown up every day!

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Perhaps I would drop it on my foot? Or at least close enough to do some sort of comic routine with it.. Smile

Thanks for the referral to Silly Billy. Just ordered his book and DVD combo.

Any suggestions on good books with jokes for kids???
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3 Minutes an effect? Maybe you should scale down and concentrate on good routines for these instead of adding to them.

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I'm with Billy Bo on this one. If you do all of those each show. You might have too much magic and not enough by play and bits of business so to speak. You have some really great magic in your list. The "home run" you are looking for is not another magic effect but a routine for one you already have. My coloring book used to be a 30 second warm up type effect. I got togeter with another magi and it is now a 5 min routine with a Bongo hat, costume change, break away wand and a lot of laughs. I would pick one trick that needs "punching up" find someone to brainstorm with and don't stop tweaking it until it can go say 4 or 5 min. That is just an idea.
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Ditto with Billy and Spacecop.

To get through all these effects you have to practically
race through the routines.

I do a cut-n-restored birthday kid bit using rope-and-tapes
and a pair of Groucho glasses. It runs about 7 minutes. And the
kids and family love it and it makes a great kodak moment.

Which is a great point to consider when designing your kid show,
especially for birthday parties... how many really fun, cool
visual moments can you create with the birthday child front
and center?

I honestly believe, no one really cares that much about the
tricks at a kid show -- they want to see their family members
having a great time and getting lots of snapshots to capture
those special moments forever.

Looking at your list makes my knees hurt. I'm getting to
the point where I want to lug LESS stuff around to my shows.

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I have to say I agree..... You will find out when you read Silly Billys Book what a Kids show is all about, There is definitely way too many effects in your show. My Disappearing silk gets me 5 min. my coloring book routine another 5 mins. and without trying I can get 6 mins out of my cut and restore rope routine, that's 16 mins of my show and I only have done 3 routines. My average show lasts 40 mins and I only do 7 routines. I would suggest Reading David Kayes Book "Seriously Silly" and when your done You will have the Answer your looking for.
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I'd like to see a 3-minute ABC Gumball Recombobulator routine!

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Everyone's comments are true and it seems that 6-9 routines is the magic number. That said, I have found the following tricks fantastic, either because they just screamed out routines that project my character, they pack flat and play big, or are just colorful/silly/funny which is consistent with my character and appeal to kids:

Blow Yur Stack - Wolf's Magic
Passing Water - Kovari I believe
The Funhouse - Wolf's Magic
a good 20th Century Silk (try Richard Sanders; he has great silks at reasonable price)
Barry Mitchell's Mother of All Diamonds
Tim Sonnefelt silk tricks like Tortoise and Hare (new generation) and Cinderella and Ugly Duckling
a good blendo like Paint My Flower by Duane Laflin or Frankie the Snowman by P and A silks
a good sucker Run Rabbit Run trick (but the Rabbits are overdone - I'd try Derek Rutt's Haunted House which is outstanding)
a puppet - try Axtell "feature" puppet or David Ginn/Practical Magic Dog Arm Puppet
Miser's Dream - best routine I know is Chris Capehart's
Ridiculous Ravioli or some other sucker "cans upside down" trick (two sucker tricks per show, but for me, they have to backfire on me for maximal effect)
A bunch of wand gags

Indeed, Silly Billy may have the best book/DVD on kid shows, but I also like Magic Dave, Dan Harlan, and David Ginn for kids
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Many of the routines, that I perform for kids, aren't thought of as kidshow routines. I still get a great response from them anyway.

Slydini Silks
Fiber Optics
Chop Cup
Egg Bag
Flipstick
McCombical Deck
Linking Rings
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While it may be dangerous to venture "formulas," I'm settling on one after a couple of years of trial and error:

1) opening gag/informal trick with kids like Miser's Dream among the audience and intro of a puppet who tells kids rules of etiquette for show

2) spectacular opener to get their attention and show them paying attention will be worth it (currently I use Barry Mitchell's excellent "Trash to Treasure" square circle) - and pull out items to use in subsequent tricks

3) colorful silk trick #1 (blendo with comedy like Paint My Flower) with audience helper

4) sucker trick #1 (Ridiculous Ravioli)with audience member who gets it right

5) dramatic trick with comedy (card to impossible location/Pro Viper 2) with audience helper

6) "story" trick with nursery tale or morality play (Mother of All Diamonds teaches patience)

7) silk trick #2 - 20th Century silks, Duke's Die Version or another silk transposition, etc. with audience helper

8) another sucker trick or a rope trick or egg bag (working on Kandu's Knot Funny . . . haven't gotten it down yet -0 need to learn egg bag) with audience helper

9) finale rabbit appearance (if you appear rabbit too early, you distract kids from what you're doing as they just watch rabbit)

Running gags usually involve pulling out the puppet three or four times, gag wands, and several references and efforts to produce a rabbit, teasing the kids when I pull out possum puppet, spring skunk, stuffed rabbit, etc. before finally producing Mocha the Dutch in finale and letting kids pet her back side as they leave the performance area

Dennis Michael has a great sticky post on routining at top of thread; also, David Ginn presents this extremely well in Crash Course on Kids Shows.
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For little kids (under 6), I skip 7 and 8 and end within about 35-40 min. For older kids, I run 45-55 min.

Todd
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Thanks Everyone for the advice.

I ordered Silly Billy book and DVD last night and also a book from Ken Scott.

My wife corrected me and pointed out that she has never seen me do a show that lasts only 45 minutes! She told me they are normally at least 1 hr. and 15 minutes. I never have paid attention to the time. I don't rush through the tricks, but is 75 minutes too long? The kids seem to be fine with it, but in the past I have not charged for performances either.

I think adding humor and more patter and then subtracting illusions is sound advice.

Also appreciate the feedback on effects. Can't wait to get Blow Yur Stack.

I would love to have The Outhouse as well, but this is out of production and I have not found one (been searching for over a year).

I also agree the cut and restored rope routine is something I need to develop and incorporate as well.

Not as familiar with the other illusions such as passing water.

I also have never tried Blendo routines, although I do own Metamorphosis by Tim Sonnefeldt. Also never considered Miser's Dream. Is there particular Miser's Dream pail I should look to purchase?

Regardless of which additional effects I add, I am going to hold off making any more major magic purchases until I read through Silly Billy book.

Thanks Again.

Bart
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Hi Bart -

In my opinion, if designing a core "fun" show, a performer should start by making a very strong 30 minute show. Track audience reaction, etc., and replace the weak parts of the show.

Later, you can expand that up to a 45 minute show by adding more strong material.

But start with a 30 minute show. Always leave them wanting more.

- Donald
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On 2009-01-13 18:26, Donald Dunphy wrote:
Hi Bart -

In my opinion, if designing a core "fun" show, a performer should start by making a very strong 30 minute show. Track audience reaction, etc., and replace the weak parts of the show.

Later, you can expand that up to a 45 minute show by adding more strong material.

But start with a 30 minute show. Always leave them wanting more.


Sound advice from Donald.
You will be so taken up with your performance, you won't remember most of what went on.
Tape your performance and look a it over and over,you will learn a lot
Even a audio tape will give you quite a feed back on how the performance went.Some of the lines I use comes from parents and the children.
TrickyRicky
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On 2009-01-13 19:10, TrickyRicky wrote:
Some of the lines I use comes from parents and the children.
TrickyRicky


And some come from the pets, but they can't be scripted in again. Smile

I had a really funny moment happen in a birthday party show this past Sunday, that made me laugh out loud, and the audience roared (parents and kids).

I asked a girl volunteer to say a magic word, and she paused with her mouth open before saying her word.

At that exact moment, the family's dog in another room barked. Everyone laughed.

I quipped, "Those are great magic words. Woof, Woof!" Which got another laugh.

I didn't know they had a dog until that moment, because I hadn't heard it earlier.

- Donald Smile
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You can transform a sucker trick and try to make them educational and meaningful. A child should never be fooled by a sucker trick but entertained to learning a new concept. Here is a video that promotes individual colors of the traffic lights and build to a finale:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcm-BtGuE0c
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I perform a 30 minute magic show with 15 minutes of creating balloon animals (for birthday parties). For non-birthday shows I do a 45 minute show.

One simple routine I enjoy doing in the middle of my show (this especially if funny to the 5 and under crowd) is to to make one white and one black silk change into a bl/wh striped silk (use your favorite method).

I have a child help me out by putting the silks into my ch*** bag and it changes to the striped silk which I pull out. Making "magician in trouble" facial expressions I cry out "you changed it into a zebra silk." That usually gets a big laugh. Then I pretend I'm wiping my brow and face and say, "Thanks, I need this. It is getting hot up here." Oddly, that is when the parents chuckle or laugh.

Have a great weekend everybody,

Steven
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"normally at least 1 hr. and 15 minutes"
30 minutes, 45 minutes ...

Guys, I think you're being a little bit too prescriptive

I have three fundamental rules:
1. Always start at the agreed time.
2. Always finish at the agreed time unless you have permission to continue.
3. End with a bang.

time is whatever you agreed with the client. BUT if the kids are having a great time and the client is happy with you continuing then why stop? There are so many opportunities that come from a good magic show. I have a strong 30 minutes of magic that I perform for the most boring and quiet audience. This can expand so easily to over an hour as things happen out of your control, the jokes, the interruptions, the volunteers, the stories, you may pull out more tricks. This is why I perform magic for kids, they are the magic, and when the adults stop talking and start watching you have another 15 minutes of fooling the adults also. If Bart Scott can perform for over an hour then good on you I say, his list of tricks could go for three hours with the right audience.
Those who have attended a Ken Dodd performance know exactly what I mean. True entertainment is where you forget the time and lose yourself in the moment people will always forgive you if they enjoyed themselves.
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