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I'm doing a show this Thurs. for boys 5 to 11. I've been asked to finish by teaching a trick. My first thought was to get some Adams Magic thing, like the spikes through the coin box. I'll be in LA this weekend--where is a good place that would have a large supply of the same item?

Or is there something else you can suggest?
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I don't know about LA but here on the east coast we have dollar stores that carries some magic (i.e. ball and vase, Svengali, coin box...etc)...

You can pick some up there...
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Good thought. Just found out it's boys and girls and up to about 24. It's a camp, though it will be inside, and there are a number of counselors.
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How old are they?
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Oops! Never mind you told us already!!!!

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For the older kids, I would suggest asking the camp to have enough decks of cards for each of them or at least two kids per deck and you can teach them a simple card trick or two. For the younger ones, a trip to the dollar store might be your best option. Maybe the quarter slide or the magic box.
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Thanks for the feedback. We were thinking of dividing them into two parts.
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I do think dividing them is a good idea. Smile
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I use the Floating Pencil a lot with kids, where one finger does the work. That is an easy one that takes just a few minutes to learn and test out, and works for a wide age range. It also has a surprise ending (if you wear a watch) that you can also teach them.
The Mind-Reading Crayons (with the thumb-nail) is also a good quick one.
I personally stay away from cards with younger kids. If they were 10-12 year olds, yes, cards would be great. Tyring to do card work with a large group of 5-6 year olds, you'll end up with a lot of picking up and mixed up cards etc.
Would they let you split them by age range? (5-7's, and 8-11's). That would also make it easier.

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On 2009-07-03 13:17, The Old Man wrote:
I'm doing a show this Thurs. for boys 5 to 11. I've been asked to finish by teaching a trick. My first thought was to get some Adams Magic thing, like the spikes through the coin box. I'll be in LA this weekend--where is a good place that would have a large supply of the same item?

Or is there something else you can suggest?

I would advise something impromptu. One good one is the glass thru table using a coin and handkerchief.
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On 2009-07-03 13:17, The Old Man wrote:
I'm doing a show this Thurs. for boys 5 to 11. I've been asked to finish by teaching a trick. My first thought was to get some Adams Magic thing, like the spikes through the coin box. I'll be in LA this weekend--where is a good place that would have a large supply of the same item?

Or is there something else you can suggest?

I would advise something impromptu. One good one is the glass thru table using a coin and handkerchief.

If you are referring to the one with that uses a salt shaker--I always like it.
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Yea, you right. I meant salt shaker. You can tell I'm getting old.
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You could do the old pen behind the ear vanish. I always teach that to kids. Another great trick to teach kids is the ropes through the body trick using two ropes and a special, completely inexpensive something found at any Walmart or craft store that you pay about $2.00 for and receive a lifetime supply.
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You could do the old pen behind the ear vanish. I always teach that to kids. Another great trick to teach kids is the ropes through the body trick using two ropes and a special, completely inexpensive something found at any Walmart or craft store that you pay about $2.00 for and receive a lifetime supply.

You know I used to do that rope trick when I was a yout'. It seems a good time to bring it back out.
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A resource you might find helpful is the "Magic Tricks R 4 Kids" DVD set. There are 4 volumes.

http://www.magictricksareforkids.com/

Also available at many magic dealers.

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Why not just get the Adam's catalog. I think that they were sold, but I believe that they still have their place in Asbury Park, NJ. The last time that I was in there, they had a lot of small stuff that was as cheap as you can find anywhere.
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I like teaching the ropes through the body because it is an easy to do/prepare, packs flat, and plays huge type of trick with no skill involved whatsoever. It's a great confidence builder for kids.
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Torn and restored paper is my vote for that age range.... I like the version patrick page teaches in paper magic.
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I had such a gig and had a big success with "rubbing a coin into your arm." It teaches a basic principle of magic -- misdirection -- the kids can all follow along with pennies, and it is something that fools them the first time. Plus, it doesn't tip anything too big, while the better ones will be able to fool their friends and parents with it.

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Marc, I like that idea. I agree with the don't "tip anything too big" comment.
That has always been my biggest challenge when thinking about teaching magic to kids. It is a fine line, I think, between teaching them tricks that that can learn and use easily and that fit in within their fine-motor-control capabilities, and keeping magical secrets safe. Usually where I split it is never teaching anything that I use within my show, but where do others of you draw the line? I taught Torn and restored Paper to a class this past year, and really debated before hand whether to use it or not. I never teach them cut and restored rope or the the TT, as I use those regularly. Maybe this should be another thread...

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