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yeahidomagic
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Hello fellow magicians , I usually do kid shows that last 30 mins . However today I received a call to teach children how to do magic . I was just wondering what tricks would be easy enough yet seem high quality & amazing for a low price of each material needed. Thank you .
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Wayne Schulatz
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I PM'ed you some other options as well.
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I just wrapped up a 5 day series of workshops for a
private school in Bellevue, WA. It involved about 30
kids, ranging from 5 to 11, which were divided into
two groups with a mix of ages.

Here's a couple things I learned from the process:

-- There's a huge difference between 5 and 11. I knew
this intellectually, but actually experiencing it is
a whole different matter.

-- The best tricks for the 5 year olds were:

a) Fortune telling fish
b) Finger Trap
c) Snapper (hooking the little rubber band)

Everything else was a challenge. Everything, including
the jumping rubber bands, french drop coin vanish,
etc. Their manual dexterity is very very limited.

-- However, they and the older kids LOVED the Svengali deck
I gave them. It went over great. The older kids got the
different tricks with the deck, but the younger ones just
liked to riffle one way and the other to see the cards change.
That was good enough for them.

-- Most of the five year olds got to where they could do
Two Card Monte... although the little move with sliding the
cards was a hard concept to grasp.

-- Older kids managed to handle the basic coin vanish,
some simple card tricks like the crosscut force, and so on.

-- I also taught balloon animals which was a big hit. Don't
expect much more than basic dog. Little kids have challenges
pinching the balloon and twisting.

Most of the workshop sessions were 1 hour long. This is
a VERY long time for kids to remain focused. They will either
get the idea very quickly, or it will take forever. So
be prepared to chew through a lot more material than you
imagine you'll need. The last day I went to 35 minute workshops
and that time frame was just about right.

Finally, understand that little kids will behave like little
kids. They will step on each other's fingers, pull hair,
wrestle, punch, and call names. (Kind of like the behavior
you see on community forums... Smile So be prepared to deal
with behavior issues throughout the process.

With all the challenges, there will be many really fun
moments as well.... which will more than likely make up
for all the "why am I here?!" thoughts.

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Best tricks:

Show a coin, and suddenly it starts to drip water! (Cotton wool behind it)

Vanishing toothpick \ match (sellotape on thumb)

Simple telepathy plots - three outcomes etc.

Cup on card (card and a half).

Telepathy with matchboxes - a volunteer puts 3 matches in one out of five match boxes and the magician with his super-natural powers knows which one it is (each box is slightly open).

You ask for various fruits and write five on five slips of paper, mix the papers, volunteer chooses one, you take sand and rub on your arm and it appears there (mis-writing and glue on arm before).

Prediction with sugar bags, a object is written on each bag, the volunteer throws them and each time you remove the ones that land on the blank side until one is left that matches the prediction. (on one sugar bag there is the object written on both sides).

Tricks you could buy for very cheap for this purpose - floating match \ rope zigzag \ vanishing coin \ telepathy die and more - the kids love receiving these plastic things.

There you are for an excellent start (from a lot of experience...)

Simcha
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