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ldrosenblum
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I'm a newbie and am about to do my first short magic show for a small group of 6 yr old boys and their dads. I want to do a short routine that involves a spooky/silly deck of cards (Tragic Royalty), a card rising under a silk, and then a spirit glass reveal. The whole thing would really benefit from patter involving a ghost story.

In your experience, if I make all of the characters (ghosts, witches) in the story 'friendly', can I present a ghost story to six year olds for the purposes of the routine? Will some kids still find friendly ghosts and spirits too scary when seeing magic at the same time?

Thanks very much everyone.
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TonyB2009
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I love storytelling. Sometimes I do a full gig with nothing but stories. So I applaud your idea.
Don't worry - the kids will not be scared. But one word of advice - make one of the characters a baddy. As long as the baddy does not win, the kids will love it. Kids can handle quite frightening things if they feel safe. If you tell your story right they will feel safe, and can handle the baddy.
You can be quite gruesome, in fact. Enjoy yourself. Tony.
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Wow, thanks Tony-

That's great advice. And I'm glad I'm on the right track. I hadn't thought about bringing in a baddy - that's a terrific idea, and I can see how that would allow me to get more 'creative' in how I portray the ghostly parts of the story.

I really appreciate learning from your experience.

Thanks again,

Larry
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