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I'm designing a silk routine to be inserted into my current act for children 8 and under, and will be doing it to music. I'll be starting off with the Mikame Silk Production, moving into the Crystal Tube. Also included are the color changing silk streamer, 20th Century Silks, silk fountain, triple color change cane to silks by Fantasio, and maybe even a basic T.T. vanish to reappear in the mouth. Any more silk suggestions to go along?
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That's quite a variety of effects. I would suggest shortening your routine. It's hard for kids eight and under to sit and stay focused on a long manip routine. Maybe produce the silks from the Mikame box, setting them down over the fountain; pick up the silks and fountain while picking up and showing color-changing streamer; add streamer to bundle and produce fountain.
The Crystal Tube, 20th Century Silks, and even the basic TT vanish and reappearance can be done as separate effects with audience involvement. Excellent routines for the Crystal Tube and TT vanish can be found in 'Seriously Silly' by David Kaye (AKA Silly Billy). Actually, the Crystal Tube routine can be read for free on his site here under the title "It's Not the Destination It's the Ride / Crystal Silk Tube".
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Qua-Fiki's "Bigger Silk Routine" with his Flippy-Floppy Production Box (The Wizards' Journal #18 on my site) makes a nice finale, as does the "Mongolian Silk Mystery" from Book 2 of my Mini-Mysteries Series. If doing the latter, I would end with a Dye-Version touch, changing the color silks produced into a long streamer that stretches across the performing area or stage.

Even though you are doing it to music, you can still have children from the audience help you with either of these effects.

For the Bigger Silks Routine, just step into the audience as you begin the production of the six foot silk and hand one corner to a (tall) kid, and the other corner to another (tall) kid. Back away from them to produce the huge silk, but hold onto your end so it doesn't matter if they accidentally let go. Produce the silk Parachute style over their heads (they are not as impressed by the fancy designs anyway, but will be dazzled by the size of the thing).

For the Dye-Version ending to the Mongolian Silk Mystery, the same method applies. Pull a bit of streamer out of one end of the tube and hand it to one of the kids at your far right, then walk to the left holding the other end, allowing the streamer to fully come out of the tube, and when stretched across, the rubber band can be pulled off the paper tube (by anyone) so it can be opened to reveal "The End."

I like musical acts, but when working with kids, I like lots of audience involvement. This is a way to get both.
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