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After an effect that the children really enjoy, they usually ask "Can you do it again?","Can you make it a different color?", "Can you make it smaller (bigger)", etc. My typical response has been that a magician doesn't do the same tricks over again because there are too many tricks in the world and you wouldn't be able to see them all if they are repeated.

I'm looking for some fresh responses. Not only is my response well worn, I believe it sets the children up for disappointment as they may expect a never ending flow of different magic which myself and future magicians they observe (while they are still young), may not provide.

Your thoughts please.
John
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What's your old response?
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Sorry jiayi, it was buried in my message.

My typical response has been that a magician doesn't do the same tricks over again because there are too many tricks in the world and you wouldn't be able to see them all if they are repeated.
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"Yes I can, however we just don't have the time as I have something else to show you which is amazing!!!

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You have all the time in the world... between now and your next show to come up with something clever.

Instead of just asking us for ideas, come up with a few of your own first.

It's great practice for learning to be creative.
Let us know what you come up with.

Perhaps you've already come up with a few. What are they? List them for us.
I promise you'll get more out of this thread if you put some serious thought into it before getting lines from others.
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Frank, I appreciate your input but let me tell you where I am coming from.

I have spent a great deal of time, effort and money in learning a lot about magic. Recently, when requested, I have been performing for young children, not my usual audience. The number of times that I have did this has left me with some of the most satisfying moments I have had in magic. Their enthusiasm, interest, reactions, etc. have been priceless. I do not want to risk destroying their attitude towards magic and have them like so many others think the electronic medium is their only reliable source for their enjoyment. So I am extremely sensitive not to disappoint them or make them skeptical of future performers.
I was looking to much more experienced performers in this venue to help me preserve their innocence towards magic.

It's not like I was trying to take a shortcut in learning a trick.

In any case, I really do appreciate the time you took to give me feedback. I will use my creative juices.

John
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One bad line isn't going to destroy anything.

Get out your notebook and jot down 30 responses.
5 funny responses.
5 weird responses.
5 mean responses.
5 sad responses.
5 kind responses.
5 responses that make no sense at all.


do it quickly but don't rush. I think in an hour you will have your answer.

And don't forget sometimes your response might be more than one line.

kids: "do it again"
you: xxxxx xx xxx (which sets the kids up for their next line)
kids: xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxxxx xx x xxxxx (which sets up your great line finale)
you: xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxx

You'll have put more time into writing that one line than most kids magicians put into their entire act but you'll be glad you did.

good luck!
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I think Franks advice is really constructive! When writing lines and routines for my performances I always notice a big difference in the end result between 'trying to think of ideas' and 'actively creating ideas'. Sit down with a pen and paper and nut this problem out; I think you'll get some interesting results.

Let us know what you come up with (save us the work).

I KID, but I would like to hear how you go.
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Listen to Frank. Do you really respond with "a magician doesn't do the same tricks over again because there are too many tricks in the world and you wouldn't be able to see them all if they are repeated"? If so then....dannnnnng dude.

Here, I'll help.

Child "Hey you maggot, can you make it bigger then make it dissappear then do it again?"

you "Yes I can, and that is how your mother is paying for this show......"

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Child: "Yo, doctor boring, can you make it change color?"

You: "What? You think I'm Michael Jackson?"

Child: "No, he didn't die on stage like you are doing"

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Keepin' it real...
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My response is similar to Wizzo's (Louis).

"Of course I could do that! But let me do this first. You gotta see this..." then go into your next routine.

--Julian Franklin

P.S. I still think Frank's advice is good, though.
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