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How many billiard balls do you ultimately produce in that opening routine? Eight? Before the balls start to multiply, are you playing it sort of like the miser's dream? Thanks.
Jim in Los Angeles
Oh, my friend we're older but no wiser, for in our hearts the dreams are still the same...
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Profile of antonuccio
During my show, I have a running gag which is basically a sponge trick with two little assistants. The sponges refuse to do work, but at the end everything is ok. Children cannot believe it, and the show is over.
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James, No only four.It's a very simple routine. I only do a couple of tricks before they multiple using a couple of different french drops. The comedy comes from them multiplying unbeknown to me.
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Profile of Bilwonder
Andy asked about balloon magic...
I have used the card in balloon stand and a nail writer as in "13 steps." Get the Birthday person to call out a favorite BD wish and it appears in the balloon written on a BD card.

There is also Aldo Colombini's routine with cards with pictures of balloon animals. He has one secretly selected and then makes the balloon behind his back as a mindreading thing.

One of the routines with the "Splash" gimmick is to pop the balloon in you hand for a production of soda...but it could be other things (flowers, cards, props...)

For my openings I've used a lot of different things. Sometimes I've combined several opening tricks. Making my name appear on my name tag gets them to shout that your name tag only says "Hello" at first.

I like the "ABC" cards because I use it to lay down some simple rules for the party (Applause, Behave and Cheer). I've done a similar thing with the Talking Drawing board...writing the ABC's first and erasing them to draw the picture.

For young kids I often open with the Patrick Page Double Flower production from his video in the IMS.

Although I usually close with the carpet and a rabbit. I have sometimes opened with the vanishing can in a silly absent minded routine and ended by making the cane appear as I said goodbye.

Sponge balls for the young ones...including the ball to square as an eye test...

I'll stop here for now....
"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain
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As I'm a foriegner performing for kids here in taiwan, it's important for the kids to know that I can speak their language, and can communicate with them. I often start out by telling them that I went to India last year and a friend gave me this interesting rope. (Stiff rope) I have lots of by play with by having them say 1,2,3 in English and the rope falls. Then realise the rope is actualy made in Taiwan, and then use Chinese and the rope stiffens. Simple I know, but works for me here.
Using balloons, I sometimes use the gag, where I tell them I want to give out a gift and make a poodle, and then give them 5 seconds to guess "What is this"? OF course they're all yelling, dog, poodle, and things like that. I just casually say no, and then after the time is up, I tell them it's just a balloon. Sometimes the little kids don't get it too quickly, but the adults really think it's funny.
Al Kazam --> Magic guy in Perth Australia
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Profile of Snidini
After the usual warm-ups of music and introductions, I start with a gozinta bag and having loaded it with a dog collar, dog bone and balloon, I pretend to be looking for a lost dog. I also wear my official dog catcher hat also while performing this routine. I also compliment it with a wiggle giggler that the kids dearly love. I can make it sound somewhat like a little dog barking and when I get to the ballon, I proceed to have fun blowing it up and turning it into a dog which is then given to the birthday child. My closer is the use of "goldfish crackers" leading to the production of goldfish in an aquarium using the icle pickle prop and then if the parents allow them to keep the fish, I furnish the small bowl with food. I have found that usually 9 out of 10 parties keep the fish and most all like the goldfish.
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Profile of Dynamike
I open with a little chit chat. The first trick is with the birthday person, using a stand up sponge rountine. I close with chair suspension.
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I've seen an oversized square circle used to produce a child.
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I use preshow music to let kids and families know something is about to start.

Examples of C/D's I have used for my Library Shows.(from their shelves)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
TV Toons

I usually "play around" with the kids learning some of their names so that I can call them by name when the show starts.

When Bugs Bunny's This is it Overture comes on I do a silent routine which includes:

Production of sunglasses, Putting on my
Frank Sinatra Type hat and making a pair of
balloon lips out of a 260 E balloon.
Prior to making the lips, I blow the balloon up a bit from the wrong end.

I then blow my nose into a hanky then turn it into a cane in mid air.

I have trouble finding the kids, until they tell me to take my sunglasses off. I miss hear them which leads into my self introduction as the Nearly Normal Magician.
I ask them for help in completing my transition including a couple of minutes trying to get my shoes off and my oversized slippers on.

Nigel the puppet that rocks and talks is 99% my closer with a c/d music/Karoke or Harmonica backed song.

PM if you want to hear any more.

Warren Peace, what a great name for a social worker. My background is in mental health.
I work as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Currently.

When I first came back to the Kansas City Area, I looked up Social Work jobs in the paper. I found Singing Telegrams under the S's and worked for a company for a few years.
I use some of the parody type songs for the birthday person even today.

Harris Deutsch aka dr laugh
music, magic and marvelous toys
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