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Well, in the history of late/procrastinating/last minute stuff, my office has decided on a 'cosmic space convention' theme for our floor to decorate/dress up around.

We're going to be having a few events and quite a few kids come thorough our floor.

I'm handing out candy and wanted to have a couple of tricks for kids probably ranging from 3-8ish.

I was thinking about making some green sponge-ball aliens (axed the hover card for various reasons) but would like one more thing I could do.

Are there any actual spaced-themed effects anyone knows of suitable for children?

I work at Charles Schwab in the interactive studio so... we're cool up there but it is still Schwab and other departments will be coming through so the typical gore of Halloween will be shelved for this event.

Just wanted more heads for rough-ideas.
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How about getting a laser pointer and a pair of D'Lites? Have the kids cup their hands and 'squirt' laser light into their hands, then reach in and remove it via the D'Lite.
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I'd do sponge balls and present it as your fist is impersonating a black hole etc.

I'm not sure how much kids know about space these days so they may not know what a black hole is.
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Fairchild Magic offer "Run Rudolph Run", which also doubles as "Run Alien Run" (2 sets of images are supplied).
Alien balloons are very easy to make, and kids LOVE THEM. Give your alien a space gun for a really cool look. (Qualatex make alien heads in many different colours now). Make GIANT space guns for the kids.
"Rockin' Cheese" (I think it's from Peachey Keane) is GREAT. Tell the kids you have a piece of moon rock - and of course, as everyone knows, the moon is made of CHEESE. Instantly the rock becomes a big wedge of cheese!
A Zombie Ball could easily be a planet.
Use a starry Leopard Silk and have the "stars falling from the sky".
Multiplying Billiard Balls could again be "planets".
Lots of props could be "from outer space" - things like some of the crazy Lie Detector machines. I just saw that Randi Rain offers something like this on her website.
And don't forget to search for cool alien and space jokes - there are hundreds.Potty Smile
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Thanks guys, those were some great ideas and got the juices flowing...kj
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Daytona has Hippity Hop Astronauts
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How about disguising Confusing Crayons to look like rockets or missles.
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Good ones! The crayons made me think of making a color changing book with space drawings....
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Oh my....a person who realizes they can make there own themed coloring book? I'm very impressed....
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LOL!! I'm also amazed, MagicSanta, at how few people ever try to make their own coloring book. It's not exactly rocket-science folks! I've made 7 of them over the years, and all were 6-way rather than 3-way. Though I'll admit, I did have to see a 6-way one first--I didn't get that idea on my own.
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Silly Billy's book recommends making your own personalised Colouring Book. I prefer to leave that prop in my workshop. Every other magician in the World seems to be performing it. In fact, any time I do a trick that involves a book (such as "Red Carpet", the kids assume I'm about to perform the Colouring Book. Some things, like the breakaway wand, can still be entertaining the hundredth time you see it, but the colouring book is really over-exposed at the moment. It's found in many children's magic sets, and is just NOT a worker, in my opinion.
When I see a magician take out a Colouring Book, my heart sinks, and I prepare myself for between five and twenty five minutes of aching boredom. In my area, the kids feel just the same. Great effect, but around here, EVERYONE is doing it, and kids KNOW how it works. Aaaaag!
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I just performed Tommy James' Space Match routine and it is fantastic. I couldn't believe how well the 5-6 year olds guessed the cards before I named them. I'd like to revive this thread because I was so happy with how the routine went that I'd like to create an Outer Space theme kids shows for schools in my area. Can anybody else point me in the right direction for outer space kids magic effects? Thanks!
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"Journey into Space", is pretty good - if still available - bought mine 40 years ago from Tannens, NYC - still have in like new condition, if you were in the Central Florida area - it's available ( at 84, don't perform much anymore. Mostly Vent.now. (all since 1948).. NO one fills the Café, 'profile' out fully, anymore. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Ralph ROUSSEAU (Russo)
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There was a trick by Ken Allen called MOON HUNT.

An attractive upright cardboard rocket ship about a foot tall opened to accept a (flat) character dressed as a Space Man/Astronaut. The rocket ship sat upright (built-in easel stand) on your table.
(circa late 1950's-early 1960's)

Your child helper was given a circular yellow moon (5 inch diameter) and instructed to spin it with the other hand not holding a dowel rod which was positioned through a hole in the center of the moon.

Performer explained the Magic Mission of the Astronaut who had been introduced and placed into the rocket was for him to land on the moon.

Performer led the audience in a countdown backwards from 10. As the number one was reached, there was a loud bang (balloon hidden behind your table OR you could have another child holding a balloon with a load of confetti and you pop it with a needle point embedded in your magic interstellar wand).

The rocket ship was opened (like a book=he's hidden behind a flap) and the Astronaut was gone. The magician directs the group's attention to the moon and starts to lead the applause to acknowledge the space man's arrival on the moon, BUT he's not there...?

Performer says maybe his aim was off a little bit and he missed the moon, but "he must be here somewhere".

Both performer and his moon-twirling helper begin to look all around the performance area for the Astronaut.

It doesn't take long for the Astronaut to be discovered on the back of the helper!

All is well. Everyone gets a nice round of applause AND everything packs flat and is easy-to-do.

Every now and then a MOON HUNT set pops-up on the secondary market. It's made of cardboard or poster board. Of course, from the description above it wouldn't be difficult to make one for yourself.

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