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asgar
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I just got booked for a show for 4-6 year old kids.I had never done a show only for this age group.I always do cups and balls or chop cup,LINKING Rings,tabary routine.Do you think these two are appropriate for this age group.I'm planning to switch to professors nightmare for tabary rope.I'm also planning to do my sponge ,silk ,misers dream routine.Probably gonna add color changing feather ,change bag and coloring book, too.
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I just did cups and balls for 2 childcare centres, used a modified Vernon's routine adapted for children, Great response. Surprising, some children enjoyed the wand through cup effect during the performance.
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Asgar,

The effect you perform are not the most important part. How you perform them is. If you can get a little silly with the kids, that will go a long way. You really have to find your style and personality, and the best way to do that is to just perform shows for your target audience. In time, and with practice, you'll know what will work...and more importantly--why.
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It sounds like you have some great effects planned. The kids will respond positively to them if you use them in a kid friendly presentation. Like Scott O. said "get a little silly with the kids, that will go a long way."

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Two principles come to mind with this age group:

-- They See Something, You Don't
-- Adult In Trouble

If you can incorporate these into your routines,
regardless of the props, the kids will go nuts.

For instance, I've done the "Look Don't See" bit
with Chinese Sticks - I'm talking about how the
strings are now the same, as the kids see clearly
the one is now shorter. Then I get frustrated...
leading to "Adult in Trouble."

There's tons of ways to apply these to Cups and
Balls and other bits.

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I'll second what has been said. Kids this age respond to silly! The effect is secondary.
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This is my favorite age group. The above link is a must read book. Terry Herbert's DVDs are also very good, IMHO.
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Thanks a lot guys.It reminds me the famous line by Rabindranath Tagore-Just because kids may not eat much .don't give them an empty plate.jackturk gave me a great idea about doing chop cup.So I think I'll keep it.
I have the Terry Herbert's dvd and I'm really impressed.people always called me crazy (long before doing magic)If I can bring that to stage I think Me and them both will have a good time.
Thanks a lot guys.
Let me give you my routine.Please give me some more advices.These are the ones I have been doing for some time.

1.Bottle production
2.The milk feeder to make a kid more intelligent
3.SIlk vanish
4.Chop cup
5.color changing book
6.Sponge Ball
7.color changing feather
8.Misers dream
9.Change bag to produce some chocolates

I'll keep in mind to involve the kids in every part of the show.
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Keep it simple with lots of gags, if you can do a running gag the better. Use assistants if you can. Kids love it when they see one of their own helping out. Good luck!
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Leland is right---assistants are always a hit with kids. When performing for adults, I find they often avert their eyes when I am are looking for a volunteer. With kids, virtually every hand will be in the air!
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Thanks I'll probably won't do these many tricks as kids have a small duration for interest.Though I never did a show like that I used to be an assistant(cameraman and manager) for my mentor.I already planned to bring at least a kid forward for every trick.
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For this age group "They see you don't" is the best type of routine!
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The routines planned sounds like right! How long is your show though? In Singapore, we usually do half an hour, so the number of routines sound like a lot to me.

As per the above input from everyone else, for kids usually the process (silly in this case) is more important than the outcome. Personally I also feel that the outcome is also important, at the very least for myself. The 'magical' part is THE reason why we're magicians, not kids comedian or other entertainers. I think your routines have that too, so that's great already.

Going off-tangent a little:

I have a little analogy I always share with people asking me about kids magic.

It's like some kids watching a microwave in action. They are fascinated and like the light going on inside, how the food inside is turning of it's own accord and how it goes 'DING!' when it stops. They aren't caring about the food at that point. The fun to them is peering through that tinted glass watching the little stuff going on. (ie. the process) But, if I'm cooking for those kids, I'd still like my food to come out good. (ie. in terms of magic, that'd be the 'magical-ness' of the effect!)
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On 2011-04-24 09:33, flimnar wrote:
Leland is right---assistants are always a hit with kids. When performing for adults, I find they often avert their eyes when I am are looking for a volunteer. With kids, virtually every hand will be in the air!

Good time to do a switch or steal.
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Asgar,

Personally I don't bring a child up for every trick. You might consider alternating between bringing kids up on stage while performing an effect, performing alone or using the entire audience where they sit. I think it keeps a show more interesting than having a constant parade. Good luck.

Brad
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I agree with Brad on when to use volunteers. I use several volunteers in each show, but not for every effect. It helps the pacing if you mix it up.

If you have time, get "Seriously Silly" (either the book or the DVD) by David Kaye, aka Silly Billy. As he and others say, the key to magic for kids is the ride, not the destination. The magical effect, while important, is a distant second to the bits of business in entertaining the kids. As others have said, they-see-it-you-don't and magician-in-trouble are two key principles that will take you a long way.

If I'm doing a show for a 5 year old, as soon as I walk in the door I immediately start doing the look-don't-see bit when I search everywhere for the birthday child who is usually standing right in front of me.
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Thanks guys .Just want you to let you know that the show is going great.It's actually a several show deal from nestle.I was a little bit shaky and nervous in the first show.But from then it's a smooth ride.I was wrong to say that I try to bring a kid everytime.Actually I can't because If see the routine ,I can only use in chop cup,egg bag,linking rings,1st time silk production , misers dream sponge balls,change bag.The others silk vanish,multiplying balls,color changing feather,color book don't need any.
I find the children aged 5 and more are really intelligent.i change my routine according to the children.Some get bored at chop cup and some amazed at linking rings.
Thank you guys for everything.I tried to keep your advices in mind and use them.
Choosing assistants welcomes a lot of trouble too.AS everyone wants to come forward,yesterday so many children came forward to be the assistant that the table almost broke.HAHHAHAH.All wanted me to get coins from their ears later.I'm really enjoying this and learning fast too.This is so much more fun than the corporate parties and restaurant work.I'll keep you posted if you guys are interested.
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Misner's Dream, coloring book, change bag, Rocky the Raccoon and props with lots of color are all good.

I think someone else mentioned that it's not really the effects at this age, as it is the attitude. This age, they want to be silly. They will remember the gofey stuff getting to the end of the trick, then the trick itself. If something gets a laugh, do it at least 3 more times ( dropping a prop, getting hit in the head). The key is to keep them laughing.
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