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clownybeth
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I'm doing a magic show for a group of 180 4th/5th graders in a couple of weeks. I did a show for the same grades last year. Since half of the kids saw my magic show last year, I'm trying to come up with a brand new show. It's coming together pretty well, except for the warm-up. I just can't come up with a warm-up that is fun and appropriate for this age group. Last year I used the applause meter, which they loved. This year, I was going to do one of David Ginn's, where he uses the battery-operated monkey with cymbals to teach the kids out how to clap. Then when the monkey won't stop clapping, he bonks it on the head, which makes the monkey bare his teeth and screech. I have decided I don't want to use the monkey warm-up because: it's too elementary for this age of children and 2) I don't feel comfortable losing my temper and hitting the monkey in front of the kids. But I simply can't come up with a better idea. Any warm-up ideas?
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Do you have a theme for the show? End of year?
Did the school year have a theme. Ours was Be Extraordinary.

Some of my warm ups include.

Failed attempts to juggle...
Wind up toys fall off (or appear ready to fall off the table)
Pretend to wipe face or neck and then make something out of the towel..like a plucked chicken...

more information may lead to other suggestions...
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Daniel Ulzen
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The 1-2-3-Clap-Hand-Gags von Chris Carey and the trick where everybody puts his right hand over his left hand and turns his thumbs up come to my mind.

You can PM me if you need more informations about these gags and trick.
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I've also been using the ABC backwards gag for a long time.

Perhaps next I will start at the middle and go to the beginning and end of the alphabet alternatively.
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I think you mean 9 and 10-year olds, right? Try the 5 Card Opener from Bill Abbott, it works a treat for this age. Or, if you'd rather use more traditional routines, the "Feather Plume" is fun, "What's Next", or the "Hot Book". Even "Silver Scepter" can play for this age, as it remains a rather "magical" piece.
I'd also highly recommend "King's Crossing" (recently released), or "Vanishing Bandanna", which are both very strong, but probably not really openers as such....they would be introduced after some banter and stand-up comedy.
Good luck!
Potty Smile
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I always have a hard time with warm-ups...so I begin my show in darkness with an appearance from the Shadow Box. Unfortunately, not all venues are conducive to this.
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KeirRoyale
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I frequently open with the "Banana Phone" routine and love it...
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Hi Beth,

You might want to check out Magication.

http://innovativedeceptions.com/?page_id......uct_id=7


Best regards,
Max
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I highly recommend (and use) Duane Laflin's book "Laugh Lines", which is filled with some terrific warmups and quick gags to get an audience fully involved, interactive and into what you're doing.

You can get it here: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S3717
clownybeth
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Thanks, everybody, for your ideas--you have some great suggestions. KeirRoyale, I'm not familiar with the Banana Phone routine, but I am intrigued. Can you elaborate? Thanks!
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Q: How do you answer a Banana phone?

A: Yellow.


With apologies to Raffi.

John
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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