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Sam Sandler
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No not a political thing what I mean is I in general don't perform THEMED magic shows. there fore all my christmas or if you must "holiday" shows are pretty much my same show.

have I thought about adding some christmas magic routines - sure but what I want to know is does any one else just do their normal show for the holiday bookings or do you throw in a bunch of christmas and holiday magic?

oh and if you do use christmas or holiday magic - what do you do. what are your favorite christmas tricks?

thanks just curious

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I've found I get repeat business by offering a separate Christmas show with lots of images of Santa, snowmen, reindeer and penguins. I also do a Gospel version.

I also enjoy having a month off from my normal show.

so Santa Blendo
egg bag (Santa's penguins by Arthur Stead)
Christmas version of farmyard frolics
missing star (forgetful Freddy)
Santa in chimney
puppet at Christmas routine
making Santa appear (Cube Squared)
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We do Christmas stuff. Our favourite is a nice 10 minute routine where we get about 6 volunteers to help us decorate a Christmas tree using different magic tricks to produce all the decorations.
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I always offer a new Christmas show every year. There are so many repeat bookings from these shows, it makes sense to use material which won't be used when those same kids have you along to their Birthday parties.
The main problem I find is that there are four different types of Christmas audience: very young pre-schoolers aged up to 4; Keystage 1 (5-7 year-olds) and Keystage 2 (7-11 year-olds); and family audiences. I do indeed, work out 4 different variations of my Christmas shows, so that I have a dedicated show for each group.
There are a lot of Christmassy effects out there, but I particularly like "Big Red Nose", "Santa's Suit" (which I use with a Christmas Stocking CB), dove pan routines with the Peachey Keane Christmas foam items), and Wacky Weasel (my Christmas routine, which I posted here several years ago).
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I too do "Christmas Shows" - one secular, one religious - I will still throw in a few non-Christmas effects, but most of the show is themed Christmas, or sometimes in secular situations, winter holiday magic.
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I do mis made Santa, because I could never say not to my friend Peter White, but IMHO holiday themed magic is generally inferior magic.
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Thanks for the post so far.

yea I do a lot of christmas parties and would say that 90% are repeats each year. I thought maybe this year I would throw in a chritmas trick or two. but never have over the last 10 years of doing the shows for them. odd I know but I guess they like me they really like me:)

I will begin some research on christmas magic tricks today and see if anything sparks my interest.

I have a few ideas for some tricks that I might make up on my own.

thanks

sam

ps any suggestions of what tricks you think play well.
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Snowstorm is a great way to finish your Christmas show.
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I have about ten routines, six of which you will get during an hour long show. I won't do Christmas or Halloween shows because I agree with Al, it is inferiour magic. I also don't like props.

What I do is I tailor my patter for the season. It can all be done with the patter and the stories. No need to change the tricks. I can have a completely new show with just a bit of work on presentation.
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Potty- yes I already perform my original snow storm routine at the end of the show and then my snow machines kick on and the music changes to santaclause is coming to town and santa and mrs clause enter from back stage. that's about the only christmas trick I do LOL

I have thought about getting a production illusion to produce santa but not happy with many of the ideas I have come across. I think a modern cabanet is the best idea as all that santa has to do is stand there and then when the door closes and the box begins to spin move the you know what. that's something I am considering this year.

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Sam,my brand new Christmas trick/routine will be on the market soon. There will be lots of "bits of business" in this routine and should play from 6-8 minutes. In production as I type! Release in late Oct or early November.

With a little creativity I'm sure you can come up with lots of ideas with props you already own. I've heard of people using Stratosphere with colored ornaments etc.

I made my own Square circle and the outside is decorated like a chimney. I found some plastic silver bells in a craft store. Nest them together for a HUGE production. (I pull 8 bells, streamers and bottles out of my chimney.)

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I don't want to give out too many details about my Christmas Show, but I will tell you that you can easily alter a Pom Pom Stick for this theme. I have a Kovari Stick that I change up for Holiday Time by candy striping red/white the stick and the balls are white (snowballs) except for ONE BALL which is yellow. Don't eat the YELLOW SNOW. I get about 5 + Minutes out of this and it always gets great laughs and is very amazing to both kids and grown ups.
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The problem with the Modern Cabinet, besides transportation, setting up and packing away is that most Santas tend to be... how can I say it nicely? On the portly side. That's it! Therefore the Modern Cabinet made for a skinny female assistant can be claustrophobic for them. Consider Bryce's Screen which can be a little more flexible as to size, and is MUCH easier to pack, unpack and transport (especially if you make one from PVC pipe frames as Jim Gerrish shows in his PVC Illusions Book 4). But whether you buy one ready made, or make it from PVC Pipe or wood frames, make sure you decorate the fabric covers with bricks to make it into a large chimney for the old Gent. Then, when producing the Easter Bunny next Spring, you simply need other fabric covers to convert it to a spring meadow backdrop, or a red white and blue backdrop for Uncle Sam, etc. The Screen acts as your backdrop during the show, before or after the production, so it's very handy to have.
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Sam Sandler
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Understood about the larger size santas!

but I was considering having one made to accomidate that size. as for transporting I already transport almost 2 tons of equipment for my show so that's not a biggie.

I have thought about the B screen or bryces screen as well.

I am torn on what to do,
although I do have an idea that I got from some of the post something I saw tonight and something I did years ago. if I put it all together I would get a nice chritstmas routine. still I would want a few more. I did order santa hat tears I have used those before.

I really appreciate all the input

thanks
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I perform on average about 15 Christmas shows each season, most of which are for the same group of clients that rebook me year after year.

In all those years never once have I included any type of Christmas magic trick. Why? I don't know. I just never went in this direction and everything worked out just fine for me.

I'm NOT saying there's anything wrong about adding a few Christmas-type magic effects into your show. It's just that I never have and it hasn't hurt my business whatsoever.

Now I do rotate a few magical effects every other year just for repeat performances. So, while my show still has all my signature effects, it does have a feeling that something new has been added each season.

Gerry
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On 2011-09-25 06:30, Gerry Walkowski wrote:
I perform on average about 15 Christmas shows each season, most of which are for the same group of clients that rebook me year after year.

In all those years never once have I included any type of Christmas magic trick. Why? I don't know. I just never went in this direction and everything worked out just fine for me.

I'm NOT saying there's anything wrong about adding a few Christmas-type magic effects into your show. It's just that I never have and it hasn't hurt my business whatsoever.

Now I do rotate a few magical effects every other year just for repeat performances. So, while my show still has all my signature effects, it does have a feeling that something new has been added each season.

Gerry


For years, I did the same thing. I never felt it necessary to make a specialized show. The Christmas season is going to be busy for magicians if you have a Christmas themed show or not.

About 7 years ago I put together an entire Christmas themed show. I think clients LIKE it when they call and you mention you have a specialized show. I think its an easier sell and I "Upped" my performing fee.
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Hi Tommy,

This is getting slight off topic, but the biggest problem I have is that everyone wants to book me for the prime dates and times. I have lots of repeat Christmas customers, so those dates and prime time slots always get filled. I'm sure others experience the same thing.

So when I get the calls it's not that they don't want my services or want to pay my fee. The demand is there and the selling is already done. It's just that I can't do the shows because I'm already booked for that particular day and time.

Now at times I have been able to talk some groups into changing their times. That has worked somewhat.

Gerry
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On 2011-09-25 09:33, Gerry Walkowski wrote:
Hi Tommy,

This is getting slight off topic, but the biggest problem I have is that everyone wants to book me for the prime dates and times. I have lots of repeat Christmas customers, so those dates and prime time slots always get filled. I'm sure others experience the same thing.

So when I get the calls it's not that they don't want my services or want to pay my fee. The demand is there and the selling is already done. It's just that I can't do the shows because I'm already booked for that particular day and time.

Now at times I have been able to talk some groups into changing their times. That has worked somewhat.

Gerry


I agree Gerry. that's when we can charge top dollar due to supply and demand. You can make a lot more money during these prime spots. The only problem I run into is, some of these customers have had me year after year and I feel guilty raising my fee to them.
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Again I guess I am saying that I have never needed to have a "christmas" themed show. I do many shows each christmas and some of them have been booking for for over 8 years in a row now. yes I change up the show it self but really nothing christmas themed.

I do a santa hat tear
maybe paint my break away wand like a candy cane
but really nothing christmas.

I too struggle with having to raise rates on some one that has been booking me for years. so here is what I do,
I tell them every 2 years there will be a need for a slight in crease in my fees. for some customers its only $50 others its $100 why the differece - some book my big illusion show others book my solo show.

I am toying with adding some more christmas stuff this year just because I am board with things and think it would be a fun project to create some christmas themed tricks.

as I mentioned I painted my break away wand as a candy cane I came out great.

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I love doing a themed Christmas party show. Mostly because I find it fun, and because customers seem to appreciate it. I've got quite a collection of Christmas themed magic that I've built up over the years, some commercial and some homemade.

If you're looking for ideas, check out David Ginn's "Christmas Magic Workbook" (only $10). He created this back in 2006, and was only selling it to attendees of his Christmas Magic Workshop. Now it's available to everyone. I was one of the contributing authors to this project.

http://www.ginnmagic.com/specials102011.html (Item #3, bottom of first page.)

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