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I'm going to post a similar thread in "Tricky Business" but this is kind of a Kid's Entertainer question.

I'm booked for a one hour Santa in a home.

I've got the costume and make-up down.

But, I've never done a Santa. What do some of you do?

I am going to be delivering a special gift the grandmother will give me before I arrive.

But what else?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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I would do a search, I seem to remember a similar thread last year about this, Also check with Skip Way I think he has some experience with the SC Gig.
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On 2011-12-06 17:01, MagicB1S wrote:
I would do a search, I seem to remember a similar thread last year about this...


Thanks. I'll try to get in touch with Skip.

I did try to find a previous thread but couldn't find it. Maybe my Search-Fu skills are not blackbelt.

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Santas do game leading, sing alongs, and read stories. They enter the room while ringing santa bells. Pose for photos.
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You can also read Christmas stories to the children.
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I am of the opinion that less is more when it comes to playing Santa. Of course a big Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas, but getting involved in leading games seems foreign to my concept of who Santa is. I think reading Christmas Stories and telling the children about life at the North Pole would be in more in keeping with tradition.
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IMO Santa:

1) is clairvoyant (he sees you when you're sleeping)

2) makes toys appear (most important!)

3) employs lot's of magical and mischevious characters, like elves.

4) has lot's of interesting stories and experience (living in the north pole with elves and reindeer and flying around the world and such)

This makes me think:

1) mentalism (Santa as psychic reader is very strong, I still remember it from when I was about 7)

2) make toys appear (or any kind of presents

3) Santa-in-trouble. Maybe some of those elves played a joke with some of the magical toys?

4) Great stories and story magic tricks.

Definitely just stories is enough. I think stories and some mind reading (eg. knowing the kids names, what they want for christmas, etc) would be a perfect combination. Depending on if you are already familiar with mentalsim or not. If not then you probably won't have the time to learn it convincingly.
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I have done a lot of Santa work. An hour long visit seems long to me. But if you have to, you have to. I would stay well clear of games. You are Santa, not a clown. What I tend to do is tell them about my elves, my toy factories, my life at the North Pole. I answer all their questions (and they will have some). Ask them plenty of questions. Get them to open up to you. Santa is a celebrity in the eyes of the little ones, and what is better than a celebrity who wants to listen to you. Get them to sing for you - but don't lead a sing-song. That is too much like an entertainer rather than Santa.

Telling a Christmas story would be very appropriate. The Night Before Christmas, and The Grindge are good stories to recite.
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I used to book Santas as an agent. they all did things their own way. I had a guy who did game leading in addition to the usual stuff and it went over very, very well. Every approach is legit if the kids and the client are happy and enjoy it. The game leading isn't traditional, but why can't Santa be a really fun guy? Not for everyone, but it's an option, especially if you have a lot of time to fill.
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Join http://clausnet.com/ I have learned stuff I never would have imagined. I just had my first professional gig as Santa and I can't begin to say how much I was helped by clausnet.

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I have found them to be a really great bunch of helpful folk who are truly committed to the calling of being Santa. Most of them do see it as a calling and take it very seriously.
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