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I am a big and scary man. When I fell out of the ugly tree I hit every branch on the way down. So I can imagine that some young kids might be a bit scared of me. Funnily enough they aren't, but I could see how they might be.

About a year ago I began asking for a kitchen chair when I perform for under fives. That allowed me to sit down at the start of the show, so that I am not towering over all the kids. It also allowed me to create a sense of intimacy, by sitting and leaning forward, and drawing them into my show. It is particularly effective when I tell a story. By sitting and lowering my voice I also force the kids to lower their chatter and listen, which helps keep control without demanding their attention.

I noticed that if I had a very small kid helping (three or four years old), I can interact with them more effectively if I am on their level, which the chair helps with. Now I occasionally do up to a third of my show for the toddlers on the chair.

I am just curious - are there any other sit-down magicians out there? What are your experiences?
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I have a fold-open stool that I can use as a side table. I also found it effective for telling story-based routines (like my rng and rope routine.

Gerry Walkowski
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Cedric Richardson used to perform that way.

Donald Dunphy
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A few years ago, Ross MacRae (Wayne Keyser) used to be quite active in the Little Darlings discussions. I think he spends more time in other parts of the Café nowadays.

He does a sit-down style magic show, and I recall him talking about it in a few posts. I haven't seen his birthday business DVD, but I'm sure it has footage of him performing in a sit-down style:

There are a few performance clips throughout his site, on various pages. Explore a bit.

His Café name is: rossmacrae

- Donald
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
jay leslie
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I get on one knee all the time.

This also helps frame a photo for the BB boy or girl - your heads are at the same general height.

Getting on one knee works great except for the grunting and groaning while getting back up, which can be a little off-putting, so I stand up while everyone is applauding & the noise drowns-out my age Smile I'm working on a show where I lay down and draw answers to questions in the sand. It's more of a mentalism show but it's better then being wheeled in, on a gurney.
Michael Baker
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My uncle (who got me into magic) used to perform for children and his target audience was always the really young ones. I have known him to sit cross-legged on the floor and perform, as if he were playing with toys as the kids might do. Although he was not a large man, he was brilliant in his ability to captivate the tiny children and make them comfortable with this style.
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