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Pavlo
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I'm performng at the restaurant party in about two months where I have to begin with two or three platform tricks to get the audience involved. There will be parents with their children there. About 100 people altogether. I do mainly close-up and I would like you to advise me the tricks that would be powerful, visual and funny to establish myself as a magician.After two or three tricks I'll be doing table-hopping.
Thanks a lot everyone.
pyromagician
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A dancing cane is always good, just don't overuse the heck out of it
linking rings is also good
cut and restored rope is great if you want to involve the audience

if you can routine them all together too then you have a great little routine going for you

Gary
P.S. this is what part of the alphabet would look like if "Q" and "R" were eleminated
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It I were you I would open with something flashy, like a quick production of some sort. Maybe billiard balls or card manipulations. Then the C&R rope and Linking Rings are both great.
Frank Tougas
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Start with the rings as they are very visual, make a lot of attention getting noise (I prefer to call them chimes)I also agree the Cut and Restored Rope is very magical, but I'm not sure I'd do the Dancing Cane.

First the lighting may not be ideal and secondly I'm not sure if it is strong enough to compete with the other two. You know some kid is going to shout out, "He's got a string!" Bless their little hearts.

It sounds like even the platform work will be somewhat intimate, and you need some distance and a sophisticated audience for an effective cane.

I might simply do a barehanded vanish of a silk using a TT. It surproises the heck out of people and may set them up nicely for the smaller walk-around stuff.

If you are required to get some audience participation, I would substitute the Cut and Restored with Professors Nightmare and have some people up to examine the ropes, and swap a good solid spongeball routine for the silk vanish.
Frank Tougas The Twin Cities Most "Kid Experienced" Children's Performer :"Creating Positive Memories...One Smile at a Time"
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