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Terapin
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Hi there!
A friend gave me a fire wallet, and on a whim I put together a small routine with a disappearing coin and the wallet which enraptured my six year old, but I'm having trouble finding anything that will be as visually funny and engaging as the wallet - any tips on things that are as dramatic and engaging for kids?
Thanks!
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Plenty of things, but it depends on what you know, what you're comfortable with, and what you like. I might be inclined to do sponge balls, but someone else might be inclined to do something with balloons, while someone else still might try linking rings. Don't underestimate the value of a really good vanish.
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Hi there - I'm pretty new, and don't have any real practiced techniques - I've just managed to string together these tricks in a way that works, and am kind of hooked! What appeals to me about it is that the setup is a disappearing coin / appearing in the wallet, and then you 'teach' the kid how to do it, asking them to magically think of sending the coin to the wallet, only to have it burst into flames - it cracks them up every time, and younger kids accept the premise that they are just 'doing it wrong'. I was wondering about the silk to egg or something like that, but the fire effect is so compelling... I was really unimpressed with torch to rose - and was looking for other ideas like it... Thanks!
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Fire and Kids being entertained by it, I would venture to say that their interest is not in the magic as much as the FIRE!!. Colorful silk productions might be a better choice to judge there amazement by.Just a thought.
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I think you're right - they are completely unimpressed by the coin disappearance and transport, but crack up at 'messing up my trick and making my wallet catch fire"... Smile
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Having been through my own four kids, I would be very cautious about introducing "amazed with fire" as entertainment. If you are hooked on magic, go to the library and check out some magic books. Get one from the children's section and you can read it together, and he can help you decide which one you should do next.

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Magic that happens in their hands unexpectedly can also cause the same sensation as fire, and it is a lot safer. Sponge balls that vanish from your hand and appear in their hand are good for this, as well as card tricks where the change occurs when the card is in their hands (can be done with kiddie picture cards if the kids are really young). Cut and restored rope in their hands also is amazing to them. Look for a solution that involves them getting their hands in on the magic and you will be a great success even without fire.

From your post you seem to be into coin magic, so you might try a coin switch in the child's hand and see if it is as impressive as the fire trick.
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Sounds good - what is the name of the vanish ball trick you're talking about?
Thanks!
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I think he's just talking about a standard sponge ball routine. You can get the balls online or at any magic shop (just ask for sponge balls), and you can find instructional information in lots of different books or DVDs. It's really good classic sleight of hand stuff, but because it's classic, you can find it just about everywhere.

If you don't like sponge BALLS, there are other options. They make them shaped like bunnies (sponge bunnies) or in a variety of other shapes. Jay Sankey has a set shaped like giant earplugs called Earplugs. They all work the same--it's just a presentational preference.
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The one I was referring to is Qua-Fiki's Zippy Color Sponge Routine which uses two different color sponge balls and an optional Zipper bracelet. You'll find it in The Wizards' Journal #26. He also made a version for little kids based on a Dr. Seuss rhyme, but that might be too much for a beginner. However, for reference, it is found in The Wizards' Journal #20 and is called "One Fish, Two Fish" Color Sponge Ball Routine by Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki. You cut the sponge balls and glue them into the shape of fish using rubber cement and following his directions. Both of these have lots of hands-on roles for helpers.
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Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki is one BRILLIANT magician! Yeah. Go with that! Oh, and welcome to the Café, Terapin! Smile And speaking of Sponge Bunnies, I like these:

Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere by Goshman
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S3241

3D Rabbits from Magic by Gosh
http://www.amazon.com/Magic-By-Gosh-3D-Rabbits/dp/B008Z21NXS

Doug
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Welcome to the Café Terapin. You might try vanishing and reappearing silk using a TT. Always goes over great and you won't be training young pyromaniacs. Just a thought.

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Do no discount the 3 Shell Game. Not a good stage presentation but fantastic at a table for a few people. A good starting point is "School for Scoundrels" an Introduction to the shell game.
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Terapin
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Thanks for all the ideas!
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Sponge balls, paper balls, ropes.

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If I was 6.....not magic but balloons....then I can have crowns, and sword fights and weird animals.

but having said that Ed's idea of going to the library together is awesome.
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If the oldest is 6, I wouldn't do balloons just yet. A single small broken piece can block a child's airway and you have bare minutes to get help. If the youngest is 6 then a cheap kit from WalMart is a good place to start.

Ed
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Sugar Rush. A great trick for kids using candy bars.
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Flash paper may prove a welcome addition to the previously mentioned sponge ball routines.
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I agree that silk magic is great for kids. Lots of great material out there to learn about it...i would check out Duane Laflin.

Also having 5 kids of my own I can tell you just by jazzing around objects in there hands that change or disappear is another great route to go.
Magic is not to fool...but allows you to believe!

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