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On Aug 1, 2017, David Kaye wrote: You might be able to find Silly Scott's routine which he used to win the Childrens Magician of the Year at Blackpool. It lasts about 15 minutes. Filled with gags and props.


Silly Scott can be seen here. The routine starts at about 6:20.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDHQIgrdLL0
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On Aug 1, 2017, David Kaye wrote:
First, I think of this trick as a house. A bare house. And you can decorate it any way you like. So start out performing this with the script that comes with it. But I encourage you to make it your own. Keep the parts you like and change what you don't like.


Yes, this is what I do many times when I purchase someone else's routine. When you allow your personality or character to guide the process the end result is usually something very different. Frankly, my character is about as different as you can get from Silly Billy's.

But I've heard many magicians say the first thing they do when the receive a new trick is to throw away the instructions. Why throw away all to that experience? Change it and adapt it yes, better don't discard it.
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I have the trick, but have not performed it yet. The kissing thing - it can create stress and tears for the kids. I also find the prisoner figure wrong (and replaced it with a headless monkey silk). I lived 8 years in the States and the mentality there is VERY different to German and Swiss people - which is for whom I mostly perform... I think I can see clearly why some magicians who perfom this trick had such bad experiences. As a teacher and as a father of a small child... it made me think twice about how to present this trick. I think that there is plenty of very useful advice in this thread (Hershey Kisses!!!) and I also agree with Silly Billy (otherwise "my kids performer idol figure") that the trick represents a house that needs decorating etc. Kimmo`s take is brilliant, of course... I am going to adapt the patter when it comes to kissing the frog and have, as pointed out above, replaced the prisoner figure, which I think does not fit into this children`s trick at all. I think that know it can work for me - and my audiences too - this needs to be put to the test next...
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As long as the children are not allergic to chocolate, why not have them kiss with a chocolate kiss? Hand one to each child, they exchange kisses. Both get a treat for helping and also, neither is embarrassed.
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I agree.
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I was very fortunate to meet David (Silly Billy) on his recent tour of New Zealand and Australia. If he is lecturing in your town, I highly recommend attending regardless of whether you are a children's magician or not. His advice is valuable across the spectrum! Ken's comments above regarding not throwing away the creators instructions are gold - if you have paid good money for an effect (very good money for PIAP), then why throw away the real value of the effect, which is the lessons learned by the creator during their creative process. A clever person learns from their mistakes, a WISE person learns from others!
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I've no experience with Princess in a pickle.
This presentation needs the right kind of audience to get the kind of reaction that Silly Billy got on his video. Please remember that Silly Billy is a great children's performer who knows his audience and knows when not to and when to. He will be the first to admit that he doesn't get the same reaction every time, it depends on the kind of audience you're working with.
Ken here is my take on picking volunteers for this routine, I'd pick a girl a 2 or three years older than the boy she's going to kiss. She will more likely to kiss the little fellow without been embarrassed about it and he won't mind for he sees her as a big sister.
Just my input.
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I watched and listened and no matter how many times, I cannot tell what the kid said that got the big laugh?
did anyone figure it out?
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On Sep 14, 2018, TheAmbitiousCard wrote:
I watched and listened and no matter how many times, I cannot tell what the kid said that got the big laugh?
did anyone figure it out?


I think he said oops
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I think you're right! Thx
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For what it's worth, here are my few cents:

I have done my own version of this for a few years and found that along the way, children have gotten more sensible. It's a shame, everything has to be so pc these days. But here are some things that might help whoever is doing this.

- A method to picking the right volunteer: Say for example: If you want to help out with this next part of the show, you need to raise your hands ... no, you need to put your hands in your lap. No, you need to jump up and down and shout pick me pick me, no I changed my mind, you need to sit and smile etc (pick someone who did everything you asked without hesitation)

- Not my preferred method but you can say that you will only pick someone who is willing to do whatever it takes, even getting married. It gives away a little bit of what may happen (that's why I don't like this) but anybody who is still willing to come up will most likely be a fantastic volunteer.

- When you get to the last two and the kissing part and or if you noticed that things are taking a turn for the helpers, you can say: "Don't worry, this is just pretend and for being so brave, you will each get a fantastic prize" This is helped me out of a situation a few times when the "brave" volunteers did the "vanishing braveness" trick at the end.

- Pick all girls or all boys for this trick (I had to do it once at a girls party with a princess theme) and it went very well.

- Re-write your script to take off the pressure of that last moment. I sat down with a director to analyze and rewrite the story line, still keeping in the "romantic" moment at the end but with a new story to get there. Not ready to share this just yet but think of what other ways you could present this with those costumes. It is just such a fantastic routine David has created, and really plays well with the right crowd under right circumstances.

- Lastly, this should be a given but I'll mention it here anyways: a lot depends on how the audience has seen you interact with other volunteers up until that point. If you do sucker trick after sucker trick in the show, chances are there will be defiance when selecting a helper for this. Treat your volunteers with respect (no comments like "my fault I picked you") and it will create a whole different dynamic. (not saying anyone is not treating their audience without respect, just saying it all goes hand in hand) and be Ok with it if you find it doesn't suit your character.
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