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I'm looking for sources, videos or books, that deal with performing magic for kids more with a storytelling premise rather than a comedy attitude. Any ideas?

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83 today-June 4, --70 years in kids magic - Many storytelling effects developed. "3 pigs"/20th century silks - "Alice in Wonderland"/Die Box -"My Pet Spot"/spot card - "Illusion,Delusion,Confusion"/Tear Apart Wand or Spot Card - "Wishing Well"/Coin pail(adult version-collecting Entertainment Tax) several Gospel Verse effects - p/m for details // and/or go to "search" -"russo" username - and wade through hundreds of personal comments, effects,ideas, etc. if you want to wade through them - L-O-L. Keep safe, Best to you and yours. Ralph(russo)Rousseau
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUSSO!!
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‘Paths To Enchantment’ by Malcolm Yaffe has a chapter on storytelling.
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On Jun 4, 2020, academy wrote:
I'm looking for sources, videos or books, that deal with performing magic for kids more with a storytelling premise rather than a comedy attitude. Any ideas?

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I like the book, Professional Magic for children by David Ginn. He discusses how to structure a show for kids some of his routines are story like routines that may help with ideas. Tarbell 3 also discusses the structure etc. Im doing my 1st kids show in 25 years on july 4th. Im more nervous than a room of 50 adults. Kids can be tough. Refreshing the old books has been very helpfull. I had to dig out the old box of kids magic I still have from the 70s.

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Also -David Ginn book "Magic for Monsters" -not to brag, just to share- see my post above > "June 4th"
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While I agree Barry Mitchell and David Ginn are excellent magician resources on this subject, however I can't but help wonder if you aren't approaching this from the wrong end. I would recommend to concentrate on develop your storytelling skills.

I was a good storyteller long before I was a magician. When I came to magic I found it very easy to transfer these skills to magical performance (particularly for children's shows). You will probably then find this true as well.
To quote Clifford Warne's book "the 'magic' of Story-telling", 'Professional performers use these clues in every form of showbusiness'.
I can recommend this book (no magic but but will teach you to be a storyteller)and also his book "So You Want to Tell Stories!".
"Storytelling - It's Easy" by Ethel Barrett is the best book I know on the subject. She was a master storyteller and was posthumously awarded the Great Christian Storyteller Award for the last 100 years at the Christian Storytelling Convention in 2007.
All of these books are probably out of print but ought to be able to be picked up relatively cheaply secondhand.

Wish you all success
Kim
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Story telling Magic is ALWAYS better than -I FOOLED YOU magic. 'I fooled you' -lets the person feel down. A happy / fun story makes a smile. 83 -70 years in Magic.
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Rainbow Fish has a huge book available.

The story is interesting and has excellent moral to the story.

Is it magical? No, but kids and parents like it.

The book is way bigger than then one in this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3cmddZh6t8
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
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On Jun 4, 2020, academy wrote:
I'm looking for sources, videos or books, that deal with performing magic for kids more with a storytelling premise rather than a comedy attitude. Any ideas?

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I've made a career out of this and talk about it quite a bit in my book.

The book includes 47 video links that go along with the content.

Here's an example of how I get kids to go completely silent (without asking them to) by capturing their interest with a story.

If you hold their interest, most kid control problems disappear!



Check out what people are saying about my book on the feedback page:

https://performbettershows.com/people-are-talking/
PRAISE FOR TIM'S BOOK, PERFORM:

"I loved this book!" Ken Weber

"4 out of 4 stars!" Nick Lewin

"My favorite book for performers!" Bill Cook

"This will be a classic of magic!" Mark Pocan


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