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Neale Bacon
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It is amazing how many calls I get to do shows where the birthday child is turning one, but the rest of the kids range in age from (usually) 2 - 10.

I live in a culturally diverse area and I am told that in a lot of cultures, the first birthday is very important, especially if it's a boy.

I have learned to be pretty flexible because a one year old won't be much help during the "birthday trick".

I usually get the mom or dad to help on their behalf.

What do you folks do?
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Payne
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It has been my experience that First year birthday parties are held primarily for the parents so I adjust my show accordingly.
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Loual4
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I recently did a show for a two year old... There were aproximately 25 other kids ranging from 3 to 12 years of age, along with about 10 parents... In this type of situation, I guess the key word is flexibility. Be ready to perform something that will interesting for everyone. Making sure you get complete information as to what type of audience you will get from the person who is hiring you is the first step to a good preparation for the show.
Rupert Bair
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Your telling me you don't do the vanishing baby in the tip over box! he-he
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In HotLanta both the India & Brazilian communities throw BIG Parties for one year olds. There are usually 40 - 50 kids & 80 - 100 adults. The entertainment is for those 2 years old and up. They have party favors for the kids and the adults. What's good is that they also like these parties to start around 9PM on either Friday or Saturday night. It adds two new timeslot/party gigs per week. Both groups do like to dicker and haggle however. The parties are amazing.

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magicbern
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In HK, the Chinese culture also dictates that the first birthday is of great importance. I have found that most of the guests are relatives and the children present range from babies to teenagers. For me, I do a family-type show with tricks for the different age groups but I always include a trick where the parents and birthday baby come up together. Usually, the baby (with dad or mum's help0 will hold a wand and tap on a chick pan to produce a Peachy Keene sponge birthday cake (with ONE candle! Perfect!!!) Just something so the parents (aka clients) can have a photo or video opportunity! And to ensure return bookings!
Kent Wong
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Another important event in the Chinese culture is the one month celebration. Whenever I have been hired to perform at these functions, I attend with a little paper top hat for the baby. This makes for a great photo opportunity and keepsake for the parents.

Usually, these events involve table hopping rather than a full stage show. I make sure to keep everything family oriented with a little something for each possible age group.

The one thing you have to remember at these shows is that there are LOTS of other parents there, many of whom do have slightly older children. I pass out business cards at every opportunity and usually, I get 2 or 3 additional bookings as a result.
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