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Stellan
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Does anyone know of any interesting card effects that can be used in a show for kids from 5-6 and up?

The reason I am asking is that I have just put out an effect based on 6 Card Repeat for children's entertainment. You can find it on or site in the download section as Black and Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.

I would like to explore this topic further. Such effects will probably use the topological properties of cards as not every kid will understand the symbols on the cards. I know of one nice thing from David Ginn where a jumbo card ends up on the back of the assistant kid. Experiences?
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I sometimes use a Trevor Lewis routine of cards across that has some funny gags with silk hankerchiefs - but generally I would only use this for about 7 year olds.
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Playing cards get tought to do for kids. The younger ones do not and can not recall a chosen card they select and the older kids think every card trick is the same and they have seen them before.

What you CAN do is to take card effects and learn to adapt them to a children's audience. Take the same moves but use different cards or picture cards to create a storyline with comedy etc. It is essentially the same trick or same moves but you now have made it intersting for the kids and they can remember it much better.

If you are doing 6 card repeat, a perfect example is that they are magic rabbits. You must always keep certain number of rabbits in each top hat the kids hold on to. But each time you count you end up having more and more rabbits. In the end you can have one card left that folds open. These would be jumbo sized cards througout. The ending you say you know why all the rabbits are here. ... it must have been the carrots. you open the card up to show a bunch of carrots as the last card.

Something along these lines is exactly the same as 6 card repeat BUT you now have brought it into the children's world and they can relate to it and have a lot of fun with you along the way.

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Kids Cards...very cool!!
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Magic4u02

You are right in one sense but not in another. The problem with kids and cards is that they do not understand the symbols on playing cards, not that they forget them. Kids have much better short term memory than we have. This should be obvious the day you play the game Memory with a 4 year. Do not put your money in that game!

Anyway, one good way around this is to create symbols that they are familiar with like in your example. Another way, if you want to stick to ordinary playing cards,is to use the fact that they will recognize a card very well even if it will have no meaning to them, and will not be able to name it as the name has no meaning for them. I will be working along that line in a future effect.

But, if you want to stick to cards, an easier strategy is to use topological card effects using other aspects of the card than the symbols on it.
Card Warp is such an effect, though I do not know how that effect would play on kids.
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I have some fun card tricks for kids on my DVD
Conjuring For Kids.
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For B'Day Parties with those as young as 3 I also use a Modified Cards Across.....Using the Mother, where 6 become 9 & than 12. The kids love counting the cards with her and know that there are NOW More.
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Stellan:

That is exactly what I was referring to. Kids do not understand the pictures on the cards and their memory is not built up yet for them to remember it. They can recall things but a symbol on a regular playing card is not soemthing they really WANT to remember. It confuses them because they are not yet familiar with it.

You can literally modify any type of card effect and make it into a kid effect. The idea is to change the cards and the images and place them into a story line so the kids can follow along. This goes back to the main idea nthat kids enjoy the journey MUCH more then they enjoy the effect itself. They want to have fun, laugh, giggle with you.

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You can effectively make "card tricks" enjoyable and practical for the younger group by using the larger-than-life cards that are part of card games for kids.

Example: force the Old Maid and tear her up, make her vanish or change color, etc. Try it>it works!
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Nice idea Julie. Then use the patter that matches the picture on the card. So in a sense you are telling a great story by using a little bit of magic. This helps us start thinking outside of the box.

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I actually took a blank phil deck and wrote in kids tv personalities

elmo, sponge bob etc.
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Mike:

Great idea. Use things they can relate to and learn the images associated with their favorite toys ot TV shows. Basically learn their culture and take ideas from it to create magic they can relate to and have fun with.

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I remember someone doing Ambitious Card trick for kids in a very funny way.

The magician wants the kid to watch his card (can be signed or cartoon drawn) and make sure that it does not jump to the top.

The magician tries his best to place the kid's card into the middle of the deck but every time the card jumps to the top.

The rest of the routine is standard... Smile
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I have had much success with CardoGraphic from Martin lewis. It really is a great trick and one that the parents are always scratching their heads on.

Also, I use a blank face deck when I am doing a card trick that the card needs to be signed. I have the kid draw on the card , put their name on the card what ever they like. as far as the Ambitious card goes this really plays well using the blank face because they can instantly see that it is indeed their card that they drew a picture on.

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Ken
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