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Steve Landavazo
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As a lot of you probably already gathered, I love David Ginn's stuff!



In, "Professional Magic For Children" he has a couple of great warm-ups for the audience.



Do any of you have any favorites that you use!



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Just did a show this afternoon.

Got there early as the kids arrived.



Some of them were shy and seeing that there were some balloons decided to start playing with them. Soon had them all joining in.



When I started the show, I got a great response from the kids and all shyness had gone, + big thanks from parents.

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For outdoor shows, I have a bubble machine I keep running prior to the show. It keeps the kids running and laughing until the show begins. Sometimes I wonder if they like the BUBBLES more than the MAGIC!!!



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Good Moring Boys and Girls... and Welcome to the Wonderful World of Magic.

My name is Dennis Dowhy, and today we’re going to have a lot of fun.



We’re going to make things appear and disappear.

We’re even going to have some of you up here to help me today.....but not now.



I want you to know, if you see anything funny and it makes you laugh go right ahead and laugh.

If you see something wrong and you want to say something, just speak-out.



And yes, you may applaud anytime you would like... Now, I want to see how many magicians we have out there today.

When I count to three, I want you all to call out that magical word Abrakadabra... Ready, One...Two... Three... Abrakadabra... That wasn’t loud enough lets try it again...One...Two... Three... Abrakadabra! (Appearing Cane is thrown from one hand to the other instantly appearing in mid air.)



WOW!!!.. We really have a lot of magicians out there!.... Now lets get on with the Show....

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How’s that for a warm-up introduction?



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Excellent bit, Dennis, getting the young audience to shout out that magic word or words; it gets them loosened up and in the right frame of mind.

I create a magic word with them at the beginning of the show and then have them all shout (or scream) it out each time the magic is supposed to work.

Do you use the magic word as a continual bit through your show?

And, if so, how does it go over?

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I use numerous magic words through-out the show, generally I use other actions such as blowing the knots away, or reaching up and grabbing a piece of the egg and throwing it in the egg bag, if it is a birthday party the party girl’s name is magic in some form of production. I even use some foreign crazy sounding words like BOO-KOO DINKY DOW, which much crazy in Vietnamese.



A company product is also a magic word. Below is a list of useful funny magic words I’ve collected. Many are from David Ginn’s Books:



  • A LA Peanut Butter Sandwiches

  • Abracadabra: (Have a Banana Comdey Return)

  • Allakazam

  • Arfus Noches

  • Baby Buggy Bumpers

  • Baby Butter Burps

  • Bawana Iguana

  • Be Bop A Lula

  • Big Baby Bottle

  • Big Baloney Sandwiches

  • Blueberry Popsicles

  • Bonus Airees

  • Boo Coo Dinky Dow

  • Bur Doo Low Gurillo

  • Chapped Chicken Lips

  • Cold Asparagus

  • Collard Greens

  • Green Bean Bananas

  • Happy Hiccups

  • Henry Howard’s Haberdashery

  • Hocus Pocus

  • Hocus Pocus Donna Mocus

  • Hocus Pocohantas (From Below Marucci)

  • Icky Hickey Parlay Vou

  • Ish Key Bibble, Hi Diddle Diddle

  • Kalamazoo Orange Juice

  • Licorice Ice Cream

  • Liver Jello

  • Liver Lollipops

  • Lon Lovely Lizard Gizzards

  • Magician Wiggles and Worm Giggles

  • Mean Green Jelly Bean

  • Myrtle the Turtle Jumped over the Hurtle

  • Ooey, Gooey, Phooey

  • Peanut Butter

  • Phoney Polka Dot Pony

  • Pickled Pizza

  • Pirdy Dirty Birdy

  • Plastic Cheesburgers

  • Presto

  • Purle Puppy Chow

  • Rabba Dabba Duplex

  • Salami, Salami, Bologna

  • Sandy, Rockey, Dusty and Dirty

  • Simsalabim

  • Tire Pumps with Goose Bumps

  • Toasted Turkey Tonsils

  • Walla Walla Bing Bang

  • Wicky Wacky Sit on a Tacky





And we can’t forget the best Magic Word of all Marucci!



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Wow! Don't try saying those magic words out loud; you never know which one will work. Right now, I'm sitting here typing this and I'm a rabbit! Smile

A couple of years back, when the Disney movie was still hot, the magic words I used were: Hocus Pocohantas.

The goofier and more ridiculous the words are, the better the kids will like them.

And, when the Harry Potter movie comes out in a couple of weeks, we'll probably have a whole new arsenal of contemporary magic words.

cheers,

Peter Marucci

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I always use the birthday boy or girls name as the magic word.
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With my preshow warm up I do a few close up items within & among the kids. This allows me to get a grasp on what kids are troublesome, cooperative, exciting or scared which allows me to have a better handle on who would be best at participation as my opening effect is the only thing that a spectator does not get involved in to some degree.
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Card Mondor told me that he thought it was essential to warm up all audiences, especially young ones.

I am wondering about that bubble machine - any liability issues, can anyone slip on the bubble residue?

Marucci, the typing rabbit - are you any relation to the late much missed Elwood?

I don’t like asking the kids to shout, they do that enough anyway if you do things right.

I always suggest we use "Happy Birthday, Mary" as the Magic Words, but only if the birthday child’s name is Mary.

I sometimes do the old, "If you can’t clap this way (spread hands wide apart) then clap this way (raise one hand upward, then clap vertically). Don’t know if it increases applause but the kids generally do it a few times during the show and it sure amuses the adults.


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Some magic words have a way of getting the kids to laugh their heads off as they say them. I prefer to use words that the kids can actually say instead of ones that make them tongue tied.

My personal favorite is one that associates with me so they go away remembering it... and of course me. It is "TIZZY WIZZY"!

We use it as a prefix to a magical phrase appropriate to the routine. For example, if we were going to make some balloons appear by magic, I have the kids wiggle their fingers and say the magic spell with me...
"Tizzy Wizzy Wizard's Way...
Let's make some Balloons Today!"

You can keep the first part of the spell the same each time and just change the ending. The kids go away remembering "Tizzy Wizzy" and of course the wizard, that's me...
"Jonathon T. Wizard".

Now, I'm not suggesting you copy me, but to come up with one phrase that typifys you!

My old late friend from Detroit Michigan, ROY KISSELL, used a phrase that I loved and since he isn't using here anymore, I'm sure he won't mind me sharing it. It never fails to get them snickering and laughing out loud... Let's all say the magic words... SAUERKRAUT & WEINERS! Hey don't laugh... did you know that if you eat Sauerkraut & Weiners, you can make your very own gas... and it's all natural too! Hey, it works for me in my shows and gets big chuckles from the adults too! Thanks ROY KISSELL.
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Sorry to break the news, John; but Van Cleve's Elwood has gone to that Big Rabbit Hutch In The Sky. Smile
The rabbit I've turned into is named Esther (you've surely heard of the Esther Bunny!)
She has a sister named Pearl. And she's the Oyster Bunny.
And a brother named Choloroform. Yep, he's the Ether Bunny.
Hey, come to think of it, I use all those names in a tablehopping sponge rabbit routine!
What am I doing!!!
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I too always use the birthday boy or girls first name. Makes them feel special!
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In princess show, I tend to use bippi-boppy-boo! Yes it's highly informed from Cinderella's bippity-boppity-boo but the kids always shorten it to bippi-bobby-boo so that's what I introduce it as now. Plus, I have my own princess identity completely independent of my good friend Cindy so it works for me.

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This is a sadly misunderstood part of the show. I recently had a teacher thank me for my opening as I (through effective scripting am actually teaching the rules of the show and when and how to applaud. the teacher recognized this and pointed out that I was theonly performer who she had ever seen do this.
I will not spell ou tmy rotuine as It is copywrited and I use it at most of my shows. but it includes several basic elements. first is get the kids working in unison. This can be done in many ways. calling out the magic word, applauding whe you give a signal etc gets the kids working together as an audience. this should include a vocal element. The second is a build up to the "opening of the show. this starts the journey of your story line and invites the children into the fantasy world you are about to creat for them. This will help in controlling the actions of the audience as you will all be on the same page. the last element I sthat it willintroduce you and your character to the audience.
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I use Axtells sound meter to warm them up and when it breaks I cry and tears squirt from my eyes
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I use an applause cue card that changes from APPLAUSE, turn to show LOUDER, turn again to show MORE, and then finally turn again to show, THANK YOU.

I makes them laugh and warms them up.

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The Applause card is like the one in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vac8bEsdeTA

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Plunger? Bad idea. Even if a kid is disruptive, if you embarrass him you lose the rest of the kids ... they relate more to him than you.
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Star,

Have you seen the magicians hat that turns into a plunger trick? It is a great trick for the special someone that makes everyone laugh. You can still do it and not embarrass anyone it is the manner in which you do it. I have fun with the audience and the heckler gets what he wants, to be the center of attention. As I said earlier it doesn't happen to me often but when it does I use care when I use it. I hope that this clarifies.

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First I "discover the audience". That is, I haul my trunk onto the stage and start setting up with my back turned to the kids. Sooner or later (usually sooner) one or more of them says something, and I stop suddenly, looking from side-to-side (but not behind me) for the source of the sound, then shrug, and resume setting up. Well, as you may imagine, that's all the encouragement the kids need. They start calling "hey!!" and shouting things, whilst I look around...under the trunk...in my hat...all in vain. I call out asking where the noise is coming from and of course the kids yell "behind you!!!" I turn, look, and give a startled yelp at seeing the kids. (GALES of laughter) I ask why the kids are there, and upon learning that there's to be a magic show, I try to join the audience with Damon's comedey chair. Eventually the kids make it clear that THEYRE watching the show, and I'M performing it. Finally I do the Axtell clapometer. The kids now know that I'm funny & freindly NOT scary (I'm a pretty big guy) and they feel empowered after having had to explain things to me.
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One Word - "Fushigi" !

Talk to the audience while contact juggling. Easy to do and you learn allot!


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On 2011-01-02 03:50, The Mighty Fool wrote:
First I "discover the audience". That is, I haul my trunk onto the stage and start setting up with my back turned to the kids. Sooner or later (usually sooner) one or more of them says something, and I stop suddenly, looking from side-to-side (but not behind me) for the source of the sound, then shrug, and resume setting up. Well, as you may imagine, that's all the encouragement the kids need. They start calling "hey!!" and shouting things, whilst I look around...under the trunk...in my hat...all in vain. I call out asking where the noise is coming from and of course the kids yell "behind you!!!" I turn, look, and give a startled yelp at seeing the kids. (GALES of laughter) I ask why the kids are there, and upon learning that there's to be a magic show, I try to join the audience with Damon's comedey chair. Eventually the kids make it clear that THEYRE watching the show, and I'M performing it. Finally I do the Axtell clapometer. The kids now know that I'm funny & freindly NOT scary (I'm a pretty big guy) and they feel empowered after having had to explain things to me.


Classic. I like it. I bet you get great feedback from this.

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Oh yes indeed, thanks!
Everybody wants to beleive.....we just help them along.
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This one is for Peter Marucci where ever you are
I like to do some hat manipulation in order to both get their attention, and to encourage their applause.
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Hey Al!
I start both my kids shows and my adult act with some hat manipulations and hat gags.

I'm like Al Angello, how cool is that? Yey!
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George
Since we both know the KGB secret hand shake, and we both do hat manipulation, why don't we start our own little exclusive club. The biggest obsticle to it that I see is my wife won't let me get on an air plane unless there is a big fat pay check involved. The silly girl seems to think that I am too old to go out to play with my friends. I really don't think that she would let me go to Belfast without her, she seems to think that I'm always thinking about women, and she would never believe that I was going to Ireland to chat with a MAN. Niether do I, ah George are there any attractive women in northern Ireland?
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Loads but I'll not tell your wife.
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Warming up the audience is soooo important.

I generally lead the kids in a series of "follow along" gestures and sayings.
The way I do this establishes my persona and gets everyone laughing and warmed up.

The ideal warm up really depends on a performers personality.
Anything that gets a performer's personality across, while getting the audience moving / following your lead is great.
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Axtell Off the Meter hands down. Then I go into the magic word thing. I have them shout abracadabra and have a banana appear in mid air. I say, "hey, who said have a banana!". I repeat this a couple of times trying to figure out who's saying it. By the end they all are and all are laughing. Now I'm ready to perform.

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