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Ken Northridge
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The answers on the other thread were outstanding! But I thought it would be good to get some answers more specific for children.

As for me, I don't think anything can beat Sponge Bunnies. Not only is it baffling, I'm pretty sure its impossible to do this routine without producing a smile...and isn't that the most important job of an entertainer?

But please, tell me, what is your 'must do' for children?
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Rabbit from hat silk routine. I've added bits of business and jokes to make it very entertaing for the kiddies.
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YUP! It aint WHAT ya do! --It's HOW ya do it!

I doubt that that little trick would get you a spot on "We fooled Penn & Teller", but it would surely make some little kid's day!

"Them there" bits of business, and jokes are what "make" the PRESENTATION!
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Speaking of "only time for one trick", my dear old friend, the late, J.B. BOBO stopped at a traffic light, along side of a car full of high school kids. (I think that every kid in East Texas, and West Arkansas, had seen Bobo's school show, at least once, if not twice! The kids (all high schoolers) laughed a friendly laugh, and yelled? "BOBO! SHOW US A TRICK!) J.B., like a good Boy Scout was PREPAREDl He held up his left hand, and pulled off his left thumb! The kids laughed, and, applauded. Then the light turned green. (There was only time for ONE TRICK!!!)

Would you have thought of "that old trick"?

It aint WHAT ya do! eh?
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My partner Tom does the best taking off his thumb bit I've ever seen. His timing and sense of fun make it amazing. Who'd a thunk such a throw away could be done well.

-Mary
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My partner Tom does the best taking off his thumb bit I've ever seen. His timing and sense of fun make it amazing. Who'd a thunk such a throw away could be done well.

-Mary

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Sponge balls seem to be my most popular effect with children
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Ken, what's your preference for sponge bunnies--the old Adams' style bunnies or the 3d variety for handling?

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Ken, what's your preference for sponge bunnies--the old Adams' style bunnies or the 3d variety for handling?

Bruce

Definitely 3D. Nice to hear from you again Bruce!
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My partner Tom does the best taking off his thumb bit I've ever seen. His timing and sense of fun make it amazing. Who'd a thunk such a throw away could be done well.


This is a trick that anyone interested in magic knows but almost no one actually takes the time to make it look right. It is a very convincing illusion. I do it for children all the time and I can tell it often fools the adults looking on too.
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My partner Tom does the best taking off his thumb bit I've ever seen. His timing and sense of fun make it amazing. Who'd a thunk such a throw away could be done well.


This is a trick that anyone interested in magic knows but almost no one actually takes the time to make it look right. It is a very convincing illusion. I do it for children all the time and I can tell it often fools the adults looking on too.


YES! All it "takes" is a wee bit of SHOWMANSHIP! Too many wannabee magicians, read about those "little" effects in books by the old masters, and ignore them, 'cuz performing them, requires more than just reading those instructions.

I vividly remember an old vaudeville acrobat (who also could knock your socks off with some of those "old bits") He was the first to show me what is called the "Balducci levitation", in the very early '50s. --Art Eason (possibly Sonny Narvaez will remember, Art) also made a real mystery of the ancient, "pencil, wand ruler, table knife, etc." clinging to the performer's palm with fingers open and extended. It's what we all called a "corn flakes box trick", but Art made it into a mystery!

Mr. Hinton, an old (to me! --I was just in my early 20s, and he must have been at least 40) part time pro'. in Norfolk, PERFORMED the ancient small coin in the hat routine (sound effects provided by a "snap" of the finger to simulate the coin falling into the hat.) He absolutely fascinated kids with this bit. --Just a wee bit of SHOWMANSHIP!
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May be we should put up a new p topic called 'You only have time for one effect per-table FOR CHILDREN other than sponge bunnies..what is it ?'

Sponge bunnies are perfect packs small, plays big, multi phase and instant reset it is perfect.

The thing I would choose to do is egg bag. Has all the same qualities as above. I like it as I can drop and and a few phases and I can switch a few handling around as well.

that's my bit to add to the pot!
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Yup! I told my egg bag "story" in my book. When I first saw an egg bag "demonstration", I was ABSOLUTELY -UN-IMPRESSED. THEN, I "experienced", SENOR CHARLES MARDO'S P-E-R-F-O-R-M-A-N-C-E, of that venerable old trick, in 1951. I spent $2.50 the next day. (It "came" with a wooden egg!)

Eventually, I wore it out! It was replaced by a Jeff Busby "$50.00" egg bag. (the "Rolls-Royce" of the Sterling/Mardo egg bag!) It had taken a year or two, to develop "my" routine, but, I did. I've performed it now, for 65 years.

I "second" Yellow Custard's "motion"!
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Ken, what's your preference for sponge bunnies--the old Adams' style bunnies or the 3d variety for handling?

Bruce


Bev Bergeron made me a 3d set...I like them, much better.
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On Jan 10, 2018, bkmeyer wrote:
Ken, what's your preference for sponge bunnies--the old Adams' style bunnies or the 3d variety for handling?

Bruce


Bev Bergeron made me a 3d set...I like them, much better.

Are they still available?
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I don't think so. (It was a personal favor (we're old friends.)
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I don't think so. (It was a personal favor (we're old friends.)


That was a tease then. Smile
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Not really Ken. I just mentioned Bev, in passing, and, certainly didn't mean to tease.

Bev made them in just a few minutes. They were cute, but not Michelangelo "quality"!
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Sponge balls. I can do between 2-8 minutes
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