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Topic: BEST kids effect ever
Message: Posted by: shaky (Mar 31, 2002 03:41PM)
Hi

Not sure if this has already been asked, but what would YOU consider to be the best and most effective, fun kids trick?

I await your reply

Cheers

Paul
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Mar 31, 2002 05:22PM)
Miser's Dream wins that hands down in my opinion.

Also, I do a comedy Milk Picture routine, with a Comedy Bar Tap, Comedy Funnel, Squirting nose, Glasses with windsheld wipers, etc. routine.

[b]Just edited this message...[/b] The rabbit in the hat trick is the best! Oh, I just can't make up my mind!
Message: Posted by: Mike Robbins (Apr 1, 2002 12:44AM)
As far as getting oohs and aahs, it's the Cut & Restored Rope/Professor's Nightmare.

As far as volunteer participation, it has to be the Mis-Made Flag.

Mike
Message: Posted by: Scott O. (Apr 1, 2002 08:24AM)
The most effective kids' routine really depends on the magician, not the trick. I know I'm not saying anything new, but it is the "bits of business" and interaction with the children that make a routine effective--for kids or adults.

Having said that, there are certain pre-made routines that generally work well with most magicians. The old comedy funnel and milk, where one child "pumps" the milk out of the other, is inherently funny to watch. There again, some magicians may have moderate success with this routine, whereas others may make it a "reputation-making" routine.

One would most likely have best results with a routine using lots of color, at least one audience helper, and plenty of quips. A puppet might even become the highlight of your show if it is done right.

I don't mean to take away from those who already answered this question. I think they would agree that the "best' routines are the ones that have been personalized to fit the performer.

Scott ;)
Message: Posted by: SloMo150 (Apr 1, 2002 02:50PM)
Scotts right. The trick really depends on the magician. I do the bent penny routine for the kids in the neighborhood. It's all they can talk about. I have even had their parents come over and ask to see it because they didn't believe their kids.

In case you don't know the trick it is where you place a penny in the childs hand and have them close their hand really tight into a fist. I tell them I will make the penny disappear from the hand. When I don't they open up their hand to find the penny bent.

So you see, it's not what trick is best, it's how you present your best trick. But I believe a lot of rope magic is very good for kids. As in Professors Nightmare, Cut and restored, I also have the linking ropes and get a better reaction to that then I do with linking rings.

But my patter and technique with the ropes is better than the rings.

:magicrabbit: SloMo
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Apr 1, 2002 04:22PM)
No doubt presentation makes a difference, the penny in the elbow, paper tears, and paper trees, all are entertaining. Putting aside, the technical and the presentation, and the magician, if there was just one trick that every magician "should do" for kids, what would that trick be?
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Apr 1, 2002 04:41PM)
A well-made "Run, Rabbit, Run" (or variation thereof) always seems to go over well with children audiences.

:bunny2:
Message: Posted by: flourish dude (Apr 1, 2002 04:44PM)
I think the mosted loved routine I do is the Rabbit in the hat puppet. Not much magic there but the kids come alive when the puppet comes out. you can see it in all their faces. Den where did you get the squirting nose I have been looking for one.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Apr 1, 2002 05:46PM)
The squirting nose, some gag shop 25 years ago! Never saw another either. And yes, I just changed my Miser's dream to the Rabbit in the hat. It is the best ever, but when it happens, the rabbit steals the show, so I do a running gag with it, pulling a spring skunk, a flat rabbit, then at the end a rabbit silk and a steal for a real rabbit. Shows over!
Message: Posted by: Sir T (Apr 1, 2002 10:18PM)
I have to concur with flourish dude, the rabbit in the hat puppet (and book with routines) is great!
Take a moment of your time to check out http://www.onewaystreet.com
they have a nice puppet, book and prop kit.

worth the look.

Kevin :kitty:
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Apr 1, 2002 11:32PM)
Check out [url=http://www.kidsbooksandpuppets.com/Folkmanis/rabbitsinhat.html] [b]Folkmanis' Rabbits in Hat[/b] [/url] Very nice rabbits in hat.
Message: Posted by: magicmondo (Apr 3, 2002 04:13PM)
Guys, please can you tell me a little about the rabbit in hat routine. I am looking to add another puppet into my kids show and this sounds nice. Any thoughts? :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Apr 3, 2002 10:40PM)
A few of my favorites:

Miser's dream done with chocolates,
Tim Wenk's "Peanut Butter and Jelly,"
My routine for the Tricky Bottles,
Hippity Hop Rabbits,
"What's cookin'?" - my routine with a dove pan,
Rocky Racoon,
Breakaway wand,
Clatter box, and
Fallapart table,
"The Magic jumprope" my rope routine for kids
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Apr 4, 2002 02:20AM)
Scott are they in your Book?

I like the "What's Cooking" It sounds like you get a lot of laughs with that one.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Apr 4, 2002 03:39AM)
HH Rabbits and Wenk's effect are not. The rope trick is in my 2001 lecture booklet and in "Great Scott! It's More Magic!" and on my upcoming video. The rest are in my new book, to be released in the next few months.
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Apr 4, 2002 06:28AM)
Miser's Dream, absolutely!
I open every kids' show with this.
For some reason, kids don't think you're a "real magician" (whatever that is) unless you can pull a coin from behind their ears.
On that note, the coin comes from "behind" the ear.
For years, I pulled a coin "out of" the ear.
Until a fellow magician pointed out that kids could try this at home by jamming coins in their ears first.
And you certainly don't want that to happen!
cheers,
Peter Marucci
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Apr 4, 2002 03:14PM)
Have you tried pulling an ear out of a coin yet? :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Apr 4, 2002 04:36PM)
Yes, they are called "Cash-Ears" :crazydude:
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Apr 4, 2002 08:25PM)
Philemon,
For an "ear from coin" routine, check out my Showtime column in the Linking Ring of September, 1998.
Holding a coin in one otherwise empty hand, I pick it up with the other (shown empty except for the coin, now) and pull a rubber ear from the coin.
Kids love it! Probably because they consider it gross!
cheers,
Peter Marucci
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Apr 5, 2002 05:32AM)
Now that is different and funny, I like that!
Message: Posted by: Mr Phil (Apr 5, 2002 11:21AM)
Hello All,
To follow a different strain of thought, My favorite kids magic bit is the Don Allen Egg Can. Without a doubt. I am actually using a different version called the great egg trick. I get more laughs and it's my favorite to do

Mr Phil :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: Quentin (Apr 8, 2002 06:07PM)
If I had to perform one routine, and my life depended on it, it would be Eric Sharp's Rabbit in Hat routine from his book Specialised Children's Entertainment. If I could do two effects I'd add my Five MInutes With A Pocket Handkerchief, available on video from Meir Yedid.
Message: Posted by: Phred (Apr 8, 2002 08:02PM)
Welcome to the forum Quentin! I really enjoyed your hanky video. It is BY FAR the best way I have found to entertain my two sons (2 and 4). Whenever I do the routine for them (restaurants, sunday school etc) it always draws a crowd of kids. I look forward to reading your posts.
Message: Posted by: DarryltheWizard (Apr 14, 2002 08:06PM)
Any routine with the right audience in the right hands can be funny; however, I really like Dan Harlan's Milkshake Routine. Why?
It plays big!
All the props are homemade and easily recognized objects.
The kid gets three or four chocolate bars at the end of the routine.
It has colour, many gags, builds to a suspenseful climax! just to name a few. reasons why I like it. It's found on Dan Harlan's Birthday Show Video: Packs Small-Plays Big!
Darryl the Wizard :birthday: :dancing:
Message: Posted by: Joe (Apr 24, 2002 06:39AM)
If I had to do one routine for a showcase or something I would have to agree with Philemon on Run Rabbit Run. I use Kovari's Turbo Bunny (which I think is the best kids prop ever made) and some ideas from Eric Sharp's presentation of RRR mixed with my own. I used to close my act with this but now it is second last followed by the production of a live rabbit from a production box/house because they blend together nicely and is a great way to finish.
Joe :cool:
Message: Posted by: johnpert (Jul 25, 2002 01:41PM)
A fav. of mine, and I've been using it for ever is the clown silk blendo. I purchased mine from Duane Laflin. He has some great blendo ideas. Like others said, it is how you present it.

I dress my volunteer up as a clown... give them a clown name and do some standard gags with the silks I use and the changebag.

cheers,

John
Message: Posted by: Dennis Loomis (Jul 30, 2002 05:39PM)
Wow, I'm really learning a lot in this thread. First, my answers to the question: I've done Professor's Nightmare and Cut and restored in school assembly programs for years. One of the strongest things I do. But, it's not for the really young children. I do it for Middle Schools, Jr. Highs, and High Schools. Also, a lot of the elementary shows I do in California split the kids into two groups for two separate assemblies. I'll get the 4th through 6th Grade in one show, and I certainly will do the Professor's Nightmare and C & R routine for them. But, I don't do it for the Kindergarten through 3rd grade shows. The little guys prefer other, more silly stuff. But, the strongest thing in most of my kids shows is the production of a LIVE rabbit. That seems to be what makes you a "real" magician in the eyes of many youngsters. I've used many methods over the years, but the trick is not the thing, it's the rabbit itself. I've done numerous version of the Hip Hop Rabbits both for in-home parties and School shows. Interestingly, Jack West, the owner and director of National School Assemblies hates the trick, and you won't get hired by him if you do it in your audition.
I used to do Wenk's Peanut Butter and Jelly, but in this day and age, the idea of passing food out to little helpers is very dangerous. God help you if that kid gets sick anytime in the next 48 hours after eating the sandwich you magically made for him during the show. I know you can just do the rest of the routine, but the creation of the sandwich was the real capper. I've also done several versions of Run Rabbit Run over the years and it's certainly strong for kids. I used to have one of the Cookie Monster Versions which Hank Lee put out. He had to remove it from the market because the character was copyright protected by the Muppets folks. I have one made by Supreme Magic which is two "rocket ships" and a spaceman that runs back and forth. With all the interest in Star Wars and Star Trek it's played well. For birthday parties, I often have the spaceman appear on the back of the Birthday boy's Mom. Somehow the kids find it funnier if it appears on an adult. In schools, whenever possible, it appears on the Principal's back.
Now here's a funny thing: I've not used Misers Dream for kid shows. Don't know why, probably a BIG oversight. My friend Dick Oslund does it in school assemblies and it's so strong it almost starts a riot! He gets a group of 5 or 6 helpers up on stage, so that he does not have to go down into the audience. Almost all of his productions are from the kids. Their hair, ears, pulling coins from their pockets, etc.
Now that I think about it, the Miser's Dream I've done is really not aimed at kids. It's more of a manipulation routine inspired by Neil Fosters and others. Kind of a Chavez School approach. I really need to work up a kids routine.
Finally, here's one you're probably going to hate: for preschoolers and the 5 and 6 year olds I get a BIG response from: D'Lite. I know, it's been done to death, but the little guys have had little exposure to magic and it's new to them. I do it silently to the Boots Randolph "Yackety Sax" number. The music intself sets the tone, which is kind of wild but funny, too. I go right into the audience and pull the colored light out of the kids ears, etc., tossing it into a styrofoam cup. The whole thing is done in time to the music and plays very strong for the younger set.
Message: Posted by: Dr Mage (Jul 30, 2002 09:31PM)
Well, I'm pretty new to this. But the biggest hits at my daughter's 5th birthday party were Miser's Dream (my opener), Run Rabbit Run, and the breakaway wand gag.
Message: Posted by: MAGICTOM (Jul 31, 2002 07:56AM)
I am very new to kids magic, but I did my daughters Birthday party just this last saturday, I had about 20 seven year olds in the crowd.. I had no idea what I was going to do so I went to the local magic shop for advice...
I ended up performing the
"Magic Coloring Book"
"Professor Cheers comedy rope routine"
"a torn and restored signed million dollar bill mixed with a bill in balloon production.."
along with a few dissappearing silks and coins..
"and I magically produced a kitten from 5 large silks"
The show was a hit! the kids really liked the coloring book trick and the rope routine was hilarious...
I will definately keep all of these tricks
in my rep for future kid shows..
C-ya
Tom :)
Message: Posted by: harris (Jul 31, 2002 10:10AM)
I get a great 3 to 5 minutes of a fun warm up
with music, producing a hat, sunglasses, 260 E balloon that is twisted into lips, and an appearing cane.

It is a transformation into my Nearly Normal Character.

The kids also have a great time in my tribute to Mr. Rogers in Mr.Nearly Normal.

I took an old All in the Family gag of
Sock, Sock, Shoe, Shoe, or Sock, Shoe, Sock Shoe and made it into a part of my warm up.

Along the way I have trouble getting out of
my regular shoes and into my oversized slippers. (not clown shoes but the foamy insert ones that come in animals and other models.)

Of course my Nearly Normal Puppets,including
Vent and Marionette work are also big hits with the kids and their parents.

Harris

Harris :coolest:
Message: Posted by: THOR (Aug 8, 2002 01:59AM)
At the last kid's show I did, it seemed like the biggest reaction I got was from performing Rocco's D'Lites. I had the parent turn down some of the lights in the room so the D'Lites stand out more and I played music in the background. The D'Lites I used were red and towards the end of the routine I pretended to place the red lights into an opaque cup. At the end, I turned over the cup and red-foiled Hershey's Kisses came out which I handed out to the kids.
Message: Posted by: mslj (Aug 8, 2002 05:46AM)
Quentin has already mentioned it, but his "Magic Mouse Hanky" (that's what it's known as in my shows!) from "Five MInutes With A Pocket Handkerchief" is a cracker.

I've performed it with a small group of five and a school show of 300 and anywhere in between and it has never failed to produce the havoc it is intended to create.

Obviously fits in the pocket, resets as part of the routine and is entertainment from start to end.
Message: Posted by: RC4MAG (Aug 8, 2002 10:08AM)
I also think Quentin's mouse hanky routine is terrific. I follow it by unrolling the hanky and telling the audience that the mouse isn't really gone. He usually returns to his house. Of course, from here I use the old "Mouse House" where you show the house empty and as my back is to the house the mouse peers over the top. The kids are screaming he is back, but everytime I turn to look, the mouse drops back into the house. I don't see him and I "scold" the audience not to tell me he is back until the mouse is really there. They really start yelling each time as the mouse starts appearing behind me.
I still think this is the greatest kids show prop ever.
Message: Posted by: flourish dude (Aug 8, 2002 10:39AM)
David Ginn has a nice routine with dlite and thumb tip streamers. I have worked it into my opener. I like the idea with the red kisses! The best thing to do when working kids show is to be a kid yourself. go down and work on their level. In comedy routines try to get a bout 4-5 laughs per minute. If you can do this you are well on your way.
Message: Posted by: Jewls (Aug 16, 2002 10:44AM)
I also get a great response from Don Allen's Comedy Egg Can, I have changed the routine to fit my character. My audiences also enjoy... Blooming bouquet, comedy wands leading up to nesting wands, finally the assistant produces flowers in a crystal casket. (all one routine) Jam Magics Cups of Doom, the spotty bag for young audiences. I have a comedy audience participation routine with the Strat o sphere. Children find the blow tube colorful and amazing, Bandana Banana is a lot of fun! The most improtant thing is to have fun, and make the kids feel important.
Message: Posted by: Scott Ocheltree (Sep 22, 2002 08:56PM)
I am an ametuer, but I perform a few times a year at birthday party's of friend's children. I also donate a birthday party performance as an auction item for charity fundraiser auctions.
My act does not have a strong theme to it, other than that of a presentation of unusual effects. I do try to build from small to larger effects and then close with a close up routine where I sit on the floor with the children. I always do my sponge ball routine and have the 2 balls appear in the birthday child's hand. Then I tell them that I wanted to get them a birthday card but forgot, and ask them if they would like to see how a magician magically makes a birthday card. I then use a simple switching device I've seen described as "Buddha Papers" in Tarbell v7 to transform confetti into a small (playing card size) "Birthday Card". I hand make these little cards using water color paint and stamp embossing, and I write "Happy 8th Birthday Jason" (or whatever the child's name is) on it. It 's a very simple trick but I perform it in a very intimate way with the birthday child and they always seem thrilled with it. It also ends the show with the focus on the child and their special day.
Message: Posted by: Drew from Spotlight (Sep 26, 2002 06:05PM)
I would not perform a childrenís show without Peanut Butter and Jelly. I donít perform the routine as given in the instructions and I donít ever make them a sandwich to eat.
Message: Posted by: Ross W (Sep 27, 2002 07:35PM)
My kids routine (performed rarely, sadly) has a fishy theme. I produce loads of fake fish and do other fish related stuff (monkey bar, e.g., with a fish on the end of the line) and finish with the production of a bowl of goldfish with a squared circle.

My mate Chris's kids now3 have an aquarium thanks to the production of some goldfish!
Message: Posted by: Mark Alan (Oct 5, 2002 11:51PM)
I dont do a lot of work with kids anymore but with the birth my first grand daughter two years ago it looks like that will change in the future.That being said, when i do work with the kids ,Sucker Die Box,Rocky Racoon,Break Away Wand and Cut and Restored rope Works best for me. :dancing:
Message: Posted by: Tim David (Oct 8, 2002 01:22AM)
Here's my two cents from thousands of kid shows worth of experience:

Miser's Dream or D'lite. Anything that involves pulling something from behind kid's ears is a sure-fire hit. I also add a bit about reaching behind their ear and producing...an EAR! I've mentioned this on other threads so I won't put details here. PM me if you want the routine.

Cody Fisher has the best coloring book routine I've ever seen. It uses 3 coloring books.

Peanut Butter and Jelly (I don't make a sandwich either), Bakery Bear or any other "look, don't see" effect.

Rabbit in the Hat, Rocky Raccoon (I use a skunk), or any other puppet routine. (Check out http://www.daverisley.com for some hilarious puppets and routines.

Stratosphere's is always a hit in my show, with juggling and a very involved storyline.

Producing a live bunny/dove/mouse/whatever.

If I had to pick just one trick to entertain a kid with and my life depended on it?

Sponge Balls.
Message: Posted by: Themaster (Oct 9, 2002 12:12AM)
Call me strange, but the vanishing bandana trick gets GREAT results for me!

Francisco
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Oct 12, 2002 07:11PM)
If you are performing to children aged under 5 then a good run rabbit run and a colouring book will go a long way. Part of the reason they are quite good for this age group is that you can perform them straight without having to tell jokes or be funny yourself.
For older children I dunno if there is one surefire hit for all groups of kids but I think the older the children the more important the comedy elements become. Of course the type of humour that works best for different performers and differnet groups of children will vary.
:smiletear:
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Oct 19, 2002 09:44AM)
I have to say there is no "The best" trick for kids. It all about presentation. Everyone style is different.
Sucker style trick are a natural for kids though!
Just can't pick one best...

Oh yea! Anything with animals is always really big with kids!

:magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: Liquid B (Oct 21, 2002 02:09PM)
The best? That's tough. But I've found the Hippity Hop Rabbits is right there at the top of the list. Not only is it extremley fun for the kids, it's extremley fun for me to perform as well.

Other notables include the colouring book with a break-away wand, professor's nightmare, the pom-pom stick and silk-coloa. I use a change bag with this one. I have the youngster place the silk inside the bag, then hold it out in front of them with one hand. It's their job to keep me from sticking my hand inside the bag and grabbing the silk. The amount of laughs and screams I get from this are incredible. And when they discover the silk has indeed vanished and reappeared inside the coke bottle there is nothing but silence.

Oh, and for schools, there's nothing like a guillotine to get everyone excited. Especially if you get their principle to come up for that one.
Message: Posted by: Marty (Oct 30, 2002 12:59AM)
The easiest trick that goes over great with the kids and their parents is....The Vanishing Bandana, but you have to have a tape player. Thanks, Marty
Message: Posted by: Cheshire Cat (Nov 1, 2002 06:33AM)
Chinese Washing Machine - first little girl to ever turn the handle on ours must now be about 28! Socks become full of holes - knit together into one - become babies socks etc. The handle on top of the machine makes an awful noise! Loads of 'business' with misplacing apron (pinafore) over girls head/wrong way round/round ankles etc. Also Dippy Duck type routines. Duck in house - vanishes! cat in place!! make cat disappear!!! now there's an egg in the house!!!! Guess who's in it? Loads of business.

See http://www.coopermagic.co.uk
Message: Posted by: antonuccio (Nov 4, 2002 08:12AM)
Pop up wand is still a big hit in my show. Children go crazy and laugh without pause. One of the greatest items I've ever purchased.
Regards
Message: Posted by: Vincent (Jan 10, 2003 07:43PM)
Hello to All and A Very Happy New Year!!!!
May 2003 be your most healthy and prosperous year!!!!
As always there is a wealth of info on Best Kids Effect Ever.
I have a question.
I recently purchased a Mr. Thumbs Clatter Box manufactured by Jimmy King circa 1990.
I'd like to develop a routine with it, however either I'm getting a little dyslexic or I may be missing a part. If anyone has any knowledge of this box any help would be greatly appreciated. You can PM me at your convenience. Thanks Again.
Vincent :die: :magicrabbit: :die:
Message: Posted by: JSMagic (Jan 10, 2003 10:29PM)
If you have mis made flag you can use it for that. If you don't have mis made flag, get it! It gets a great response for me. Josh
Message: Posted by: victorkent (Jan 10, 2003 11:17PM)
Hipity Hop Rabbits
Run Rabbit Run
Fraidy Cat Rabbit
anything with a real rabbit or bird or any animal!
Message: Posted by: p.b.jones (Jan 11, 2003 02:23AM)
Hi,
My favorite would be "Edwins Rainbow house" with my own routine. It is a great effect
Phillip
Message: Posted by: Emazdad (Jan 11, 2003 03:14AM)
My most popular part of my show is the routine with Scamp the dog, my puppet, My favourite other tricks are, Flyte'o'Flower, Rags, the zebra trick, Spotty's house, organ pipes.
Message: Posted by: Vilago (Jan 11, 2003 08:04AM)
I'm repeating what's already been said, but anything done with animals...in particular, the Rabbit Shower routine was the strongest thing I'd ever done for the under 9's. If anyone needs proof as to how strong this is, get a copy of David Ginn's School Show tapes, volume 1, and listen to the kids go absolutely nuts when the rabbit appears. You can't even hear Ginn speak, and he's using a mike!
Message: Posted by: Cheshire Cat (Jan 11, 2003 02:39PM)
Not the best ever, but at the moment am getting a lot of response and tremendous intense interest - even from 4's - on Jack Hughes' "Giant and Dwarf". I feel this is partly because I am using the old 'poetry' script for it. :birthday:

Can be viewed on: http://www.coopermagic.co.uk
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Jan 11, 2003 04:25PM)
Favorite trick is my Fantasy magician keving james has version out called instant magician.

Peanutbutter and jelly a must,
Axtell drawing board.

Ken Scott
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Jan 11, 2003 07:40PM)
Hi Ken:

I've seen the Instant Magician routine advertised and have thought it to be very clever. There's one thing that's stopped me from ever doing it: You have to get very close physically to the child. Plus, you have to get behind him or her.

I think you know where I'm going. Does this ever get any comments from adults...or have you had any problems (at all).

I would love to do this effect/routine, but am very afraid of being accused of acting "inappropriate" toward a child.

Just curious about your experiences; apparantly, they're very positive.

Thanks.

Ron Reid
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Jan 12, 2003 07:10PM)
YEa i have been doing the routine for 10 years now and I have never had one person say anything to me about it. I have taken it out of my show a couple of times but people expect to see it. It has become a routine that people want to see and I have often gotten booked because of the routine.

The routine is in my last part of my show so the audience has gotten the chance to know me on stage. So by the time I do the effect there are NO concerns. I do not do the tux trick on ladies. I typically get men and sometimes older boys like 9 years or older.

I sell a version of this that is a real tux with real tux shirt. Kevin sells one as well and I am on his video. His tux is a costume and it is not a real tux coat.

Best,
ken scott
Message: Posted by: mafedi (Jan 16, 2003 03:32PM)
run rabbit run and a Fraidy Cat Rabbit
will go a long way.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Jan 16, 2003 04:45PM)
Ken, I bought Kevins before I knew you and after seeing your outfit, I would go with yours in a heart beat.

Yes, Instant Magician, especially the way you do it; the way it is done on your video is great.

Favorite Trick of all times,
Rabbit from Hat
Miser's Dream
Wiz Kote
Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (Jan 20, 2003 12:03AM)
I'm using Ken Scott's Fantasy Magician, and it is great.

Other favorites:

My stand up sponge ball routine (featured in "Turn it Around" column in February 2002 issue of MAGIC)

hat tear
Visible Painting
Linking Rings


#1? My Axtell puppets!
Message: Posted by: Tim Zager (Jan 20, 2003 08:25AM)
I just saw Ken's Fantasy Magician on his Birthday Dough video...Awesome!!!

If you want to see how to incorporate music into your act, Ken's video is a great resource.

Tim
Message: Posted by: kkaall (Mar 27, 2005 05:40PM)
It seems that hippty hop rabbits is one of the most popular kids tricks out there which I do have and do perform but I need to get another one that is of better quality you may suggest now.
Kevini
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Mar 27, 2005 06:00PM)
#1 The comedy funnel... a child drinks a glass of grape juice and I poke a hole in his/her elbow with a comdey ice pick. I place the funnel under their elbow with a glass underneath the funnel. Another child pumps the other arm and the grape juice flows out of the funnel into the glass. This is my most requested trick. The kids just love it!

#2 The rabbit in the hat... I end my show with this one.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Mar 27, 2005 06:03PM)
Once again, I have to just say it should not be the best TRICK ever but perhaps we should be asking what is your best ROUTINE ever? Afterall a trick is just a trick but an entertainer entertains using routines.

What is your best routine using an effect that you do? This would serve us better because I feel that makes the trick so strong and powerful is your own unique presentation of the trick you are presenting.

In one person's hands, Hippity Hop Rabbits is boring. In another's hands it is a wonderful trick full of comedy, laughter and entertainment value. I think how we present the trick really sets it apart in our minds and it is that reason why we feel it is our best one.

Kyle
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Mar 27, 2005 09:59PM)
David Ginn's books are REAL magic.
I have used some of his bits for over 25 years.
If you can get your hands on one of his books, check it out. The man is a genius... and a very nice person.
Message: Posted by: pancho247 (Feb 13, 2020 06:45AM)
Hi everyone, some great incite here. Only just getting into kids magic now. I've just picked up SIlly Billys DVD and chris t magician book. Think I might invest in either hippity hop rabbits of run rabbit run. Off to Blackpool Magic convention this weekend so might get some there.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Feb 13, 2020 10:43PM)
The book "Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic" has 472 pages. He shows how to perform close up to illusions. He teaches how to use impromptu items. He also shows how to make props yourself. The new book cost under $30.00. You will save a lot of money and receive great information from his book.