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Topic: Child wants some superhero based tricks
Message: Posted by: piperdod (Feb 17, 2013 04:51AM)
Hello ,im doing a childrens birthday party in early march,the boy will be 5 and his parents have asked for some super hero based tricks ,can any member point me in the right direction ,,,thanks
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Feb 17, 2013 04:55AM)
You might want to check out Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki's collection of Super Hero Magic in Qua-Fiki's Corner at The Magic Nook.
Message: Posted by: motown (Feb 17, 2013 08:12AM)
How about using the Squared Circle Illusion to turn an ordinary figure or photo into a action super hero.

Think about adapting effects to a super hero presentation.

A torn and restored paper of some sorts done with a super hero picture. He's indestructible.

You could by super hero playing cards.

There's so many possibilities
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Feb 17, 2013 11:04AM)
Zombie with a foulard that is made to look like Superman's cape?
Find a sheer material that looks like webbing, and you can do some rope tricks with Spiderman's webs.
Message: Posted by: donny (Feb 17, 2013 11:42AM)
-Green sponges for the "Hulk ball routine"!

-bend a coin like superman, change to Jumbo, leave as souvineer!

-Production boxes

-pull Wonder Woman's "silk apparel" from your bare hands (mini version).

-Candy productions -Production from B-day hat -Confetti -Snow Storm -Newspaper pour(gag) -Egg on head routine(gag)

-and finally my favorite, the "silent game"!

I donno, Piperdod, you don't mention anything about your style, budget, or experience. What are you leaning toward?
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Feb 17, 2013 10:15PM)
I use the 'Crystal Silk Cylinder' and use a transparent sleeve for the image on the outside of the cylinder, ie: Superman, Batman, Snow White, Transformers, etc. I then place 3 silks in the cylinder that I have designed specifically for the effect and then my final load would be a doll of either Superman, Batman, Snow White, Transformers that fits into the cylinder. Example: at Halloween I had the cylinder designed with colorful pumpkins and produced individually wrapped candies called 'Body Parts'. The kids loved it.

Ray
Message: Posted by: pjarnold (Feb 18, 2013 10:46AM)
You may want to actually find out what superheroes the 5 year old likes. That's such a vague term. I was a huge DC fan growing up until late elementary school, and then switched to Marvel; by middle school I was all about Image and Vertigo. At any of those moments, I definitely would have felt like a magician was actually doing a personal performance for my birthday if they took the time to see what characters I liked and not just used an adult "super hero is a superhero" attitude. The child may have never read a comic and is only into a certain cartoon even. Research would pay off.
Message: Posted by: Pseph Choy (Feb 18, 2013 04:07PM)
I found on Amazon.com you can purchase playing cards and UNO cards featuring Marvel and DC Comics characters. That'll give you the flexibility to narrate a comic book superhero adventure with your repertoire of card magic. Any four aces routine becomes the Avengers assembling their team (or catching the evil villains who have hidden themselves in the deck). A color change becomes Peter Parker donning his mask to transform into Spider-man. Levitation and card throws will have obvious associations to a playing card depicting Superman.

Perhaps the best way to make it magical would be to start with a deck of blank Bicycle cards and have an artist/printer put the birthday boy's favorite characters on the cards for your use in combination with a standard deck. The image would be more magical if the characters appeared from an "ordinary" deck of cards. If I had the time to make those, I would definitely try to incorporate a card showing the child's favorite character wishing him a happy birthday in the classic comic book speech bubble and all.
Message: Posted by: AndyLuka (Feb 18, 2013 05:16PM)
How about dresscode, go from a normal shirt, and change into a superhero shirt, without the phone booth.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Feb 18, 2013 06:46PM)
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On 2013-02-18 11:46, pjarnold wrote:
You may want to actually find out what superheroes the 5 year old likes. That's such a vague term. I was a huge DC fan growing up until late elementary school, and then switched to Marvel; by middle school I was all about Image and Vertigo. At any of those moments, I definitely would have felt like a magician was actually doing a personal performance for my birthday if they took the time to see what characters I liked and not just used an adult "super hero is a superhero" attitude. The child may have never read a comic and is only into a certain cartoon even. Research would pay off.
[/quote]

This is great advice.
Message: Posted by: piperdod (Feb 19, 2013 02:22AM)
Thanks for all your great ideas
Message: Posted by: bbarefoot (Feb 19, 2013 08:05AM)
Andrew Mayne also has the book The Handbook of Super Powers, I picked it up a while ago for a similar show, I found the tricks to be unimpressive, but the ideas of how to present the tricks as though a super hero were doing them to quite helpful.
~Brad
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Feb 19, 2013 01:48PM)
Much can be changed simply by altering the “look and feel” of a standard effect. The suggestions above are great. As a Mentalist, the props are a bit different, but when children started showing up with their parents at my shows, I began steering some of my effects to interest them. The first change was to swap regular manila envelopes with SuperHero school folders purchased from Wal-Mart. Another uses retail store “hang tags” which are now decorated with SuperHero logos (Superman’s “S”, Flash’s lightening bolt, etc.)

Legal note: I can’t mention these in any advertising, and it’s wise not to call attention to them in performance. I have not purchased rights from DC Comics and am using these only as an “end user” from a retail source. But believe me, the kids notice!
Message: Posted by: daxma6270 (Feb 20, 2013 10:04AM)
Since Batman does a lot of disappearing acts why don't you focus around that?
Message: Posted by: Franky33 (Apr 2, 2013 01:07AM)
It looks like the date of the appearance has come and gone. How did it go?

I know that there were some tricks put out the had Marvel Characters. There was one for the Hulk, One for Spiderman and another for the Fantastic Four. They are probably hard to find though. Maybe collectors items now.
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jun 2, 2015 09:23PM)
Metal Bending (X Men)
or cool appearing claws (Wolverine)
Snowstorm effect (Storm from X-Men)
Self Tying Shoelace (Flash, etc)
Cups N Balls (Any cool theme ..Possibilities are endless....perhaps heroes printed on sponges with final load being action figures.
Magic coloring book of superheros. Make the kids the superheros by using their super powers color the book

I'd like to bump this thread and continue to discuss it as it's always being requested by client's.
Message: Posted by: Aus (Jun 3, 2015 01:55AM)
It really is about presentation not tricks, look at what you have and adapt it, let me give you some examples:

Sponge Ball Routine: Talk about how one of your favorite super heroes is the flash since he can run so fast that sometimes he can appear to be in the same place or even two places at once. Continue to do your standard sponge ball routine with accompanying patter.

Superman Test: Great for a warm up routine get some tear no tear paper, a pair of bounce and no bounce balls and a few other gambits that’s great for some interactive by play and test a child’s Superpowers. Hide something green that represents Kryptonite and sneak it out above his head (secretly to him but in sight of the other children) every time he attempts a task, which explains why he fails each time.

Superman’s Laundry: Get a set of 20th Century Silks where the center traveling silk is red and do presentation of washing superman’s cape ending with it magically appearing on the washing line between the other two silks.

Ant Man Sponge ball routine: Get a Sanada Gimmick, a 2inh sponge ball and a Growing Outdone sponge ball. Talk about Ant Mans ability to change his size well you’re looking at your empty hand. Say that he can be so small you can’t even see him (showing your open empty hand as if something was there). He can also be normal size (produce the 2inch sponge ball courtesy of the Sanada gimmick) or even grow to twice his size, switch in the Outdone Sponge ball and make it grow. Another idea that translates well to this story is using professor's nightmare instead with a few modifications.

Also I have my personal X-men Chop Cup routine which is a presentation based on Dan Tongs routine which can be found at my Presentation (How-To Guide) which can be found on my second last post:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=133685&forum=41

Green Lantern Production Routine: Get a Green Ring and a few production effects and say that the Green Lantern has the power to manifest objects with his mind. Make this funny with a few items like sponge production fruit or veg then more amazing things like appearing canes, appearing broom etc.

Like I said at the beginning, it’s not about tricks, it’s about presentation.

Magically

Aus
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jun 3, 2015 01:42PM)
Wow Aus....fantastic ideas. Let's keep them going. Super hero's and magic go hand in hand. Let's think of villains, weaknesses, strengths, etc and how to apply them to current tricks .. modifying presentation.
Message: Posted by: Aus (Jun 3, 2015 07:05PM)
Gambit Card Routine: Explain that Gambit is a villain in x-man who has the power to mentally create, control, and manipulate pure kinetic energy to his desire. The main thing he likes using his powers on is playing cards. Pull out a single playing card and proceed to perform the Hummer Card followed up with a rising card routine. Can be replaced with Haunted deck for close up situations.

Hulk Cut and Restored rope: Ask the children if they know who the hulk is and that you can prove that you are just as strong as the hulk. Take a length of rope and cut it half as per your preferred cut and restored rope method but don't tie off the cut ends. Instead hold them untied in on hand as if holding two pieces of rope and challenge two children to come up on stage and try pulling each rope out of your hand by pulling on the ends. After a tug of war situation plays out on stage to everyone's amusement say you can use your Hulk like strength to join the two ropes together again. Bundle the rope ends into one hand and yell "Hulk Smash" and hit it with the other to reveal one piece of rope.

Green Arrow Card Stab: Get a large sheet of clear Plexiglas and a toy bow and arrow (the ones with the suction cap arrows)and a deck of marked cards. Have the deck shuffled then stick the cards on one side of the glass so the backs of the cards can be seen from the other side when the Plexiglas is turned around. Have a child come on stage and take the toy bow and arrow and say you wont to see how good a shot they are. Call out a card you wont them to hit, because the cards are marked you use the one ahead principle to make sure the cards they do hit are the ones you call out. Have a hidden card on you so at the end you can switch it in for one of the cards the child hits squaring off the one ahead principle ending clean.

Wolverine T&R Napkin: Show a napkin and tell them one of you favorite x-man is Wolverine because he has big sharp claws. Tell the kids to act like they have claws and mime clawing at the napkin which you tear as if the kids are doing the job. After the napkin is in pieces ball them up and say that Wolverine also has the ability to heal himself, with a wave of the hand the ball is unraveled and is revealed to be restored again.

Magically

Aus
Message: Posted by: GS121002 (Jun 4, 2015 03:37AM)
Don't forget to tell a story. Tell the story and the magic just happens along the way to emphasize the story. That's how you make it memorable.
Message: Posted by: Aus (Jun 4, 2015 03:57AM)
[quote]On Jun 4, 2015, GS121002 wrote:
Don't forget to tell a story. Tell the story and the magic just happens along the way to emphasize the story. That's how you make it memorable. [/quote]


Of course GS121002, my posts only gave a brief synopsis of the theme of the presentation and the direction the trick is going. The performer who implements these ideas will obviously need to take them further.

Magically

Aus
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jun 4, 2015 04:30AM)
There are always two agendas in play in such a show. One is to keep the young kids laughing and in one place; the other is to impress the adults present for future bookings of a more "magic" venue.

S, it is desirable to have a couple of effects that will prompt "must be magic" in the minds of an adult while still exciting the kids.

Hippity-Hop rabbits is such an effect, and the method can be adapted to your needs. Even the dramatic color change can serve to match the "hero" theme.

Yes, the kids will relate to a recognizable image, but the alure of having the special powers is also a theme that doesn't require a "certain" figure.

Wasn't MightyMouse a super action figure too?

What is mor eimortant -- the image or the idea of special powers? I remember being five and trying to fly and wishing to overpower the neighborhood bully.
Message: Posted by: GS121002 (Jun 4, 2015 03:57PM)
When I was a kid, [i]Mandrake the Magician[/i] was a super hero in my eyes. Kids today have no idea who that character is but wouldn't it be wonderful if they did and Mandrake came to perform at their birthday party?

[img]http://s6.postimg.cc/d853vvjup/fc752.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jun 5, 2015 08:21AM)
Piperdod has left the building, but there is some great stuff here! Thanks guys! :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jun 5, 2015 09:11AM)
I'm telling you .. kids dig this stuff.

I just had a b-day celebration for my 3 year old daughter.

I hired a Disney princess who did Magic tricks, face painting, singing, art and crafts, and held a crowning ceremony for her. It was FABULOUS!

So...I want to set something up for BOYS!

For instance, the princess website the child picks any princess (mine chose Cinderella) and the entire was tailored around Cinderlla.

There were some AMAZING suggestions above sch as having super hero training (Spider web shooting station, Superman training, etc)

Lets venture even further .. what else do boys love? VIDEO GAMES!! Spcifically this new generation Mincraft .. of course Mario bros, etc would still work. C'mon .. lets keep this creativity flowing ppl. I love it!
Message: Posted by: Snoogansgt (Jun 5, 2015 09:45AM)
It may be cheesy, and I apologize if it is. Maybe a Nightcrawler trick from the xmen? Nightcrawler can teleport right? Show the card "teleporting" throughout the deck using whatever controls you wish...pass, backslip, and etc. Then maybe move it to where he teleports out the pack with the use of palming and ends up to wherever you desire. Maybe use the Jack of Spades to represent Nightcrawler. Again, sorry if it's cheesy. Hope this might help. Good luck
Message: Posted by: GS121002 (Jun 5, 2015 01:23PM)
If you were Spiderman doing a card trick.....

Effect starts at 1:45..........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjHXOJnUbvE
Message: Posted by: Proximo (Jun 6, 2015 05:30PM)
I haven't seen the effect in full, Jon Allen has something on his Connection DVD set that could help you out.
Don't know it is suitable for kids though.
Message: Posted by: Aus (Jun 7, 2015 04:22AM)
Mario's Miser: Here is a funky and funny version of miser’s dream that the kids will love, get a red hat and some blue overalls to dress one of the kids as Mario from Super Mario brothers. Also get a yellow square container for the receptacle instead of the bucket which is usually used. On the outside of the yellow container put a “?” mark on one side.

For the kids who have played this game this will become immediately recognisable as the Mystery block: http://www.mariowiki.com/%3F_Block

Get a few game themed items like chocolate coins; sponge production mushrooms (power mushrooms) http://www.murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=38691 , a production rose (fire Flower) which are all recognisable images from the game. Have the kid stand next to you and hold the container over his head. Tell the kid to jump as if his Mario in the game and try to hit the Mystery Box. Each time he complies you produce a production item in the traditional miser's style.

Picking your own Justice League: This is simply a re-theming of a Nick Trost card trick called “Red or Black-Which?” which can be found on page 28 of the book “The Card Magic of Nick Trost”. The differences here are that instead of the cards being separated into two groups of black and red cards in the familiar Out of This World style handling you make up some of your own cards with boy characters and girl characters and do the same trick. The emphasis in this routine is for them to randomly create their own league of heroes.

To add some fun and laughter to the whole thing I replace boy superhero characters for the black cards and girl images for red cards. Because boys will be boys and will have a big aversion to anything girly they will try their hardest to always pick the boy cards.

You can have great fun with this idea, in the Trost routine you do have a test pick as you present the first pair of cards in order to help establish the procedure. Hold this pair and say that you have two heroes here, one walks around at night and fights bad guys and the other wears a green uniform, has magical powers and can fly.

Because the second one sounds better they will chose that one, it’s only then you turn the cards around to show one has Tinkerbell on it and the other has a picture of Batman. Watch them go into a frenzy trying to back track their choice.
Proceed the showing of the pairs as per the normal handling and they will have selected all the boy cards in one pile and the girl cards in the other due to the method, thus turning what was once a simple card trick into a fun piece of entertainment for kids.

Sonic the Hedgehog Linking Rings: Tell the children that you have been playing a computer game called Sonic the Hedgehog and after playing the game you had a thought. Where does Sonic keep all those golden rings?

Does he have deep pockets? Does he have a backpack? Tell the children you think you have found the answer.

HE LINKS THEM TOGETHER AND CARRYS THEM IN A BIG BUNCH.

Move into your standard linking ring routine talking about losing rings when you get hit by enemies etc.

Magically

Aus
Message: Posted by: Jon Allen (Jun 8, 2015 12:51PM)
The routine on my Connectins DVD is called 'Heroes'.

It's a routine where two teams of heroes are selected with one hero left at the end. You predict which hero it will be.

What's nice is that you can adapt it to current trends. When I came up with it, it was based on the TV show of the same name. I know someone who has adapted it by making up Marvel hero cards. The routine goes along the lines of which superhero would they like in their team? Maybe which superheroes would they like to be? It could. Be fun to find out which superheroes. 5 year old would like to be. For example, would you prefer to be Iron Man or Captain America? Hulk or Thor?

Superman or Batman?

Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jun 10, 2015 10:59AM)
If no one's mentioned it yet, Andrew Mayne's Handbook of Super Powers…
Message: Posted by: GS121002 (Jun 13, 2015 11:20AM)
This might help also... [b]DO YOU KNOW A SUPERHERO?[/b]

http://www.arthurstead.com/Products.htm
Message: Posted by: TheMag1cian (Jun 16, 2015 07:39PM)
[quote]On Jun 8, 2015, Jon Allen wrote:
The routine on my Connectins DVD is called 'Heroes'.

It's a routine where two teams of heroes are selected with one hero left at the end. You predict which hero it will be.

What's nice is that you can adapt it to current trends. When I came up with it, it was based on the TV show of the same name. I know someone who has adapted it by making up Marvel hero cards. The routine goes along the lines of which superhero would they like in their team? Maybe which superheroes would they like to be? It could. Be fun to find out which superheroes. 5 year old would like to be. For example, would you prefer to be Iron Man or Captain America? Hulk or Thor?

Superman or Batman?

Hope this helps. [/quote]
That sounds stellar. Been meaning to get my hands on that DVD.
Message: Posted by: MRSharpe (Jun 19, 2015 08:45PM)
The OP is old, but the poster should reflect on presentation. Many effects could be presented as super powers such as action comic heroes possess.
Message: Posted by: jclightman (Jun 22, 2015 05:04PM)
These are some great ideas. My first foray into magic was to come up with a superhero theme….Actually, that's where I got my original email and nickname on the internet "Lightman." I tried to theme my magic around light. It never quite worked out just like I wanted, but the email stuck.

I do agree that most of the work is in the presentation. Adjusting existing effects in ways that attribute the magic to super powers works well.
Message: Posted by: Aus (Jun 22, 2015 09:43PM)
So TheMag1cian

Have you taken or adapted any of these ideas?

Magically

Aus
Message: Posted by: Xaa (Jul 1, 2015 06:46PM)
Magicnook.com has some things labeled as "Super Hero Magic."

http://www.magicnook.com/Qua-FikiCorner/Book2.htm
Message: Posted by: spatrick (Jul 12, 2015 12:42PM)
I have used, and quite like Barry Mitchells "Super Chicken".

You can check out the new version here! It's great for laughs, magic, and self depricating humor.

http://www.barrymitchellproducts.com/products/super-chicken-extra-crispy
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Jul 12, 2015 07:42PM)
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki is working on a new version of the 4 card monte which can use 4 completely different card designs, rather than the usual three alike and one different cards of the past. It will be released soon as "Avengers' Monte" using 4 characters from the recent Avengers movie and made using licensed playing cards. The principle can be used with a variety of other stories and themes, however, but you know how Qua-Fiki likes his Super Hero magic! In fact, he came up with a new version of Edwin's Farmyard Frolics and will include it in the same e-Book as a bonus under the name "Avengers Frolic." It should be ready by August.