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Topic: Your favorite christmas routine ?!
Message: Posted by: edec (Nov 11, 2013 03:59PM)
Hey guys xmas is coming soon !
It would be great to share our christmas routines here to help anyone who wants fresh ideas
for our upcoming shows in our churches ?!

One great routine is given by Duane Laflin in grand magic magazine december 2012 "his name shall be called" based
on Isaiah 9 names of God. All the silks representing the names of God (prince of peace, counselor, and so on...) disappear and are transformed
Into one Jesus silk. Jesus being the one announced by the prophet.

And yours ?? Thx and God bless !
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Nov 11, 2013 07:00PM)
If only it felt like Christmas. I live in a country that is SO secularized they even ruined the feast of St. Nicholas by calling it "Sinterklaas." In my faith, St. Nicholas is a VERY important figure and here in this country he is reduced to this man throwing gifts to kids accompanied by his "companions." These companions are called "Zwarte Peet." I find it offensive. They look like the awful minstrel show caricatures from the antebellum South.

What's worse is that "Sinterklaas" is more important than Christmas!! It took me literally TWO years to find even ONE image of the Birth at Bethelehem and that was in a Portuguese Café.

The people here also have the days after Easter (Pascha in my faith) and Pentecost off, as well as Ascension Thursday, and the worst part? Very few even know what Pentecost or The Ascension IS!

So my favorite routine would be one that would in a blink wake these people up to the true meaning of Christmas. I apologize to Dutch magicians reading this as I know that some Dutch celebrate the Birth of Christ, but, by and large, Christmas has become even more commercialized than in the United States.

Please forgive the rant sisters and brothers. I do not mean to sound righteous.

Humbly in Christ,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: jamiedoyle (Nov 14, 2013 10:53AM)
My favorite is a card-match routine by Jim Scott.
As 2 piles of cards are mixed according to a volunteer's liking. The top cards from each pile are put together. The routine continues until all of the cards are matched together. When they are turned over to reveal what is on each card, they are each an old testiment prophecy about the events of Christmas that match the new testament events about Christmas.

It's all written up in Jim's book "the Card Match Principle"
Message: Posted by: harris (Nov 14, 2013 11:15AM)
I like using ventriloquist routines.

One starts with Nigel using the announcer/echo voice.....(thank you Bill Boley)

In this corner of the Church...the Savior of the World.....JESUS CHRIST.

Haven't done it in awhile, but used to use two puppets, Nigel and his Grand Puppet, Papa Charlie. Nigel would ask his grandfather..er grandpuppet, the meaning of Christmas.

Be safe, well and creative.

Harris
reader & righter
Message: Posted by: Danny Kazam (Nov 14, 2013 11:18AM)
I agree Vlad. I personally find it offensive when I see Christian children who believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. No matter what excuses for it we are teaching our children a lie. My children were raised with the truth, and has served them well. They were also taught that parents teach their children that Santa is real and it is not their place to correct their friends who do believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny.

We still celebrate Christmas and Easter. They also understand that Jesus wasn't born on December 25, but it's the day we celebrate His birth.

We have endured criticism from others for our choice, but the results have been spiritually rewarding for our family. It was a choice I do not regret, nor do I condem or judge others who raise their children believing in myths.

They do know who St. Nick is though. The real one that is.
Message: Posted by: harris (Nov 14, 2013 11:57AM)
Chist Mass

not X mass

yes I agree.

Parody as...Tis the season to get into debt....
or I'm dreaming of a White Sale in December
or

____

In my vent routine above, I interrupt Nigel, and tell him that we don't need to
have a lot of hoopala to celebrate the birth of our savior. The routine is funny and serious. It ends with the audience singing to my harmonica music of either Silent Night or O Holy Night.
Message: Posted by: DougTait (Nov 14, 2013 07:49PM)
Ironic correction;

It is Christ Mass
not Chist Mass

Actually there is an argument that Xmas is an accurate abbreviation.

The "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word ×ńéóôüň, which in English reads as "Christ". It was a common and acceptable abbreviation at the turn of the century.

I prefer to keep the Christ in Christmas, but the X does not always indicate a secular abbreviation.
Message: Posted by: maps (Nov 15, 2013 03:53AM)
I use a square circle to produce a christmas tree and then the decorations like the candy canes and candles and star,explaining the symbolic meaning of each items as I get the children to help me add the decorations on the tree
Message: Posted by: harris (Nov 15, 2013 08:24AM)
Doug, Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with me/us.

Love and prayers..


brother Harris
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Nov 15, 2013 09:19AM)
[quote]
On 2013-11-14 12:18, Danny Kazam wrote:
I agree Vlad. I personally find it offensive when I see Christian children who believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. No matter what excuses for it we are teaching our children a lie. My children were raised with the truth, and has served them well. They were also taught that parents teach their children that Santa is real and it is not their place to correct their friends who do believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny.

We still celebrate Christmas and Easter. They also understand that Jesus wasn't born on December 25, but it's the day we celebrate His birth.

We have endured criticism from others for our choice, but the results have been spiritually rewarding for our family. It was a choice I do not regret, nor do I condem or judge others who raise their children believing in myths.

They do know who St. Nick is though. The real one that is.
[/quote]

Hi Danny,

Thanks for the encouraging words brother! I was watching a commercial here the other night and in it you see one of those snowglobes and the music playing is a (secular) Christmas carol. The camera pans up to a guy holding an axe. Basically, the commercial is about being tired of what (to these people) seems like a traditional Christmas. So the guy smashes the snowglobe and then it becomes an advertisement for a huge rave party. THAT is how bad it has become.

While I am not condemning, I do wish I could shake people up and just scream, "for ONE day, can you not forget the sex, parties, and drinking, and celebrate the REAL reason for Christmas??!!"

When I spent my first Christmas here, we went to my girlfriend's parents on Christmas day. They know I am Christian and ironically, they were both Christians and even baptized their daughter (my g/f) as a Christian. They basically said, "we don't believe in all of this myth. Christmas is a day for families to get together."

The Netherlands was once a very devout Christian country and in the southernmost provinces there is still at least a tiny sense of Christ as there are shrines to Him throughout the farm provinces and crosses and crucifixes are seen everywhere. But, here in Rotterdam, and the other major cities: Amsterdam, Den Haag (The Hague), Utrecht, Maastricht, etc., nothing.

It saddens me that a once devout country now largely has no idea what Christmas, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost are.

I love my girlfriend and her children, but, folks, I feel like my very soul is dying. I know God is here as He is everywhere, but, I feel like a spiritual stranger in a strange secular land.

The local Orthodox church here has at best only 50 parishioners, and I live in a city of 750,000!! In Pittsburgh, where I am from and metro population wise is similar in size, there are 70 Orthodox churches and an uncountable number of other Christian churches.

So my American friends, while secularism has infected America, be thankful you can still see Christ in Christmas. Do all you can to fight secularism; do not allow America to become like this.

To Dutch magicians reading this, I do not hate your country. In fact, I love the people, but, I do loathe the secualrism.

One last note all: This year The Netherlands crowned its first king in 250 years. Attached to the back of the Dutch Reformed church where he was crowned was a marijuana shop!! Unbelievable!! This shop is actually built into the back of the church edifice.

I need your prayers folks, please, and again, sorry for the rant.

Humbly in Christ,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: MikeHolbrook (Nov 15, 2013 11:20AM)
Prayers sent for you and the country you are in. One of the ministries I'm involved in does a lot of work in "undeveloped" parts of the world. We forget that those places are not the only ones that need The Gospel. I feel that worldly temptations are a bigger problem the more developed a place becomes.

Mike.
Message: Posted by: themagiciansapprentice (Nov 17, 2013 12:32PM)
I use two alternatives for the Christian part of my show

(1) Christmas story bag with a puppet whispering in my ear and turning the bag inside out;

(2) Real meaning of Christmas by Duane Laflin

I've also made up the Angel's Motto cards from the December 2012 "Grand Magic" Magazine, but won't use it in the same show as (2).
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 27, 2013 07:48PM)
[quote]
On 2013-11-14 12:18, Danny Kazam wrote:
...I personally find it offensive when I see Christian children who believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. No matter what excuses for it we are teaching our children a lie. My children were raised with the truth, and has served them well. They were also taught that parents teach their children that Santa is real and it is not their place to correct their friends who do believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny.

...

We have endured criticism from others for our choice, but the results have been spiritually rewarding for our family. It was a choice I do not regret, nor do I condem or judge others who raise their children believing in myths.[/quote]

You say you don't condemn or judge others who raise their children different from yours, and yet you say you are offended by Christian parents who allow for Santa Claus in their Christmas traditions. Aren't you judging them by being offended?

I'm confused.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Danny Kazam (Nov 27, 2013 08:29PM)
Nope. :) Big difference between being offended ( inwardly) and judging (outwardly)
Message: Posted by: edec (Nov 29, 2013 04:25PM)
Hum... Thank you for your posts but I did not required all sorts of personnal thoughts on christmas and other topics having nothing to do with christmas routine !!!! Thanks for those who gavé me ideas for these routines, please carry on sharing your ideas ! ;-)
Message: Posted by: Danny Kazam (Nov 29, 2013 05:40PM)
What do you mean? There is great information here for creating yourself some great material to build a routine on. Talk about how Christmas is becoming so secular, and how we need to worship God, not Santa Claus, St. Nick, or Kris Kringle. I see using the Bashful Bunny method to remind everyone what Christmas means. That's just the first idea that comes to mind just based on the comments so far.

You can talk about how we can be like Christmas tree's. We decorate ourselves up to look attractive to others and take pride in showing off everything we have done for ourselves. Then, when the season is over, (death) we are stripped of all we are accomplished, thrown into the fire, because the tree was cut from its root. Something like that. ;)
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 30, 2013 03:56PM)
Edec -

One of the routines that I've done in my gospel shows at Christmas time is the visible colour painting, with breakaway crayon. I have a volunteer to help me. For the insert, it's a Christmas tree that colours in (these were available years ago from Hank Lee). I tell the audience about an idea that I got from a friend of mine. He always set up his nativity scene under his Christmas tree, because that is where you put presents, and Jesus is the very best gift of all (John 3:16 talks about God the Father "giving" his Son, for example). And of course, you can expand on that.

Another routine that I've done in my gospel show at Christmas time is a dove pan production combined with balloon hats. I have 3 children come up and help me. I turn them into the "magi" by dressing them in balloon hats. Then I read the story of the magi from the Bible (Matthew 2). I produce 3 items in the dove pan. Gold beads (representing gold, a gift for a king), an empty purfume bottle (representing frankincense, a gift for a diety), and some plastic leaves (representing myrrh, used in burials). Each of those items can help us to reflect on something about Jesus.

David Ginn also sells a ball to sponge star (called "Star of the show"), which would fit well in a gospel show at Christmas time, as the Star of Bethlehem.

- Donald

P.S. Here are a couple of other threads you might find helpful:

[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=447329&forum=16]Magic Café thread titled... Nativity Silk[/url]

[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=136943&forum=16]Magic Café thread titled... Christmas Ideas.[/url]
Message: Posted by: Danny Kazam (Nov 30, 2013 05:41PM)
Why not a mismade Christmas routine? Take 4 silks, draw a Santa Claus on one of them, Kris Kringle on another, St. Nicholas on another, and Frosty the Snowman on another. Talk about each character, what they represent to the secular world. Place them into a change bag, and begin talking about what Christmas is really all about. Then pull out a big silk of a representation of Jesus, showing that all those other things are nothing compared to Jesus. It's a rough idea on a routine, but we all should be capable of finessing things from just idea's.

If you are looking for stock magic with routines for Christmas with a Christian theme, try Dock Haley.
Message: Posted by: edec (Dec 4, 2013 06:12AM)
Thanks everybody !! sure for me christmas is all about jesus !!!
Message: Posted by: Mr. Danny (Dec 5, 2013 12:56AM)
Hi, There was a very good idea on another thread. Naughty/Nice used as a OOTW effect. Also, One card with Nice with the all the others Naughty, and another deck with all the cards with Nice and one Naughty! Force the one you want!
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Dec 5, 2013 11:08AM)
I like to perform "Undivided" the torn and restored cigarette routine from Martin Lewis. I perform it silently with "Change The World" from Eric Clapton playing and have certain displays timed to parts of the tune that I feel fit right. Afterwards I usually have a moment to reflect how we can change our own small worlds to some degree but there is One that can and has forever changed the world through the birth and accomplishments of His son.

P.S.- One of these days maybe I will get a recording of it and be able to post it etc. In the meantime I am ok being the unknown magician, hopefully bringing smiles and encouragement to some.

Also hope I don't get busted for copyrights stuff, etc... ssshhh

Glen
Message: Posted by: Mr. Danny (Dec 8, 2013 10:53PM)
Saturday I did the OOTW effect with Naughty/Nice cards. It went over Very Well!
Message: Posted by: harris (Dec 9, 2013 10:39AM)
Last night I was playing with a blues version of Rudolph the Blue Nose Reindeer.

Many of my songs, never get heard past my prop/rehearsal room.
Message: Posted by: Russo (Dec 10, 2013 10:43AM)
HI - see an effect Iposted on the Chistmas effect forum- Gift box-arrow card effect "the GREATEST Gift EVER RECEIVED" Happy Holidays to ALL __Ralph(russo)Rousseau
Message: Posted by: FatherWilliam57 (Dec 5, 2014 05:06PM)
[quote]One great routine is given by Duane Laflin in grand magic magazine december 2012 "his name shall be called" based
on Isaiah 9 names of God. All the silks representing the names of God (prince of peace, counselor, and so on...) disappear and are transformed
Into one Jesus silk. Jesus being the one announced by the prophet.[/quote]

I have checked Duane's site, but do not see a set of these silks for sale. If someone has the article, were these silks available at one time, or was it intended they be "home made"?
Message: Posted by: themagiciansapprentice (Dec 7, 2014 04:28AM)
[quote]On Dec 5, 2014, FatherWilliam57 wrote:
[quote]One great routine is given by Duane Laflin in grand magic magazine december 2012 "his name shall be called" based
on Isaiah 9 names of God. All the silks representing the names of God (prince of peace, counselor, and so on...) disappear and are transformed
Into one Jesus silk. Jesus being the one announced by the prophet.[/quote]

I have checked Duane's site, but do not see a set of these silks for sale. If someone has the article, were these silks available at one time, or was it intended they be "home made"? [/quote]

use plain coloured 9" or 12" silks (Red, yellow, Blue, Green) and blendo them into a 36" rainbow silk
Message: Posted by: harris (Dec 7, 2014 11:39AM)
Last night our band played
Mary did you know
Mary's boy child
& Silent Night among other tunes.

It's great to share vent and my marionette work with a band back up.
I also get to share my harp playing backing them.

Love and prayers


Brother Harris
Message: Posted by: EVENTUCATOR (Nov 22, 2015 02:37PM)
[quote]On Nov 17, 2013, themagiciansapprentice wrote:
I use two alternatives for the Christian part of my show

(1) Christmas story bag with a puppet whispering in my ear and turning the bag inside out;

(2) Real meaning of Christmas by Duane Laflin

I've also made up the Angel's Motto cards from the December 2012 "Grand Magic" Magazine, but won't use it in the same show as (2). [/quote]

Please tell me more about the "Christmas story bag" I have "Noah Story Bag" and "Wordless Book" colours...
Mike.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Nov 23, 2015 05:24AM)
There will be some Christmas Themed scripts for well known effects in the next Top Hat magazine coming out in a week or so.
http://www.magicbunny.co.uk/tophatv2.php
Message: Posted by: jamiedoyle (Dec 6, 2015 03:54PM)
So many great routines and ideas! I'm so glad you're all so willing to share.
Message: Posted by: EVENTUCATOR (Dec 26, 2015 02:29AM)
Tanx Maps,
I like that idea, thanks for sharing :)
Message: Posted by: MrKen (Nov 15, 2017 12:04PM)
Thought I'd resurrect this thread as we're headed into the season. Anyone have anything new and exciting to share?
Message: Posted by: jamiedoyle (Nov 15, 2017 01:58PM)
Right now, at the top of the FCM group discussion is my routine idea for Christmas.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/InternationalFCM/

You can also get my latest routine in this month's VOICE (if you're an FCM member)

for those of you who are members of the Christian Magicians UK, I've shared that video over on that Facebook group as well.

Cheers!
Message: Posted by: Matthijs (Nov 28, 2017 12:15PM)
Hi guys,

As a full-time professional Christian entertainer I do around 250 shows in churches and schools a year. I have an hour long show that I do at Christmas. This Christmas show is made up of a few puppet acts, five different object lessons, one quiz and fourteen different magic tricks! All in one hour (or a bit more...)

I have split up my Christmas show into twenty small different parts. This has taken weeks of work, because I have made an instruction video for almost every part. So now you can use these ideas within your children’s ministry.

https://www.creativekidswork.com/all-ideas/384-333-the-christmas-show-an-explanation-of-the-build-up-of-the-whole-show-and-the-christmas-puzzle
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Nov 28, 2017 05:14PM)
[quote]On Nov 15, 2017, MrKen wrote:
Thought I'd resurrect this thread as we're headed into the season. Anyone have anything new and exciting to share? [/quote]

Here are 3 related threads, from the Good News area. I last posted on them in September 2017, so they had activity not too long ago.

Magic Café thread titled... [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=491752&forum=16]Christmas Ideas for Chapel [/url]

Magic Café thread titled... [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=567731&forum=16]Christmas magic[/url]

Magic Café thread titled... [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=649900&forum=16]Ideas for "basic" tricks for Christmas [/url]

- Donald

P.S. Bonus - Here's a recent thread from the Little Darlings area. Several ideas about Christmas Magic in general (not gospel, per se).

Magic Café thread titled... [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=653555&forum=17]What Christmas effects do you recommend?[/url]
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Dec 4, 2017 06:38PM)
Hi All: I am not sure exactly what I will be doing in a few weeks in our kids Sunday School, but I was thinking I could utilize a "Bob's Barn" which I purchased from Wonder Imagery a few years ago, along with a "Bob the Zebra" silk (kinda looks like a donkey too), some straw, and a Jesus silk. Probably will put in the barn first an animal silk, straw and other miniature versions of items usually found in a barn (I will stop in at The Dollar Tree to look for some items that may work). Then will end up with the Jesus silk being produced out of this production barn.

The routine will be a kids discussion expanded upon/based upon SkyeJethani.com Daily Devotional dated 12/4/2017: "Downward Mobility". The incarnation is a story (as Sky wrote) "of downward mobility; of Jesus exchanging the glories of divinity for the obscurities of humanity, and ultimately accepting the indignities of the cross... (and for us) that the way of Jesus is more about what we surrender that what we achieve."

It just struck me that a prop that already looks like a barn could easily be substituted as a springboard to talk about the humble manger- that He was the greatest King born in this poorest of settings.

Probably will close out the story with all the kids singing "Away In A Manger" with the Cedermont Kids DVD. There are many Christmas story books for kids/crafts that have as a focal point the setting of the manger. The Bob's Barn prop can then be used other times of the year with the color changing Bob the Zebra silks suggested by Tim Sonefelt.
Message: Posted by: torben (Dec 23, 2018 01:41PM)
Thanks for a number of great ideas. David and Teesha Laflin releashed a new trick few weeks ago Whar does God want for Christmas https://davidandteesha.com/product/what-does-god-want-for-christmas-with-dvd/
Message: Posted by: Amazing Binky (Feb 14, 2019 02:01PM)
I use a Stratosphere and redesign the cover to say J-O-Y . Talk about how to have real Joy at Christmas we need to put Jesus (red ball) first in our lives, Others (yellow) second and Yourself (green) last.