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Topic: Favourite kids magic effects?
Message: Posted by: Ollie (Jan 12, 2016 10:57PM)
Hey guys

What are your favourite kids magic effects? What are ones that are simple, visual and hit hard?
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 13, 2016 03:18AM)
Miser's Dream.
Rabbit in hat puppet.
Animal appearances.
Break Away Wand.
Chair Suspension.
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Jan 13, 2016 08:46AM)
Thumb tip vanish of a ribbon. Eating a balloon.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jan 13, 2016 02:18PM)
Randi Rain's hip hop rabbits (Superposition)
The Kandu Carton
Chair Suspension
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 13, 2016 07:25PM)
The greatest kidshow prop I have is Sean Bogunia's Impossible Hank. I also like using standard props like sponge balls and TP sleight of hand (like Tony suggested).

But at the risk of sounding boastful, I have to say my all-time favorite kids magic effects are my own creations like Skull-o-pini, Merlin, and The Magic In You. At birthdays I always close with my Birthday Finale, and for reading programs I include my Abe Lincoln routine using an Axtell Drawing Board.
Message: Posted by: krowboom (Jan 13, 2016 07:47PM)
Tommy James comeback bee
Run rabbit run - any version
Axtell magic drawing board
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Jan 14, 2016 06:13AM)
Tyler's Silken Saga
Message: Posted by: wizardpa (Jan 14, 2016 06:44PM)
I have so much fun with what I am about to tell you, that I use what you might consider to be only a Halloween effect, year round. Tommy James, Lopsided Cyclops. I tell the kids ages 4-8 that my Grand-daughter bought me a Birthday present a couple of weeks ago, but I have been too scared to open it. I bring it out, and take it out of the red bag. I added more decals on my box. I forgot what came on it, but I have a WARNING sticker on it, and a DO NOT OPEN sticker, and a WARNING,MONSTERS EYEBALL sticker. As it peeks out of the box without my knowledge, kids scream. when I finally take it out of the box, I act freaked out. I then cover it with the black cloth that makes it come alive. As I act crazy, running around, the kids really scream when it peaks above the cloth.
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 14, 2016 11:45PM)
Practical Magic's Magic Wand Factory
Instant Magician using the Smoky Mountain Instant Magician Stage
The no fail and always a show stopping Ring-A-Ding Gumball Machine
And the live rabbit to end my show
Message: Posted by: The Mighty Fool (Jan 15, 2016 12:14PM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2016, wizardpa wrote:
Tommy James, Lopsided Cyclops. I tell the kids ages 4-8 that my Grand-daughter bought me a Birthday present a couple of weeks ago, but I have been too scared to open it. THIS IS A REAL WINNER! [/quote]

And it never freaks out the 4-year-olds (as in makes themcry / run) ?
Message: Posted by: The Mighty Fool (Jan 15, 2016 12:18PM)
I get the most mileage out of the comedy chair, but as for actual magic tricks, I'd say linking rings, and ridiculous ravioli.
Message: Posted by: Magic Patrick (Jan 15, 2016 07:07PM)
Happy hyena
Silkola (wacko)
Acrobatic silks
Message: Posted by: Jolly Roger (Jan 15, 2016 11:00PM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2016, magicgeorge wrote:
Tyler's Silken Saga [/quote]

Yes indeed........best ever. :) JR
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Jan 16, 2016 03:45AM)
Man, how many times can this same question be answered? Take a guess at the type of music I like best. It doesn't matter, all that matters is what YOUR audience appreciates but, here's a partial list anyway.

Foo can
Mulitated parasol, BB girl helps
Comedy blendo or mismade, someone helps
Any sucker sliding box
My chair suspension, someone volunteers (obviously)
Linking rings, 2 helpers
Stiff rope
Ball manip that becomes a OLE
20th century with change bag, BB helps
What's next
Soft soap is great using the BB

All the above (except soft soap and the sucker sliding box) work for kids OR adults.
It's all how you address the audience and respect them.

Rabbit wringer
Sword - neck (8 and above & also for adults)
Metamorpho spots, kids & adults
Lots of rope tricks and penetrations.
Any rabbit production but a flip over vanish is not PC anymore.
Any silk production with a kicker production
L&H glass for an inspirational message.

Gee I could be here for a dozen hours (are you still with me?)
The MOST important aspect, Ollie, isn't what I like... It's what the audience likes. There are plenty of fantastic routines out there that are great in the hands of others but not my cup of tea so, it really doesn't matter what I or anyone else here likes - it's what YOU receive your best response on.

Notice: I didn't write "what I LIKE" I wrote "What I get my best response on"
So get a pair of spy sunglasses and record your shows, play them back, take notes and keep the routines the audience likes but put the ones they don't like on the back burner till you rework them.

It's YOU the audience should applaud, in a perfect world you could leave all the magic at home and just goof around for an entertaining hour ... OK sometimes it's the rabbit, they applaud for but remember, you brought the rabbit so that's almost the same. By the way Ollie, you should be ashamed at limiting your requirements to "simple" as in your OP. Your show should be constructed of your best material no matter if it's easy or difficult. I'm not talking about something that takes forever to assemble and a minute to perform (silk fountain). That should be reserved for a stage show. I'm just talking about skill level. Please take the time to learn (now don't get defensive) learn routines which require skill, even if you never use them. How else can you educate the customer how YOUR show is different from someone who buys the same tricks everyone else is doing? Eh?

Nothing on my list above includes any original tricks &!routines I've personally invented because I'm assuming your using all of our input(s) to construct a new show whereas my pet projects are generally not available to buy or make.

And here's Dick to relate a story that exemplifies all the above (probably with half the words too)
Message: Posted by: ememagic (Feb 29, 2016 11:58PM)
Silk to egg - fake explanation of how the trick is done and appearing with a real egg that you crack in a glass.
Coke airborne
Disappearing coke bottle
Balloon Phone - Pressure

Message: Posted by: jakeg (Mar 1, 2016 04:25AM)
Miser's Dream
Egg Bag
Dog Puppet
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 1, 2016 06:29AM)
OK Ollie...FIRST! Scroll up and re-read Jay Leslie's post. Done that? OK, NOW, GO BACK AND RE-READ IT AGAIN--SLOWLY!

You have asked (as Jay notes)a PERENNIAL QUESTION. If you use the search function provided by the Café, you will find a gezillion posts on this topic.

All of those posts (also see those above in THIS thread) will give you an idea of what TRICKS/ROUTINES "work best" for those posters. Their suggestions are very good. They have recommended some good tricks. HERE COMES THE "BUT"::: BUT, THEY CANNOT POSSIBLY SHARE WITH YOU, THEIR PERSONALITIES, THEIR SKILLS, THEIR EXPERIENCE, THEIR P R E S E N T A T I O N S !!!

It is apparent to me, that, as a relative newcomer to performing magic, that, you are, like many newbies, still "TRICK oriented".

Let me quote a favorite comment by a long dead magician. S. H. Sharpe, was not the world's greatest magician, but, he understood a very basic concept.


I suggest that you write THAT on your shaving mirror, and, read it every morning.



To put it as my mentors told me, when I was a teenager, in the '40s, "It aint WHAT ya do, it's HOW ya do it!" (Go write that on the wall, a hundred times!)

Tricks are only the "tools" that magicians use to BUILD A SHOW. Think SHOW!

I would recommend that you read books like "MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT" by Ken Weber. If you're really serious, invest in TARBELL. You will learn PRINCIPLES, and more tricks than you could ever do!

There, Jay!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 1, 2016 07:25AM)
I'm back!

It occurred to me, while having a cup of coffee, that, you might find a dvd that I "published" last fall, worth a look!

I published, "Dick Oslund--Road Scholar" last summer. It's the story of my "life in magic" (70 years performing). Fifty of those years, I was on the road, coast to coast, and border to border, playing school assembly programs in schools from Kindergarten thru Senior High Schools. Part of the book has the routines and presentations that I developed to entertain almost anyone, almost anywhere.

Many asked for a dvd of my performance. My pal Norm Barnhart transcribed from VHS tapes several shows "on location" in schools (K-6 audiences). Abbott's, Magic Inc. FAB Magic, Denny Haney, and Joe Stevens stock the book and the dvd.

You will be able to see that, PRESENTATION is what "makes" the show. My motto for years has been KISMIF.

Jakeg (posted above) is a pro. with many years of experience and success in the business. Feel free to PM him, and ask his opinion. --I'm sure he wont mind your asking!
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Mar 3, 2016 01:40AM)
Every time Dick posts something, I find myself nodding like a chicken at feeding time. hahaha But really, to anyone and everyone who doesn't know, always listen to the guy above me when he is dropping that sweet knowledge. He knows a thing or three. I call him my mentor for good reason.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 3, 2016 04:50AM)
Now, I must go down town,and, buy a new (and BIGGER) hat!

For years, I wore a size 6 hat, and a size 12 shoe. Now, I'm up to a size 9 hat!
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 3, 2016 12:54PM)
And the shoe??
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 3, 2016 07:09PM)
Well, let's just say that I don't tip over easily in a wind storm!

I've been hired in the off season, to help put out forest fires...
Message: Posted by: gmsmagic1 (Mar 4, 2016 01:37AM)
Run Monster Run - Same as Run Rabbit Run, but uses Sesame Street Character Cookie Monster. Great looking colorful prop, and kids love it.

Cookie Monster lives next door to a bakery and he keeps sneaking into the bakery at night to steal the cookies. Stealing is wrong, so I ask the kids to help me break him of this bad habit. They go crazy over this.

Hank Lee stopped making these over 40 years ago due to a copyright infringement, which makes it even more special since so few magician's use it any more.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 4, 2016 06:44AM)
Yes! >>>>>BUT<<<<<

Hank Lee aint in business any more! So, where would the OP find that prop??? --Unless they stop making license plates, and start making Monsters, at his "factory"!

I suggest that you scroll up and re-read my post!


Quentin Reynolds does five minutes with a plain pocket handkerchief (and SHOWANSHIP!)
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Mar 4, 2016 08:54AM)
Hi Dick ...... While I agree with what you said, I still find some routines more fun for me to perform, hence, my favorites.
Message: Posted by: gmsmagic1 (Mar 4, 2016 11:13AM)
Hi Dick,

I agree with everything you said about showmanship, and I love Quentin's handkerchief routine. The one commonality behind every effect I do is my showmanship, so I base my favorites on the ones that are the most fun to perform and that get the best response from the kids.

Besides, I was just answering Ollie's question since he was the one that posted this thread. Run Monster Run is simple, visual, and hard hitting - and those were the 3 criteria Ollie cited. He didn't include the criteria of only recommending effects that one can purchase today. In fact he never stated why he wanted this info, which lead me to believe that he was just taking a fun poll.

Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 4, 2016 05:10PM)
Hi gms... I "missed the point" of the OP not caring about availability. Thanks for straightening that out. Ha! I did another Charlie Miller! (using a preposition to end a sentence 'WITH'.

I generally like everything that I do, but, I must admit that a few are special favorites.

So! I apologize to both you and my friend, Jakeg!
Message: Posted by: Billybonkers (Mar 5, 2016 09:56AM)
I get great reactions with Cakes and Adders by Gary Dunn.

I use the snake can ending and the kids love it.

For those of you not familiar with the effect.

Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Mar 5, 2016 08:31PM)
[quote]On Mar 5, 2016, Billybonkers wrote:
I get great reactions with Cakes and Adders by Gary Dunn.

I use the snake can ending and the kids love it.

For those of you not familiar with the effect.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S17668 [/quote]

by Gary and Ricky McLeod.

Good routine, though.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 7, 2016 01:58AM)
Well people, it happened again.

I checked Olie's posts in the last 30 days and .....,, NOTHING

We took the time to lay out expert advice with no consideration to personal advancement and we all spun our wheels, but good.

FROM NOW ON if someone is new we need to ask them pertinent questions and get the OP involved. We're not here to write books (Dick is the exception)
I believe that everyone here tried to offer their best advice (even if a lot of it is idiocentric ( look it up) but still, the intention is there.

Agreed?... Agreed
Make sure these people are engaged or all this gibberish just becomes an EGO flinging contest to see what sticks to the wall !
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Mar 7, 2016 06:34AM)

See gmsmagic1's post just above.
Message: Posted by: Quentin (Mar 7, 2016 10:34AM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2016, magicgeorge wrote:
Tyler's Silken Saga [/quote]

Tyler's original version was published in The Magic Wand without his permission.
Eric Sharp's handling and routine was published in one of his books.
Message: Posted by: wwhokie1 (Mar 7, 2016 10:58AM)
[quote]On Mar 7, 2016, jay leslie wrote:
Well people, it happened again.

I checked Olie's posts in the last 30 days and .....,, NOTHING

We took the time to lay out expert advice with no consideration to personal advancement and we all spun our wheels, but good.

FROM NOW ON if someone is new we need to ask them pertinent questions and get the OP involved. We're not here to write books (Dick is the exception)
I believe that everyone here tried to offer their best advice (even if a lot of it is idiocentric ( look it up) but still, the intention is there.

Agreed?... Agreed
Make sure these people are engaged or all this gibberish just becomes an EGO flinging contest to see what sticks to the wall ! [/quote]

Sometimes people are just looking for someone else to do the work for them and give them the results. The Café is a great place for advice, and information, and from people who have taken the time to put in the hard work. People here are very generous with their knowledge. New people should be willing to jump in and participate and contribute, not just expect others to answer their questions. I have recieved more than I have given on the Café, but I try to offer what I do know, and help when I can. If someone is new and doesn't feel like they have a lot to contribute, they can at least express appreciation for the answers others offer to their questions. Some do that, some do not. So, Jay, I agree. Before we start throwing answers at a new person's questions, we should throw questions to get the new person involved. For example, in this thread the OP asked for others to offer "your favourite kids magic effects? What are ones that are simple, visual and hit hard?" But the OP offered no suggestions of their own. That was probably an indication that they were just looking for others to help them build their show. The person is possibly new to magic therefore looking for something simple. But they want a good show so they want something visual and hard hitting. Maybe that is not the case, but it sure is suspicious.
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Mar 8, 2016 02:47AM)
It's sometimes obvious by the wording of the question itself that someone just wants to hear them self talk. (Not that the answer 's aren't interesting , but the questions are dumb.). Questions that often start with 'what's your favorite ' aren't often from people actually seeking information about unless they are specific. Easy to spot.
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Mar 8, 2016 03:18PM)
The silver lining is this: I myself (being still pretty new to magic even though I'm almost 35) have found discussions on the Café' where this very thing has happened. However, even though the OP split, I was able to learn a GREAT deal from said discussions.

Of course, I agree and feel that it would be better to get them engaged first. I just wanted to say that I have been able to learn from a lot of posts that where started by some d-bag OP like this one lol
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Mar 8, 2016 03:55PM)
Please refrain from d-bag talk.

The OP was fairly new and impolite but may not have realized that an expression of appreciation was in order.

I have posted in a thread and forgotten about it, only to find that others had been helping away with-out my checking in. It was rude but a simple oversight on my part.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Race Blakhart (Mar 8, 2016 04:49PM)
10-4 good buddy
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Mar 25, 2016 06:03AM)
Any trick made to perform for children can be a favorite. It depends on the routine you put together for that certain trick.
Take (Stratospheres), most of my magic friends think that it's a boring trick, yet, it can be a funny and entertaining piece of equipment for children of any age, even a simple cut and restored rope trick can be made to be an amusing piece for kids.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Mar 26, 2016 05:28AM)

I agree with you 100%.

Message: Posted by: Dapperdan (Apr 14, 2016 01:08PM)
Funny... still nothing from the OP.

Anyway... what's gotten the best reaction for me is any trick where you play like the kids caught you doing something sneaky.... think Hippity Hop Rabbits, Sucker Die Box, Jumping Scarf... anything that gets the kids yelling "it's on the other side!" or "you turned it around", etc. When I used to do kids shows, I had probably 2 or 3 effects that got the kids yelling, and they loved it! There's something about them banding together as a single voice to catch the magician doing something shady... until, of course, the rabbit ends up being purple or the die is completely gone. Never got old!... at least not for my shows... :)
Message: Posted by: ProfessorMagicJMG (May 11, 2016 07:53PM)
As a relatively new poster myself, I would like to point out that unlike many more recently built forum platforms, the Magic Café does not automatically forward comments on forum threads to your email inbox, you have to "subscribe" to the thread for that. The OP may not have realized the need to subscribe and may have gotten busy and forgotten or simply assumed since there were no replies forward to his inbox that no one had commented. That happened to me when I joined the forums back in February. I had been reading Café' posts since last summer but due to having a free email account, I couldn't join until I got a non-free email domain.

Fairly new here to kid show magic but I will say that rather than think in terms of "tricks," think in terms of "versatile props with which you can build a routine."

The Axtell Magic Drawing Board is, by far, the most versatile and crowd pleasing kid show prop, since you can make it be ANYTHING you can draw. It comes with a sheet full of character ideas. I got the newer big version with the tongue that sticks out, and kids love the progression of eyes, tongue, talking...they just go nuts! It can be a character, a book, a trash can, whatever you can imagine that has eyes and a mouth. It never fails to get a stunning reaction, and can be used as a ventriloquist puppet or just a silent but exciting prop, so you don't have to worry about not being a ventriloquist.

Some of the tricks I almost always use that get a great reaction include the silk to appearing cane, breakaway and other comedy magic wands, the Chinese sticks, the shrinking/growing head spiral, and my Houdini chain shackle escape, which I do using a "magic bag" that's basically a fancy pillowcase open on the long end with four ropes at the corners; I get an adult to hold the keys and lock me in and four kids to hold the ropes. Lots of fun and stage filling. The Magic Coloring book can be done a lot of different ways and I like it.

I think the most versatile utility prop you can get is a magic change bag. Second most versatile are thumb tips. You can invent tricks and build routines using utility props. I have lots of fun looking at a prop and thinking, what all could I do with that? I try to group tricks into themes and build show concepts around a theme. This way you can develop something uniquely "you."

Barry Mitchell makes great kid show props with routines as does Tommy James and the folks at Amazekids. If you can, attend KIDabra or KAX. Christopher T. Magician's free YouTube videos are great as is his DVD and his book.
Message: Posted by: Ollie (Aug 13, 2016 11:46PM)
Totally forgot about this thread!!! I've been performing magic for 6 years and used to be all about the tricks but over the past few years I understand the importance of presentation and patter, I own Ken Webers book and it is excellent. I currently have and do my own kids show however all I was asking were for some effects that you guys like that I could possibly add to my show and make it better
Message: Posted by: Ollie (Aug 13, 2016 11:53PM)
I apologise for not posting after I made the original post.

Message: Posted by: Anatole (Aug 16, 2016 06:46PM)
Re Tricky Ricky's comment "Take (Stratospheres), most of my magic friends think that it's a boring trick, yet, it can be a funny and entertaining piece of equipment for children of any age..."

In my school shows, I presented Strat-o-Spheres with a presentation about following directions. The red ball just refused to follow directions and stay at the top of the inner cylinder. After the second attempt to get the red ball to follow directions, I tell the kids "He isn't following directions. I'm going to put him in Time Out." The kids will understand what "Time Out" is. So instead of putting the red ball into the box that comes with Strat-o-Spheres, I put him away in the suitcase I carry my tricks in and as I walk away, I look toward the suitcase and say in a pseudo-stern voice, "You can come back when you're ready to follow directions." Then I go back to the cylinders and put the green ball in; then the yellow one. I cover the clear cylinder with the outer one. When I lift it, the red ball is seen between the green and yellow one. I tell the kids:
"You know why the red ball came back? It's because he's ready to follow directions." So I take the three balls. In goes the green one. In goes the yellow one. I look at the red ball and say, "Remember: You came back to show you can follow directions." In he goes. I lift the outer cylinder enough so the kids can see the green ball only. I ask them: "Is the green ball on the bottom?" They yell "YES!" I lift the cover a little more. "Is the yellow ball in the middle?" "Yes!" "IS THE RED BALL ON TOP?" "YES!!!!!!" "GIVE THE RED BALL A BIG HAND FOR FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS!"

The teachers like that routine because learning to follow directions is an important part of the elementary school curriculum.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Inkluzo (Dec 28, 2016 07:18AM)
My routine with silks, change bag and coloring book!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 4, 2017 12:14AM)
[quote]On Jan 14, 2016, magicgeorge wrote:
Tyler's Silken Saga [/quote]

Still the best!!!

I hate replying to these "give me all your great ideas so I don't have to think on my own" threads but I must acknowledge those
who provide replies you just can't argue with.

Thumbs up, George!
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Jan 4, 2017 12:58AM)
On April 1, 2017 we will have one e-Book copy of Tyler's Silken Saga to give away to the first person who requests it immediately after midnight on March 31st.
Message: Posted by: Nick W (Mar 18, 2017 12:44PM)
Chinese sticks
Message: Posted by: vincentmusician (Feb 21, 2021 07:48PM)
I find that the ones you like to perform and the ones your audience likes are the best. I have tried many. Some work out better for others than for yourself. So try different effects out and choose what you and your audience like. After that, refine and improve your routines. This is what I do and it has worked for me. Cheers!
Message: Posted by: Mumblemore (Feb 24, 2021 04:32PM)
Kandu Magic/Jef Eaton's Knot Funny
Chance Wolf's Blow Yur Stack
Sucker Die Box - right now I like Kandu's Crayon Box (works with magic coloring)
Cards Across (but with gags)
Bill Abbott Five Card Opener
Card Rise with Rabbit Puppet
Snake Basket
Passing Water Illusion
Slush Powder Three Cup Monte (pour "water" over head of birthday parent)
Birthday Shake (variation on Dan Harlan version)
Egg Bag (Hobson's is best but there are many good ones)
Magic Coloring with Slates (variation on Gene Anderson Picto-Transpo where kid pic turns out great and mine is awful)
Spongeball from mouth of Rabbit Puppet
Rabbit Pupper eats silk (and it reappears in blendo)
Mismade Flag
ABC Recombobulator (Wolf's Magic)
Magic Marksman with flea and silk to apple (Practical Magic)
Tortoise and the Hare silks - Tim Sonnefelt
Flea Diving Board (forgot creator but it's a commercial trick)
McCombical Cereal Boxes (variation on Robert Baxt)
Message: Posted by: mir11 (Mar 9, 2021 03:21PM)
Spongeballs, cant go wrong and always leaves a smile.
Message: Posted by: New old Stock (Mar 15, 2021 05:56PM)
These had the biggest look and sounds of amazement on my 7 year old and his friends when they were performed for them

1) ABC Recombobulator
2) Visual Vampire Escape
3) Hippity Hop Rabbits

They also enjoyed having candy produced. However, handing out candy in the time of Covid is hit or miss.