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Topic: Birthday child
Message: Posted by: maps (Oct 6, 2004 03:45AM)
Anyone had any incident where you produce a rabbit magically and the birthday child thought that it's his/her present and would throw a tantrum insisting that the rabbit belongs to them or would pester the parent for a rabbit? How would you handle that?
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Oct 8, 2004 11:09AM)
Wow, not yet Maps. That would be embarassing. I would try to give them something out of my square circle (most are thrift store low ends).

He gets a dollar magic kit and a goldfish (if parent allows this, care sheet given also). Isn't that enough?:)

Message: Posted by: maps (Oct 8, 2004 02:11PM)
Some kids are pretty spoilt!
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Oct 9, 2004 05:55AM)
In a lot of my effects I refer to the little girl in the hospital "she asked me if I could get all the boys and girls to help colour in the painting or she always wanted a rabbit, do you think you can use magic to make her one?"

That way they won't argue with the little ill (she'll be II2 next year!) girl in the hospital

Message: Posted by: Scruffy the Clown (Oct 9, 2004 07:10AM)
First produce it and then make it dissapear.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Oct 9, 2004 08:29AM)
Scruffy the Clown,

My thoughts exactly, I have an item on order that will do just that:)

Message: Posted by: maps (Oct 11, 2004 07:21AM)
Scruffy the Clown,
That's a great idea. However,I think all the kids will be crowding around you and your props looking for the bunny.I think I need to hire a security guard!
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Oct 12, 2004 02:47AM)
Got the Abbotts Jack Gwynne Vanish box coming soon:)

Looking at possible production using a cereal box and a dupe.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Oct 18, 2004 04:14AM)
I include the birthday VIP in the production of livestock in my show. The VIP gets all 'decked' out, and helps in the production. Then I have my assistant come and get my livestock and take it away so the children are not distracted. After the show, a brief photo session is permitted and I bring out my animals. This leaves fond memories, all with my name and signage in the background containing my contact info.

Message: Posted by: MDS (Oct 18, 2004 10:36PM)
That works great for you but most of us weekend warriors don't have the convenience of an assistant, but I wish that I did sometimes. I haven't been doing near as many kids shows or local shows for that matter as I have been traveling performing so much.

Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Oct 19, 2004 12:19AM)
When my wife isn't with me, I usually have a small cage in the bottom of one of my stand up suit case tables. (My show is done out of two)

When I'm alone, I change my patter so I ask a question while I put the animal away (out of sight). First I mention that I need to put the animal away, and I ask a question that enforces the message from my last effect when the animal was produced.

This may read as a dead spot in my act, but really its not. The audience is excited and upbeat, so its easy to momentarily ride the wave that you just created.

Besides, to put a dove or rabbit away it takes me only about 4 seconds to put the animal securely out of sight, and to grab my next item of interest.

I usually return with my animal after breaking down for a private photograph with the birthday VIP and his parent(s). As before, it completes the customer service showmanship- and leaves my contact information with in the VIP's souvenir.

Message: Posted by: MDS (Nov 1, 2004 02:17PM)
It is good to be versatile.