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WR
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I do a Potter show for kids but a lady called today wanting a show for a "Normal" 18 year old. Weird to be doing one for that age.. my show is kids. What effects would you do?
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Hmmm, hard call.
It would depend on what age group you usually perform for.
Most magicians will tell you that teenagers are, without question, the hardest group to entertain; some performers simply refuse to do shows for that age group.
I honestly don't know what I would do; probably take the job and give them my adult show.
However, I don't think I would risk trying a Harry Potter show on them; no matter how good it is, they will probably think it's "for kids" and beneath them.
Sorry I'm not more help, WR, but I've never personally faced this sort of thing.
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Wow, My first show was for a friends son..16..I almost quit doing shows after that one.
They are the rudest and loudest group I can think of.
They also "think" they know everything you are doing.
Of course that was my show..
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No, Don, it probably wasn't your show.
That's what they're like!
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WR
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She really wanted a Harry Potter themed show. I could do some of my effects but...It is still kinda weird.
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I'm not speaking from experience here, I'm speaking from my personal thoughts.

I would try a close-up perspective for part of your show and use some stand-up as well.

Consider:
card tricks (ambitious is always good)

packet tricks (I like the credit card, colour monte, etc.)

cups and balls or chop cup routine

coins across.

Come with a variety of magic and make decisions as you go. Depending on the age level (maturity age) and how they react to your magic, make a decsion on what to do next. If they act goofy with "do as I do", avoid those effects for the restof the act. If they seem amazed with skillful sleight of hand, continue. Go with the flow, I guess.

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My show varies by age, boys, girls..Etc.. so I could do one I guess but it would be different.
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HI,
I do a lot of parties for 18 year olds, but I would always perform my adult show.
If anyone rings and asks me to do a birthday party for a child over 11 (which I am very happy to do)I always ask them have they asked the child if this is what they want or is it a suprise. if they tell me it's a suprise. I go into my speach about how they should really have a word and see if this is really what the child wants. This is a sensitive age and how they appear to their friends is very important to them. Even though they like watching magic, they might be consious of doing so in front of their friends Etc.
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P.B. makes an excellent point!
And it's especially important for this age group, where peer acceptance is critical to the teenager.
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I do school assembly shows; occasionally at High Schools. And I agree: this can be a difficult age group. I also agree with P.B. and Peter: the show should be basically what you would do for adults. But, keep it clean, of course.
For goodness sake, don't condescend to this age group, treat them as equals and with respect.
One thing I do in schools is to get the names of a couple of popular students. (Class President, Head of the cheerleading squad, etc.) Talk to them before the show and convince them to assist in some trick or routine. When the rest of the students see them participating, suddenly it's "cool" to enjoy the show.
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Well this might be my specalty considering im in this age group. Of course since im a magician if I see a magic show I study their presentation but most kids wont do this. I believe the best thing would be to keep it semi fast paced and as funny as possible magic effects will be good but they must be adult effects not cheezy magic wand waving stuff. If its fast funny and you do some good illusions and stuff the people will msot likely like it. Also dont treat them as kids trust me teenagers will try to kill you if you do that. Good luck it shouild be well interesting.
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Have you done the show yet ? I'm curious to hear how it went ...

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Yea how did it go I hope they didnt give you too much of a hard time hehe Smile
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I actually don't see anything weird about this. Harry Potter has a lot of adult fans. What I think they are looking for is an adult show with a wizard theme.

Get out the pointed hat.
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18 year olds are adults, they can vote marry, drink, and fight for their country, (I joined the navy at 16 1/2,) A lot of them may even be out working full time, so your adult show is the one to go for. Try and do a harry potter show and they'll see it as patronising. A wizard theme close-up adult show idea may work.

Personally at 18 all I was interested in was getting drunk and chatting up girls.
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Personally at 18 all I was interested in was getting drunk and chatting up girls.

Hi,
The trouble is a lot af parents see the 18th birthday as a big excuse for a family party,
the last 18th I did was for about 300 people an a huge marque, probably only half of those where 18 or under! if Mum and Dad says you are having a party in most cases you are
like it or not!
Most of the types of people having very big 18th parties thrown by there parents tend to be well used to socialising in these types of........."circles" (for want of a better description)
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The major highlight of an 18 year olds party is the consumption of their first "Legal" alcoholic drink.
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The situation does sound like it could use a looking into to make sure you have all the details. Maybee it is a family party. Perhaps the 18 year old is a Harry Potter fan and likes magic (or has never seen a magic show). I would definitely find how many and what the ages will be.

I think some good "skill" magic might go over well (coins, cards, cups & Balls) with the late teen crowd.
They probably simply want a good family show with a wizard theme
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I'm curious how this turned out, as I'm prepping a show for 21+ crowds. Harry Potter is still quite popular with adults -- and this band I'm opening for does hardcore rapping about HP stuff (yes, seriously).

However, I have to disagree with a great deal of the suggestions here. At no time in HP did they do what we consider the mainstays of magic -- card, coin, effects, cups & balls, etc. In researching, the HP magic is a much more naturalistic approach. The wand is at the center of everything (so much so that I'm designing a very special custom wand that will be rather tricked out with technology), and effects tend to be transformations, levitations, etc.

Some of the effects I'm going with include a LOT of Paul Harris stuff (Belly Button, Weirdling, Smoking i, and so forth) plus Ladybug, using Loops for casual levitations, and I sprung for Pure Smoke and Shift from Ellusionist. Both of which are insanely awesome and really look like real magic.
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I think it depends on the group. If you are an HP fan and 18 you might have a hardcore group of fans who geek out just like adults going to comic book conventions.

If they were to say be dressing up or role playing then it is so much easier to get themes in without being looked at as cornball or childish.

If it is mixed then I would plan themed patter for regular tricks and feel the crowd out. The issue is also making sure the client hears the themes if that his what she paid for. But hey, a feather levitation is cool no matter what age you are. Boy I remember the days when Jay Scott Berry would be doing allot with smoke like effects and robes and junk. Way before HP and he had adults eating it up.

A true fan will also notice you hinting at the books. LIke if you walked in , broke your glasses and causally touched your wand to them and they were restored, then just continued with the show, the fans would see that as HP reference.
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