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MAGICTOM
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Hello everyone, I currently perform for childrens birthday parties. I love kids and I really enjoy it, but I am branching out and I am looking for advice.

I have a great number of effects that will knock the socks off of adults, but now I find myself creating my adult routines with the "magician in trouble" scene. This is what I use to entertain the children, should I shy away from this when performing for adults? or should I go with it?

What has been your experience in the real world with involving this type of comedy to the adult performances?. If you have any at all.
Comments will be taken graciously.
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Philemon Vanderbeck
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I think the "magician in trouble" concept plays well for adults as well. After all, magic appeals to the "child" inside us all!

Ultimately, you just have to try it out and see if it plays for you and your persona.

It might be interesting to try performing EXACTLY as you would with kids (perhaps even being condescending)...

Call adults by juvenile versions of their names ("Now Timmy, in which hand do you think the sponge bunny is?"). If you play it broadly enough, it might just work.

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I feel that what Philemon Vanderbeck said is true. Magic is more so entertainment to absolute baffling. It's better to have them have fun to them leaving your show thinking you're some kinda weird mindreader. I'm very sure poeple prefer comedy to totally serious. Interact with your audience. playing around with them and making them laugh with the 'magician in trouble' thing works like a charm. I've performed effects for adults before and they just love it. =)
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I perform the same stuff for kids and adults and it's the "stuff" that I like myself.

I might do a few things a little differently but I find that if I like the effects, then so does everyone else.
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On 2002-10-24 12:36, fstarsinic wrote:
I perform the same stuff for kids and adults and it's the "stuff" that I like myself.

I might do a few things a little differently but I find that if I like the effects, then so does everyone else.

I agree my adult show is what I do for kids with a few mentalism effects it is well recieved by both ages, don't sell the kids short or the adults either.

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I don't do kids shows. As I have no tolerance for the bad behavior in kids that is so common today.

But for an adult audience, you can get the audience on your side, by playing the magician in trouble. In a sense you are letting them see that you are human, you arent performing "at their expense" and you are sort of letting them be "on the inside".

But unless you are going to build your whole performing personna on the "bumbling magician" theme, I suggest you be sure to mix the "trouble" with some cleanly performed effects. That way you will not lose their respect, they will remember the magic, and not the "trouble" you had.

Give them enough bumbling for them to be sympathetic, then fool them real good!

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