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Dennis Michael
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How come there hasn't been any kid's magic show on television like Mark Wilson's Alakazam in the early 60s (1960-1964) and Dick Williams (1966-1989) Magicland?

There are a ton of kids cartoons, cartoon characters, Barney, Blue's Clues, Mr. Rogers, Seasame Street, Nick Shows, And Kids Game Shows, and Kids News, and many more similar shows but no live magic show like Alakazam and Magicland.

How come?
Dennis Michael
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Because kids are much more sophisticated not to mention it is far cheaper to purchase cartoons than it is to do a live production anymore. If you produce a cartoon series, it can be easily dubbed and sold around the world, not so for live action shows. Cost alone is a major reason.

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the same reason they took bozo off the air last summer.
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Daniel Faith
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I still think it's a really good idea.
If some network would get the ***** to try it, it would probably go over well. Magic seems to be going through a revival so to speak.
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Steve Hart
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Dennis, I will attempt to answer your question. Almost 12 years ago I had a local TV show in Indianapolis, IN. The show covered almost the whole state. It was number one in it's time slot. Yeah!

It was an indpendent TV station, they were big on Cable. I had approached them at the right time. They were looking for a local family show they could pitch for advertising and at the same time have a local show that they could use to get involved in the local community. We ended up doing a lot of live local appearances. Festivals, Malls, Grand Openings. It was hard work but fun!

I was paid by the TV station which was rare, they paid for everything. But we had to help them promote the show and work with the advertisers. This helped bring in the money.

It is all about money and what will sell.
If you can put together a show that will draw the numbers, they can sell it, you are in business.

Today, I think you will have to go about it a little differently. But I agree with you that there is still a market for family entertainment. Note that I said, "Family" not just "Kids". This will make a difference in selling the show. In other words if you do it right you will not only be entertaining the kids but the adults also.

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I hosted a show for two years local UPN affiliate on Saturday Mornings. I am planing on trying to get the show rolling again real soon.
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I currently do a monthly television kids magic show on local cable television.

Good exposure but not pay since it is community cable.

Just a note, my next show is tomorrow morning... Topic "Classics of Magic"

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Cartoons are just plain cheaper. Just run 'em. No sound people to pay, no camera people to pay, no costume people, makeup, lighting, performers ...
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