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I am a 12 yr. old magician who would like to get into doing Kid's Birthday Parties and Shows. I have been into magic for about a year and can do back palm productions, coin bite, pen through dollar bill, cigarette through quarter, here and there, world's quickest magic trick and other card effects. What would you suggest I start working on to prepare for doing Kid's Shows? And where would I go to get some help in coming up with a good routine?

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You seem to already know some card tricks... how about modifiying them for kids? For example, instead of a standard card revelation, how about having it appear on the helper's back? Sammy Smith, David Ginn and others have routines that can get you started on your own version.

Use the card tricks in such a way that they appear to be happening TO you, in a funny way if possible. Kids love to see the magician in trouble and confused (as long as things work out in the end).

Just a couple of quick thoughts to get you started... I'm curious what others say.
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I was 11 when I started getting into magic in 1985. Back then I was into cards tricks and close up slight of hand as well. That is still the magic I love to watch.
That stuff is great if you are performing for your peers, however with children the actual magic comes a very distant second to entertainment. Children like surprises. It really is much easier to surprise them by making a funny noise than it is with a card trick. By all means perform slight of hand for children but be prepared. If they think you are hiding an object in your hand they will try and grab it. The real popular effects for children seem to be things like hippy hop rabbits, run rabbit run, the colouring in book and anything with a change bag. Arm yourself with a few effects of this nature before you try performing a show for children. I've found kids really need to be about 8 years old before they become interested in card tricks, or even able to rememebr a choosen card.
Also I would not perform anything using cigarettes for children, or anything that may encourage them to play with matches etc. You will be a role model. Try getting a colour pencil the same diameter as a cigarette to put through that quarter.
Most importantly don’t forget humour. If you can make children laugh you are sure to be successful.

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Ok where do we begin-I have been on this board for about 1 month and have learned countless numbers of things about performing for kids. By the way im 14 and have been doing this for 3 years just so you know-Ok-No offense but I think kid to kid would be better then expierenced magician to kid-But by all means give him the same advice all of you gave me, i learned a lot-Heres my show lst first of-
Happy Birthday Silk from Change Bag
Mouth Coil Routine (2 Assistants)
What’s Next?
Tricky Bottles (Assistant)
Magic Coloring Book
Super Frog (2 Assistants)
20th Century Silks (Assistant)
Disappearing Water (Super Gel)
Linking Rings (Assistant)
Equal/Unequal Ropes and Rope 2 Silk
Break-Away Pan routine (Assistant)
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Mis Made Flag (Assistant)
Closing
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This is a 35/40 minute show
Now I have a job which you cant get until your my age so I bought my own props-This isnt all the stuff I have i probably have 5 tricks for kids in addition to these, so all together i psent over 400 on my magic(so proud-i bought all of it, not my parents!)---I also use:
Jumbo Scissors
Jumbo Tooth Brush
Jumbo Comb
Jumbo Band Aid
Extending Fork
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As you can see im into comedy which is what i've learned is great for kids (from this board and from expierence)-You should know they LOVE coming up on stage and helping, so get as many as you can of assistant tricks, if you look at my show i have probably half my show or more assistants. The best tip I can give you is even thought me and you are kids, you have to become one of the little kids. Get silly with them, and most of all have fun-thats what magic is about (to me) enjoying myself while i perform. Best of luck to you, Josh

PS. I'd go back and read every post in this whole the little darlings section so you can see all the advice so all the experienced magicians dont repeat theirselves-its exactly what i did when i found this section, read almost every post!!! Good Luck-Josh
If a magician is not intending to "trick" a spectator, why is every "trick" called a magic "trick"?
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Dear Vilago, Andy Walker and JSMagic,

WoW! I want to thank you all for some GREAT advice! You have been REALLY helpful!

Thanks,
CardKid Smile Smile
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JS Great advice...!!!! sounds like (like the rest of us) you have learned from the vast knowledge here.
Children show.. check out the link to that funny paper magazine there was a old issue that had a great article on bday show outlines and formats.
I wouls set up a format and by trail and error work routines in that work for you. There is also a thread on top three effects take a look at it for effect ideas.
my outline:
1. intro (skill effect)Miser dream Billard balls show them your worth watching

2. Warm up (1 and 2 could be changed around)this shows them how to act clap, stay sitted watch the show listen etc...

3. person effect (lets know who and what your about) TT and silk routine <my warm up an person effect are rooled into 1 with silk on my back to happy bday silk from change bag>

4. sucker (without a sucker ending ???place the gotcha on yourself)I use hocus pocus hare.

5. audience part (makes them apart of the show) I do needle thru balloon with a helper
or linking rings

6.fun effect (this is just plain fun break up the show a bit) I do rabbit in the hat.

7. Another personal effect I do the milk shake trick person for the bday child.

8.another audience part I do a build up all show long to this point. Plate spinning using 4 kids

9. final The show stopper I do my rabbit production with the bday child and wand gags..


this is just an idea of an outline mabye others will post thier outline formats with examples
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Thanks Great Advice! Flourish Dude Smile Smile
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Thanks flourish dude-i'll be checking out that web siter with the magizine. Josh
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Take a off duty clown/magician who is your friend. After you finish the show, let them give you tips on what to improve.
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or if you don't know any one video tape are at leats audio tape and mail it to some of us to look at We will help.
Nothing of the same will bring any change, take action today!
Just taking a step, is a step in the right direction because when you stop working, your dream dies.
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Yea, video taping the first show is always good-Josh
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Although Andy is certainly correct that most kids will need to be about 8 to really start to appreciate card magic, you can always substitute picture cards or alphabet cards to accomplish the same result.

Just trying to match your current skills to effects you can do with kids now...

If you have the money, then yes, kids at younger ages love props...also, I don't know where you live, CardKid, but check your library out and see if they have any of Bill Severen's books...he's got great routines that can be done with props created at home.

When I was your age I used his suggestions a lot (didn't have any money). Anyone know the title of his book, wherein he had complete shows described?
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If you want things other then kids' magic, for 10 bucks you can go out and get Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. It's over 500 pages and it really helped me start my magic career, not just with kids but magic in general. I'm sure many will agree it's good.

And yes, Bill Severen's books are good.

-Josh
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