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Loopback
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No seriously Preston. that's me on Halloween dressed up. My own mother was visiting us and saw the picture hanging and asked who the old man was. Strangely enough the American Legion hat is actually mine.
GiliGili
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Short and sweet,

Kids enjoy where magic happens in their hand , try to make magician wrong and magic works with them,

Keep it as colorful as possible.

Prepare nice patter to keep them on hold.


Good luck
Ed_Millis
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First, check yourself to see if you really enjoy entertaining kids. Not just being around them, but being the one they will _demand_ entertainment from!

The "Seriously Silly" book is excellent. It explains the whole mindset of children from someone who has done it for about 20 years. It explains the differences in ages and what you can do for which group. It explains what works and what doesn't. I got this book while trying to get better at doing kid's parties. It was re-reading it for about the fifth time that made me realize I wasn't cut out to be a kid's magician!

Check out the Little Darlings forum here on the Café. Kid's magic is one of the hardest magic venues there is.

Ed
themagiciansapprentice
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Ok my routine for the kids revolves around:-

Silver Sceptre

Magic painting or colouring book

Change-bag and 20th Century Silks, with popaway wand (soon to be replaced by David Ginn's Snake Can)

Birthday Cake baking in a dove-pan, with d'lite

Animal Four Cards

Rope through mom

Balloon animals

Ali Baba and the 40 thieves

Money printer

I give all the kids a paper wand / Magician's Assistant Cetificate so they can all join in.
Have wand will travel! Performing children's magic in the UK for Winter 2014 and Spring 2015.
themagiciansapprentice
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As I seemed to be doing a lot of shows for younger children I got Terry Herbert's Magic for the Under 5s. He does an act, shows how some props work then is interviewed by Silly Billy. A great hour of leraning.

From that I made myself:-

Two little dickie birds

The Cat
Have wand will travel! Performing children's magic in the UK for Winter 2014 and Spring 2015.
marty.sasaki
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Be careful about doing things that require remembering stuff. If the kids are younger, then avoid card magic using regular cards. An enthusiastic child may claim to know what a card is, but is saying this just to participate. I've seen kids forget what their card is too.

I've seen a kidshow where the magician did quite a few "sucker" effects. He did a variation of the die-box (using Pizza rather than a die), PB & J, and a few more (it blurs together in my memory) The kids loved it and he held their attention for nearly an hour in a hot, stuffy room.

Choose your assistants carefully. You don't want to have a child reveal something too soon. I've had a child open their hands immediately during a sponge ball routine even after telling them to wait until I tell them to open their hand. Some kids can be grabby, reaching out and grabbing props.

I guess the lesson to learn is to remain in control.

Also, make sure that there are adult supervisors always in the room. The younger the children, the more adults are necessary. Some folks actually write this requirement into their contracts.
Marty Sasaki
Arlington, Massachusetts, USA

Standard disclaimer: I'm just a hobbyist who enjoys occasionally mystifying friends and family, so my opinions should be viewed with this in mind.
michaelmagicart
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Let’s start with CHILD CONTROL: Since without it your show can turn into a disaster.

Children are great to work with, but they are also “creepers”. Meaning they keep inching forward toward you and if you are not careful you will be surrounded before you know it. The greatest thing I found to control children, was let the children control each other. At the beginning of every children’s show I stated one rule: I marked a “magic invisible line” about a foot in front the front row of children. I explained this was a “magic line” and if anyone crossed it, without me inviting them, the magic would stop. I then appointed one child to “guard” the line on the left” and one child to guard the right side of the line. It worked like a charm, because the first time a child crossed the line I STOPPED THE TRICK. I didn’t say a word. But boy did the kid’s say a word, demanding than the offender get back behind the line so they could see the magic show. The “peer” pressure worked better than having adults running around trying to control the children. I never had a show where the magic line was crossed more than twice, because the children would not allow it. More to follow in another post.
themagiciansapprentice
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I like the fact you didn't say a word .. too often adults tell the kids one thing, then let them get away with their behaviour. Yes kids are best at policing themselves, rather than having a mom at eah end of the line.

I stop the magic, but have never had a line.... Something to think about....
Have wand will travel! Performing children's magic in the UK for Winter 2014 and Spring 2015.
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