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Many of you use a rabbit production as your closing trick. I do not use livestock in my show, but I'd still like to close with something short and magical. I was thinking about a 5 card vanish and recovery( it only takes around 45 seconds to do it). Has anyone tried this? At what age would the children appreciate it (or not)?

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Are you talking about Thurston's five card routine? If so, I don't see anything wrong with doing it for kids. It is short and very magical. I have done the routine several times for kids and it always get a good response. Just watch your angles.
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If you have good angles, then any sort of production would be great. I would try to finish with something big though. Maybe do a series of card productions (not sure of your method, but I am assuming standard manipulation), then produce a silk and then a silk fountain, a jumbo card fan, etc.

I use billiard balls in my kids show and the kids love them. It's a chance to show that you are 'really magic!"
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Yeah, disappearing and re-appearing is always good for little kids. It might go over better than producing a rabbit because they are already used to it.
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I guess I'll never know until I try it! Thanks.

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I say the Thurston routine would be great. Once again, watch your angles. Kids are very curious and when they want to see where something went sometimes they'll run forward to check. For that reason I would do this more for school shows than for birthday party shows.

A friend of mine decided to do card productions and as soon as he started to drop the cards the kids went mad and raced forward to grab some. Doesn't happen with the Thurston routine, I know, just something to think about.

Anyway, all the best.

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It depends. If you want your show to be performed under any condition, then you might have a problem. I first started out doing a short card manipulation act in my kids shows but more often than not I ran into angle problems or bad performing conditions.

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Just my two cents! Which is worth only about a Penny on the European market!

I would do a short card manipulation routine, don't drop any cards to the floor, and use Yu-Gi-Oh! cards instead of playing cards if you are playing to an audience of 5-10 year olds.

Over ten, you can use regular cards.

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Leon brings up a good point. Angles are a problem in a lot of kids' shows, sometimes the kids are sat on the floor only 3-4 ft. away from you and they go right out to either side, so you have to watch both side angles and the from below angle as well.
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I've developed a card routine that is angle proof just for my kids shows. They love it, and they can burn my hands and not see anything.
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