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I am fifteen-years old and have been a part-time professional magician for about 3 years. I was asked to do a show for a 14-year old girl's birthday party on May 10th. I am used to performing for family audiences, small children, and the elderly. Does anybody have any ideas on what effects would work? This is gonna be a hard one (not that I'm complaining, performing for a bunch of girls that are around your age is great). Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

Michael Smile
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Hi Michael:

One effect that comes to mind would be something with a rose. Girls love roses! Maybe the Floating Rose or an Appearing rose trick with flash? Maybe combine both?

Just some suggestions...

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As long as lot and lots of stage blood is used you will be fine! Just kidding! Try sponge balls, girls seem to like that. I also know my girlfriend likes card tricks. Try one of holding her hand over the cards and stopping on the one she picked. Some silk tricks might also go over well. Just make sure you get them involved in the act!
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Very involved. lol! Tell you what Mike, I'll come out and take care of the show for you, no problem!

I'm 15 too... Smile
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Oh boy here we go again!
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I agree Phillip, we've covered this before.

I don't and won't take bookings for parties for kids over 10, and I never get asked for magic shows for 14 year olds. It must be a cultural thing because over here they would rather pull their eyes out with a fork than have a magician at their birthday party. It's seriously damaging to their street cred. At that age they want a disco, bowling party, or some other activity party.

On the rare occassion I have taken a booking for an 11 year old, I've warned the bookers that the kid may not like it. "Oh no," they say "he/she loves magic." I tell them they might but their friends may take the mickey. Every time, a couple of days later they've cancelled after they informed the kids about the birthday party plan and the kids have thrown a double 6. Now I refuse the booking.
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On 2003-05-02 02:10, p.b.jones wrote:
Oh boy here we go again!
Phillip

My thoughts too!!!!! Smile
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Hi Michael,

There is a post similar to yours in the Close Up Workers forum—magic for 16 yr old girls ... lots of helpful advice there.

Even an update how the show went ... it turned out to be a hit. Make sure you check out both.

Good luck to you! Smile
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"Oh boy here we go again! "
"Exactly my thoughts"

Mine too ... I wonder who keeps starting it?

If it has been covered before, then please don't bring it up again?

Reliable sources have told me there are kids over 10 who like magic ... oh wait ... those were just 15 year olds who wanted a magician at their birthday (loved it too), they probably don't count.

I can only assume the statement that kids over age 10 don't like magic is based on a very small demographic sample. Not every 15 year old has an image problem, or is from such a tough knock background that the cool has to be kept up at all cost ... it must indeed be cultural, because there are people that make a living doing it, with repeat bookings and all.

And again ... is there really any help whatsoever in the remark?

Back to the topic ... I think the best advice I can think of is try not to adapt too much to your audience, it'll make you feel insecure. Better to be you— you've entertained before, and despite what others suggest, 16 year olds are not completely devoid of having fun being entertained.

I would, given the timeframe, be very selective as to picking up new stuff, rather see if I do effects that don't specifically target the real young ones. Maybe look for patter hooks that are contemporary to the age group.

If all else fails ... charm em off their socks!

You go Tiger!
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Tell you something Michael— when I was your age I used to play piano every day for a ballet school, and used to feel the eyes of teenage girls looking at every inch of me, and watching every move I made. Boy what a feeling— thanks for reminding me of this!!
Why, you can even see me on http://aceparties.co.uk/bellevue.htm enjoying this delight.

Go for it man.

But regarding entertaining this age group regularly I agree with the others. Only the other day I was watching my hyperactive, cheeky, too clever, 12 year old son from a distance and thinking, "did I really entertain this age group once?" Heaven forbid.

Tony.
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One sleight comment before I put a sock in it.

I agree it's hard to entertain 15 year olds, but Michael has a huge advantage.

After all he's kinda 15 years old himself ... he might know what a 15 year old likes and be able to relate to them better than any other ... as Tony's post so beautifully illustrated. :o)

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Hi,
I must be the only one who does not mind these age groups then. I personally do not have a problem/actually enjoy working with them, but I have covered most of this elsewhere. I normally give them a version of my adult cabaret with a few minor changes to some of the gags. The great thing is if you are happy to work 11 - 20 year olds, you will find it very lucrative for some of the following reasons.

  1. I treat them as adults and make sure the booker knows it. This means they are paying me to entertain adults not kids, therefore I get higher fees.

  2. You can book the shows in the early evening so they do not interfere with other bookings.

  3. Many of the youth organisations will ask you to do balloon workshops. Again this is for young adults not kids, so more money than kids' workshops (these workshops can also be at out of peak times).

  4. You will get a lot of 18 year old birthday parties which are really good financially.

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I did a show at a school today and 12 - 15 year old girls seemed to eat it up.
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I agree it's hard to entertain 15 year olds, but Michael has a huge advantage.

After all he's kinda 15 years old himself ... he might know what a 15 year old likes and be able to relate to them better than any other...
Kaj is right ... I am 15 and I find it extremely easy to entertain girls from around 13-18. Magicians just have that certain charm that girls like. Smile This Hallowe'en I was the entertainment for my friends Hallowe'en party ... the entire grade was there. The girls were all hanging around. So Michael I would just go with it and do your best, you'll do well.
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Thanks for all your input. I will let you know how it goes.

Michael Smile
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I do my adult show for teenagers, because, being one myself, I HATE being talked down to.
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One trick that is always a smash hit is when you break her favorite 'NSYNC cd and don't restore it. It works like this, you smash it, and she hits you. Smile
No really, anything with roses is good. And since they are around your age and in your town, touching is good too (especially if you're both "free"), you might get a date. Smile
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Hmmmmmmmmm,
as a 15yr old I wouldnt do anything on stage walkround would suit it better girls reactions to things like these are priceless;
The web
Card in mouth
Rising card
anything like that but if you have to do an act girls like magic to music I have found some simple manipulation do you have any candles?
Matt

Ok I ve just seen that the date is 2003 not 2004 oh well!
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Let's see.. where to begin....

I was asked to do a birthday party for a dozen 16 year old girls, I had a blast! I routine the show so that it was above a children's show and below an adult show. (does that make sense?)

I mixed mentalism, comedy magic and motivational magic.
There was something for everyone who attended the show.

Robert.
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Please explain motivational magic please
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