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Magic_streak
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Anyone ever performed for physically disabled kids like those that are deaf? I've got a short gig coming up for a school for hearing impaired kids and am wondering what tricks to perform. I'm thinking of simple ones like dollar floating, sponge balls, cut and restored rope. Anyone have any special ones to share? Thanks!
Jon Gallagher
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I've performed quite a few times for the Deaf. That's because my wife is an interpreter (she does sign language to translate what hearing people are saying).

Don't treat the Deaf any differently. Use a lot of visual effects, and don't do a lot that will involve giving them instructions. The best piece of advice I can give you is just pretend you're performing for someone who speaks a different language than you (because, in fact, you are). Magic can transcend the gap between you and your audience.

If you want to do sponge balls, show them what you want them to do. If you have an interpreter, great. If not, then just make sure your magic is visual.
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