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What are the top 5 favorite close up tricks that kill?

Also what are good books/DVDs/tapes that have great material for kids?
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I don't know about books and videos, but I know that kids love cups and balls. It will always amaze them. I only know the Mark Wilson routine, but any routine you use will always get you applause.
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OK, thank you very much. Other people's advice will help.
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Talking kids?
Chop cup
Sponge balls
egg bag
Chinese sticks
and for some reason I love Dragon Alter by Tenyo.
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3-D Bunnies
rubberband magic
sponge balls
the sponge square to dragon
paddle stick routines
crayon magic plays well with kids too
My restaurants give crayons to the kids so I know they will be on the table.
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Anything that happens in their hands is great so sponge balls are an absolute must. Professor's Nightmare is also great since they can hold the ropes in their hands before and after the effect. (Although I am never in favor of having props inspected - it sets up an expectation we can't always accomodate.)

Vanishing a silk using a TT is always an attention grabber. A quick coins across goes over well and cups and balls or a fast chop cup would round out my top five.

I have purposely tried to give you something in differing categories of magic and I have avoided cards since not all kids fully comprehend card tricks.

If the age permitted and I wanted to add a card effect I would do one where the card actually did something versus pick a card. Examples would be card warp, or a rising card or even a quick color change.
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OK thank you very much.
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Just my two Franklin halves.

It is not the tricks that "kill". It is the connection the entertainer makes with people that "kills". Of course I have had to bomb a while till I as you say "kill".

As mentioned above things in the spectators' hands. For older kids Chicago Opener/Red Hot Mama. Sponge Balls are still a favorite.
Something as simple as a Mouth Squeaker/fly sound maker is a great crowd pleaser (and crowd gatherer in a walk around situation).

As you see in my avatar/photo IMHO puppets are a great combination with my Nearly Normal magic.

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1.) The dove pan- I usually use some flash paper and then turn it into candy or something that I can hand out.
2.) TT silk vanish- This one ties directly into the next trick.
3.) After the TT silk vanish, I make the silk reappear in Crystal Clear Magic Cube (available at This makes for a nice double effect.
4.) The appearing/dancing cane is always good for the younger audiences.
5.) The rising card has become a favorite.

I usually perform these at a summer camp, during the campfire skits, and they seem to get a pretty good reaction.

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Sponge balls
chop cup
thumb tip - scarf
crazy man handcuffs
bill switch
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