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Loyal R
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Hello,

I have been hired for 2 daycare show. I was just wondering if it was ok to tell the kids I do Birthday Party and they can ask the educators for buisness cards. Or just to tell there parents.

So what do you think?

Thanks
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Ryan Price
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I suggest a casual mention to the children. "Kids at Birthdays love this trick". Of course if you have been performing for children for any length of time you probably should have something that they can take home with them with your information.

Just out of curiosity where in Canada are you?
MikeClay
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The Big Dollar (I have the old one) is great
the kids get something to take home that teaches them a magic trick
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This past July I did quite a few day care shows including a month long workshop which concluded with a show performed by the students for their parents. I give away coloring sheets, Magic dollars like Mikeclay suggests, and discount coupons for birthday shows. I let the kids know that I also do birthday party shows which are even more fun than the show I do for them at the day care.

I think the thing to remember, though, is that booking you for a birthday party is not a priority with the kids or the parents, and you will soon be forgotten in spite of all the giveaways. Like it or not, I think you have to followup with them by means of a newsletter or some other reminder for best results.

Keeping the day care supplied with some type of information either placed on the check-in counter or in the kid's "cubbie" (with the school's permission) would be a great idea. If I learned nothing else from my sales experiences, it is Persistence.

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Loyal R
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On 2009-08-31 18:11, Ryan Price wrote:

Just out of curiosity where in Canada are you?


I'm in New Brunswick...

And thanks a lot for the information. MikeClay, I think I will do the Big Dollar thing, I like the idea.

Thanks
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I also like the casual mention thing. One way to do this is when you're doing a routine, kick it off with something like, "Now we're going to do something that I do for birthday parties, and it's always a lot of fun."

Leaving behind cards, flyers, etc. is definitely a great idea as well.

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I always make casual mention of what I do, but when the children come by to see the bunny after the show (my finale) I make sure I have plenty of postcards that feature the bunny's picture. They all want one, and it has information on birthday parties, etc. True, they may not care about the birthday party, but they all love the bunny pic.
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Wow, the guys pretty much took care of this one. I'll chime in, in agreement and just state again that you should always give the kids something to take home that has your name, number, and website on it.

I really like coloring sheets for daycares because sometimes younger ones can't or won't try to do the magic tricks. Also, a colored sheet goes right on the 'fridge where good ol' mom can see it as she's grabbing dad another budweiser...
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Giving something of perceived value is always preferable than say, just passing out your biz card ... however, getting your card in the hands of the parents is still very important!

I've heard performers do the casual mention thing tons of times and it has never struck me as inappropriate so I would go for it.

Best of luck with your SHOW!

Oscar
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Coloring pages are definitely the way to go with kids this age and it would be best it it reminded them of the show...keep it relevent.
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I really like that coloring pages idea! Anyone know's where I can get some??? Magician theamed? Or any idea?

Thanks
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There are tons of websites with magic themed coloring pages. Try googling
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The magic themed coloring page with your information or the big dollar bill works great for daycares. You may even get a nice post card done up and ask if you can leave them at the front desk. I have never had them say no.
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I found the best magic coloring pages to be the ones in my magic coloring book. I bought extras both styles of the magic one as I did not want the clowns.

I took them apart and photo copied them then used them as hand outs. I also took some and printed on 11x17 then stapled together in the center fold over and Voila my own coloring book. One other tip was to have a picture of me taken and drawn into a color page for the inside and printed the outside in Color of the same picture.

I have been teaching this in my lecture Got Ideas for a while now and it works great

have fun

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On 2009-10-01 16:38, Loyal R wrote:
I really like that coloring pages idea! Anyone know's where I can get some??? Magician theamed? Or any idea?

Thanks


I have a drawing of myself. If you have artistic abilities, do it yourself or get someone to do it for you. Worse comes to worse go to one of those kiosks machines that caricaturize you.
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OR call Angel Contreas http://www.art4clown.com

AMAZING, fab work! Cheap, too. HOWEVER: This guy is in demand. Be prepared to wait a loooooong looooooong time (or catch him at a convention!)

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Loyal R
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I found some magic themed coloring pages at this link: http://www.coolest-kid-birthday-parties.......ges.html

But to use them (well, give them to the kids) do we need the permission of the designing/website owner???

Thanks!
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Loyal R
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Never mind... I found their terms of use and they don't allow that. Anyone knows a website where we CAN use the coloring pages to give to the kids?
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Best bet is to market to the day care centers in your area...
Three times a year
Jan - Just an introduction....

May - to remind them of you for their summer camps and summer programs

Sept/Oct - to catch the Halloween and winter holiday events
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You might want to have the day care send a note with the kids saying that parents are welcome to join their children for the show. Not many will probably show, but you get to talk with the ones that do, and, not much effort involved.
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