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Samuel Catoe
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I start my show with the old Ringlings Bros. spiel "Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of aaaallllllll ages." I have a good set of lungs and a strong, projecting voice that can be heard in an enclosed building with approx. 135 loud adults so I have little trouble being heard.

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I really love all the ideas, I use music just before the show and whenever possible have someone introduce me by giving them a pre writen scipt! But I will start incorporating some of the ideas from here.
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i always use a speaker and mic.
When I am ready I turn on the speaker and count - testing one testing two testing... There i break and do it again until eventualy (usualy after the second time) the audience says 3. Then i go up a notch and count to 3 and they go on to for. Then I do it in another foriegn language and no one has a clue what i'm saying so they break into lauphter out of the unexpected. It always gets them. and "breaks the ice" from the start.
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I ask the kids in serious manner, "Who wanna go first?" They all put their hands up the same time. Then I say, "Ok, you can go home first." It evens makes the adults laugh.

If everyone isn't in the public area yet I sing the song, "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands... stomp your feet... say hooray." The last phrase I use is... "If you're happy and you know it give me a dollar."
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Dan:
I like your idea. It is unexpected and is comical enough to get people to laugh and gets them involved right from the start.
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Sometimes things just happen that you don't expect. One time I was doing a birthday party show in a fairly small, fairly crowded living room. I had finished setting up and placed my sound system under the table hidden by the tablecloth (which reaches the floor).

Just before starting, I repaired to the bathroom (adjacent to the living room) to put on my microphone. I was opening the door when I paused. All the kids were gathered, waiting for the show. Pre-show music was playing. I had my mic. = Bingo! =

The kids freaked out when this disembodied voice came from the table and introduced me!

Don't always get a chance to do this, but always try, around Halloween especially.
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I always start with some version of the following, once all the kids have gathered together:

"Is everyone here? Everyone who's here, raise your hand! Great. Now, everyone who's not here, raise your hand!"

It's dorky I know, but when said with gusto it generally generates some chuckles and ... importantly ... sets the tone for my act.

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I too use preshow music and I recorded intro. I also use "show starting" announcements from the Magic Enhancer CD
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Mark Boody Illusionist
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I also use pre-show music & announcements but I use Tim Hannigs THE SHOW STARTS BEFORE THE SHOW STARTS. It has some great funny & useful announcements (like cell phone use). I intersperse the announcements with some of Arthur Steads royalty-free music.

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I too use a voice-over that I had professionally recorded for my show.
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I do several and one of them is based on what jack does as well. However I add on to the "riase your hand" idea and not only do it as a warm up, but I also do it as a way to make the birthday child feel special and to guage the reactions of kids.

After having them riase their hands if they are here and raise your hand if you are not here, I ask them to raise their hands if they knwo the birthday child's name. I state how important it is for the success of the show.

I then walk over to a girl and ask them ok the birthdya child's name is? Mike?? Oh hi Mike.. silly name ofr a girl but glad you are here today for the party. (shake her hand). Ok but we STILL need the name of the birthdya kid so raise your hand if you know. Oh ok how about you. Mike? WOAH did you know there was a kid here already named Mike. How cool is that.

What's that? The birthdya kid's name is Mike? Oh ok tell you what on the count of 3 I want everyone to shout out the name of the birthday kid. 1...2....3..MIKE!!! you are all named Mike? Man that makes it easy for me to remember you all.

something like that. It always varies based on reactions and I improv a lot. But the kids have a great time with it and it makes the birthdya child the star before the show even starts.

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Before the show I have music playing and the children are usually dancing or playing. When I am ready to start I have my own theme tune, some music from Arthur Stead,and I added vocals to it. It has a great begining and then I have a pre recorded intro, I also have the same piece with out the intro, Then I just say on the mic, right let get every one sat donw behind the white line. (thats a line I have on the floor just in front of my box) then my Jimbo theme kicks in, the kids sit donw and away we go.
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But do you also do anything in your show upfront to get them knowing a bit more about you, your character,personality and getting them to feel comfortable with you. If so, how do you o about doing this that works for you? I have many different methods as I call them warm ups. Each warm up is about getting the children used to me,letting them know we are going to have fun, how to react in the show and some of the simple rules we use for selecting helpers. Of course all of this is done in a fun way that the children are engaged in.

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Kyle, I to have many ways to get the children used to me. One of the best things I do is to chat to the Birthday child before the guests arrive. Ask them what they had for their Birthday and also let them help me set the stage and put the line out.
Once they get to know me I usually give them a lolly for helping and then ask them to introduce me to their friends as they come in. Just general chat and telling them what we do in the show really works well.
Some times you cant do this as the guests get to the venue at the same time.

I also have some catchable bubbles, these are bubbles the children can catch on their fingers. I say anyone who can catch 5 bubbles 1 on each finger wins a sweet. This does 2 things, it keeps the children around me and looks like I am in control to the parents and 2, it gets the children talking to me and showing how many bubbles they have caught.

Just a couple of things that I do.
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Some nice ideas. I also talk with the child and basically show intersst towards him or her as well as their friends. By doing so they start to get a feelfor you and not as the starbger or scary adult. Just make sure when giving out sweets, to askl the parent/s first if it is ok to do so. In this day and age, you have parents who can get rather upset by handing out sweets without their permission. Sily as it may seem, it does happen, so I wouldplay it safe.

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Firstly, I announce that the show is going to start soon, so if anyone needs to go to the toilet, or have a drink, they should do that now. Then I play a short "intro" with gags and silly stuff (some from Tim Hanning's "The Show Starts Before the Show Starts"). I have many different intros for different types of show....the shortest being about 2 minutes, for Birthday shows. Then I walk on "stage", and do a comedy welcome, followed by a welcome song, business asking for magic words, and getting the kids laughing and clapping on cue....and my intro ends with a wrm-up trick such as Silver Septer, "What's Next", "Feather Plume", or similar. My whole intro last about 10 minutes or more.
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Sometimes, I use the Mark Leverige idea of having the kids pretend they are in a theatre, get them to squeek their seats, get comfy, then pretend the lights are going down. You go off stage do your anouncement and come back to huge applause!

I must do it more often.
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Just wanted to let everyone know that Magic Enhancer Volume 2 is FINALLY released. PLease check the web site for pre-order info and to hear samples. There are many tracks such as openers, closers, funny announcements, sound effects and more.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks so much!!

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Just uploaded some samples from my pre show announcements cd to youtube.

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On 2014-02-11 15:23, Tim Hannig wrote:
Just uploaded some samples from my pre show announcements cd to youtube.

See the link in my signature!


I have been using Tim's pre-show announcements for years and can highly recommend them. My personal favourite is the Movie Trailer intro. Smile

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