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denny_Corby
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Hello all
I had a person ask me to do magic for a child's birthday and I told him I only do close-up and he was fine with that. Now my problem is what is a good ending trick for a kids close-up show?
Thanks Denny
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Here are some Starters:


  • A Rabbit Production.
  • Floating the Birthday Child (Flying Carpet or Chair Suspension)
  • Instant Magician
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I am talking about for a close up show.
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Here are some Starters:


  • Sponge Rabbit Production.
  • Floating A Dollar Bill
  • Miser's Dream


Whatever you choose, make sure it has impact and "happens in their hand".
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OK. Thank you very much.
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What kind of close up effects are going to put in the show so far? How old are the majority of the kids?------cheers!---J
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The birthday kid is turning 10. I was thinking about sponge balls, the birthday trick from the Doc Eason bar magic tapes. Also some other stuff.
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Yeah, kids love bar magic. Smile

How about a rope routine? Chinese laundry with the birthday child.
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Something colorful and bright should get the job done. Just keep them mesmerized. Smile
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I use Cups & Balls for my ending and try and get all the kids to try to tell you how many balls are there or where the ball is. Also a big colorful last load is always a great way to end!
"Use your head." ~Dai Vernon~
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Im still working on my cups and balls, so I can't really do that. Smile
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You could do a live goldfish production in a plastic cup of water. There is a Bev Bergeron tape on children's magic that describes the effect.

If you are using any kind of case or table for your props, you could do mouth coils. Bunch them up, and produce a small goldfish bowl with a goldfish swimming around in it.
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If you are using a close up case and not working out of your pockets, might I suggest the Birthday Banner. I think it is from Danny Archer. I have not used it before but it sounds like it would be big and colorful. A handful of Birthday cards meld together and are opened up to reveal a Birthday Banner. I would probably be difficult to keep all the cards in a pocket which is why I asked if you were using a case or table, not because there is a switch or ditch.

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I would suggest doing something that kids love and is seldom seen, the Don Alan Egg Trick. Have the birthday child sit in your chair...very important, and a very big deal (no pun intended for D.A. Fans. The production of candy or probably better since candy isn't always appropriate, small toys, novelty items and gizmos, make a great ending and the birthday child can divey them up among the guests while you pack up and collect your check.
Frank Tougas The Twin Cities Most "Kid Experienced" Children's Performer :"Creating Positive Memories...One Smile at a Time"
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As I have been trying to refine my act, this has been an issue for me too. One problem for me, as well as many other magicians whose posts I have read on The Café, is that we tend to buy effects we like, rather than buying or developing pieces with specific parts of a bigger act in mind.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have said elsewhere that a magic show is sort of like a musical concert, with tricks instead of songs. But you still have to decide how to arrange your material into a logical order that has a natural flow.
Dan Harlan discusses this in his lecture notes, "More Than Meets the Eye". He talks about the "Series of Three Principle". He suggests the following breakout:

Section 1: Warm up and learn about the audience.

Section 2: Display your versatility and skill.

Section 3: Create some positive memories.

Within each of these sections he also suggests three sub-sections. As to the ending, he recommends your big show-stopper being second to last, then finishing with something smaller and more intimate, as a way of saying thank you to your audience. He also describes this last effect as sort of an encore bit.
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Sit on a really thick-looking stool and wax reminiscently about how you've always dreamed it would snow ...... aw, never mind.

How about silk to panties, except instead of panties have a "Happy Birthday" silk.

Or, maybe produce a small sponge rabbit (ball to rabbit) with a special gift for b'day child.
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i use no tear kidz (similar to birthday banner as mentioned above), and when the final banner is revealed i get the kidz to sing happy birthday to the birthday child
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