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Mr Phil
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Hello All,
To follow a different strain of thought, My favorite kids magic bit is the Don Allen Egg Can. Without a doubt. I am actually using a different version called the great egg trick. I get more laughs and it's my favorite to do

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If I had to perform one routine, and my life depended on it, it would be Eric Sharp's Rabbit in Hat routine from his book Specialised Children's Entertainment. If I could do two effects I'd add my Five MInutes With A Pocket Handkerchief, available on video from Meir Yedid.
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Welcome to the forum Quentin! I really enjoyed your hanky video. It is BY FAR the best way I have found to entertain my two sons (2 and 4). Whenever I do the routine for them (restaurants, sunday school etc) it always draws a crowd of kids. I look forward to reading your posts.
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Any routine with the right audience in the right hands can be funny; however, I really like Dan Harlan's Milkshake Routine. Why?
It plays big!
All the props are homemade and easily recognized objects.
The kid gets three or four chocolate bars at the end of the routine.
It has colour, many gags, builds to a suspenseful climax! just to name a few. reasons why I like it. It's found on Dan Harlan's Birthday Show Video: Packs Small-Plays Big!
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If I had to do one routine for a showcase or something I would have to agree with Philemon on Run Rabbit Run. I use Kovari's Turbo Bunny (which I think is the best kids prop ever made) and some ideas from Eric Sharp's presentation of RRR mixed with my own. I used to close my act with this but now it is second last followed by the production of a live rabbit from a production box/house because they blend together nicely and is a great way to finish.
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A fav. of mine, and I've been using it for ever is the clown silk blendo. I purchased mine from Duane Laflin. He has some great blendo ideas. Like others said, it is how you present it.

I dress my volunteer up as a clown... give them a clown name and do some standard gags with the silks I use and the changebag.


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Wow, I'm really learning a lot in this thread. First, my answers to the question: I've done Professor's Nightmare and Cut and restored in school assembly programs for years. One of the strongest things I do. But, it's not for the really young children. I do it for Middle Schools, Jr. Highs, and High Schools. Also, a lot of the elementary shows I do in California split the kids into two groups for two separate assemblies. I'll get the 4th through 6th Grade in one show, and I certainly will do the Professor's Nightmare and C & R routine for them. But, I don't do it for the Kindergarten through 3rd grade shows. The little guys prefer other, more silly stuff. But, the strongest thing in most of my kids shows is the production of a LIVE rabbit. That seems to be what makes you a "real" magician in the eyes of many youngsters. I've used many methods over the years, but the trick is not the thing, it's the rabbit itself. I've done numerous version of the Hip Hop Rabbits both for in-home parties and School shows. Interestingly, Jack West, the owner and director of National School Assemblies hates the trick, and you won't get hired by him if you do it in your audition.
I used to do Wenk's Peanut Butter and Jelly, but in this day and age, the idea of passing food out to little helpers is very dangerous. God help you if that kid gets sick anytime in the next 48 hours after eating the sandwich you magically made for him during the show. I know you can just do the rest of the routine, but the creation of the sandwich was the real capper. I've also done several versions of Run Rabbit Run over the years and it's certainly strong for kids. I used to have one of the Cookie Monster Versions which Hank Lee put out. He had to remove it from the market because the character was copyright protected by the Muppets folks. I have one made by Supreme Magic which is two "rocket ships" and a spaceman that runs back and forth. With all the interest in Star Wars and Star Trek it's played well. For birthday parties, I often have the spaceman appear on the back of the Birthday boy's Mom. Somehow the kids find it funnier if it appears on an adult. In schools, whenever possible, it appears on the Principal's back.
Now here's a funny thing: I've not used Misers Dream for kid shows. Don't know why, probably a BIG oversight. My friend Dick Oslund does it in school assemblies and it's so strong it almost starts a riot! He gets a group of 5 or 6 helpers up on stage, so that he does not have to go down into the audience. Almost all of his productions are from the kids. Their hair, ears, pulling coins from their pockets, etc.
Now that I think about it, the Miser's Dream I've done is really not aimed at kids. It's more of a manipulation routine inspired by Neil Fosters and others. Kind of a Chavez School approach. I really need to work up a kids routine.
Finally, here's one you're probably going to hate: for preschoolers and the 5 and 6 year olds I get a BIG response from: D'Lite. I know, it's been done to death, but the little guys have had little exposure to magic and it's new to them. I do it silently to the Boots Randolph "Yackety Sax" number. The music intself sets the tone, which is kind of wild but funny, too. I go right into the audience and pull the colored light out of the kids ears, etc., tossing it into a styrofoam cup. The whole thing is done in time to the music and plays very strong for the younger set.
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Well, I'm pretty new to this. But the biggest hits at my daughter's 5th birthday party were Miser's Dream (my opener), Run Rabbit Run, and the breakaway wand gag.
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I am very new to kids magic, but I did my daughters Birthday party just this last saturday, I had about 20 seven year olds in the crowd.. I had no idea what I was going to do so I went to the local magic shop for advice...
I ended up performing the
"Magic Coloring Book"
"Professor Cheers comedy rope routine"
"a torn and restored signed million dollar bill mixed with a bill in balloon production.."
along with a few dissappearing silks and coins..
"and I magically produced a kitten from 5 large silks"
The show was a hit! the kids really liked the coloring book trick and the rope routine was hilarious...
I will definately keep all of these tricks
in my rep for future kid shows..
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I get a great 3 to 5 minutes of a fun warm up
with music, producing a hat, sunglasses, 260 E balloon that is twisted into lips, and an appearing cane.

It is a transformation into my Nearly Normal Character.

The kids also have a great time in my tribute to Mr. Rogers in Mr.Nearly Normal.

I took an old All in the Family gag of
Sock, Sock, Shoe, Shoe, or Sock, Shoe, Sock Shoe and made it into a part of my warm up.

Along the way I have trouble getting out of
my regular shoes and into my oversized slippers. (not clown shoes but the foamy insert ones that come in animals and other models.)

Of course my Nearly Normal Puppets,including
Vent and Marionette work are also big hits with the kids and their parents.


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At the last kid's show I did, it seemed like the biggest reaction I got was from performing Rocco's D'Lites. I had the parent turn down some of the lights in the room so the D'Lites stand out more and I played music in the background. The D'Lites I used were red and towards the end of the routine I pretended to place the red lights into an opaque cup. At the end, I turned over the cup and red-foiled Hershey's Kisses came out which I handed out to the kids.
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Quentin has already mentioned it, but his "Magic Mouse Hanky" (that's what it's known as in my shows!) from "Five MInutes With A Pocket Handkerchief" is a cracker.

I've performed it with a small group of five and a school show of 300 and anywhere in between and it has never failed to produce the havoc it is intended to create.

Obviously fits in the pocket, resets as part of the routine and is entertainment from start to end.
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I also think Quentin's mouse hanky routine is terrific. I follow it by unrolling the hanky and telling the audience that the mouse isn't really gone. He usually returns to his house. Of course, from here I use the old "Mouse House" where you show the house empty and as my back is to the house the mouse peers over the top. The kids are screaming he is back, but everytime I turn to look, the mouse drops back into the house. I don't see him and I "scold" the audience not to tell me he is back until the mouse is really there. They really start yelling each time as the mouse starts appearing behind me.
I still think this is the greatest kids show prop ever.
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David Ginn has a nice routine with dlite and thumb tip streamers. I have worked it into my opener. I like the idea with the red kisses! The best thing to do when working kids show is to be a kid yourself. go down and work on their level. In comedy routines try to get a bout 4-5 laughs per minute. If you can do this you are well on your way.
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I also get a great response from Don Allen's Comedy Egg Can, I have changed the routine to fit my character. My audiences also enjoy... Blooming bouquet, comedy wands leading up to nesting wands, finally the assistant produces flowers in a crystal casket. (all one routine) Jam Magics Cups of Doom, the spotty bag for young audiences. I have a comedy audience participation routine with the Strat o sphere. Children find the blow tube colorful and amazing, Bandana Banana is a lot of fun! The most improtant thing is to have fun, and make the kids feel important.
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I am an ametuer, but I perform a few times a year at birthday party's of friend's children. I also donate a birthday party performance as an auction item for charity fundraiser auctions.
My act does not have a strong theme to it, other than that of a presentation of unusual effects. I do try to build from small to larger effects and then close with a close up routine where I sit on the floor with the children. I always do my sponge ball routine and have the 2 balls appear in the birthday child's hand. Then I tell them that I wanted to get them a birthday card but forgot, and ask them if they would like to see how a magician magically makes a birthday card. I then use a simple switching device I've seen described as "Buddha Papers" in Tarbell v7 to transform confetti into a small (playing card size) "Birthday Card". I hand make these little cards using water color paint and stamp embossing, and I write "Happy 8th Birthday Jason" (or whatever the child's name is) on it. It 's a very simple trick but I perform it in a very intimate way with the birthday child and they always seem thrilled with it. It also ends the show with the focus on the child and their special day.
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I would not perform a children’s show without Peanut Butter and Jelly. I don’t perform the routine as given in the instructions and I don’t ever make them a sandwich to eat.
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My kids routine (performed rarely, sadly) has a fishy theme. I produce loads of fake fish and do other fish related stuff (monkey bar, e.g., with a fish on the end of the line) and finish with the production of a bowl of goldfish with a squared circle.

My mate Chris's kids now3 have an aquarium thanks to the production of some goldfish!
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I dont do a lot of work with kids anymore but with the birth my first grand daughter two years ago it looks like that will change in the future.That being said, when i do work with the kids ,Sucker Die Box,Rocky Racoon,Break Away Wand and Cut and Restored rope Works best for me. Smile
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Here's my two cents from thousands of kid shows worth of experience:

Miser's Dream or D'lite. Anything that involves pulling something from behind kid's ears is a sure-fire hit. I also add a bit about reaching behind their ear and producing...an EAR! I've mentioned this on other threads so I won't put details here. PM me if you want the routine.

Cody Fisher has the best coloring book routine I've ever seen. It uses 3 coloring books.

Peanut Butter and Jelly (I don't make a sandwich either), Bakery Bear or any other "look, don't see" effect.

Rabbit in the Hat, Rocky Raccoon (I use a skunk), or any other puppet routine. (Check out http://www.daverisley.com for some hilarious puppets and routines.

Stratosphere's is always a hit in my show, with juggling and a very involved storyline.

Producing a live bunny/dove/mouse/whatever.

If I had to pick just one trick to entertain a kid with and my life depended on it?

Sponge Balls.
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