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DarryltheWizard
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Some magicians give away balloons, and then end up having to make them again when they break. Other magicians give away miniature magic wands which are probably lost by the time they arrive home.

At the end of my shows I give each child from 6 to 11 a nylon macrame cord with the ends fused by heating them with a cig lighter. I teach each child how to tie a knot without letting go of the ends, the one where the child crosses their arms like a native chief and then extends their arms.

I sometimes teach older kids a one handed knot. They all take their rope and autographed picture of my rabbit Houdini and myself home and keep doing the rope tricks for their parents, driving them crazy until the parent either strangles the kid with the rope or hires me for the kid's birthday.

Hopefully the last choice is made.

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Darryl, this Windsor Wizard has found that it is indeed important to provide something in the way of a souvenir for children to take home... BUT... it should be something safe that includes your contact information on it so parents can call you for their child's party.

I too try to teach something magical that they can do at home, but have found it better to provide a "Trick Page" with easy to follow illustrated instructions on it. We suggest that they ask their parents for the necessary props to go with the instruction page and keep it simple with everyday objects they will have at hand at home.

I use the Ed Harris "Mystery Dollar"
(I believe Eric Paul at
http://www.epmagic.com/
can help you with this item and other great promotional ones created by that clever artist. Ask him to send you his list and tell him I sent you!) and we also show and tell the five tricks on it, using our own props, then provide the souvenir for each child as an "optional add-on" to our show for an additional fee of $1. per child. They see how it is presented, learn how it is done and also get a nicely produced 4.25"x11" parchment bill with the instructions and our contact information to take home!

You'd be surprised how these extras add up over a period of time. Last year, over 80% of my clients opted for one or more of my optional add-ons which include Balloon scuptures - $1. per child, Mystery Dollar Teach-in - $1. per child, Magic Fun Bag with several show and tell tricks, etc.
It is a bit more work and planning, not to mention the upselling of the "Option" at the time of booking, but it is well worth the extra effort.

Our Magic Fun Folder (Brochure format, one color, folded), includes a coloring page, an optical illusion, and a couple of magic tricks and our contact information, that is provided free for all children at our shows.

Anyway, this is what works for us and I hope it provides some food for thought for you and others. I too am always looking for new ideas, so hopefully more will share insight into what works for them in their areas!
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I do the Fortune telling fish, Gold Choco. Coins and a Handout. It has games Puzzles etc...
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WR Smile
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I like to give out maybe a trick sheet also for helping with a act or souvenir from the trick.
I mostly like to give out candy to the kids in most acts. Like they say, Candy is dandy!!
Make sure to listen to the good advice though the other people said and ask the parents/ones in charge, before hand what's ok. Smile
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I have a magic coloring page - it has all my details on and the kids love it. I have pictures of the puppets and objects that they saw during the show and they love to color them in - or so I have been told by delighted parents post show. Smile
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Martin_H
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Danny Archer has some nice birthday tricks called birthday banners (you can order on his website). You show loose Birthday Greeting cards from around the world and with a shake they transform into a 32x22" full color banner, with the birthday cards around the border and in the center in giant letters it says HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Before the transformation, you can give away one card to the birthday child (with all your informations on it...)
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Is it common to give away things to the children in the U.S.? I never give away things, and I know of no Swedish magicians that do. Smile

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Don't know about the USA but in the UK most magicians give something away at a childrens
party. I give a Magicians Certificate (my own design with my details on) a small pkt of sweets and a large balloon model to the children who come up to help. Then depending on numbers, I will make a balloon model for the rest of the children after my show. The total time is aprox 1 hour and is reflected in the price. I used to hand out a colouring poster with my details on but found they were left lying around and made a mess.
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I incorporate balloons into my show so all the kids get one. The kids that come up to help get a Certificate and a two balloon model the birthday child gets a Certificate, birthday card and a balloon model using a least seven balloons. My contact details are discreetly printed on my Certificate. I have tried a number of things in the past they all work and the kids will keep the Certificate.
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I draw a cartoon of an animal of their choice to take home to colour in. My name and phone number is stamped on each one. I've had many bookings from them.

I use to do balloon animals but it was too much of a hassle at parties with breakages etc. Not to mention that every children's entertainer in my area was doing that...the drawings are something that makes me stand out from the rest.

At public shows while the kids are in line waiting to pat my rabbit I'll ask if anyone wants a picture of me and my rabbit. Most do...so I hand out my business card to them. It has a really good magical picture of us on it.

Kim
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I shop regularly at http://www.orientaltrading.com
They carry lots of small items including balls, inflatable crayons, styrofoam airplanes, you name it. Lots of really cool stuff available in bulk for very little $$$. Great giveaways!
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Like Mr T.Ricks I present the birthday child with a certificate which has my telephone number and e-mail address discretely displayed.I always use the very old gag where I try to say the word and then say I can't say 'certificate'.When the kids shout out 'you've just said it ' I say 'that was a little gag for the grown-ups !!!' (you have to be there !!!!!)

When I give away the birthday card I say 'you can open it and show it to all your friends,but please don't open it until I've gone - cause I'm on it and I get a bit embarrassed.Also when the mummies and daddies come to collect their lovely well behaved children you can show them as well --- and if any one should ask my telephone number is 01823 ***847 '.

As always it looks a bit cold in print but it's all in the timing and it never fails to get what I call a ripple laugh - one that starts in one part of the room and spreads around to everyone.

Try it - it's well used material that I promise will work.Where it came from I don't know - probably from pantomime or music-hall.

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Quote:
On 2002-04-29 21:08, Mack Magic wrote:
I like to give out maybe a trick sheet also for helping with the act.


Where can you find a Reproducible sheet of magic tricks?
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I give away a coloring page where they can color in my logo and it also contact information. I also give away magic wands to my assistants; at the end, everyone assists with the final magic so everyone get's a wand (about $.50 each.)

Dan.
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Ron,

Eric Paul (from my area) now has the rights to all of Ed Harris's old art and magic sheets etc. This may be perfect for you. Ed used to design some flyers, tri-folds and sheets that have magic tricks on them that you can give out as well as get your contact information on them.

They are in black and white and Eric now has them on CD for people. It might be what you are looking for.

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Ron,

To further back Kyle's post, I just wanted to share a link to Eric Paul's new website (with info about Ed Harris products).

The website listed earlier on this thread is now just his regular business website (although there is a link at the bottom of the home page).

http://www.moremoneywithmagic.com/

Don't forget to do a search on the Café for threads about Ed Harris artwork, for more information.

- Donald

P.S. My activity book, which I give away at my birthday, and most other shows, has some pages with Ed Harris illustrations & his reproduced teach-a-trick leaflets.
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I too, got the Ed Harris Mystery Dollar from Eric Paul. The kids love it and it has all of my information on it. I read some things from Silly Billy about giving something extra to the birthday child (It was in the last issue of the Funny Paper) and now I also get some things from places like Oriental Trading Co. to also give away.
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Thanks Donald for sharing the website and the further information. Much appreciated and I am sure many will get a lot of good infro. from it.

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I've been signing autograph photos.. 8 by 10's I write a personal message to each kid.. the photos just have my name and website on it..

Great gimmick..... Besides to to kids you are a super star....

Curtis
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I give out a copy of my demo.
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