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DarryltheWizard
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There are probably hundreds of things you can do to make getting help from the audience change from a "dead wait" into an entertaining moment. Here are a few:
I go down on my knees as soon as the kid shakes my hand. You must be Superman's son!
After you shake one hand normally, you say can I shake your other hand. (Grab child's arm by the wrist and shake his hand.)
After the child gives you his or her name, ask them, "What was your name before that?"
Connect his or her name to a song, a famous person, etc. "You're not the Michael who rode the boat ashore-are you?" Britanny..you're not related to Brittany Spears? etc.
You can stand on the Canadian side and you with the dollar signs in your eyes can stand ont he American side.
Step into my parlour, but watch out for my pet tarantula (look around and watch where you're stepping!)
After the child shakes your hand you move his arm up to shaking position with your non shaking hand. In other words ,every time you lower your shaking hand, his seems to spring up again.This can be quite amusing!
Shake his hand and don't let go. Ask him , "Are you nervous? Then why are you shaking?"
These are just a few from my collection. Let's hear a few of your favourites.
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Here are some other gags and lines I've used:
What's your name?....Great memory! (perhaps a bit overdone.
When I have a boy and a girl up , I ask the boy to shake hands with the girl. " I said shake hands, not hold hands!" As you say this ,you move the boy to your opposite side away from the girl.
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Performer: How old are you?
Child: Seven
Performer: Really? I was seven when i was your age!
How fast do hotcakes sell?
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As the child is walking toward the stage (and you happen to be wearing a black shirt), stick a velcro white collar up on your shirt and rub your palms together eagerly with an anxious grin on your face.
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Performer: What's your name?

Child: Sarah

Performer: That was my name when I was a little girl!
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Old gags such as do you have a boyfriend...
Tom Lauten
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If a little girl steps up to help...

"And what's your name."

"Lucy."

"LUCY?!" you say, surprised.

"Yeah"

"Really?"

"Yes!"

Act all coy and embarassed and say in a giggling voice

"But THAT'S a GIRLS name!"

Kids think it is so funny when you don't get it.
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Quote:
On 2009-01-07 16:59, Tom Lauten wrote:
"But THAT'S a GIRLS name!"
Kids think it is so funny when you don't get it.


Actually, I'll bet an audience of all adults would crack up at that, too. Maybe even more than a kid audience. It's funny. Never heard it before. Your original?
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Thanks, it just arrived... uninvited.
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Tom? But that's a boy's name!
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Are you married?

Do you have a cigarette?

I need to borrow a $50 bill.

Sure. Take your time. You're 7 years old -- all the time in the world.
Tom Lauten
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Most "G-rated" questions for adults get a good reaction...

"Do you have any children?"

"What do you do for a living?"

"So, what kind of car do you drive?"
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I like the classic "Hello Melvin"

When they correct you, you say "Please don't change your name Melvin". I like Melvin.... Ok Melvin, take the magic wand.
- - -

A few years ago I was at a party where a former client attended (or should I say the son of the client) after the show he came up to me, almost crying. and said 'I thought I was the only Melvin. You called everyone Melvin but me"

Go Figure.

Another time I called a kid Melvin and he ran away - 10 minutes later the police showed up - yelling at me to stop all the name calling!!!!! After the show I went to the station and introduced myself to the chief and suggested the cop should be put on desk duty, because she was too stressed out.
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Gags to Use When Getting Child Helpers on stage.

Who started this disgusting thread, John Gacy?
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<BR>Terry Veckey
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On 2009-02-07 15:42, Terry Veckey wrote:
Who started this disgusting thread, John Gacy?


Nope. It was Melvin.
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Or how about.."don't tell me your name, I'm going to read your mind."
holds fingers to temples, looks thoughtful and in pain. "i give up, whats is your name."
"lucy."
" no that's not it."
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I ask the kids name.
He says,"bobby."
I make a face like I didn't understand him and say, "Stinky?"
He says louder, "No. Bobby"
I say,"Poopsy?"
He says even louder, "BOBBY!"
I say, I'm sorry I don't understand you so we'll
just call you, "Penelope Wigglebottom".
And take a grand bow.
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What is your name? MELVIN. and your first name? MELVIN ladies and gentlemen this is MELVIN MELVIN
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No matter what the child answers upon being asked for their name, I reply... "I will call you Bob". I get all manner of strange reactions to this simple gag.

I explain that I call everybody Bob because "it's the only name I know how to spell. And sometimes I spell it backwards. Once I added an extra O." Pause for the adults to giggle, look at them a bit stern and reply... "Bobo... what were you thinking lady? If these kids get that joke it's not my fault!"
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