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I know there is no right or wrong for this but how long should your vent routine with a particular figure last on stage?
Do you think it's alright to bring him back on again at a later part of the show or is the surprise element lost.
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I work primarily with kids, and I have found the right length of time to be 6-8 minutes for a vent routine. Any more than that and they tend to get figidity, even if they really like the character. The attention span just isn't long enough now a days, due in part to the kids watching short , fast bits on television and in other media. I also only introduce the character once in the show and break up the performance by having two main characters, and some other vent novelties such as baby cry, distant voice, etc....and very occasionally a magic trick to give my voice a rest. Hope this helps!

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You're right, no right or wrong answers here. In my case, in my adult shows, I can use 1 figure for even one hour. But for my kid shows, between 5 to 15 minutes for one figure is alright.

Many times I open my kidshows with my main (Hartz) figure Nonoy, then use my other puppets, and finally end/close with Nonoy again. That format has been going well for me for many years now.
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Since I have no figures specifically for children, I write my scripts primarily for adults with the duration somewhere in the 20 - 30 minute range per character/figure. What the other guys said about children audiences I totally agree with due to the short attention span some children have.
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I see where the best time for a children’s show would be between seven and fifteen minutes.

In the opinion of the Vents experienced with performing for children;

what is of the best category of material that will interest children so as to keep their attention?
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On 2010-12-19 02:18, maps wrote:
I know there is no right or wrong for this but how long should your vent routine with a particular figure last on stage?
Do you think it's alright to bring him back on again at a later part of the show or is the surprise element lost.



For kid shows, I do 5-8 minutes per character.

I add vent gags and magic tricks...plus I use my fantastic marionettes to rest my voice. The marionettes were made by a friend of mine from Singapore, you probably know him. Smile

I have never tried bringing back a figure in an act, I don't see anything wrong with that but I would rather bring out a new character...

What I tried a few times and it worked well was use an Axtell monkey hand puppet in the earlier part of the show... then bring out an identical Axtell hands free monkey at the latter part of the act as a puppet's puppet.
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On 2011-01-28 21:02, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
I see where the best time for a children’s show would be between seven and fifteen minutes.

In the opinion of the Vents experienced with performing for children;

what is of the best category of material that will interest children so as to keep their attention?


Kids laugh hard over silly stuff... puppet playing tricks on the vent... look- no see routines... singing familiar songs Smile
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On 2011-01-28 21:02, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
I see where the best time for a children’s show would be between seven and fifteen minutes.

In the opinion of the Vents experienced with performing for children;

what is of the best category of material that will interest children so as to keep their attention?


Thanks Wanlu;

Based on your post, tonight I ordered chattering teeth, A fake gun that has a “BANG” flag, glasses with spring eyes and some jokes trinkets, am I on the right path?

I saw your double headed figure on the Youtube video, it is very impressive


Kids laugh hard over silly stuff... puppet playing tricks on the vent... look- no see routines... singing familiar songs Smile
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Thanks Wanlu;

Based on your post, tonight I ordered chattering teeth, A fake gun that has a “BANG” flag, glasses with spring eyes and some jokes trinket, am I on the right path?

I saw your double headed figure on the Youtube video, it is very impressive
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I would check out "The Art of the Kidshow" by Mark Wade---nothing like SEEING it done. Cheers! Jimo
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I did a search and found this deal. I will order it on Monday,,

THANKS


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Great find Buzz. For Kid shows it does not get any better than Mark!!!

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Thanks Steve. I am ordering them on Monday
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Hopefully Mark will have some material on distant voice. You can drive your fellow passengers nuts with that.

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On 2011-01-28 23:39, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
Thanks Wanlu;

Based on your post, tonight I ordered chattering teeth, A fake gun that has a “BANG” flag, glasses with spring eyes and some jokes trinket, am I on the right path?

I saw your double headed figure on the Youtube video, it is very impressive


Oh yes,,, those stuff will be really funny in kidshows... Add some breakaway stuff like a wand and a wilting flower. Smile
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On 2011-01-28 23:39, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
Thanks Wanlu;

Based on your post, tonight I ordered chattering teeth, A fake gun that has a “BANG” flag, glasses with spring eyes and some jokes trinket, am I on the right path?



Oh yes,,, those stuff will be really funny in kidshows... Add some breakaway stuff like a wand and a wilting flower. Smile


I am looking at a chair that folds and falls on the floor by remote control;
and a glass breaking table that shatters a glass by remote also.

I am very cautious about the table, since it will have broken glass at the end of the trick. If I do purchase it, I will have a Plexiglas cover made to contain the glass on the table.
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I don't think that table is
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Buzz that is a great deal on the Mark Wade DVD's.. I think they were about $30 each originally..they were .still a good value at $30 each in my book!!!!Cheeers! Jimo
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... for kidshows Smile
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On 2011-01-30 11:02, Wanlu wrote:
I don't think that table is


Wanlu;

I don’t understand your post about the table, was it a reply to my post; if it was, what don’t you think the table is?

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