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When you're performing do any kid try raising they're hand asking you a question? I try to make it look like I don't notice their hand and continue with my show. If they say, "I got a question!" I tell them all questions will be answered after the show. The reason I don't want to answer any of them at the moment is because it may start a chain of unneeded questions. What would you do?
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I simply keep the show going. Get eye contact with them and just tell them I will get to you after the show and just keep going.

Important to keep your show for parties fast moving that way they don't have time to ask questions.

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I ask him what he wants, He may want to go to the loo, if he does I point him at a grown up. If it's relevent to the trick his imput may be important to the plot or funny, if it's trivial IE, "I've got a dog called fluffy" I just say how nice I've got a dog called Cassie, if I get time we'll chat later OK. and then carry on. I may have to discuss Fluffy with th e kid after the show he comes over and I'll do that while I'm packing away. It's no problem, it only takes a minute, and his parents will be impressed I took the time and pobably book me. Kids get ignored by adults enough without their friend the magic man telling them to shut up go away.

My show relies heavily on audience participation and I've had some gems given to me by kids that I try desperatly to remember after the show so I can include it next time. I've removed parts of routines to include this new gem if I can't just add it too the routine. If I just added them the routines could get too long.
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On 2003-08-06 03:38, Emazdad wrote:
Kids get ignored by adults enough without their friend the magic man telling them to shut up go away.

That tells me volumes about your show (and you)!

I'm with Emazdad. I listen to the kids and treat them with respect. After one of my shows, one of the adults came up to me and said that they had seen other magicians kids shows and that I was the only one "who was actually nice to the kids."

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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I find that genneraly kids are more likely to make statements than ask questions. it is not unusual for a child to say "Oh I have a rabbit called ...." when the kids are petting the bunny as this I get the bunny petted as part of the show I have several lines (again keeping with my style to tease)
If the person says "Oh I have a rabbit called sooty" I might reply "Oh is it a white rabbit then" kid would respond "No he is Black" I reply "Oh I would have called him Snowy then!"

I can flip this if they say the rabbits called snowy, black , white or sooty.
I have many lines like this "Oh sooty did you get him for Christmas?" "He was probably white but Father Christmas got stuck in the chiminy with it"

works for me anyway
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Very nicely said my friend. I could not have said it any better. Some of my best comedy lines have come from questions or comments posed by the children. I try to listen to them more these days as it often enlightens me and makes the show that much more entertaining.
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Emazdad I’m interested to know if you feel using your PA tends to prevent these types of interruptions. I don’t usually get hands up for a question. I seem to get younger children telling me stories or older children trying to tell me what to do. In a living room party situation you can work a lot of these comments into your show. My show is quite an interactive show anyway. You’ve just got to be careful to keep the fast pace of the show running otherwise children can get bored.

I’ve found with children where they are all the same age (school friends) they are much more likely to interrupt. Or they are more likely to copy the behaviour of the interrupting friends. This can make keeping the pace of your show going a real challenge.

I regularly perform in schools with an audience of 200-300. I often get a 5 year old in the front row totally oblivious the rest of the school trying to have a 1 on 1 conversation with me thinking the whole show is just for her/him.
Andy Wonder, Auckland, New Zealand
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