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Brian Lehr
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This has probably been asked before (is there a question that hasn't?), but here we go:

What is your central effect in your children's show -- the biggie?

Mine is my Coloring Book routine. However, I'm also getting big reactions to my final effect of Making Candy (with the Chick Pan). So, in the kid's minds, there are perhaps two biggies in the show.

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Mine is the chair suspension.
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1. Spike Arm Illusion - presented as the caveman test of manhood (see David Ginn if interested). Great fun for everyone.

2. Comedy Bullet Catch - my own routine based on an old magazine article snippet (maybe Tom Ogden's).
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Rabbit production.

The whole act is a failed attempt at finding my rabbit.
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Nicholas,
I like the idea of your act. That really unites the whole show and must create a powerful denoument to the ending when the rabbit is finally found.
I usually end with the dove pan with cookies. Right after the flying carpet.
However, I just saw Ken Scott's show at the magic castle and his Fantasy Magician is extremely strong. I believe that is his central routine. Have you ever seen it?
Jim
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I have several, but when I do a b-day party show at a person's house, I always end with my chair suspension routine. It is different then most, gets a great reaction and always involves the b-day child.

The parantes simply love it and it makes the b-day child a star of the day. I also take a polaroid at the moment the child is floating and present that to them as a gift. It really has worked great for me.
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Well, my "biggies" are the first trick, and the last trick.

I open with a bowling ball production with a great routine of mine including a story, lots of comedy, and it clearly starts my "theme" of my act: believe in magic.

I close my changebag, 20th century silks, and baffling scooby doo underwear trick. You can see a brief description here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......7&19

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For the Middle, Jay Sankey's "In a Flash" (yes even for kids). My routine is that after I get victims up I announce that I can tell "TRUE LOVE". It's priceless to see a nine year old boy yell and go hide in the closet after presenting him and his intended to the audience (the girl always sizes up the boy).
For closing a "Fire Pan" where they help me make a baby Dragon (One of my Chinchilla's which is very exotic to the kids).
Jim, that spike through arm Caveman routine is a killer. I saw David Ginn perform it at one of his siminars.
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Mine would either be the vanishing bandana, or the sorcer's apprentice (with the b-day child's parent ending up with a plunger on their head), the kids love it. Also the egg bag is another biggie, i have a pretty neat kids show come to think of it haha! YEAH!!!!!
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During children's events,
Vern the Bird or Magic Drawing Board are the crowd favourites according to recent surveys which corroborate past ones.

Magic perse is not used in either! Hmm. Entertainment!~
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I also will always keep my drawing board into my show. Being an artist, this effect was just designed for me. =)

I can draw a caricature of anyone from the audience and have them introduce me as the star of the show. Of for the holidays, I draw an appropriate character. the kids all giggle and laugh as they help me to draw the character the right way.

This is a perfect example of finding an effect that really works well to your own style and character.
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Brian Lehr
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What would you do if you felt that two of your show's effects could be considered "central" effects? Would you keep them both in the show, or make two different shows?

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I believe that a show should have a structure, a narrative or form that it follows. I find it frustrating when magicians throw a whole bunch of effects in a row then call it a show. Certainly, you can have a concert style act with a list of effects but even in a concert, the choose of music reflects an overarching theme meant to take the spectator's on a journey.

I don't think it matters if you have two CENTRAL effects just as longs as they are there for a reason.
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I woulkd keep them both in, but Nicholas brings up my point as well. I think you would need to structure it a bit more. Make sure that the two centrral effects are not back to back and make sure you end with the stronger of the two. A good paced and structured show is essential for getting the most enjoyment form an audience.
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I am a strong believer in what Nicholas and Kyle are saying. This is what makes mere tricks important and meaningful.

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You know the old saying...."Start strong---and end strong---and it wouldn't hurt to have something strong in the middle too!---LOL-----Cheers!---Jimeuax
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Jim is right. Your show needs to be structured well. start with a good vsisual and fun intro that warms the crowd up and gets them to see you have skill but also that you are there to have fun.

Then end straong with one of your bigger and better effects. Pace the show so that it flows and try not to have similar effects back to back.
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All 4 of them are my biggy effects, My show could be re-arranged and all the effects done in a different order and it wouldn't make any difference, (except confuse me). That's why if I'm booked to do 2 x 30 minute shows with balloon modelling in between at a fete, I can just cut the show in half and do half now and half later.
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Being new to The Magic Café, I would like to offer that I tend to do very visual magic for my kids shows. I get gasps from everyone with Darly's Jumping Knot of Pakistan and end my show with a variation of Sammy Smith's "Puff the Magic Rabbit" puppet routine.
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Bottom line is.. if you get great reults and reactions from it,,, keep it in your show. Always evaluate your show after every performance. Be critical of what played well and what did not. It helps you out in the long run.
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