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Shadow Dancer
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What do you guys think of performing fire illusions for kids? I mean, I do (sometimes), but I'm starting to hear some really bad stories about kids picking up a tissue, thinking that it will work like flash paper and burning themselves badly.
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Children's entertainers must always be careful not to perform any effect whereby a child may hurt themselves if they tried to duplicate it later.

At one party I performed at, I did a few small illusions for some 7 year olds before the party actually started (I was performing at a friend's house). One of the effects was the Coin Bite (folding coin). I later saw one of the 3 year olds, whom I didn't know was in the area, putting a penny in her mouth to try and bite a piece off. Smile

Some of these effects may play big to the young ones, but in the long run, is the risk worth it?

There's a similar thread on here that I started some time ago called "Never Again!" Check it out.

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39 years of "Fire Magic" for kids with NO Problems what-so-ever!!! I produce a Baby Dragon (Chinchilla) out of a fire pan (and kids know Dragon's have fire). For those above 7 years old I do Jay Sankey's "In a Flash" and I now do "WireGram". Never had a kid do anything but I do prep them.
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Shadow Dancer
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Brian, What forum is "Never Again!" in? It sounds interesting.
Cheers, Shadow Dancer
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Nope. Never. Not after I saw a very negligent magician almost burn down a school's portable classroom. This same magician later taught fire effects to kids and has done other "danger" tricks for kids. He's going to hurt someone someday.

Frankly, I don't use fire in any of my shows at this point, although I have in the past. I currently have no need for it.

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Aragorn, I've never thought about dragons etc, and involving fire with them. Duh! Good going with having no problems with fire and kids, but has anything ever gone wrong, that has to do with fire in one of your acts?
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Deja Vu! Smile

Shadow Dancer, the "Never Again!" thread is here in the children's section. You can do a search for it.

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I saw Payne's Harry Potter show at a public library this summer. First trick out of the gate was a "Fickle Fire" type effect. Later a flaming book showed up.
Both pieces were great and made perfect sense the way they were employed - the flaming book was text book on dragons.
One thing to note here, no matches or cigarette lighters were used, no items like paper, etc. were ignited. Both effects were pure eye candy, no dangerous behaviors were demonstrated which could be emulated later with risk of injury. For example, Payne just reached into a magic bag and pulled out a handful of fire, then put it back. A child could try to do this all day long and not risk burning anything.
Fire is a dangerous element that all children are familiar with. And after you finish your birthday party show, Mom is going to ignite a cake and put it under the child's nose!
Be responsible, but never say never! Smile
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Shadow Dancer,
No problems so far. Like Scott said the parents put a cake aflame in front of them. Besides, I'm protected by "BOG".
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ps: "BOG" = personal diety of "Cheech Wizard & Aragorn the Magician"...LOL Smile
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I personally do not use fire in my kid focused shows. I just feel it is my responsibility if a child goes home and hurts him/herself from trying to mimic what looked like "magic." To me, i am not presenting a good example to the kids.

Also, fire effects and use of fire in acts is a bit more difficult to perform with. There are many new and stringent fire codes set in place these days. Sometimes this really inhibits a performer who really must rely on the use of flames for his act or show.
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I don't worry about including fire in my show because the only trick that I do now that uses fire is lighting my Fantasio candle.

I used to open my show with burning gloves to dove where the flames were quite large and sometimes unmanageable. Back in those days, I didn't fear that children would imitate the trick, but I worried a lot that I might set off the fire alarm (when performing in a hotel or restaurant) or ignite the party decorations and burn somebody's house down.

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I once set off the fire alarm at the Hilton Hotel in Guam and they were almost forced to evacuate the whole place.
It was there fault however as we had cleared the the use of fire with them before the performance and they had turned the alarm off for us the night before, they just forgot to turn it off for the show the next day.

This is a problem with using fire in public spaces. I have performed in hotels whose alarms were so sensitive that even flash paper would set them off.

Usually in situations like this it's easier just not to use fire.
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I'm thinking about adding my dove pan to my show. I would do the routine where u put all the "stuff" into the pan, then add "magic juice" (really lighter fluid), then throw in a match and cover it up. Then have there be the object in the pan.

I would NOT use this effect for little kids, but older only.

What would be a good BEAR MINIMUM for performing a trick like this?

Thanks,

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I use "The Flaming Head Chest" in my act when the crowd is 3rd grade or higher. When I put the fire thru someone's head I don't open the front door. I always pull a small burnt up head from the top. I always explain "Don't play with fire", or "Don't take drugs."

One day the fire alarm with off too, like Payne's. But I was in a church. The pastor had to cancel the fire department.

I always perform that trick on the company president or some other CEO. The audience loves to see that happen.
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I work with kids every day and they ALWAYS try to do what I do---Especially the Vanishing silk and appearing quarter---it is enough to convince me that they will try to emulate everything I do---SO -- anyway----I own my home and I would like to keep it so I don't do anything potentially dangerous--think about it--------------------Cheers!---Jimo
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Evan,

I do a lot of Fire Magic and I would NOT suggest the lighter fluid. It is a liquid that can slosh, drip, etc. I would recommend Flash Paper for the effect.
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Evan Williams
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Thanks Bob,

That does seem like a much better idea.

Thanks for the advice,

Evan
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If the kids know where the fire comes from, they could try it and hurt themselves. If they DON'T know, then I think it's fine. For instance: If you use matches to light some flash paper, the kids might try to play with matches. But if you have a self lighting dove pan, and the lighting mechanism isn't there, then the can't try it, because they think it's magic.
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