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What are some of your favorite, kid-show horror stories?

Most magically yours,

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It was at a birthday party in the child's house when the young boy and I produced the live rabbit. Coincidentally, as the rabbit was produced, someone let the family's Golden Retriever in the house. The chase was on!

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OK, I kid you not with this one...

It was about 10 years ago. I had just started doing shows out in the real world.
I was hired by the cub scouts to do a show at a school that they were using as an open house sort of thing. It was a recruitment scheme. Well, many people showed up. Literally hundreds of kids. My cue sounded and I was on!

I was on a stage, and I was pretty nervous (understatement) and the first few routines had gone smooth. I had just finished a cut-and-restored rope routine, and I throw the knot out into the audience, followed by the rope, which didn't make the front row and fell to the floor.

Can you imagine the rest?

The entire auditorium came stampeding up towards the stage. It was chaos! They were rabid! They wouldn't listen to me, they were punching each other for the rope. It was the worst thing that has ever happened to me during a show. One kid actually BIT another kid and drew blood.

I was relieved of my duties immediately and was just about in shock.

Heh!

Sometimes you gotta learn the hard way!

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Hi,

I have been performing for a number of years, and in that I time I have only had to stop a show once.

Here's my tale. I was booked to do a birthday party at my local community centre. I have been there a number of times, so the staff know how to lay out the room for me. It was a five-year-old's party, and I performed my clown, magic and balloons show, for around 40 kids.

I opened with a juggling gag resulting in me being hit on the head with a large plastic magic wand. This always gets a laugh.

Well it was at the point of my third trick that things started to go pear shaped.
One little chap, sitting in the front row, got up and grabbed my big wand. He then thought it would be a good idea to start hitting me with it. I raised my arm so it was hitting my forearm. I then told every one that he will soon get fed up or
his mum would come and rescue me.

At that point the birthday girl got up in her very nice and expensive party dress and told this little monster to stop. He was spoiling the party for everyone. His reply was, I don't care (STRING OF FOUR LETTER WORDS). He then with an mighty swing, hit the birthday girl in the face with the wand spreading her nose across her face. There was blood everywhere.

I grabbed the wand and asked if there was anyone looking after this brat? This woman came from the back of the hall and grabbed him and gave him a ticking off and sat him on her lap.

Well, after about 10 minutes the birthday girl came back, her dress covered in blood. I asked if she was OK and carried on with the show.

As soon as I did, the monster came running down back to the front and sat down. I asked for his mum to come and get him, as I would not carry on with the show unless he is sitting at the back on his mum's lap. She did this but was not happy about it.
At the end of the show, the birthday girl's mum came up and apologised for the monster's behavior. I told her it was not her fault.

She said that it was for inviting him, but what could she do? It was her sister's kid.

Well, I did the party a few times after that but always insisted that this child
was not there, and if his mum did not like it, she should give me a ring and
complain. She never did.

Well, that was a few years ago, and I would not be surprised if the monster is in jail somewhere.

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I had a group of girls leave the show halfway through, then return throwing rocks and bark.

That was fun. I have still some bits of bark in my case.

They all went to some stupid alternative education primary school, where they don't believe in discipline, so the parents did nothing.

I went back later on and slashed their tyres.
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Oh, I've dug this out of the archives - number 50-something.

The last posting amused me (I think Adam V still visits). "Stupid alternative education primary school". I think I've referred to these as "the twilight zone," have I not?

We've had a separated mother throw a cup of hot tea over her ex-husband at a party.

Had a lad go through a plate glass window.

Had kids pull a radiator off a wall and had a flood.

I know this is not funny, ecause the poor girl couldn't help it, but had a Downs Syndrome girl attack me because I set up where she usually spent all the time standing at her club.

Had a 'momma' phone her husband from a party, because I made her little boy (a guest!) out of a game! The booker's husband was some tin-pot entertainment agent who said he was going to put me out of business. That was back in 1981 (still waiting, Anthony!)

It goes on and on!

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Just is amazing the things we see as entertainers and is also amazing how some parents treat and raise their kids. My wife and I often get in the car and just laugh and shake our heads at the pure lack of any real parenting sometimes.

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--I've been flashed by an autistic boy the WHOLE way through my show.

--Headbutted in the crotch by a child trying to hug me.

--Hit in the face with a Piñata stick. Parents did nothing.

--Had a kid grab my rabbit and THROW her across the park. She was fine, but I had a heart attack.

And one from someone else....

A clown I know was in a rough area doing a school fete when a group of 12-year olds started chasing him, throwing sticks, bark, rocks etc. He left the gig and they followed him to the car park and started throwing rocks at his CAR.

The group of five surrounded him and one hit him in the back of the head with a stick. He turned and the stick was coming up at this face, so the clown lashed out (in self defence, I guess) and hit the kid in the face. Blood EVERYWHERE!

The kid ran off and got his dad, a big burly bloke with tattoos, etc. The clown told his dad what had happened and the dad turned to his son and said, "Serves you right then, you little s***'," and walked off leaving the clown and the kid with the bloody nose standing there!
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My shows aren't that exciting. However, at one of my restaurants, I did have a kid excitedly reach across the table for my sponge balls, and knock an entire Margarita into his dad's lap!
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I have two things--the first one is funny and the other one is sad.

First, I was at a show, and I ask a boy to come help me with a change bag. He had a toy gun with him. When I asked him to wave his hand over the bag, he shot his gun and the fake bullet hit me in the eye. I couldn't see out of it for a the rest of the show.

Now for the sad one. I was doing a school show, and I did a dove act. I was using a circus wagon (and my dove was sick in the first place), so this is the sad part. My bird died in the wagon, and when I produced the bird, all the kids yelled and ran. I didn't get another show for about a month.
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We should write a book on magician horror stories, and the sites we have seen. LOL I know I could fill a book just on the 18 years of doing this and the stuff I hear, see and am amazed at what some parents and kids do and get away with. It is just amazing really.

In my early days I used to do costume character work. One kid thought it was funny to run up to the bunny (me) and pull the tail and kick me in the butt. OK, once was kind of funny. Twice was OK cute but knock it off. Three times, and I was getting upset. By the fifthth time, I have had enough thinking surely the parent will do something. NOPE.

SOOOO I just stared at the kid and said wanna see something cool (in cartoon voice) and spun my entire head around 360% twice. The kid FREAKED out and ran down the hall screaming her lungs out in horror. Kid never did that again. He he

Not saying I would handle it the same way again, but heck it worked. LOL. =)

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I'm not trying to be racist here but I perform for wide group of nationalities in Singapore. (We are a cosmopolitan country.)

I have done parties for Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Indians, Germans, Americans, British, Jews, French, etc., and for all skin color.

Asian and Middle-Eastern kids are much more well-behaved. They listen to adults. When I arrive, they are either sitting with their parents eating, playing at a corner or just sitting there waiting for things to happen.

Every time I enter a party for Caucasian kids, I see kids running everywhere, kids hitting and pushing each other AND THE PARENTS DON'T CARE. Some kids ended up crying, etc. I have hard time setting up the props even when I have a white tape as a stage boundary. (I said, "Do not cross the white line". The kid crossed and said, "I cross the line, so what?")

So my horror stories are mostly from these group of kids. I have one incident where the kid knocked and DROPPED MY SOUND SYSTEM! Another kid threw orange juice and missed everything except the floor (lucky).

The good thing is I can still manage to settle those kids.

But what I like about Caucasian kids is that they can be very appreciative, and they are usually the ones who will thank me and said that they enjoy the show without prompting from their parents.

Hey, Kyle, I think it's a good idea to write a book on horror stories of performers. But instead of writing the stories, maybe we should write how we can best deal with it. Smile
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Great idea. List the most common horror stories and describe examples. Then go on to talk about how best to avoid these situations and show examples of how others have been successful at it. That really would be a worthwhile booklet, I would think.

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Joesph, very funny to hear an Asian performer complaining about white kids! I'm always hearing Anglo Saxon performers complaining about this race and that race. It's nice to see it goes both ways.

Perhaps the problem is not so much the children as it is our reaction to those cultural differences from ourselves.
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[quote]On 2005-01-09 20:17, maic man wrote:
... the fake bulet hit me in the eye and I couldn't see out of it for a the rest of the show, Now for the sad one
[/quote

"Now for the sad one"... Dude, I think getting shot in the eye was pretty sad.

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On 2005-01-09 18:05, Nicholas J. Johnson wrote:

--Hit in the face with a Piñata stick. Parent's did nothing.



Piñata is Spanish for "Smack a Kid".
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On 2005-01-09 22:49, Nicholas J. Johnson wrote:
Joesph - Very funny to here an Asian performer complaining about white kids! I'm always hearing Anglo Saxon performers complaining about this race and that race. Its nice to see it goes both ways.

Perhaps the problem is not so much the children as it our reaction to those cultural different from ourselves.


Wait, wait. This is not a racist statement, OK? Just an input from my own experience. I'm not complaining. I did mention that white kids are very appreciative. Smile
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<<<<Every time I enter a party for Caucasian kids, I see kids running everywhere, kids hitting and pushing each other AND THE PARENTS DON'T CARE. Some kids ended up crying, etc. I have hard time setting up the props even when I have a white tape as a stage boundary. (I said, "Do not cross the white line". The kid crossed and said, "I cross the line, so what?") >>>

Joseph, welcome to my world. I don't think you're racist, mate, not by a long chalk. I totally agree with you. In my experience, kids from other ethnic backgrounds do seem to behave better. Maybe they are taught more manners by their parents.

I've had my table knocked over.

A kid 'Alex' (I've mentioned him before) rip the line up, and run in and punch me in the Jacobs. (Jacobs crackers- Knackers, for our colonial cousins.)

Lads fighting.

Kids grab props and run off.

The problems are increasing as more and more new fangled PC methods of bringing up kids are used.

The one that cause the main problem is the principle---"If they are good praise them (this part I agree with, a lot of praise is important), but if they are naughty don't say anything, ignore them." I was told this by a playgroup leader who'd just been on a course. She agreed it was total rubbish. Apparently the spotty young girl, fresh out of physiology school with no kids of her own, said that if you do that, by the time they are thirteen they will be well-rounded, well-behaved kids.

How is the kid going to learn they've been naughty if no-one teaches them what they are doing is wrong? That's why some kids behave like they do. They don't get taught something's wrong.
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This conversation on different behaviour patterns from different racial groups. WELL, I'VE GOT A LOT TO SAY HERE!

Oops! Just fell off my chair. Got to go - tell you again!

Tony.

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My worst children's show was 19 years ago. I was performing at an elementary school for about 300 students ranging in age from 5 to 12 years. The kids were all brought down to the gymnasium to see the show. It was winter (well below freezing and a foot or two of snow on the ground), and the kids, of course, left their jackets and boots in their classrooms.

I opened the show with a dove routine which involved a dove pan with some f***h paper and s***e powder. I guess I was a little too enthusiastic that day and overloaded the thing for effect. It set off the fire alarm and all of us headed out the doors into the winter cold, without coats and boots until the fire department arrived and could turn off the alarms.

Ten to 15 minutes later, we are all back inside and the show continues. I go into a cut-and-restored rope routine and don't I snip right into the end of one of my fingers. Bled like crazy.

I didn't want to stop the show again, so I tried to get one of the teachers watching to bring me something to staunch the flow of blood. She thought it was all part of some weird, if not sick trick at first, and was slow in her response. All the while, I'm hacking away at the rope and restoring it and doing my patter. She finally sees that I am in some distress and brings up a wad of tissue that I bound around the end of my finger and taped into place. I now had my middle finger on my left hand bound up like a breakfast sausage and 2/3's of the show to go.

Well, I finally got through the program and couldn't wait to forget it ever happened. Next week, the local weekly newspaper ran a story and picture. The byline read: "Magician makes school disappear!" and then the story began, "Not really, but he did force 300 students out into the cold without jackets and boots." Ouch!

Almost 20 years later, I still have the scar on my finger and a blood stained 20th Century Silks. I also haven't repeated either of these errors!

He he, thanks for bringing back "fond" memories. Smile

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I had a crazy show a while ago. The hostess phoned me two days before and said that another magician had canceled out and could I do it.

I said yes, but could only make it at 5pm (one hour into the party). When I arrived the kids were on a huge sugar high. The show started OK until this little kid ran up and grabbed the rope I had laid down on the floor and started to try and tie up the birthday kids. I managed to get the rope away from him, but in doing so stepped back and bumped into something. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something falling, and I turned around and caught it. It was this really expensive vase on a stand.

Anyway, the show went on. Right at the end I dressed the birthday kid up like a baker and we baked a cake. The little kid once again ran up and grabbed the apron off the birthday girl.

After the party the little kid's parent came to me and said that he'd enjoyed himself so much he wants me to do his party. :S
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