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For me its the bunny production. Once Mr Bunny appears kids rush me to pet him. I lose control which is fine because the show is over anyway!

But I do agree that you need to find what works for you and go with that. Frank says it best "...just be patient".
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My suggestion? Take your focus off the tricks and put it more on your performance. Different tricks work for different people. Your personality makes all the difference in the world!

Find things that fit you and focus on making each one as good as you possibly can. Eventually a natural "ender" will emerge.

Good luck! I hope it goes really well for you.

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I have to agree it is going to take time to find what works for you. With that said I have always ended the show with the production of a Bunny, However my Rabbit is retiring and I am going to end with A chair suspension in the near future.
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To all of you that responded thanks!!! I understand the ending should and will come with time. Chair suspension great idea just not going to get one yet, also thought about a candy prduction during the show but worries me alittle bit with choking, allergies or any other matter.
Thanks again!!
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I do a candy production as my last magic trick. The candy is poured into a bowl and given to the birthday mom, who supervises the distribution (or not) of the candy. She's usually aware of food allergies, etc.

I follow that with a quick puppet routine and pose with the puppet and the birthday child. That used to be the end of my show until the last two weeks.

Now, after I do the puppet and I thank the audience, I announce that every child will receive a special "Lorenzo the Great Magic Sheet" which has instructions for a simple magic card trick on one side and a coloring sheet drawing of me and my puppet Sal on the other. I say that if the kids color it in and put it on their refrigerator, maybe Lorenzo the Great will come to their birthday party. The birthday child is first in line for the magic sheet and then leads the kids to where they should go next. (usually cake)

This does two things: it brings order to the end of the show because the kids are now in a line going somewhere; and it gets my information into all of their hot little hands in the form of something they will value with a high probability of making it home (and possibly even on to a refrigerator somewhere). I used to give out the rolled magic wand certificates, but they ended up as trash.
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My vent routine closes my show, be it for playgroups, or older.

No particular reason, it just does, and it happened this way.

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As many are aware, I end many of my shows with the chair suspension illusion. It is something I am passionate about but also it is a huge selling point for many clients. To see their child "suspended" and made the star of the show is a powerful marketing thing and they see value in that. It also allows me to be able to segue right into the applause for the b-day child as well as me giving them their certificate, magic set and magic wand at the end of the show.

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I have three endings

1) The Rabbit out of Hat
2) Hippity Hop Rabbits (with live rabbit watching the action and interacting)
3) A routine with 8 audience volunteers and triumphant music.

I always do the rabbit out of the hat and will add these other endings depending on the audience. Sometimes I’ll do all three endings. I figure, if your finale is your best piece of magic, why not have three?
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The ending of my show depends on the venue, type of show and age of audience.
This was learned over the years. Of course sometimes I decide to change the ending based on what has happened in the first half of the show. Being able to adapt units of my show has taken quite a while. My suggestion is for you to review the reactions you get with different endings.

Many times it is a vent/puppet routine, but for older kids it is sometimes the straight jacket....Occasionally it is a spontaneous event that happens with props and people at the venue. Taking risk on finale/end is tricky. It is easier and less risky to try out bits in the middle of the routine, after you have established a likeable character. When it works, whether in the middle or end of a show.......Priceless

Enjoying the process and learning each day....

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On 2012-03-28 08:05, Ken Northridge wrote:
I always do the rabbit out of the hat and will add these other endings depending on the audience. Sometimes I’ll do all three endings. I figure, if your finale is your best piece of magic, why not have three?

But why should your finale be your best bit of magic? I believe the finale should be a conclusion, and your best bit of magic should come earlier in the show.
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We went to a Henry Mancini concert many years ago. When it came to his last number for the evening, he said he always liked to leave the audience smiling, because if they left with a smile on their face, chances are they would never forget him.

His last number was The Stripper by David Rose. It has been more than 25 years, and my husband and I still remember that as well as other folks we run into who were at the same concert.

Henry's thoughts regarding ending the show could apply to all entertainers.

Perhaps it does not matter if you end your show with a rabbit, levitation, fancy prop, or awesome sleight of hand.

All that really matters is whatever you do, you leave them feeling well entertained with a smile on their face.

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Nanci, Tony---Great posts!

There is the theory that your show should start small, build and build to the biggest and best part. But I experiment with alternate endings and strategies. My show has ended up more like a roller coaster ride. Wild fun moments followed by serious interesting moments.

The reason why I may do extra routines after the rabbit out of hat (probably my best piece of magic) is because I try to give the audience the feeling that their getting more than they expected. A bonus, if you will. Or course I have option of forgetting about that bonus if I don’t feel they deserve it (I’m sure you’ve had audiences like that.):nod:

Nanci, I love your Henry Mancini example and its pretty apparent the impression its left on you after 25 years. Great advice!
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I usually close with vent - either the masks or a puppet. I'd agree that leaving them laughing is great!

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The first routine defines you to the audience. If it is great, the audience will expect the rest to be great too. This expectation breeds belief that everything you do its great -covering a multitude of "sins" (if necessary).

I have found that if an audience thinks you are great, that is how they will see you no matter how good you are.

The last routine is what they will remember the clearest.

I believe these are the two most important routines. If you nail these two, what happens in the middle is of little consequence. Of course, I don't think the middle should blow, but spend your creative energy on the first and last.
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My thoughts on this pretty much mirror what KC Cameron and Ken Northridge have said.

The only difference is I believe you should build your show around you and your personality. If everyone followed that rule no two kid show acts would/should be the same and maybe we'd see less chair suspensions and rabbit puppet in top hat routines.

Ken, I often think of my children's show as a roller coaster as well. With me, though, I tend to have a few dips/curves prior to the big incline and sudden drop. Even then, just when everyone thinks my show is over, I like to hit them once more with an unexpected ending when they least expect it.

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Moments of extreme excitement, quiet awe, peals of laughter, stunned amazement all create a texture that is the hallmark of a great show.
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Me I close many shows with the Phantom tube - two large silks and a silk streamer.
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Chair Suspension most of the time.
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I agree with Kyle and Mr. Effecto, chair suppension gets my vote. It's hard to imagine something that could top that and besides, it gives the child/family a great photo op of their party.

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My Show is getting more Pack Small Play Big. So Chair Suspension is not something I want to lug around.
My closer depends on three things. The venue, the space, the audience size and age. I really do not think it needs to be your best. It just needs to be good, fun or entertaining. Just make it something you have fun doing. Cheers!
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