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Steve Brooks
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As founder and manager I am happy to introduce Jolly Roger as our very special GUEST OF HONOR for June 2013.

I'm sure the many kid show performers in our community will have much to discuss with you over the next few days. Smile

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Hello Steve,

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I have been entertaining children professionally for much of my life, and I look forward to answering questions from beginners and hardened professionals! Let the fun begin!
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JR. Glad to see you on this forum. What do you consider your strengths and weakness in the kid / family performance bussiness?
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I feel my strengths are that I am trained in theatre(British Spelling), and that I know how to connect with children. In many ways, I am still a child myself, and love being silly and ridiculous. I also love what I do, and I believe that comes across in my shows. My main weakness is that I am a trifle disorganized in the way I put my show together. That is probably because I never really grew up and love playing with my toys(magic props)!! I hope that helps!
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Why did you decide to come to the USA?
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Wecould you give ua a break down of different types of shows you do in a year?

percentages of Birthday's, Daycares, Schools, Libraires and such? I have been full time for over three years now and its been a rooler coaster. JR if you prefer not to share this info that's fime I lvoe being able to pick your brain.
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How did you become interested in magic Roger?
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Mike.........I had been entertaining children for many years in London, as well as running a children's entertainment agency in that city. I was doing hundreds of shows a year, and figured that if I could do it in that city, I could do it anywhere. My wife was American, so there were no visa problems. I also like the warm weather, so I moved to Phoenix on a one way ticket with my wife and 3 kids in 1992. I have averaged over 300 shows a year in Arizona since the plane landed!!! However, it is 119 degrees here today, so maybe I made the wrong decision!!!
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On 2013-06-28 19:47, Gary Shelton wrote:
Wecould you give ua a break down of different types of shows you do in a year?

percentages of Birthday's, Daycares, Schools, Libraires and such? I have been full time for over three years now and its been a rooler coaster. JR if you prefer not to share this info that's fime I lvoe being able to pick your brain.


Gary........

Most of my shows during the year are birthday parties, pre-schools, daycares, and school assemblies. In the summer it is libraries and pre-schools, with a few birthdays but not as many. I also do quite a few adult shows.
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Hey Roger. Welcome back. It's good to see you here.
Thanks for coming and thanks to Steve for making it happen.

My question is: How important is a kid show performers name?
You have the perfect name for working with kids.
Have you always added the "Jolly" to it?
Or did you start out being just a normal Roger? Smile

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JR any tips on dealing with the heat? the pack in and out must be brutal.
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Tom.........I have never been a normal anything lol!!!! In my very early days of doing children's shows, I did indeed call myself Roger Blakiston. I even wore a Suit or a Tuxedo!!!! Wisdom comes with age, and I have been Jolly Roger since the early 1980's. A name is so very important for a kids entertainer. It is vital the children remember it. I even have a song that written around my name!!! I also discarded the formal wear 30 years ago, and now wear bright colourful costumes for all my shows!!


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On 2013-06-28 20:26, Gary Shelton wrote:
JR any tips on dealing with the heat? the pack in and out must be brutal.


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I think it would be nice if some of you started different topics on different threads. That way we can keep everything better organized!
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Are you planning to put together a video where us magicians can learn from?
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On 2013-06-28 21:24, Dynamike wrote:
Are you planning to put together a video where us magicians can learn from?


Yes indeed! I have my first video coming out to coincide with my lecture at Kidabra in August. It includes a live performance of me at a library this summer. The title is "Magic and Mayhem with Jolly Roger". I talk all about the bits of business that are almost more important in a kids show than the tricks! I will also be exposing my famous "Cloth of Invisibility" on the DVD!
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Hi Roger! Looking forward to meeting you at KIDabra in August. I've got a little something for you too. I know you love surprises.

Do you still use the measle teasel wand? How is it working for you?

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On 2013-06-28 21:56, TommyJ wrote:
Hi Roger! Looking forward to meeting you at KIDabra in August. I've got a little something for you too. I know you love surprises.

Do you still use the measle teasel wand? How is it working for you?

Tommy


Hi Tommy...........I look forward to meeting you too. Can't wait for my surprise!!! I love your Measle-Teasle wand. Here is a video of me using it. The clip is near the end!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQBmu0rRU......embedded
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Hi Roger! Can you tell us about your theatre, how it is progressing, and what your future plans for it are?
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My Magic theatre is doing great thanks Starrpower. By the way, Starrpower sold me the spotlights!!!
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