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Theodore Lawton
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Emory here at Williams magic uses one when he does sponge balls. Very cute and good reactions for just a quick bit.
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I have made bead dogs for children for years now and I use a squeaker when cutting off the tail. The dog takes 16 beads but I leave the chain of beads in tact and make the dog starting from one end. While I am making the dog I ask the child what kind of dog they think it is?? It becomes obvious it is a poodle. I continue forming the poodle and complete it all the way up to the tail. Then I tell them that poodles don't have long tails and I need them to hold the poodle body while I hold out the tail.

I reach into my pocket and pull out a small pair of scissors plus I palm a squeaker. I tell them that the poodle might make a squeak when I cut off the tail because it might hurt them just a little, tiny bit. Then when I cut the tail, I squeeze the squeaker at the same time and watch their face. Incredible reaction from them!! This simple addition makes the dog come alive.

I then tell them that this dog's name is Tricksy?? Why??? Because he does tricks of course. I then make the dog STAY, SIT and PLAY DEAD. The kids love these little dogs and it is a very inexpensive item you can leave with them.
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Cool Smile
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Theodore,

How did it go? I'm sure it could be an intense experience volunteering at a children's hospital.
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Well, I've gotten approved finally and have received the contact of the person to coordinate my times with, but between getting sick and having an add-on done to our house I haven't gone yet. I plan on setting up a time to start as soon as I get a free Monday where I don't have to be around for construction guys. I'm still going to the VA in the interim as I'm already established there.

I can't wait to start and have felt stuck waiting!

I'll let you know when I start.
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As a person who works with children all the time, this just completely makes me EXTREMELY ANGRY. That magician, NO I WON'T EVEN CALL HIM THAT, that person was very disgraceful and a poor excuse for a human being as well! To just walk out of that room and not perform for whatever reason was UNCALLED FOR and UNACCEPTABLE. NO CHILD, and I repeat, NO CHILD should evev be over looked for ANY reason.

Theodore glad to hear you are being MORE professional. But even more important then that, I am glad to hear you are being more of a CARING HUMAN BEING then that other person was. Take your magic to the children. It may very well be your magic that helps even oone child survive, or helps one family member cope. You are more than a Magician, YOU ARE an AMBASSADOR of HOPE and GOOD WILL. Let your light shine to the children and it will be rewarded back to you in life.
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Thanks for the kind words BigDC. That guy hacked me off too. When she told me what he did I felt ashamed and that I needed to apologize on behalf of other, upstanding magicians.

I can't wait to get back to you guys on how it's going! I'll be limited in what I can say; of course, but I'll share what I can. Smile
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I use magic tricks as part of my rapport-building process (coins, bending pencils, silks, etc.) when using hypnosis therapeutically with children. I also tell stories [i.e. the magic story] as part of the therapeutic process (with my own sound effects). Is that something that could be done with children in the hospital who might not be able to connect visually? I wonder if, with a child, you can actually talk them through imagining tricks and it will be real for them?

And that's a really good point about doing tricks for stressed parents, that's a wonderful gift to give them - just a bit of time where they can be totally distracted and free of the fear and worry.
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Theodore Lawton
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Sounds possible and like a good idea.
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Hope it goes well for you and even though I am of a young age, that is the last thing I want to hear!

-Jack
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Thanks Jack! Smile

After waiting for almost 5 months- I start Monday. Can't wait to see smiling children and parents!
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It went great Smile

The kids are going to be hand picked by the nurses and placed on a list for me before I arrive. They will select kids that they either think will enjoy the magic or possibly benefit from it as well.

They were happy that I was able to make a very sick boy in Oncology smile today. So was I.

I visited 4 children and had a great time with them all.

This is going to be awesome. I recommend it to anyone.

Tricks I took today:

Hotrod
TT silk
Ambitious card to wallet- kiddos keep a card Smile
Bunny Hop by Bob Solari- modified using different balls and bunnies I purchased from Hobby Lobby to give away.
"Vanishing" Pencil with giveaway pencils
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Awesome! I may try this myself.

Mark
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Very happy at the good work you r doing. I love your collection of effects too. Please do CnR Rope, PN...the children will love it. God Bless, Raj.
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On Jan 20, 2014, Theodore Lawton wrote:
It went great Smile

The kids are going to be hand picked by the nurses and placed on a list for me before I arrive. They will select kids that they either think will enjoy the magic or possibly benefit from it as well.

They were happy that I was able to make a very sick boy in Oncology smile today. So was I.

I visited 4 children and had a great time with them all.

This is going to be awesome. I recommend it to anyone.

Tricks I took today:

Hotrod
TT silk
Ambitious card to wallet- kiddos keep a card Smile
Bunny Hop by Bob Solari- modified using different balls and bunnies I purchased from Hobby Lobby to give away.
"Vanishing" Pencil with giveaway pencils


Very inspiring and I plan to do volunteer work also. Keep us posted on your experiences so we can benefit and learn.
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Well, I've basically settled in to doing a three hour session each time I go. It's always a blessing. I like to switch out some effects per visit just to make it fun for me, but I stick with ACR and Bunny Hop because those involve giveaways. Oh, and Raj- I do CnR Rope. Smile It's always a hit and it's easy to carry with me.

I've learned to be flexible and on the look out for anyone that might enjoy some magic to help pass the time at the hospital. Last visit I performed for a large family that was sitting at tables by the elevator as I was passing between floors. A young boy took notice of me in my silly hat and costume so I just started doing a Chameleon Silk routine for him without saying a word. Then one of their young girls said it was cool so I went over and introduced myself and did ACR to wallet for her and the family. Just a couple of minutes really brightened their time- even if only for a moment.

I get a Caféteria allowance per visit and was starving after performing last time, so I went to get something to eat. There are two girls who work in the Caféteria who love magic and basically ambushed me in the office telling me I HAD to show them something. lol I was tired, but their enthusiasm won me over and of course I showed them a couple tricks. I'll be visiting them regularly just to say hi and show them some stuff. This will actually be good for me because sometimes it is hard to see the condition of the children I perform for. After doing my walkaround, seeing these happy, cheerful girls might really help me out emotionally. A great way to end the day, so to speak, on an up note.

But it's a great experience and I highly recommend it if you're considering it.
Magic is the bacon in the breakfast of life.

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