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blitzchampion
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Hi, I've been invited to do a show for my cousin's birthday ( a girl ). That is my first real show, not payed obviously, but still I'm trying to make a good one. Anyway, my presence is supposed to be a surprise for 90% of the kids ( around 10 years old, around 23 in quantity ) at the party , to start, I'd like to do some of those funny tricks that end up embarissing the magician, like tricks that do something in full sight that is supposed to do under the cover of misdirection, you know, so that the kids think " Hey, what a great magiccian she has invited..... not " and then I start to do the real tricks ( tell me if you want to know the list ). Can anyone help me with some of these funny things to start with ? Thanks in advance.
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What ideas do you have or what are you planning to do so far? I assume you have a few effects to draw from...
I think it might be a good idea to give a few more details as far as tricks that you can perform at present.
But anyways, I would suggest looking into an effect called "Vanishing Banana or Bandanna (I forget what it is called). I have it and have performed it at about every birthday party ever since. There has been recent discussion about this effect here at the Café. It is just what you're looking for I think.
I am sure you will get other great suggestions from members here.

Congratulations on your first official "show" and I wish you a fantastic time. Put in the time to be well prepared, do your magic well, and most important have fun with the kids!

GlenD
"A miracle is something that seems impossible but happens anyway" - Griffin

"Any future where you succeed, is one where you tell the truth." - Griffin (Griffin rocks!)
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Sorry Glen, I can't do that bandana trick because of two things: I can't order it and have it here before Saturday, and I heard that trick plays with words, right? I am in Portutal, so.... Thanks for the suggestion anyway. The tricks I will do are :
( not in this particular order )

Mambo nº 5

D'lites

Some TT stuf

MAYBE I'll levitate my cousin if I find the material I need

QuickSilver ( from Jay Sankey )
Some IT work

I invented a routine for the svengalli deck ( maybe it isn't original ) that consists of separating the boys from the girls in the room, then every kid comes to me, chooses a card and doesn't tell it to anyone. I force the same card on the girls and then I ask wich card did all of the boys pick, they will be random cards, but as soon as the first girl says her card, the others will be seriously surprised. I can then say that the deck has eyes or something like that Smile

Indian rope trick

One of the very last tricks on Mark Wilson's complete course in magic, that needs a coin, a cloth and a secret helper ( to heighten the audience participation part )

I'll try and learn a cut and restored rope routine until then :-/

For the grand finale, I show an empty box and then I open it from another side and take things from it's inside, ribbons, candy to throw, a paper saying: THE END, THANK YOU and maybe some other funny stuff, like sunglasses, socks etc.

What do you guys think ?
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That's what I was meaning when I suggested you offer a few more details... for example the fact that the show is this Saturday !!! Smile
I was going to ask you when it was in order to know how much time you had to prepare... Oh well, you answered that one.
I say go with what you got and what you know and play it up! Be careful about trying to learn something new and incorporate it too soon, but that is up to you of course.
Again best of luck to you and I hope you will get back here and tell us how it went!

GlenD
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"Any future where you succeed, is one where you tell the truth." - Griffin (Griffin rocks!)
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Yeah, she invited me this Sunday.
Yeah, that rope trick sound difficult, I'll have to think about that.
Do you know any of those funny tricks ? Have you ever done any ?
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If I did a show for kids that age I would find out ahead of time what they like for putting a theme together. For example if they like Disney then focus on some Disney music for your background and some Disney props. I think this would grab their attention due to the fact that its something they like rather than just standing up front and doing some tricks with patter. Adding music and visuals to enhance the theme would greatly draw their attention. think of the tricks you would perform and make a mix cd or tape of the music you would put with that trick. A comical trick with upbeat music and a story trick or illusion with a little more serious music. Hope this helps you!!

Good luck on your show!!
James
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I have two quick ideas you could try at the beginning of your show that are humorous and will grab quick attention. I actually do them myself to start off children's shows.
Begin by holding out your arms with the left hand four inches shorter than the right. Then say, "oops I brought my short arm along by accident. I'll have to stretch this one out before I can perform any magic for you." Then do the stretching arm illusion. Hold out your arms again but this time have the left hand appear to be four inches longer than the right. Say, "whoa that was alittle too far. Let me unscrew this right one a bit." Then do the twisting arm illusion with the right arm. End by holding both arms out to show that now the hands are in alignment. It gets a good laugh and starts off the mood with amazement. Also it doesn't require any props.
PM me if you need help or are not familiar with either of these illsions.
Have fun at your show
blitzchampion
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Thanks everyone. This is what I'll do in order of appearence:

Some jokes

d'lites

TT with a red silk

d'lites

mambo nº5

cut and restored rope

indian rope trick, ( where it changes to a red silk after staying straight in the air. I can say the silk that has vanished with the TT has come back when the rope dissapears )

One of the very last tricks on Mark Wilson's complete course in magic, that needs a coin, a cloth and a secret helper ( to heighten the audience participation part )

--- Intermission ---

Flating a bill

That svengalli routine

And that box to finish it, with some papers saying: The End, Thank You and Happy Birthday.
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Hey,
Another good idea would actually be "The Vanishing Bandanna". Basically, the trick is about you having subscribed to a mail-order magic company and they've sent you everything for the trick (so the story goes you are to tell before the actual trick). There's a tape that comes with the trick that you have to play during the performance.

There's just one problem... instead of the yellow bandanna that comes with the trick, this mail-order company has sent you a yellow banana! So, you actually start folding up the banana instead of a piece of cloth - and REALLY vanish it in the end.

Very funny and extremely easy(!) routine...
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Thanks Martin, but as I said before, I live in Portugal, and we don't call bandannas bandannas here, and wwhat we call bandannas doesn' sound like bananas.
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Sorry that this is too late to help you for your show, but I have a fun presentation idea to share with for your indian rope/rope to silk trick. Maybe you can use it next time.
I tell the kids I have a pet rope and ask if they would like to see him. I hold up the rope and tell some dopey rope jokes like, "I've had him since he was just a piece of twine", "I found him on the street all roughed up with his hair disheveled. I asked him if he was a piece of rope, and he said, no I am afraid not(a frayed knot)." The jokes get worse from there.

Next I tell the kids I am teaching my pet rope how to do some tricks. Did you know you could train a rope? I make the rope stand and say,"stay boy, stay" like you would talk to a dog. I tell the rope to roll over or lay down toward the audience. I then make the rope fall the wrong direction. This gets a big laugh. I do the whole stand and fall part one more time.

At the very end I say, "well no wonder he has such a hard time with these tricks. He is really more silk than rope anyhow."
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"Vacuum Cleaner Cards" by Paul Harris

You don't really screw up in plain sight, but you really do make a fool out of yourself and kids love that.

You can never underestimate the value of "accidentally" tripping and falling over or bonking yourself in the head either.
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Thanks everyone for your support.
Somethings went bad, I had to stay in a corner of the room wich had more than 25 people, and was really small, so, I could not controll whether there were people behind me or by my side. Anyway, they figured out that Mark Wilson trick, they were whispering the solytions to some other tricks, some correct, some incorrect, my IT broke and a pair of girls ripped a bit of that carton box that took about 2 hours to do, I could fix it anyway. The important thing is we all had fun, and I learned that I should remove a couple of tricks from my show and that we should never throw things for the kids to see, they get completely distracted and even forget it's a trick, for example, that box wich was filled with stuff, it had 2 kinds of candy that were supposed to be thrown away for special effects; meanwhile they got up and came to me, saying: I don't like this flavor, can you give me another one, as if I wasn't doing a trick and I was just giving away candy out of a bag. Anyway, if I remember more details I'll post again.
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Blitz,
As long as you learned something from the show -- and you obviously did -- then it was a "plus" for you.

Besides, you understand what many who have been in the business for years do not: The object is for everyone -- you, the audience, everyone -- to have fun!

And, remember: You never stop learning.

Smile
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Peter Marucci
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That's exactly how I feel Peter, I go, I have fun, I improve.

Smile 100th post Smile
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Peter is definitely right about that. The amount I learn every time I perform is just incredible -- obviously at the beginning, but even after I think I have a routine perfected. This is especially true with kids, who are the hardest group to please, and who won't ever sit still.

The best way is to just keep doing it! The worst that can happen is you mess up, but who cares if you mess up in front of a few little kids? And if it was fun, well that was the whole point.

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I'll cast my vote for the Gary Darwin version of the Banana Bandana trick.

It's a guaranteed winnner!

Dr Magic gives it Smile Smile
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