The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The little darlings » » Favourite kids magic effects? (27 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page 1~2~3 [Next]
Ollie
View Profile
New user
87 Posts

Profile of Ollie
Hey guys

What are your favourite kids magic effects? What are ones that are simple, visual and hit hard?
Dynamike
View Profile
Eternal Order
FullTimer
24107 Posts

Profile of Dynamike
Miser's Dream.
Rabbit in hat puppet.
Animal appearances.
Break Away Wand.
Chair Suspension.
TonyB2009
View Profile
Inner circle
5006 Posts

Profile of TonyB2009
Thumb tip vanish of a ribbon. Eating a balloon.
jimhlou
View Profile
Inner circle
3636 Posts

Profile of jimhlou
Randi Rain's hip hop rabbits (Superposition)
The Kandu Carton
Chair Suspension
arthur stead
View Profile
Inner circle
When I played soccer, I hit
1824 Posts

Profile of arthur stead
The greatest kidshow prop I have is Sean Bogunia's Impossible Hank. I also like using standard props like sponge balls and TP sleight of hand (like Tony suggested).

But at the risk of sounding boastful, I have to say my all-time favorite kids magic effects are my own creations like Skull-o-pini, Merlin, and The Magic In You. At birthdays I always close with my Birthday Finale, and for reading programs I include my Abe Lincoln routine using an Axtell Drawing Board.
Arthur Stead
royalty-free music and interactive routines
www.arthurstead.com
krowboom
View Profile
Elite user
Chicago area
422 Posts

Profile of krowboom
Tommy James comeback bee
Run rabbit run - any version
Axtell magic drawing board
magicgeorge
View Profile
Inner circle
Belfast
4299 Posts

Profile of magicgeorge
Tyler's Silken Saga
wizardpa
View Profile
Inner circle
The New Orleans area
1011 Posts

Profile of wizardpa
I have so much fun with what I am about to tell you, that I use what you might consider to be only a Halloween effect, year round. Tommy James, Lopsided Cyclops. I tell the kids ages 4-8 that my Grand-daughter bought me a Birthday present a couple of weeks ago, but I have been too scared to open it. I bring it out, and take it out of the red bag. I added more decals on my box. I forgot what came on it, but I have a WARNING sticker on it, and a DO NOT OPEN sticker, and a WARNING,MONSTERS EYEBALL sticker. As it peeks out of the box without my knowledge, kids scream. when I finally take it out of the box, I act freaked out. I then cover it with the black cloth that makes it come alive. As I act crazy, running around, the kids really scream when it peaks above the cloth.
THIS IS A REAL WINNER!
Howie Diddot
View Profile
Inner circle
San Francisco & Los Angeles California
3286 Posts

Profile of Howie Diddot
Practical Magic's Magic Wand Factory
Instant Magician using the Smoky Mountain Instant Magician Stage
The no fail and always a show stopping Ring-A-Ding Gumball Machine
And the live rabbit to end my show
The Mighty Fool
View Profile
Inner circle
I feel like a big-top tent having
2123 Posts

Profile of The Mighty Fool
Quote:
On Jan 14, 2016, wizardpa wrote:
Tommy James, Lopsided Cyclops. I tell the kids ages 4-8 that my Grand-daughter bought me a Birthday present a couple of weeks ago, but I have been too scared to open it. THIS IS A REAL WINNER!


And it never freaks out the 4-year-olds (as in makes themcry / run) ?
Everybody wants to beleive.....we just help them along.
The Mighty Fool
View Profile
Inner circle
I feel like a big-top tent having
2123 Posts

Profile of The Mighty Fool
I get the most mileage out of the comedy chair, but as for actual magic tricks, I'd say linking rings, and ridiculous ravioli.
Everybody wants to beleive.....we just help them along.
Magic Patrick
View Profile
Inner circle
Minnesota
1586 Posts

Profile of Magic Patrick
Spongeballs
Happy hyena
Silkola (wacko)
Acrobatic silks
Jolly Roger
View Profile
V.I.P.
Sedona, Arizona
1654 Posts

Profile of Jolly Roger
Quote:
On Jan 14, 2016, magicgeorge wrote:
Tyler's Silken Saga



Yes indeed........best ever. Smile JR
jay leslie
View Profile
V.I.P.
Southern California
9495 Posts

Profile of jay leslie
Man, how many times can this same question be answered? Take a guess at the type of music I like best. It doesn't matter, all that matters is what YOUR audience appreciates but, here's a partial list anyway.


Foo can
Mulitated parasol, BB girl helps
Comedy blendo or mismade, someone helps
Any sucker sliding box
My chair suspension, someone volunteers (obviously)
Linking rings, 2 helpers
Stiff rope
Ball manip that becomes a OLE
20th century with change bag, BB helps
What's next
Soft soap is great using the BB

All the above (except soft soap and the sucker sliding box) work for kids OR adults.
It's all how you address the audience and respect them.

Rabbit wringer
Sword - neck (8 and above & also for adults)
Metamorpho spots, kids & adults
Lots of rope tricks and penetrations.
Any rabbit production but a flip over vanish is not PC anymore.
Any silk production with a kicker production
L&H glass for an inspirational message.


Gee I could be here for a dozen hours (are you still with me?)
The MOST important aspect, Ollie, isn't what I like... It's what the audience likes. There are plenty of fantastic routines out there that are great in the hands of others but not my cup of tea so, it really doesn't matter what I or anyone else here likes - it's what YOU receive your best response on.

Notice: I didn't write "what I LIKE" I wrote "What I get my best response on"
So get a pair of spy sunglasses and record your shows, play them back, take notes and keep the routines the audience likes but put the ones they don't like on the back burner till you rework them.

It's YOU the audience should applaud, in a perfect world you could leave all the magic at home and just goof around for an entertaining hour ... OK sometimes it's the rabbit, they applaud for but remember, you brought the rabbit so that's almost the same. By the way Ollie, you should be ashamed at limiting your requirements to "simple" as in your OP. Your show should be constructed of your best material no matter if it's easy or difficult. I'm not talking about something that takes forever to assemble and a minute to perform (silk fountain). That should be reserved for a stage show. I'm just talking about skill level. Please take the time to learn (now don't get defensive) learn routines which require skill, even if you never use them. How else can you educate the customer how YOUR show is different from someone who buys the same tricks everyone else is doing? Eh?

Nothing on my list above includes any original tricks &!routines I've personally invented because I'm assuming your using all of our input(s) to construct a new show whereas my pet projects are generally not available to buy or make.

And here's Dick to relate a story that exemplifies all the above (probably with half the words too)
ememagic
View Profile
New user
1 Post

Profile of ememagic
Silk to egg - fake explanation of how the trick is done and appearing with a real egg that you crack in a glass.
Coke airborne
Disappearing coke bottle
Balloon Phone - Pressure

EmE MaGiC
www.ememagic.com
jakeg
View Profile
Inner circle
1736 Posts

Profile of jakeg
Miser's Dream
Egg Bag
Dog Puppet
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Dick Oslund
View Profile
Inner circle
8361 Posts

Profile of Dick Oslund
OK Ollie...FIRST! Scroll up and re-read Jay Leslie's post. Done that? OK, NOW, GO BACK AND RE-READ IT AGAIN--SLOWLY!

You have asked (as Jay notes)a PERENNIAL QUESTION. If you use the search function provided by the Café, you will find a gezillion posts on this topic.

All of those posts (also see those above in THIS thread) will give you an idea of what TRICKS/ROUTINES "work best" for those posters. Their suggestions are very good. They have recommended some good tricks. HERE COMES THE "BUT"::: BUT, THEY CANNOT POSSIBLY SHARE WITH YOU, THEIR PERSONALITIES, THEIR SKILLS, THEIR EXPERIENCE, THEIR P R E S E N T A T I O N S !!!

It is apparent to me, that, as a relative newcomer to performing magic, that, you are, like many newbies, still "TRICK oriented".

Let me quote a favorite comment by a long dead magician. S. H. Sharpe, was not the world's greatest magician, but, he understood a very basic concept.

"THOSE WHO THINK THAT MAGIC CONSISTS OF DOING TRICKS, ARE STRANGERS TO MAGIC. TRICKS ARE ONLY THE CRUDE RESIDUE FROM WHICH THE LIFEBLOOD OF MAGIC HAS BEEN DRAINED."

I suggest that you write THAT on your shaving mirror, and, read it every morning.

You MUST UNDERSTAND that, IT'S NOT THE TRICK, IT'S THE TRIXTER! IT'S NOT THE PROP, IT'S THE PERFORMER!

It's the PERFORMER, and his PRESENTATION that make the PERFORMANCE OF THE TRICK/ROUTINE, E N T E R T A I N I N G! (MAGIC IS N O T INTRINSICALLY ENTERTAINING!)

To put it as my mentors told me, when I was a teenager, in the '40s, "It aint WHAT ya do, it's HOW ya do it!" (Go write that on the wall, a hundred times!)

Tricks are only the "tools" that magicians use to BUILD A SHOW. Think SHOW!

I would recommend that you read books like "MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT" by Ken Weber. If you're really serious, invest in TARBELL. You will learn PRINCIPLES, and more tricks than you could ever do!

There, Jay!
SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED, DEVIOUS,& SURREPTITIOUS ITINERANT MOUNTEBANK
Dick Oslund
View Profile
Inner circle
8361 Posts

Profile of Dick Oslund
I'm back!

It occurred to me, while having a cup of coffee, that, you might find a dvd that I "published" last fall, worth a look!

I published, "Dick Oslund--Road Scholar" last summer. It's the story of my "life in magic" (70 years performing). Fifty of those years, I was on the road, coast to coast, and border to border, playing school assembly programs in schools from Kindergarten thru Senior High Schools. Part of the book has the routines and presentations that I developed to entertain almost anyone, almost anywhere.

Many asked for a dvd of my performance. My pal Norm Barnhart transcribed from VHS tapes several shows "on location" in schools (K-6 audiences). Abbott's, Magic Inc. FAB Magic, Denny Haney, and Joe Stevens stock the book and the dvd.

You will be able to see that, PRESENTATION is what "makes" the show. My motto for years has been KISMIF.
(KEEP IT SIMPLE - MAKE IT FUN.)

Jakeg (posted above) is a pro. with many years of experience and success in the business. Feel free to PM him, and ask his opinion. --I'm sure he wont mind your asking!
SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED, DEVIOUS,& SURREPTITIOUS ITINERANT MOUNTEBANK
Race Blakhart
View Profile
Special user
Selma,CA
553 Posts

Profile of Race Blakhart
Every time Dick posts something, I find myself nodding like a chicken at feeding time. hahaha But really, to anyone and everyone who doesn't know, always listen to the guy above me when he is dropping that sweet knowledge. He knows a thing or three. I call him my mentor for good reason.
Dick Oslund
View Profile
Inner circle
8361 Posts

Profile of Dick Oslund
Egad!
Now, I must go down town,and, buy a new (and BIGGER) hat!

For years, I wore a size 6 hat, and a size 12 shoe. Now, I'm up to a size 9 hat!
SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED, DEVIOUS,& SURREPTITIOUS ITINERANT MOUNTEBANK
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The little darlings » » Favourite kids magic effects? (27 Likes)
 Go to page 1~2~3 [Next]
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2021 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.17 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL