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Perhaps a reveal box, which produces a small animal (hamster?) - subject to approval of the appropriate authority - and your performance "insurance cover".
People love small animals, which give a very calming peace of mind.
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I have done a few independent living senior centers as well as the assisted living - and all of the suggestions are great! When you are in a group I try to find the one person who likes to laugh and talk - and get them involved, usually a follow me card trick - pretty soon the entire room is laughing. They love the attention - so I bring a stuffed rabbit in a hat - they interact very well with stuffed animals too.
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Self-deprecating humor works. One of the great acts (he was almost on the Ed Sullivan show) but for some sad politics. I'm talking about Earl Johnson - Presto - but the show he did for benefits was just great and funny but mainly like he couldn't understand the audience when they yelled something at him. He wasn't too proud to have a rubber fried egg from a novelty shop on his head...Presto was bald, and a hat. Every once in a while he'd take off his hat to wipe his forehead with his sleeve, and the audience would yell "You have an egg on your head!" He'd say things like "I have a peg leg?" and the audience would yell more but by now his hat was back on. It was a running gag that got funnier each time. Worry about the audience having fun instead of them thinking YOU are great.
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