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Steven Steele
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It seems today, more and more children lack the ability to speak clearly and distinctly, which gives rise to my question. How do you address the problem when you bring someone on stage and their reply to "Hi, what's your name?" Is "thcmgey." "Excuse me and they repeat and repeat and finally the whole audience screams their name? It happens to various age groups, but seems to be happening more and more.
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I always try to get my volunteers involved using funny patter lines when they introduce themselves to me on stage (Old standards that you’ve probably heard, or use yourself, a million times before). However if I can’t understand them, and I do ask once or twice, I move on without embarrassing them or myself. I still use my comedy lines, and talk directly to them but I leave out their name. True it’s not always the best situation but I don’t want to break the rhythm of my show either. In the end they’re still glad to be involved with the magic.

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Good question. Strangely it has happened to me only a few times, and usually it has been immigrant children that has names I have never heard before. One or two times I have said "Ok", and then continued with the trick without saying their name. You can get a long way by saying: "And now this brave girl are going to...".

It´s not necessary to allways ask for their names, so if you don´t hear their names, and don´t use it, it´s not something that will stand out that much. And the audience will understand.

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you could miss call the name a few time.
like
magi -hi whats your name
kid(boy)-booibo
magi -Susan?
child- No booibo
magi-- Jill?
child (getting louder)-- booibo
Magi --oh booibo nice to meet you

this will give you a few times to understand what the child is saying...

for a girl you could use boy names. this could start off then follow with the hand shake gags or what ever.
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Mikael and dude hit it on the head best. If I do not understand the name I go on with the show as if I never asked the childs name, if the effect is a longer one, at some point I'll turn and ask "And now Mary, that was your name, right?" then they repeat their real name, "Oh yeah, Beth, You wouldn't by any chance remember my name? I forgot it."

Some children have gotten upset with the fact that I forgot their name that is why I add in the tag line.
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I live in Southern Cal with a large population of minorities that name their children the strangest things. Then they dress them bizarrly and you literally can't tell if there is a boy or a girl standing next to you. When you make a mistake or mis-call, inevitably the parent gets upset and thinks that your a racist. This has only happened a couple of times, but it has caused me to be gun shy when performing in those areas of Los Angeles. Outside of those few occurences...we all have a ball during the show!

I appreciate everybody's input. Thanks.
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A technique that David Ginn teaches in his book *KidBiz* is after you ask twice and still don't understand, say something like, "Well glad to meet you, but for this trick I need a boy named Jethro and a girl named Daisy, so I am going to call you Jethro and Daisy." Then continue with the routine using the made up names.
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Hi,
the first thing I do when this happens is look at their shirt if it has a carachter or name on it I say "Oh boy I should have realised it's written on your shirt thank's for helping Spider man" I then continue to call him by that carachter name for the rest of the effect. if I cannot find a logo I just pretend to have miss heared them and say/use the nearest comedy name near to what I think they are saying.
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I have misunderstood names before and called them by that name the whole routine. The kids thought it was very funny. But then again i am kind of a goofy entertainer. so it fit
but I don't make this a standard I want to use the right name.
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Steven Steele
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Doug and PB,

Those are wonderful ideas. Thank you so much!

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On the party suvival guide I send out with my birthday contracts I reccomend putting name badges on the children, this works OK untill you get one of those new modern girly names that is pronounced useing spelt using none of the actuall letters that the name is spelt with. "Shavon" is one, that's not the correct spelling as it seems to be spelt without an H or V in it. I'm terrible with names at the best of times, not only with kids either, and if I can't understand when a young child tells me thier name i give a "help" look to the adults who most times promptly tell me the name, if that fails I just resort to calling them mate or Princess or throw a string of funny names. (But never in a way that puts them down.) If I simply forget a name (which I do often)calling a boy by a girls name and vice versa will always get the kids to shout out the forgotten name.
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Someone may have mentioned this already...a technique we used for all kinds of shows was to ask the sponsor/organizer/chairperson/parent(s) before the start of the show for a list of 6-8 individuals who were sure to be present; we asked that each one listed be considered a "good sport" and someone who would enjoy being a part of the show and would not be embarrased by being asked to help. If there was any "special information" about any one individual, that would be written down , too. Then, when the time came for "volunteers" we'd incorporate a funny (respectful) line with the request to REQUEST so-and-so to help with the next adventure. Smile
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I do the same thing as flourish dude I miscall the childs name and it works great people find it funny and the kid speaks louder.
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I have this problem countless times when I'm making balloons for kids. I ask them what kind of balloon they want and they say, "iflbfoo." If I can't understand it the second time, I just say, "I don't think I can make that one. Would you like a hot-dog dog instead?"

Most people wouldn't have said hot-dog dog in the first place and most kids will simply agree.
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