well, i personally don't do cups and balls on stage. i do it in close-up though... well, maybe some of u would like this idea:
instead of 3 lemons or something like that as jumbo loads, have 2 lemons, and 1 sponge ball. from there u can say like: oops... that wasn't suppose to be here, which always gets a huge laugh. then say: i don't care, i'll just work with it. get it for examination, and go into ur sponge ball routine...
that workes great for me.
here r my stage effects that i own right now:
a LONG silks routine with lots of talking
-i know u usally don't wanna talk, but the kids go insane by this routine, it's a huge sucker effect, but the end just kills. the routine is about 4-5 min long.
magic coloring book
-the silk routine ends with me holding a multicolored silk, i then take out the magic coloring book, show everything blank, then everything with drawings as i patter... i then give a shake to the multicolored silk, and it's not black! (it's called the "color chaning streamer") i then open the book and it's with the drawings now painted.
-u can't go wrong with this one...
-i think that's the right name for this trick... u borrow a ring/bill/any other small object, then u throw a match into the canister, and it now has flames coming out of it. u throw the borrow object into the flames, and u have instant posses of it and can produce it from anywhere u like. i usally use a borrowed bill to take out from a lemon, or if it's a kids show then a small ring or anything else i see a kid have... i really think penguin should sell this one, it's a killer, and the routineing of it is so fun to make up.
nest of boxes
-another trick penguin doesn't have... i give a box to a member at the audiance when i start the show, after everyone sitted down and i explain to him to guard it with his life and don't let anyone see what's inside. after the devil's canister, i call him up on stage, and tell him to open each of the boxes. the audaince is amazed to find the borrwed onject in the last box!
i usally end my routine there, but if i still have more time i also do the invisible deck
(bill malone's version).
that's usally my basic kids routine... it's not that expansive i think, i mean, in 2 shows that i did for kids i got my money back for all this stuff, it's great
hope u all like it, right now i wanna buy some other stuff, like the zombie, vanashing cane... stuff like that.