This is my story on performing for kids:
Performing for kids is fun. When they react to an effect, you feel good. When they laugh at your jokes and funny stage antics, you feel good. When you get a loud round of applause at the end of a show, you feel good. When you leave and go home after a successful kids show, you feel good. Performing for kids can really make you feel good.
But getting to the point of actually performing a great kids show is, well, as you often read around the Penguin forums, difficult, or more appropriately, alot of hard work. And TIME. Yes, alot of time.
I began performing kids shows back in may of 2001. My actual practice began in january of that year, about 4 months before the first show.
This first show (a couple of them back-to-back) were actually test shows, not paid shows. I managed to get the shows through relationships I had with people. I did no advertising at this point. The shows went fine, but there were a few problems such as trick visibility and some presentation. Some tricks were too small to be seen with over a hundred kids in attendance and I pretty much went from trick to trick w/o much presentation. The shows were still a little successful as they were short (15 minutes), but by the end, it was obvious I couldn't continue this way had the show been planned for half an hour or more.
And today, over 6 years later, I have JUST BEGUN to perform publicly about a year ago (with the exception of a couple of public shows previous to that year ago).
You see, it took me about 5 years to reach a level where I can perform in a public (advertised) venue. And even with that, I just recently declined a show that was to have over 1,000 people in attendance due to the lack of some stuff that would equip me with the proper things needed for a show that size. I'm hoping in the near future I can reach out into these larger shows, but I know my limitations (that alot of beginners with only weeks practice don't). Because I know my limitations, even after more than 6 years of practice, I still need to turn down shows. Why? Because 'success' is something that must be reached when you perform or else your magical career might get flushed down the drain. Plus, I don't want to ruin some event or at least be a low part of the event.
Performing for kids is fun and it doesn't have to be as long as it took me to reach the level I'm at now, but it does take TIME and EFFORT, the rewards most likely being very beneficial.
Last edited by sneak on Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:29 am, edited 1 time in total.