I have been doing kids shows for awhile now and all of them have gone well, except for the most recent one. It was a birthday party held in a gymnasium. I was told the kids would all be between 7 and 10, so I planned appropritely, brining a good mix of older kids tricks and little kid tricks. Well, the kids were more like 4-7, so I had to dramiatically shorten the show, also the kids were buck wild and none of the parents seemed to care that kids were leaving their seats and wandering onto stage to look over my props during the show. I was able to get the kids back to their seats but it really distracted from the show. Imagine being in the middle of silk to egg when a kid wanders on stage to have a look at your rabbit box and you get the idea. They then wanted balloon animals after the show and I had to rush to get them done because their rental time was up when the show ended. All in all, I think the client was happy and a man approaced me at church last week whose grandson had been at the party. He told me he heard how good of a job I did and that they plan to have me at his grandson's party. Lastnight at a church service, that little boy was sitting on the pew in front of me. It really made me feel like a celebrity as he could not stop looking at "the magician" all during the service. Its funny how kids are sometimes.
That fun how differently they look at you. I did a magic show at my son's 3rd grade halloween party and now anytime I pick him up at school one little girl comes out hugs my leg and says "Hello Sluggo."
That is how I am now addressed by all the kids "Hi Brent's dad Sluggo."
Ya gotta love it.