Kids shows in my opinion require visual things.. kids like to "see" things going on especially in this TV video game world we live in... Its hard to keep there attention! This is why I use lots of props and try to connect them together and make it silly and zany as possible! I also try and get animals.... As many as possible IF
DONT FORGET MAGCIANS CAUTION TAPE!!! THAT NO ONE CAN CROSS!!
Here is my routine which by your guys standards IS TO LONG.. BUT... IT WORKS!
1. I come out doing the LEAN by Doug Malloy http://www.malloymodernmagic.com/the_lean.htm
Kids laugh like crazy!!
2. I then make a dove in square cage appear that I got from tora magic.. I NEVER LET THE DOVE OUT IN HOUSE (WARNING COULD BE MESSY!)
kids love animals and man its really visual!
3 Then I use Waky Wakoon ( I use this at all different times in my act)http://www.wolfsmagic.com/Wacky%20Wakoon.htm
4 I then do the remote control drawing board by Axtellhttp://www.axtell.com/rmdb.html
5 I then use hip Hop magicianhttp://www.wolfsmagic.com/Hip_Hop_Magician.htm
6 I make a rabbit appear (yet more animals for the kids!)
7 Then a Fish appears
8 Then 2 more fish!
9. For the end I levitate a kid using Flying Carpet... However I just bought Mak Magic chair suspension and will be switching to this shortly!
I also ALWAYS end by making balloon animals for ALL the kids I always make one special item the night before for the birthday child depending on what he likes.. One child liked a race car so I made him this.
The other kids I make smaller stuff like this..
Others items I use depending on age and if they want to pay for the bigger show, OR ifs its a corporate KIDS function... I Include these props below...
The Dirteradicator by Joe Fair Childhttp://www.fairchildmagic.com/pages/pro ... icator.htm
Sean Bogunia (spooky silly hanky)http://www.seanbogunia.com/store33/Scri ... product=22
Also ad in a duck disappearing box. once in awhile and have him appear in wash box... (yes even more animals)
What do you guys think? go ahead rip on me
I think you have a great show. I also have used several tricks in my shows and have always had great reactions and been asked back. It works if you routine it right which is something you seem to know how to do.
I think it's great at the expense you have put into your show. The only reason I haven't really gotten bigger yet in my area is that I'm still working on finishing off the completion of a show that is getting expensive, but this is my choice. Some like to spend, some don't. Whatever suits the individual isn't wrong either way.
Basically, there are 2 rules I go by,
1) Make sure the audience (and paying customer) enjoy your show.
2) Make sure you enjoy your show so you will really approach each individual show with a high level of enthusiasm.
And your balloon animals are pretty amazing!