Hi guys, I'm newer to the scene but I've done four kid shows, 2 for the cub scouts, and 2 birthday parties (not bragging here).
Anyway I have experienced a few things and was looking for some insight.
1. Six is probably the starting age for kids magic. Less than this and it's not only hard to hold their attention, but they don't get it.
2. Kids enjoy watching the grown ups do magic as well. So it's okay to bring grown-ups on stage.
3. My acts are running up to an hour long when I'm trying to keep them shorter.
4. Have the birthday kid pick all the assistants.
5. I like to give them a gift at the end. Any good ways.
6. Are balloons absolutely necessary?
That's just to start.
1. Nope...You can perform for much younger than six...the goal isn't to amaze them anyway...at their stage of development EVERYTHING is magical. Your goal is to keep them happy and entertained...there is much more than magic to a kidshow.
2. TOTALLY AGREE! I always use at least one adult in my show.
3. Your show is in YOUR control. An hour is too long...but if you wanna give your clients more for their money, then it's up to you. It is your show. 35-40 minutes is plenty enough for ANY kids show. If your shows always seem to reach an hour then this is possibly the reason you can't keep the attention of kids under the age of 6...
4. I don't fully agree with this one...what if they choose an unacceptable assistant? I wouldn't give any child that kind of power over my show (It can ultimately test your patience and heavily impact the outcome of the show.)
5. Gifts are great!
6. Balloons aren't really necessary...but I choose to use them...
These responses come from my experience in kidshows...so you can take them or leave it.