Ha, Ha, .... Imagine Max Maven doing a children's birthday party
The kids would need some serious therapy after that show!
Austin, if you are intent on doing magic, its extremely important to be able to make some kind of emotional connection with your audience (this does not include them running away from you in tears). Having said that, not everyone is a natural born comedian.
If you want to be serious and do kids shows, it can be done to a degree. Take on a character where you APPEAR to be very serious and professional, but whenever you do a trick it seems to go wrong on you (of course, everything works out beautifully in the end). If you send a strong, implicit message that you are only PRETENDING to be serious and it's O.K. for the kids to laugh at you, then the kids will still have fun. The key thing to remember when adopting a role like this is that it has to be clear that your serious personna is just a pretense.