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 Post subject: Could use some help...
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:50 pm 
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Alright. I was thinking whether I should post this here or in the advice section, but I guess its gonna be here. Mods, please move it if it should be moved...

Anyway. I need some help putting on a little kids show at my grandparents store. You see, I know what I should do, but I dont know how long I should do it, what order, and how to get these interactive with kids from 7-12. Here are the things I have...

1. Invisible Deck
2. White Bikes
3. In a flash
4. Just Imagine
5. The Raven (I SUCK AT THIS THING)
6. 3 Card Monte
7. Earplugs
8. Scotch and Soda
9. Coin Squeeze
10. Apperaing Cane
11. Some type of vanishing bag...
12. Sharpie, Super
13. And a lot of card tricks...

If anyone can help; that will be very much appreciated.. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Could use some help...
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:37 pm 
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Just like in public speaking, you should start with a good hook to capture you audiance (a nice visual trick) and always end with a bang (another nice visual trick) :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:22 am 
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no offense, but none of those effects you have listed are going to grab the attention of kids. It just isnt going to happen.. The minimum age i would do those effects for would be 15 at the absolute minimum.

Now for kids show stuff, things like the stratosphere, peanut butter and jelly, neilson bottles, stuff like this will captivate a kids mind.

Just a thought
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 Post subject: Re: Could use some help...
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:58 am 
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MagicMan135 wrote:
7. Earplugs
10. Apperaing Cane
11. Some type of vanishing bag...


Wouldn't those effects be good?
And Jesse I disagree with you about that the minimum age for those effects would be 15...

-Adrian


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Well, show a child a invisable deck, they wont quite understand it, show a teenager an invisable deck, and they are old enough to know how cards are kept in a box, and are old enough to understand what cards there are in a deck..

Its the unspoken stuff that hits hard.

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Yeh I understand that 10 year olds wont enjoy it too much,
I'm under 15 and I love watching cardmagicians, and like many people I most love watching magic with other things then cards, but, not trying too put up a fight or anything I just think that the line should be at 12, I liked watching Card magic When I was 12...

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 Post subject: Re: Could use some help...
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:44 am 
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MagicMan135 wrote:

5. The Raven (I SUCK AT THIS THING)


If anyone can help; that will be very much appreciated.. Thanks


Well if you suck at it then don't do it! You don't perform something that you haven't worked out patter-wise and mechanically.


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The age category you mentioned is actually two different categories combined. That's part of the problem you are facing in choosing material. You really need to be considering something "middle of the road". It can't be too complicated so as to go over the heads of the younger kids, but it can't be too childish for the older ones.

Some things I would consider are:

Sponge balls
Cups and Balls
D'Lites
Color Monte


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Hey thanks alot guys. You guys were a real big help. Thanks!


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onehandpass wrote:
no offense, but none of those effects you have listed are going to grab the attention of kids. It just isnt going to happen.. The minimum age I would do those effects for would be 15 at the absolute minimum.


I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you. 12 years old kids don't find little props entertaining. They prefer card/close up magic. I have done lots of kids shows, and I don't do them for kids older than 10 years old.

Anyway, back on topic. Some of these tricks wouldn't be impressive for 7-10 years old kids. You need visual stuff. Get some mouth coils, a magic colouring book and some rope. Make a mix to please both age group (7-10 years old kids, and 11-12 years old kids). Hope this helped.

-Alex


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