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 Post subject: Persistent Child
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:05 pm 
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There is one child who is consistently present in my kids shows. She wants one thing: for me to make her disappear. She won't take No for an answer.

How do I handle this child nicely?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:12 pm 
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I just got an idea!

make her think she has disappeared!

tell her parents about this and tell them you want to make her dissapear (be careful about this because some parents are perverts)
then while the 4 of you are in a room
(parents you and the child)

toss a blanket over her and tell her shes invisible.

:D


-edit
oops rember to pull it off also lol


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:13 pm 
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Engage the kid in conversation. Ask her why she wants you to make her disappear. Ask her where she thinks she will go when she disappears. That could make for some interesting conversation and help you to work out a solution.

You could also try this:

Ask her for a small object... a small coin, a hair clip, whatever...preferably, something she won't miss or something you can easily replace. Then make it disappear. She will likely ask for it back; that's when you say, "Well...I can't do that. Once I make something disappear, it's gone forever. That's why I don't want to make you disappear. Everyone would miss you!"

You might want to massage the patter to fit your character, but you get the idea.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:26 pm 
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TheCaffeinator wrote:
Engage the kid in conversation. Ask her why she wants you to make her disappear. Ask her where she thinks she will go when she disappears. That could make for some interesting conversation and help you to work out a solution.

You could also try this:

Ask her for a small object... a small coin, a hair clip, whatever...preferably, something she won't miss or something you can easily replace. Then make it disappear. She will likely ask for it back; that's when you say, "Well...I can't do that. Once I make something disappear, it's gone forever. That's why I don't want to make you disappear. Everyone would miss you!"

You might want to massage the patter to fit your character, but you get the idea.


That's an excellent idea.

BTW, may I ask, how old is this child?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:22 pm 
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I like that one too.

SirJon, she's 7 years old. She loves having the attention too. A nice kid, but she can be a huge influence with everyone else. If she decides to mob the entertainer, then everyone follows her lead!


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Webhed wrote:
I like that one too.

SirJon, she's 7 years old. She loves having the attention too. A nice kid, but she can be a huge influence with everyone else. If she decides to mob the entertainer, then everyone follows her lead!
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why don't you make or invest in a superchair?
I have done the super chair with kids and they love it!
they really think there hypnotized!
And when they get off they walk around all dizzy and stuff its very funny.


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I may be missing something but why does one particular girl keep showing up at your BD parties?
Anyway, don't be afraid to bring out the tazer or mace...I never leave home without them.....................................just kidding!


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sluggo wrote:
I may be missing something but why does one particular girl keep showing up at your BD parties?



I don't know what the original poster's situation is, but I am based in a very small rural town. Everytime someone has a birthday party magic show in my theatre, they pretty much always invite the same kids: their entire class. And they often all show up, which results in the same kids -- not just one -- attending my shows at least once every month or two. There's one particular little girl who, whenever she shows up, follows me around constantly before and after the show -- though she's usually well behaved during the show.


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That's exactly my position here, Caffeinator. I get to travel to the nearest cities too, but whenever there's a local kids birthday party, this girl is pretty sure to be there!

I've got a show this Saturday, and she's on the guest list...


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:51 pm 
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Well I guess its a sign your a good magician :D


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:25 pm 
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Webhed wrote:
That's exactly my position here, Caffeinator. I get to travel to the nearest cities too, but whenever there's a local kids birthday party, this girl is pretty sure to be there!

I've got a show this Saturday, and she's on the guest list...


Well...if you try my idea, be sure to let me know how it goes!


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TheCaffeinator wrote:
Webhed wrote:
That's exactly my position here, Caffeinator. I get to travel to the nearest cities too, but whenever there's a local kids birthday party, this girl is pretty sure to be there!

I've got a show this Saturday, and she's on the guest list...


Well...if you try my idea, be sure to let me know how it goes!


I'll try it for sure, and let you know in this thread. Thanks for your help.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:12 pm 
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It went well, Caffeinator. Thanks for your idea! I gave the explanation you suggested and when I told her I may not be able to bring her back, her face dropped. Then I told her that if I couldn't bring her back, everyone would miss her. She thought about it for a while and then her face brightened and she said, "Well can you do it with a cup instead?"

So I vanished a cup, and she was happy.

So thanks again for your help! :D


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:33 pm 
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Excellent!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:06 pm 
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Caffinator has been around for a while. He's been on the bird since 2004, so he knows what he is talking about. Listen to him when he talks about kid's shows, or busking and you will never go wrong.


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