I mentioned that I might do sponge balls and mini magic coloring book for the families and children.
I realized that, if I were to do the magic coloring book, the kid might expect you to give them the book, as a souvenir. This might not happen, but even if it does, I, obviously, can't give it to them.
Sure you can. There are ungaffed magic coloring books designed as giveaways just for this purpose.
I didn't know that! Sweet!
i looked on the web, but couldn't find any souvenir magic coloring books. Anyone know where I could find one? (or maybe I'm just bad at searching)
Hold on to your hat, cause' I've got alot to say on this one.
Magic coloring book:
Go to the site DINOTECH suggested and assemple the components of a magic coloring book on 1/2 page sizes (the book should be 1/2 page in size). Assemble pictures for a non-colored in version. E-mail them to Staples to be printed and bound. Go pick them up.
You can do all of this at home - excluding picking them up from staples.
Of course you can put your contact info on the back of the book.
It's not a big deal to do the same tricks at a party. I do a vanishing hank routine in every show I perform - just with different plots.
Just a note: you will need more than spoungeballs and a magic coloring book for the tables with kids. Have Mystic Kings or something handy to give a little attention to the parents.
Also, I highly suggest a vanishing hank routine. Kids love it (when played as a game) and parents get a kick out of it as well (when you pull the hank from other people's sleeves and such).
This is the dreaded topic. 15 is too young to start in restaurants. I started at 16, and I thought I was hot stuff. Looking back, I was nowhere near ready.
I could suggest books and DVDs like crazy, but in this arena there is no substitute for experience. Hit the mall and work your routines for people in the food court. Find what works, what doesn't, which jokes they like, etc.
You also need to understand the attitude, demeanor, and manerisms that are acceptable. You need to understand the demographics, the sub-demographics, the sub-sub-demographics, the clicks, the social groups, common phrases that you can play from, adjusting to your environment even as it changes, persona', . . .
There are too many things that you couldn't possibly know at 13 or even the 'ripe old age' of 15. Likely, you won't know what half the things I'm talking about are till your in your 17or 18 - let alone how to act/re-act/adjust to them.
In short: There are too many things about this that simply "can't be taught". You can only learn them, no-one can teach you.
Get prepared, get experience, good luck.