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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:23 pm 
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I have done a show for 3-5 at the same time and it is a challenge. I am going to do one for 3-4. They like COLORS. I use color a lot for this age. I have ABC blocks which I say RED A BLUE B GREEN C. Why because they can understand colors if they do know their alphabet (the smart ones) then you don't bore them. Don't baby them but don't treat them older than they are. Like I said it is a challenge but it can be done. I don't like performing for this age group but I do it ocassionally. My suggestion which is NOT necessary is have a silk of the main colors. Blue,Red,Green,Yellow,Purple,and Orange and that way you use their favorite color all the time. Just pull it out of your case or what ever you use to store your act for that day.


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I don't understand how you can put on a 45 minutes show for that age group. What effects do you do?


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Maloney,

I outlined on page 1 what my daughter does in her 30 minute show. You really have to be prepared in order to hold the attention span of a child that young, but it is easily accomplished if you are ENTERTAINING. It is more about entertainment value than magic value. As magicians we want it to be all about the magic, however without the proper delivery it will definitely fall flat for the kids and they will soon lose interest.

I don't think many professional magicians will outline their shows in detail because everyone works very hard to put together a unique and custom show. I know that we are very protective over our material. LOL, probably because it takes us forever to come up with it!! In time I am sure it will become easier for us as we gain more experience.

Tupelo is definitely right on the colors! They love bright colors and they capture their attention well.

What age group do you have the most experience working with?


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To be honest with everyone, I have only ever done one show for children under 5, but I was lied to and originally told I was performing to a bunch of 7 y/o's. My normal principles are not to perform to that age, as its not what i specialise in. (That show was a nightmare I might add)

What I reccommend for working with small children (I spent a few years as a childrens worker in schools) is "simple not shallow" your tricks can be amazing and complex as you want, but simplistic enough that you aren't using too many big words or concepts that are confusing.

When dealing with young children as well you need to make sure that you are being very careful with what you say. Children that age are very easily influenced. So no innuendo, comments about sex, cos otherwise you may be asked awkward questions by children and parents alike. (I know it sounds obvious but people do forget this).

Colours and funny stories are good, and I found puppets are good as well (nothing too scary or unusual though). Theres probably more I could tell you but just enjoy yourself


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Maloney123 wrote:
I don't understand how you can put on a 45 minutes show for that age group. What effects do you do?
I don't I do about 20 TOPS.


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What age group do you have the most experience working with?I have done magic for ages 3-90. I do some shows for the elderly group in our town that get together every day. I go about once every2 months. I did a show for a church also that was for people in their 30-50 and of course kid shows and school shows.


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