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 Post subject: Question of age range .
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 8:50 pm 
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Hello I have an upcoming show and was wondering a question. I usually do magic shows for children 6- , however my next show is for 8 year olds. How are 8 year olds? Reactive to silly magic such as the magician messes up or something go's wrong. Example coloring book, hippy hop , puppets , etc? Thank you. : )


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:43 am 
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I find that they react well to the magician messes up stuff.... However you might want to change your tone with some of the stuff.. I find myself speaking in different tones depending on the age group.

i perform hippity hop for 8 year olds and it seems to work well... i dont know about the coloring book (i would say it depends on your patter)


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Thank you. Do you know of any great openers for 8 year olds?


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:58 pm 
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YeahIDoMagic wrote:
Thank you. Do you know of any great openers for 8 year olds?


A very good "SILLY" opener for 8-9 year olds is Professor Cheers rope trick. I am including a YOUTUBE LINK that will show you the effect if you are not familiar with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIsMs_Qt9LE&feature=related


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 1:46 pm 
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Pick up David Kaye's book Seriously Silly for a useful breakdown of how magic is perceived by kids of different ages and genders, then pick up books by David Ginn for samples of material and routines that work for those varied groups.


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PeterJohn wrote:
YeahIDoMagic wrote:
Thank you. Do you know of any great openers for 8 year olds?


A very good "SILLY" opener for 8-9 year olds is Professor Cheers rope trick. I am including a YOUTUBE LINK that will show you the effect if you are not familiar with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIsMs_Qt9LE&feature=related


Good suggestion.. i have used that effect several times as an opener... kids think its hilarious


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 12:50 am 
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I'm with the Caff on this one.

David Kaye's book specifically addresses these issues of age. It's worth having and reading for that reason alone. I believe he even breaks down a single effects (vanishing a silk) for all the different age groups with reasoning behind all of the tweaks in performance. It's been very helpful to me. It would definetly be worth buying the book and dvd.

Good luck
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Just got back from the show , went great . Kids loved it & the parents enjoyed .


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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 9:58 am 
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Cool, good work man!

I think, despite any age differences, that anyone that can entertain a group of 6 year olds can do well with eight year olds. There are SOME differences but they are subtle. Glad to hear it went well for you!

Ted


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