Hi everyone. I know there are threads like this all the time, but I wanted to post a new topic so that mine didn't just get lost while tacked on to the bottom of another person's topic.
Anyways...I've been really working on routine and scripting lately, and I've decided that I really want to focus on doing a kids show for my first entire routine. I get along well with kids and I enjoy performing for them. That, and the tricks are generally easy to perform with no really difficult sleights, so that works for me. I'm good at entertaining and having fun...just average with sleights and difficult handlings.
So...I've got the first few minutes of the routine worked out. I'll spare you guys the actual patter, because I don't have that down to exactly what I want at this point in time.
I start out with some music playing (I'm thinking the Pink Panther Theme Song right now, but I have a few options I'm toying around with). While that is starting, I bring out a wooden crate that has "LIVE ANIMAL" painted on the side and some air holes in it. I set it down on the table, and grab the cane that's on the table. That cane is a vanishing cane.
I then do some "dancing" of sorts...which is mostly a comedy routine where I TRY to dance with the cane, but don't really do so well. As I go to lean on the cane for one of the moves, it disappears and turns into a couple of silks.
This whole time I've had my D'Lites on, so after the cane disappears I immediately go into a quick (maybe 45 seconds or so?) routine with the D'Lites. Just some fun stuff...catching it, putting it in one ear and taking it out the other, tossing it up and catching it in my mouth, then coughing it back out...things like that. Just real basic handling of the routine.
As the music is coming to a close, I then use the appearing cane to make the can reappear, to do the final little lean move that I was TRYING to do at first with the "new" cane, and this time it works.
I'm shooting for a TOTAL of about 3:00 worth of routine with these three effects. I don't want to go any longer because I don't think I can draw it out much more than that. Do you guys think that is too short of a time frame for that??
The music comes to an end at this point, which is where I introduce myself and start to talk about the box on the table. As I'm talking about it, the box shakes a little. (I haven't worked this part out yet...I'm not sure how I want to do it, or if I even will) and I then open the box and pull out my puppet, which is a vibrant and cartoonish bird named "Sparks."
I introduce "Sparks" and we banter back and forth for a few moments about why he had to be in the box, and how he was in fact not having trouble breathing due to the holes in the crate. Finally, I cut him off and tell him that we should get on with the show. He agrees and suggests that I do the "new" trick that I just got in the mail. I tell him that might not be the greatest idea because I haven't practiced the trick yet. He gets a bit antsy and I agree to do the trick.
This section of the routine will take about another 2-3:00, depending on my final scripting. I'm thinking that since it's going to be relatively comedic, that it's not too long between effects and I think it's a good time frame for it. Thoughts on if this is too short or long are appreciated.
At this point I pull out another box, that looks like it's sealed and just been delivered by the Post Office. This is ACTUALLY the "Vanishing Bandana" trick where the magician gets a banana in the box and goes through making that "bandana banana" disappear. I would like to get this version of the effect because I like the voice over that comes with it: http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=S9916
I go through that routine, and at the end of course it mentions that there is a free banana included with the effect, and I then look again and find that there is in fact a yellow bandana in the box. This effect apparently takes about 4 minutes to go through...but the version I want has a couple of scripts for the voice over so I could probably go a bit shorter if need be.
After this, I banter with Sparks a bit more about how I KNEW I should have gotten a rabbit instead of a bird. Sparks takes a bit of offense to this, and tells me that rabbits aren't nearly as cool as birds are. I ask him how he figures, and explain that I have two rabbits right now that would willingly do a magic trick that doesn't involve me crushing a banana all over myself.
This banter goes on for probably less than a minute, to right around 1:15.
This sets me up for a logical transition into a hippity hop rabbits routine. Which I do for about 2 minutes or so, after hamming it up quite a bit.
I then go back to Sparks and ask him if he can do anything like that?? The rabbits certainly managed to be entertaining...not just annoying. Sparks then tells me that he's learned a trick in the last few days and asks me to get him his scarf. I put the scarf in his mouth, which is actually a Chameleon silk that changes colors when Sparks shakes it with his beak. It changes colors and I take it out of his beak as he takes a bow...then he starts to cough a bit, which is when I reach into his beak and start to pull out another silk...which is actually a long silk streamer that comes out of his mouth for a few seconds.
Time on this section is about 2:00 or so, probably a bit less.
That's all I've got so far. I have a few more effects that are geared towards kids...like a magic coloring book, some vanishing crayons, and one of those milk pitchers that doesn't really pour anything. I'm not sure if there's a way to work them into what I have already or not. I'm thinking right now of having Sparks pour a drink for me at some point with the milk pitcher and of course there won't really be anything in it...but I'm not sure where to put it. I'm also not sure what I should do for a "finale" to the routine. I don't know if the silk work is strong enough to be the end of the routine, or if I should keep looking and find something that is stronger to end with.
So far the routine is ABOUT 15 minutes long, so I think there's room for some more if need be. Again, this is without the FINAL final script, so I'm not 100% sure on the time. It might be a few more minutes, might be a few less.
I welcome any and all comments and suggestions. This is the first routine that I've tried to put together that is an actual routine that flows from one thing to another in a logical fashion. I have TRIED to make it fun and silly and entertaining while having a couple of good effects in it that are visual and cool that children would like. The puppet is silly and fun and good looking, and I am pretty decent at ventriloquism so the banter with the puppet will be solid.
Thanks for taking the time to read this...I didn't think it would be this long when I first started typing it!!