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 Post subject: Book/DVD recommendations
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:57 pm 
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Is there any books or DVDs on preforming kids magic you would recommend?

Are products?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 6:38 pm 
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Which would be better? It is the same effect, one is just bigger....What the heck do you mean which would be better??

Do you want to spend the extra money so kids can clearly see them, or do you not want to spend the extra money so kids can still clearly see them? It's not like the mini's won't be able to be seen if you are doing small kid's shows. I think the colors are different, but that's about it.

Which would be better for you should be the question! Think about what size parties you are going to be willing to do, then think about the other effects in your routine, how much space you need for those. If you are going to be performing things in which the kids can sit fairly close, then you could get the mini's, but if you are using some effects that need more space, go for normal.

Honestly, this is like asking which would be better, a extra large TT or just a normal one....you know the answer, not us!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 6:46 pm 
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Hello there,

I have been developing a routine of my own for quite some time. I highly recommend you focus on some books or dvds that aim at theory alongside tricks. Dont copy their routines, but use them as a guide to developing your own unique style. Dont get me wrong, get some tricks, but dont purchase them simply because they are a kids show items. You will find that there are hundreds of tricks out in the magic world, so choose carefully.

Some resources that have helped me thus far include Big Laughs for Little People and Children's Magic the Herbert way dvd (Terry Herbert). These sources not only explore theory, but solid tricks and routines as well (adapted to your own style as mentioned before)

David Ginn material is also supposed to be a good resource, but I have not examined it in depth yet.

I hope this helps!

Have fun! :)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 10:56 pm 
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Magic coloring book
Vanishing crayons
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Newton's nightmare (this trick gets them involved)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:31 pm 
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Has anyone got recommendations? Please


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:54 pm 
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I recenlty picked up the balloons by Penguin and also ordered a How To Make Balloons Magic dvd. I think it's a great addition to kids' magic show. You can turn and twist all kinds of animals with balloons. It's a great ice breaker for kids and their parents. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 3:32 pm 
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Is there any book/DVD you would recommend that look more into the preformance side of kids shows, patter, routine building ect..

Thanks,
Mike


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:35 pm 
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I second the reccomendation of "Children's magic the Herbert way".
Eric Sharp has some books out with great routines in them.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:27 pm 
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I wouldn't worry so much on the aspect of doing magic for kids as I would about 'performing' for kids.
Doing the magic is the easy part, keeping them entertained and interested is what you need to put a lot of time into and study on. Doing magic for adults I feel is easier than with kids.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:03 pm 
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Herberts is good, although not a lot of routining help there. I would go for Dan Harlan's Pack Small Plays Big Birthday DVD, he shows you a show he did for some kid, all out of a briefcase, then goes over all the effects, some homemade, and gives tips on why to do certain things, how to get them involved, why he does his routine etc. It is a very good primer on doing kids shows and if you are on a budget, worth every penny.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:57 pm 
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Thanks for all the recommendations. But now I need to choose one, can you guys give me some help?

Heres what I have to choose from:
:arrow: Dan Harlan's Pack Small Plays Big Birthday DVD
:arrow: Kidbiz by David Ginn
:arrow: Professional Magic For Children by David Ginn
:arrow: Creative Kid Talk by David Ginn, Steve Taylor and Samuel Patrick Smith
:arrow: Children's Magic the Herbert Way by Terry Herbert
:arrow: Big Laughs for Little People by Samuel Patrick Smith

Could you please tell me which one to get and why.

Thanks,
Mike


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:37 pm 
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The one I feel beats them all is: The birthday party business-making a living as a children's performer. It teaches you how to put together a show from start to finish. How to put on a magic show for kids etc.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 2:25 pm 
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I'll check it out. Which ever one gets the most recommendations is the one I will go with 8)

Can you give me a link for: The birthday party business-making a living as a children entertainer? I can not find it anywhere.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:54 pm 
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Try Ken Scott's video titled "Making the Birthday Dough"


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