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Nov 15 '13
Happy Birthday!!! I hope it was Magical!!
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May 14 '13
Hi John, thanks for your kind words on Episode 3! I'm not sure what else I can offer at this stage. I've just uploaded some photos on a show I did at a birthday party, and will be writing another blog to share my experience. Coming up soon!
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May 2 '13
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May 2 '13
Thanks John, I'll check it out! :) Sorry I hadn't been able to log in as often. Been really caught up with stuff!
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Apr 23 '13
Going to air one of your clips on the next magibook episode. I also animated an intro for you, so you may want to check it out my friend
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Jan 24 '13
Hey Alex, I just set up a blog section, so that you can post your story as a blog, which will show up in the newsfeed, so that others know to chime in
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Jan 23 '13
Hey Alex I just read your experience from your show. I'll write you more when I have time. Congratulations on the show
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Dec 26 '12
Hi Everyone, I recently had my first kid's show (for a friend) so I thought I share my experience so that I could get some advice from everyone on how to improve.

A little background here, I'd been playing around with magic for quite awhile, and mainly do close-up. Recently, I did some magic during a mission trip to Sri Lanka for a group of about 50-60 kids which went quite well, so I thought this round would be better. It turned out quite differently though.

My friend asked me if I was available to do some simple tricks for the daughter's birthday party, I'd have about 10-12 children aged 3-7 years old. And I was doing the performance in the living room. I know most of the children personally (mostly friends' children) and we're pretty familiar with each other. There were a number of children who were guests and were people I'm meeting for the first time.

So before the party started, we were playing with the children, and making some balloon sculptures while waiting for the rest to turn up. When everyone was here, we started with same games (pass the parcel and stuff), before it was my turn. I prepared a number of stuff, but I ended up doing the following.

1. How to tie a rope without letting go of the ends (by crossing the arms first). This was a warmup piece that didn't play very well. I intended it to be a puzzle which they could learn and show their friends, so I issued a challenge, got some of the older kids up, but promptly lost their attention. So I got on the next one.

2. Do as I do with the rope, where only the magician get's the knot. I had the two older kids from the first trick attempt this, but it also promptly fell flat on it's face too as the children had difficulty following the movements. So I cut it short, and proceeded to do the next trick which I thought would be better.

3. Professors Nightmare. After the "nightmare" I had, I sent the children back to sit down, and promptly did professor's nightmare. I handed the ropes of 3 lengths to the children to take a look, and then did the routine. The first routine where there was a moment of amazement and some applause. I was relieved this went quite well after the outcome of the first two items.

4. Cups and Balls with Breakaway Wand. I pulled out the table, and the cups and realised it was instantly recognisable! And the children knew what was going to happen. I got them to stand up incase I flashed the extra ball, but that might have been a mistake because they got REALLY close to the table! At this point, another family came into the house (the door was behind me), so I turned around just to say "WELCOME!", I turned back and saw my stack of cups in the hands of one kid who opened the cups and dropped the 3 balls on the floor, another kid grabbed my breakaway wand and somehow the key piece dropped out, so he was staring at the broken wand. All that in the time I took for me to just turn my head and say "WELCOME". With my breakaway wand already "broken", I played along and acted shocked, then proceeded to get another normal wand out for the trick. The trick then went alright, because they knew what to expect, but it really did feel quite chaotic at that time. In between, I'd tried to ask them to sit down, and realised they can't see the cups, and asked them to stand again. At this stage, I thought I pretty much lost the audience and made a full out of myself. So I moved on to the next one.

5. Misers' Dream (Baxt, a boy and a bucket). Boy, I tell you... I thank God (And Robert Baxt!) for this! The children were still standing, and at the start of the trick, kept wanting to look into the bucket to see the number of coins. That really wasn't a problem, and got them really close up and engaged. The children were roaring with laughter when the coins started falling out of the kid's ears, armpits, and bottom. When I went into the "Grab a coin from the air, make a fist and drop the coin in the bucket". The boy got so amused he just kept doing it repeatedly without my instruction until I almost ran out of coins (I played along of course)! So fortunately, the show ended with a high. Those who have not tried Baxt's routine, I highly recommend it.
Hi Everyone, I recently had my first kid's show (for a friend) so I thought I share my experience so that I could get some advice from everyone on how to improve.

A little background h...See more
Admin
Dec 5 '12
Just like Eugene Burger, packing small, playing big
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Nov 27 '12
Thanks John. Small travel pack, haven't really put it into play yet... looking forward to have a chance to. haha!
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