Daily Archives: September 12, 2012

Children Make Marvellous Magic Audiences

Although I have been involved in the magic business for over 35 years I have never performed in front of a real audience, until last week. Last Friday happened to be grandparents’ day at my 4 year old grand daughter’s daycare and we were called to see if we could come and perhaps read a story. We said sure, and I said to Phil that I would bring a magic trick as well.

When we got there another grandfather was reading them nursery rhymes. My grand daughter ran straight to Phil. She always runs to him as she knows I have a bad back and won’t pick her up. When the grandfather finished his nursery rhymes we were introduced to the children and my grand daughter insisted on sitting on my lap as I read the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which she chose. After the story, I told her to sit on the mat with the other children as I had a surprise for the children.

This was my plan. I would do the Thumb Tip Blendo. If you are not familiar with it, it consists of four 2″ square silks, green, red, yellow and blue. I would have them call out the colour of each silk as I pushed it in my closed fist. They did this with much enthusiasm. ¬†Then I was going to tell them that believe it or not, there was only one silk in my hand and they should all call out what colour they thought it would be. I expected them all to shout out a different colour and then I would tell them that they were all right. But if you’ve ever done a magic show, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that not everything always goes as planned. What could possible go wrong? It’s not as though I’m sawing someone in half.

So I ask my question waiting to hear them scream out the different colours. But at the top of their lungs they all shout “RED”! You can imagine my surprise. I said RED? You all think its red? And they all shouted YES. And I look at my hand and I see the tiniest bit of red sticking out at the top of my fist. And I had to laugh. I leaned over and had one of the children tug at the red piece sticking out. When she pulled it out all the little mouths dropped open when they saw one silk with the four colours on it.Their reaction had me thinking about a new career. Just kidding!

The moral of the story is that kids are great …and you always have to pay attention to every little detail…and there is a book on “OUTS” just in case!

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