I often have people come into the shop or phone asking for magic for children. My question, which always seems to stump them is “Who is doing the magic?”.
Its a simple question but it takes a moment for them to get their head around it. Then they will say, “Oh, its for me to do for them.” or “It’s for them to do.” or ” It’s for me to do for them and maybe teach them how to do it.” or “It’s for a show for children.” Big difference. If you’re doing shows for kids, whether you’re a magician or a clown, the key word is visual.
You can and unless you’re a mime, should, attach a story to it. I notice that most kids are attentive. When my grandson, age 7, had a party and Mad Science was there he spoke about complicated stuff and they listened and watched, as did the adults, with complete fascination.
For kids to do, there’s a whole bunch of stuff, like Appearing Flower, the Magic Coin Slide, Ball & Vase, Magical Block, and many more well within the ability of most 4 year olds. And they are also excellent for grandparents to do for their grandkids and even teach them how.
If you are doing special events, Christmas shows, birthday parties, school shows, etc. its a whole different story. I’d take a lesson from Bobo’s DVD. Although most magicians know him for his Coin Magic (Modern Coin Magic), he was also a famous kid show performer. I did a whole blog on him. He did thousands of school shows.
If you are doing shows for young kids, 3, 4,and 5 year olds, 5 Minutes With A Pocket Handkerchief is a must. There are many options and the list is not complete. We are working on improving our catagories to make your life simpler when searching for something.
The latest thing to come in is Multiplying Pringles (Potato Chips). Multiplying Bottles has been a classic, but it is done with Champagne bottles and for the longest time kid show performers have been asking for an effect like that but for kids. I’m happy to say that it is now available and in stock. There is also Passe Passe Pringles and additional Pringle tubes available. Check it out.