Need something to hook your audience’s attention from the get-go and open your show with a bang? Here are 5 ideas for warm-up routines by Leslie Ann Akin that you can use right away to get your show off to a fantastic start.[Read more...]
How to Improve Your Presence:
Kids Entertainer Tips for a Stronger Performance and a More Responsive AudienceAs entertainers, we want our audience to have their eyes glued to us, hanging on our every word and applauding with delight. And more often than not, the key to achieving this lies not so much on the tricks or routines we have prepared (although of course they are an integral part of how to get that reaction), but on our presence.
In this interview, comedy genius Robert Baxt talks all about improving our presence and he gives anecdotes and specific examples along the way to illustrate his points. He also shares a lot more in this episode, so we recommend hitting the Play button right now.[Read more...]
Tried-and-Tested Kids Party Games to Add to Your ShowWhatever type of children’s entertainer you are, you’ll find having easy-to-do but extremely fun kids party games in your arsenal useful. They not only help you give the children a delightful time; they also make you stand out in the adults’ eyes as you’re able to show how you can maintain control of excited kids and keep chaos at bay.
And in this podcast episode, Simon Sparkles gives you some go-to games to add to your show. Be sure to download the extended notes to get more details about these games.[Read more...]
Better Shows, Quieter Kids, Happier Parents:
New Methods from Zivi KiviZivi Kivi is back on the Kids Entertainer Podcast and in this episode he offers smart, easy-to-do marketing strategies that will help you get better—and more—shows while keeping the kids quiet and cooperative. Zivi has road-tested these techniques in his own shows, so you know they truly and effectively work.
Be sure to download the thank you note template and the extended notes so you don’t need to pause and write down Zivi’s awesome tips. All you’ve got to do is listen and enjoy the episode.
Creating Kids Shows with Christopher T. MagicianThis podcast episode is all about building strong routines and creating kids shows that thrive on audience interaction and keep the kids bursting with laughter.
And who better to talk about comedy, entertainment, and captivating audiences than the wacky and creative Christopher T. Magician?
Hit play and pick up techniques and insights that would help you come up with shows that are hilarious and highly engaging.
Want something fresh and out of the ordinary for birthday parties, particularly for boys? Here’s a brilliant idea from Alberto Lobo-Guerrero S., a professional magician from Colombia and a member of the Kids Entertainment Academy.
Knowing that their child and their child's friends love to make paper airplanes, Alberto and his wife decided to throw their son a paper plane party for his ninth birthday. If you’d like to try the same idea, read Alberto’s post below:[Read more...]
The Friday Afternoon Show Dilemma
One of the common booking requests you will get is the Friday afternoon birthday party. Usually it involves the birthday child's mum inviting the entire class to their home or a nearby park. These bookings can be the worst ones you will ever do as the kids have just spent 5 days following rules at school and now are ready for their usual Friday afternoon ritual of going a little bit crazy and unleashing all of that energy they have stored up during the week.
THEN you come along and tell them all to sit down in a group and be nice and quiet. What would you do if you were a kid?
There are two definite tips for you here:
From Character Building to Show Creation:
Kids Entertainer Tips from David KayeIn this episode, we give you a treat: character building and show creation tips from one of the world’s best-known children’s entertainer and magic convention lecturer, David Kaye. Here he generously shares practical and effective tips on how to create a character that you can easily play and a show that’s unique in all the world.
Hit play and enjoy listening and know that you don’t have to jot down notes—we’ve taken care of that for you. Just download the training tip/extended notes below to get a copy of this interview’s major points.[Read more...]
Science and Reptiles: How to Make Educational Shows EntertainingRob Ruthart, aka Reptile Rob, is a man who has truly followed his passion. Offering educational science and reptile shows and camps—including science and reptile birthday parties—he has found a niche he loves and has built a thriving business from it.
In this episode, Rob shares not only the road that led him to where he is today, but also the lessons he learned along the way—from how to manage staff and the business side of kids entertainment, to how best to engage children, to how to be the greatest children’s entertainer you can be.
Ready to hear the amazing interview? Hit play right now.
Which is the best market for kids entertainment? In this post, I’m going to be bold and give you my opinion on which children’s entertainment gig is best.
Over the years, Obediah and I have performed at all of the venues listed below. For each item, I give a pay range from 1-10, with 10 being the highest pay potential. The reason I am not using actual money figures is that specific pay varies depending on your location and your reputation. I also state what I personally like about each venue. Again, this is based on our experience.[Read more...]