In my last post for this Tips for Starting Magicians series, I discussed what to keep in mind when choosing the tricks for your first magic show. Now I’ll focus on a question that many who are thinking of trying their hand at magic ask: how many tricks do you need to be a magician?[Read more...]
Do you follow blogs for kids entertainers? If yes, here's something I hope you'd love: a blog in video form--suavely called a vlog--that I started, and it's particularly made for magicians.
Called The Magic Behind the Magic, this weekly vlog "looks at what full-time magicians do when they are not performing magic"--and that is running the business side of magic.
To kick off the series, I share with you the first two videos I made.
Welcome to the seventh and final instalment of this series of interviews that originally appeared in Rubber Chicken magazine. Editor and publisher Peter Aubery has made them available for the Kids Entertainer Hub audience.
In this series, Peter picks the minds of kids entertainers Charlie Frye, Jimmy Carlo, John Kimmons, Bill Abbott, Michael Diamond, and Paul Daniels. In this episode, Peter talks with Daniel Sylvester Battagline, aka Sylvester the Jester, about being a stupendous character performer.
Welcome to the sixth instalment of this series of interviews that originally appeared in Rubber Chicken magazine. Editor and publisher Peter Aubery has made them available for the Kids Entertainer Hub audience.
In this series, Peter picks the minds of kids entertainers Charlie Frye, Jimmy Carlo, John Kimmons, Bill Abbott, Michael Diamond, and Sylvester the Jester. In this episode, Peter sits down and chats with magician Paul Daniels and wife Debbie.
Adding Suspense to Your Kids Routines:
Part 2 of the 10 Essential Techniques That Kids Entertainer Professionals Do Not Share
In my previous article, I wrote about putting a surprise element to your performance. Now we come to another must-have that you need to incorporate in your show: suspense.
Adding Surprise To Your Kids Entertaining
10 Essential techniques that professional kids entertainers do not share.
Part 1 with Colin Underwood
Over the next few articles I will pass on from my experience as a full time performer of 35 years and more what I have found to be the essentials of performing. I have compiled these techniques over literally thousands of shows in all sorts of situations and audiences. These are truly tried and tested.
I sincerely hope that these techniques will enhance and improve your performances. If only in that they get you thinking deeper about you and your shows ...
The surprise element: Is it there?
How To Add Drama To Kids Entertainer Shows
A Kids Entertainer Hub master class with Christopher T Magician
Last time in Part 1 Christopher T Magician showed us how to play the very popular T Shirt game. Now he takes us into territory many kids entertainers haven't yet experienced ...
How-to books on screen and play writing regularly stress the importance – no, absolute necessity – that the main character in a show possesses a strong want or desire. That desire is what captures the audience and draws them along on the journey. We watch because we have to know if the main characters will finally reach their goals.
If the heart of every dramatic work lies in the main character’s Want, then one can argue that adding a Want – or for our purposes an ‘I Want’ Routine – to a magic show will result in a more captivated and involved audience. [Read more...]
Creating a Brand of Kids Stories and Toys:
One Entertainer's Tale of Vision and Commitment
Tom Hayes knows about obstacles and the determination needed to overcome them. Follow the story of how a handful of tiny beans have given one man the energy to see his vision of a range of kids storybooks, audio books, mascots and a toy line one day be on everyone's lips ...
How to Become a Better Kids Performer with John Reid:
How Kids Entertainers Can Use Eyes, Hearts and Smiles to Connect with an AudienceJohn Reid tired of the cheap one liners that kids entertainers can carelessly use, you know the ones: give me your hand ... I meant the clean one! WAH WAH WAH ... and set himself on the road to highlighting the power of simple positive presentations...
We start off by asking John what he means by this statement “I don’t want to make people better performers, I want to make performers better people.”