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...]
How to Be Funny:
Comedy Tips for Kids EntertainersAs entertainers, we usually worry if we are funny enough. And it’s understandable. Laughter is a good indication (though it is by no means the only indication) that our audience is indeed being entertained.
If comedy is something you wish you’re better at, or if you simply want more tips and inspiration on how to be funny, David DeVito, who has been voted “Best Stand-Up” in the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, shares a good number of solid tips in this interview. (We’ve listed them all in the extended notes, so be sure to get a copy.)[Read more...]
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...]
Last time I talked about where you can find good, reliable, and audience-pleasing commercial tricks. In this article, we’ll talk about other things you have to remember when selecting magic tricks for your first show.
Having a list of tried-and-tested tricks is a good starting point, but I would say slow down a moment. There is something you truly need to understand before we go any further. And it is this …[Read more...]
Openers, Transitions, and Closers:
Tips on How to Make a Cohesive Children’s ShowHow do you turn different tricks and routines into a show that does not feel segmented but instead comes across as whole? The answer, according to long-time performing magician and musician (and dramatist) Nathan Roberts is in the use of openers, transitions, and closers.
Join us in this interview with Nathan and learn not just about these three elements, but also tips from the field of drama that you can apply in your show to make it even more enthralling.[Read more...]
Eyeing that restaurant in your area as your next client but not sure how to offer your magic services or apply for strolling work?
In this new series on how to land restaurant gigs for children’s and family entertainers, we talk with Andrew Cox, a restaurant manager with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, about tips on how to get hired to perform strolling magic. In this first post, we ask Andrew about what managers want to hear when a magician enquires about doing strolling work, when best to call, and what magicians should consider when performing for restaurant goers. We condense and share his answers below.[Read more...]
- Have a day job but you find yourself thinking about magic a lot?
- Watch magicians, observing every little detail of what they do, what they say, how they say it, what they wear, what tricks they do?
- Have a magic kit that you spend endless hours on, arranging and rearranging?
- Feel "I could do that" if only I had a bit of help?
- Often feel defeated by a lack of confidence?
- Feel that you have untapped abilities?
- Crave guidance and mentoring from someone?
- Like the idea of entertaining people but you have already taken another path in life?
- Feel stumped simply because you don't know where to start?
If you answered yes to most of those questions, then you and I have a lot in common. Most likely the greatest difference between you and me is that I am a professional magician. This is how I earn my living—it's what it says on my tax return—and what a great way it is to earn money.
So how can you get started on the same path and write your own success story as a kids magician or family entertainer (or perhaps a balloon twister or face painter)? My answer is have the right mindset early on. This is important as your mindset will inform how you approach learning the tricks of the trade and what you focus on, and these in turn will greatly affect the success you enjoy and how fast you get to that level of success.
So what mindset am I talking about? I explain them below.
Educational Magic: Tips for an Engaging, Powerful ShowWe kick off Series 4 of the Kids Entertainer Podcast with no less than educational magic show master, Doug Scheer. In turns insightful and entertaining, this first part of his interview will inspire and encourage you not only to try your hand at school assembly performances and enter a brand-new market, but also to connect with your audiences in a deeper, richer way.[Read more...]
How to Win an Audience’s AttentionFeatured in this week’s podcast episode is the incredibly funny and award-winning entertainer John Kimmons. Here he shares how to win an audience’s attention, what his philosophy on entertaining is, and how he turned a race game into a brilliant routine that wins everybody over.
Go click on that play button now and enjoy another awesome interview.[Read more...]