magic for kids…

Hmmm… not sure how I feel about this right now. I did a little “show” for a group of scouts, a number of adults were present as well. Scouts were aged 7 to 13 years old.

I’m actually disappointed in myself. I wasn’t able to get the children into it. I chose the wrong effects I think. I probably shouldn’t have taken out a deck of cards… Messing up a few effect didn’t help either I think. Overall I think I was getting more gasps than claps, and I don’t know if that’s a good thing with children. I didn’t give them a reason to be excited.

I chickened out. I planned to do the cups and balls, but I ended with a not so great card effect. I chickened out. That sucks.

It wasn’t all bad, I gave out a magic wand to a scout who volunteered for the first effect. Handed out candy at the end, probably the most memorable part of the entire thing. Maybe I should have done that at the start. hah. or lol.

Although at the end, three scouts gathered around me and started asking questions. “Are you going to be back?”, “Is this the only time you’ll be here this year?”. That was nice.

One of them really wanted to know how one of the tricks was done. I told him it took a lot of practice and telling him how it’s done isn’t going to do anything. I told him I would show him something else and tell him how it’s done. After I was done, I explained the power of misdirection and how it enhances your magic. He was misdirected even as I explained the trick.

I hope some of the children enjoyed it, I’m pretty sure there were some who didn’t. Which means I didn’t do my job. So I am disappointed at that. I don’t know if I’m made for doing magic for children.

That and I chickened out.


One thought on “magic for kids…”

  1. Gasps are good. Just because people (and children, particularly) don’t clap doesn’t mean they’re not engaging you. It’s nice to get applause, but the lack thereof happens often. Often, kids don’t even know if it’s appropriate to clap.

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