Article Contributor: Michael Ricketts (Magic Mike)
The key to becoming a successful kid’s magician and making it your main source of income is continuous audience participation and eye-catching props. Your show will need to be fast paced, varied, and exciting to keep the children entertained.
Magic as a form of kid’s entertainment is both enjoyable and rewarding. Whether you are a parent performing in front of your child at their birthday party or a professional magician, magic has become a big part of the kid’s entertainment world.
Performing magic for children differs from closeup magic or sleight-of-hand. It’s closer to traditional stage magic with visual illusions that hold the audience’s attention. When planning to be your kid’s magician, it is important to keep in mind that children have a shorter attention span, thus you have to keep them laughing by using visual props (like magic wands, colorful tricks and so on), funny jokes and audience participation. Magic illusions must be varied, exciting and entertaining for all children.
The tricks you choose for your magic show are vital and you must pick tricks for kids that are appropriate for their gender and age. Before you perform any kids magic show, watch a children’s TV show and observe how the presenters act. They laugh, smile and appear to be having fun themselves and this is a significant part of having a successful magic act. Take note of some of the character’s names as these will be popular names that you can use in your own show (names of your rabbit or doves for example).
To be a successful and popular magician for kids, you have to enjoy performing and demonstrate good magic tricks. The kids in your audience know you are enjoying it and your positive feelings will make the audience feel entertained. There’s nothing worse to watch, than magic performed by a bored kid’s magician.
A best practice to improve your chances of repeat performances, is to award the children with prizes. A skillfully made balloon animal is good, but when it pops, you are quickly forgotten. In additional to balloons, giving kids a few promotional items with your logo will give parents one way to contact you for their kid’s next party.