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Hi I'm Beth Zurkowski and I've always loved to do magic. I'm a producer of a Children's show called Surprise Circus on WYOU in Madison Wi. I do one trick for the viewers in every show. I also have songs, crafts, science, and stories in the half hour program.  I'm married and have a daughter who is 15. We live in the southern rural part of Wisconsin.
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Very cool. You are creative person. Welcome to the group
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A very warm welcome Bxerk.

Can't wait to hear more about your shows.

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Thanks Micheal and Gareth. My show is on cable access TV. Anyone can do a show.  All you need is a camera and lights and maybe a microphone.
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Hi Beth,

My mother-in-law lives in Belleville (near Madison). Maybe I'll get a chance to check out your show!

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To Anyone who wants to check it out, you don't have to live in Madison Wi. You can go to WYOU.org to watch it live stream. It airs every Saturday at 11:00 am or it should. Sometimes the Automator plays a different show (back up) for some reason. Another place you can see the show and I've improved as I made them mind you is Youtube.com at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIvww6Foj4Whsb0iKHtfumQ?view_as=subscriber Thanks for your curiosity.
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Beth Welcome to The Magicians Forum!!!!!!!!

Don't be afraid to ask questions, we are a group of magician's at all level of skills so just jump right in.

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Any suggestions for tricks to do without a volunteer (for the show) would be great. I hope I can do a party or two so need ideas for using small boys and girls.

So far I have
change bag
wand that moves
folding quarter
magical thumb
8 rings
pig / watermelon
Chinese sticks
coloring book
chick pan
confuse teacher rope trick
lollipop with 4 colors

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Welcome aboard Beth... I'm fairly new to the forum myself, but will attest there's lots to read and lots of friendly folks here.

As everyone else has said, feel free to ask questions and interact!

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Welcome to the best magic forum on the web!
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Thanks Dave and Mbreggar. I'm reading the forum and having some interaction. So don't worry. This is a very fascinating forum. Are there any tips for making routines?
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I guess "Routine" is the wrong terminology. The word I'm looking for is the line up of tricks.  I guess at birthday parties I would do the most flashy trick at the end. But which one should you start with?
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Oh and where do magicians get their magic box that holds all their tricks? It kind of looks like a roller skate box.
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Again, Tarbell will help you structure a routine, a show or an act
For specifics in structuring a kids show I’d suggest Bill Kaye (Silly Billy) book
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Gene Anderson's Torn And Restored Newspaper is a hit.
Silk To Egg is another good one.
I don't know the name of it but it's a Rubic's Cube, you throw it in the air and you show all the colors that match.
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Great ideas guys.
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Hi everyone, Whats a good price to charge on Gigsalad for a magic variety show?


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Welcome aboard Beth.
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Thanks Wayne T.
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Hey, Beth. Isn't whatever price you set dependent on your market? Have you researched the going rates in your area?

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Hi Beth, I am also another new member. A TV show to do a trick a week sounds like a really exciting project. How fun!

I'm not a children's entertainer, per se, but when I was younger I did kids shows and now I've got three little ones of my own who enjoy watching (and performing!) magic. I think a change bag with mismade flags is a big hit -- wicked fun to perform and hilarious for kids. I got a lot of mileage with a break-away wand to "fill out" a routine for kids. 

For your show, I'm not sure how much time you can devote to learning sleight of hand routines, but I'd say check out Pop Haydn's Color Changing Handkerchief. Plays for all ages, and it's beautifully routined and so entertaining. A google search will bring you several videos of his performance. Pop Haydn uses 24" silks, but that was too big for my hands. When I used to do this trick I used 18" silks and the required extra something, both from Rice's Silks. This would be great for your children's show, too! Oooh! And it's a good opener, which I think was one of your other questions.

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Hi Anthony, I see its about $150 - $500. I charge $100 and get no takers.

Hi Alyx. Thanks for the ideas.


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Hmm. Just a thought: Sometimes those whose pricing undercuts the market are perceived as second-tier. I know I've experienced the phenomena as a freelance trainer. I lost out on several jobs with pricing I thought was fair, but was also significantly lower than others were (over) charging. When I elevated my pricing - and felt like a heel doing so - I got more jobs and referrals. Human nature...

Have you considered the possibility of offering some sort of discount code? "Book a show within the next two weeks and use Code Magic Rocks for a 20% discount. Limited to new clients only."

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Great idea! I'll see what I can do.
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