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Jason Ladanye

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New blog is UP! Here's the one time I just had to admit defeat... 

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Funny story, Jason!  Yes, it’s a whole different ballgame performing for kids.  I had to do a lot of research into the psychology of kid behavior, plus other specific topics such as how to maintain focus and control over groups of hyper-excited children, before I ever attempted to do a kid’s show.  After a somewhat rough learning period, I finally got the hang of it, and made it my bread and butter for many years.


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Haha! Excellent story, Jason!
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The trouble is you didn't realize Max was a "shoo-in".

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one that is a certain and easy winner
 
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My daughter when she was in 1st grade-4th grade (and now my son in 1st) had asked me to participate in the school's Passion/Hobby Fair.  It was set up like a college fair where groups of kids would come around to whatever table they had an interest in.  At any given time I had 10 to 20 kids in front and even surrounding my table.  It is a huge challenge to do close-up with kids on every possible angle, but I manage.  Imagine an ungimicked 4-coins across routine with kids watching from every possible angle...  And of course, every kid wants to participate, so I have to work in ways where several kids get to select or hold the magic prop at various times.  Can't include everyone, but if you get the majority, it covers almost all.

Later, the teachers and principal said that the magician (me) and the yo-yo guy were the top favorites of all the hobbies.

It is a good challenge for me to do this (without drinks) and for kids, but definitely worth it!!

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A funny and interesting anecdote :-)
Thanks for sharing, Jason.

I would like to share a little idea to avoid "shoo-in" kids during a little card magic show:

I usually tell the kids that "these magical cards" of mine sometimes cause electric shocks! Since they are magical and I have to understand them well and be careful... Then I procede with the card trick... In the middle of the routine I offer casually to touch them... "Do you wanna touch it?"
And the kids refuse! ;-)
So I keep the routine with no fear :-)
Obviously they don believe that the cards can cause electric shocks but they don't dare to touch them just in case ;-)

In short, it's about "puting the fear of God" into them ^_^

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My daughter when she was in 1st grade-4th grade (and now my son in 1st) had asked me to participate in the school's Passion/Hobby Fair.  It was set up like a college fair where groups of kids would come around to whatever table they had an interest in.  At any given time I had 10 to 20 kids in front and even surrounding my table.  It is a huge challenge to do close-up with kids on every possible angle, but I manage.  Imagine an ungimicked 4-coins across routine with kids watching from every possible angle...  And of course, every kid wants to participate, so I have to work in ways where several kids get to select or hold the magic prop at various times.  Can't include everyone, but if you get the majority, it covers almost all.

Later, the teachers and principal said that the magician (me) and the yo-yo guy were the top favorites of all the hobbies.

It is a good challenge for me to do this (without drinks) and for kids, but definitely worth it!!

Passion Fair 2019.jpg 

Tom


First of all, bless you for taking the time to do that.  I think it is awesome!  My oldest is a kindergarten teacher and I've visited her class a couple of times.  When I was recovering from cancer, I had some time off of work and went in to read to her class.  The kids were amazing, so warm and friendly.  I had one little boy pretty much come up and curl up at my feet.  I got a little choked up, not gonna lie.  

If you ever do that again, the only thing that you might try is to have a "helper" there to keep the kids at least from grabbing stuff.  A volunteer mom or dad or even a teacher, if they are available.  That way you can do your thing and they can do their thing and you can relax.  At least a little!

Anyways, good on you for doing it!
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Thanks Ray!!  It is a blessing to be able to perform for kids in this kind of setting.  They are always sooo eager to watch.  I am careful on what I keep on the front table, so even if they grab stuff, nothing spoiled, nothing discovered.  It's fun when I pull out something like ropes or cards or coins, etc, and there's always that one kid that says, "hey... I know how that's done".  or "I've seen this one before".  Then I show them one of my own original effect, that I know they haven't seen because my stuff isn't all over the (internet as of now).  The look on their face is always priceless when they realize there's more than the one routine they saw before.

There are several teachers nearby that do help remind the kids to stay at the front of the table, but they still like to crowd around.  Even if I brought another person, it would only help temporarily.  I might have to bring a custom half-round table or something.  Either way, it's fun and rewarding.  Even months later, one of the neighbor kids will run up to me and give me a big hug and thank me for doing the magic at the school.

This year, I had also done a raffle for the 3rd and 4th graders.  They could write their name on a ticket, and at the end of the day, one of the teachers helped draw 4 tickets and each of those students won a magic effect or DVD.  I'll definitely do that again next year.

Tom

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