Why children do enjoy magic

I like to look at other childrens entertainers websites across the country once in a while to get a idea of what they offer and possibly get some ideas to improve the business. I stumbled across one entertainers site who seems a fairly solid performer from his videos but he shares a view on something that some parents may believe also that I whole heartedly disagree with. He stated that children these days are switched on a lot more and know how all the tricks are done so it’s a waste of time. Let me explain why that’s a load of tosh.

Children love the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and Santa clause. These are magical ideas that have all always thrilled children and always will do. The concept for a childrens magician is the same. We make things disappear, we make things fly, we do the impossible and we do it with theatrical comedic elements design to light up a child’s face with a wonderment of joy and mystery. I speak of the movement of childrens magicians as a whole, not just me. If children didn’t enjoy magic we wouldn’t get rebooked. We wouldn’t have conventions all over the world for childrens entertainers. I’ve been booked for a child’s 5th birthday party and then their 6th the following year. They clearly enjoyed magic! I’m in a large industry with many fellow magicians all making their living from entertaining children with magic. I think you get my point.

I have performed tricks in my early days that wernt so great. Tricks that some children would scream out how their done. Some tricks are pants and the children are wise to it. After hearing these heckles a few times, I would ditch that trick and go and learn a new one that would baffle them whilst entertaining them along the way of performing it. Perhaps the aforementioned entertainer should get some better tricks.

I’m occasionally asked by parents what games I do in my parties and it’s always a bit of a mouth full to explain so I have wrote this for greater clarity. To begin with, none of my games are elimination based which means no one is ever ‘out’. This ensures all the children are engaged throughout and are not going to become bored which is very important to me. On to the games!

Character statues
I tell the children to dance and when the music stops to freeze and impersonate a well known character (superheroes, Disney princesses etc). I’ll pick the most creative one each time ensuring that everyone wins. If there are a lot of children, I’ll pick multiple winners each time so by the end they have all won.
Why it’s good
– The children enjoy being on their feet, if they don’t want to pretend to be a character they will usually just  freeze normally so they still feel involved. It’s  easy to understand and we can play it instantly. The children are never bored in this game and are always riveted throughout. It’s been so good over the years.