Table of contents
- What is required to host a show?
- Can you perform in a garden or outside?
- How can we avoid disruptions during the performance?
- Can you do a show in a child’s playroom?
- Pointers about the children’s safety and comfort
- What if our child is shy?
- Do you offer a longer show (2+ hours)?
What is required to host a show?
I need one thing: access to electricity, because I always have a portable sound system.
A glass of water would also be nice, just in case. Logistically, it must be noted that the audience, for obvious reasons, should not walk or sit behind the magician, only in front of him.
While picking a spot to hold the show, it’s ideal to have a wall, fireplace or other similar structure behind the stage area. Luckily, Konrad can fit anywhere, and one day he even performed on a plane!up
Performance in the garden?
Yes, it is possible. Just beware of the neighbor’s barking dog, flying helicopter, surprising bee, strong wind, rain or snow, and other random factors of which we don’t have any control over.
All of these potential outdoor occurrences can disturb or even end the show entirely, or perhaps cause the performance to be moved indoors after all. Please think over these possibilities before deciding on an exact venue.up
How can we avoid disruptions during the performance?
The most foolproof way for the audience to stay focused on the show is to remove any possible troublemakers. These are the repeat offenders:
- Balloons - If in the middle of a trick someone throws a party balloon into the air, surely somebody else will follow suit...and instantly we will have a huge balloon fighting pit, with the magician getting lost in all of the mayhem. So, please take care to keep all balloons out of sight of the children, for the sake of all partygoers!
- Snacks - Although it may seem natural to put out some pretzels, crisps or soda on the table, these too can be fodder for misdirected attention. First, someone stands up for a crisp, and after a moment there comes another one, and another one, and soon...everyone seems to be craving a snack. Even worse is to tell them it’s forbidden to eat those. Then everyone will try and sneak a treat!
- Pets - The family dog, cat or rabbit may not steal my suitcase or pee on me, but the simple fact of them walking carelessly around the kids may mean that no one sees the shocking levitating ball or mystifying cut rope act, because they were too busy watching Fido’s antics instead. “Ohhh look, a tiny puppy! How sweet!” Don’t let this scenario ruin the real entertainment, and be sure to place pets in another room or let them outside at that time.
- Toys - Balls, cars, Barbie dolls, Legos or even rocking horses. This is a key point with young kids - when there’s mess in the room, with each minute the chance of someone starting to play rises, sidetracking attention from the hired magician. In a room full of intriguing toys, even David Copperfield would have trouble keeping the crowd’s attention for a time longer than a few lucky minutes. :-)
- Noisemakers - Reed pipes, trumpets and other instruments or amusements should be put away while the magician is at work. They’re of course great fun and all, but when kids get ahold of one of those babies even the slyest trick in the land cannot compete for the floor.
- TVs, radios & phones - Please turn them completely off at showtime, as you won’t need any other entertainment then anyway! Speaking of which, a memo for the adults! All parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends, babysitters and more - you are all welcome to the show as well! You won’t be bored, guaranteed! That being said, if this is the only occasion where you get to talk to your brother-in-law, whom you haven’t seen in awhile, please go outside or to a different part of the house. Unfortunately, your loud conversation going on in the background may disturb the kiddies and make the magician not audible.
Can you do a show in a child’s playroom?
Performance in a playroom is indeed possible, BUT in such a room there are even more unpleasant surprises waiting for us than in the house, so that’s why I urge you to please read the previous points. Besides these items, there are yet more dodgy things that live in playrooms for us to attempt and dodge:
- Ball pits - The poor magician and his audience should be kept as far as possible from them! There is a risk of the presentation being completely ruined if a youngster jumps in and triggers a chain reaction! In a split second, half of the kids are inside the pit and throwing balls at the traumatized magician instead of watching him. Recently Konrad got sick with ball-fobia!
- Slides, jungle gyms & other contraptions - As in the case above, if the audience can jump, slide or be rowdy, then it’s hard to engage them with magic tricks. Big toy cars and trucks, scooters, skateboards, rocking horses - they’re almost like eating peanuts - you can’t resist their draw! When a youngster begins to actively play with something, there’s no way to get them away from it. What’s worse, other kids may want to join them. How to avoid this accident? With one easy method, which can be used in most playrooms. Organize the magic show in a separate, mostly empty room (as much as possible), bearing in mind the point about snacks. This setup is most comfortable for kids, parents and also the wacky wizard himself! If this kind of room is not available, anything that can be done to place the stage area as far as possible from these attractions is the answer.
Pointers about the children’s safety and comfort:
Safety is a main concern of Konrad’s, especially when very young kids are attending the show. With just a few basic guidelines to keep in mind, everyone can enjoy the magic tricks in a safe and comfortable environment.
- To emphasize the issue of keeping snacks and meals for only before or after the presentation, the fact that kids often burst out laughing during the show can lead to a chance of choking if they’re chewing on food.
- When there are kids younger than three years old attending the show, it is recommended that a parent take their toddler to sit on mommy or daddy’s lap. Otherwise, Little Bambino could out of nowhere run onto the stage and it’s possible that Konrad won’t see them. Don’t leave the young kids alone.
- Sometimes, when the magic man first appears, small kids can be scared of this tall, unfamiliar person who came to entertain them. That’s why a surprise show is not necessarily a good route to take for everyone, and results have been better when children are told at least a couple of days beforehand what they can expect = that a funny man will be coming to do amazing magic tricks specially for them! You can also show them one of the videos of me on youtube (or my photos), and when they see me for the second time they won’t be worried. This is particularly relevant to quiet or fearful kids.
- I advise not to tease (especially children under age six) with jokes like, “If you are naughty, then mister magician will come and transform you into a frog!” or “Be polite or the powerful magician will make you vanish in a flash!” These lines can seem playful enough, but younger children may already be wary of the surreal nature of magic shows, and cry just at the sight of big, alien magician in front of them! Although, it must be said that Konrad isn’t nearly as spooky as he seems. :D
What if our child is shy?
That’s not a problem at all. As I mentioned earlier, it’s helpful to prepare a kid for who’s going to appear and what’s going to happen. And the most important thing: Don’t force or encourage them to help the magician if they don't want to. It may trigger unnecessary stress for them, when they should be having a ball! During the show I ask multiple times “Who would like to help me with next trick?” Often, shy youngsters don’t come forward at the start, but after some time they see that it’s not so scary and raise their hand (nonetheless, participation from everyone in attendance is not a rule). Relatedly, do not prepare a special throne or chair for the birthday boy or girl (specifically if they tend to be shy), as they may end up feeling isolated from their friends and more hesitant to interact in the activities going on before them.up
Do you offer a longer show (2+ hours)?
I can, but the question is: for what reason? My task is to make the kiddos remember meeting a super cool magician, as well as trying my best to not put them to sleep from boredom after the fortieth trick. If you want to occupy children for a longer time, I would kindly advise hiring an extra animator to keep their full attention and allow for fresh material to be introduced.up