Mad Magic: The Kids Are Alright ...
Designing something that seems easy, but isn't ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 23/02/2016 @ 8:00AM
Since the Mad Magic website took off, I've been asked many times to do children's magic shows, which is normally something I've avoided through lack of time ...
Kids like colour and action so card tricks are out during my Mad Magic shows.
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I do teach magic to youngsters at schools, but I don't really do a show as such, I explain the basics to them, and the objective there is to get them to think 'out of the box' and inspire them to be creative.
"An entertainment show is
something quite different"
I think that if you are going to entertain children through magic, you need to think seriously about what you perform, so this weekend I did just that.
I try out all my magic on my 10-year-old daughter and take her comments seriously. Ok, she understands magic more than most 10-year-olds because she's been brought up with it, but that helps in some ways as she sees it from both sides.
So the first thing is that they do like objects to disappear and reappear somewhere else immediately. Now this is relatively easy with playing cards but youngsters aren't as keen on playing cards as adults.
They are too small to grab their attention, so you need something more visual. Something they can relate to, so part of the act will be a silk disappearing and reappearing in the most unlikely place. I've done a video of the work in progress with the silk and here it is:
There's a lot of other magic you can add in, but colour and action are all important. The other thing is not to underestimate their intelligence. I always talk to them as if they're adults.
"You get far more from them that way."
I always did that. Even when my daughter was in a carry cot, I used to go up to her and say "Good morning Esther, and how are you on this fabulous day" and tell her little jokes and snippets of information. She would grin and gurgle and listen far more than if I'd have gone up saying "Oooooh, who's a clever little girl ... oooooh, does she like her rattle ... ooooh".
That's my view anyway, and it seems to hold up quite well, and I'm hoping that when I'm infirm and gurgling in the 'Newport Pagnell State Home for the Bewildered' she will remember me fondly.
Anyway, there we have it. The Children's Show is coming along well and once I've perfected it, it'll be on the market and I'll be taking bookings ... so watch this space.
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.