Magic party entertainment different than expected
I generally don’t perform for kids meaning I am not a magician you can hire for a birthday party of a 8 year old. If the audience is a mixed group of adults and children I am OK. Last week I was hired by the JSSL Arsenal soccer school to perform at their annual award event on stage as well as doing party entertainment when the guests came in. I was meeting with the clients prior to the event to discuss the options and they mentioned they will have about 300 adults and 150 children and the focus should be on doing party entertainment for the adults. They booked me for a 15 min stage show and about 1.5 hours of roving magic during the cocktail reception and dinner.
The roving magic went great. The kids were between 8 and 16, this is a good age for me because they understand card tricks…I started with 5 or 6 adults and within a couple of minutes I had about 30 people watching me. This was great and I could cover about 100 people just during the cocktail hour.
The stage performance was a different situation. Before me was a performance of the power storm crew. These guys won the Thailand got talent competition last year I think. I noticed that none of the kids remained in their seats and got very close to the stage. Imagine the stage in the picture surrounded by people.
For me that meant I had to adjust my performance on the fly. I had 2 mind reading effects planned but that would have not worked in that setting since I need adults for this. My back up for cases like this is my busking show which works for almost any audience. As expected when it was my turn the stage was surrounded by 150 kids and teenagers and all the adults remained on there seats in the back of the room. The performance went OK but a little different than planned. I guess nobody did notice… 😉