2005
Written by David Kaye
Work of David Kaye
163 pages (Hardcover), published by Kaufman and Company
Illustrated with photographs
Language: English
(42 entries)
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David Kaye Preface
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David Kaye Introduction: Learning to Fish
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David Kaye Proud To Be A Kid Show Magician
  • Children Are Different Than Adults
  • Children Are Like Drunks!
  • Have No Fear
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David Kaye Client 1347: The Sultan of Brunei
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David Kaye The Origins of Performing Magic For Children
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David Kaye Client 529: Susan Sarandon
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David Kaye Learning Real Magic Words
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David Kaye What Is Magic To A Child?
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David Kaye Your First Steps: 10 Steps to Understanding Children's Magic 1. You must like children or at least fake it well.
2. Speak to children as you would an adult.
3. Emphasize the entertainment over the effect.
4. Eliminate distractions.
5. "I know that one" doesn't always mean that.
6. Go with the flow and be willing to go off script.
7. Children love participating.
8. Explain the plot and keep plots simple.
9. Make pop culture references.
10. Have fun.
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David Kaye Different Shows For Different Ages
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David Kaye Three Routines for the Same Effect
  • Vanishing a Silk For 3 To 6-Year-Olds
  • Vanishing a Silk For 7 to 9-Year-Olds
  • Vanishing a Silk For 10 To 13-Year-Olds
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David Kaye How To Maximize a Child Volunteer 1. Asking for a volunteer.
2. Choosing the right volunteer.
3. Make the child feel welcomed.
4. Dress up your volunteer.
5. Empower the child.
6. Reward your assistant.
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David Kaye Client 4421: David Letterman
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David Kaye It's Not The Destination, It's The Ride
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David Kaye You're So Silly! - Adding Comedy Elements To Your Routines
  • Incongruity
  • Magician In Trouble
  • Silly Words
  • Funny Props
  • Exaggeration
  • Repetition
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David Kaye The Bread Trick Red transform to white handkerchief, white handkerchief change into bread, then change back to red
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David Kaye It's Behind You! - Adding Interaction and Involvement Elements To Your Routines
  • Laughing
  • Saying the Magic Word
  • Physical Actions with the Magic Words
  • Physical Actions with the Specific Routine
  • Pointing/"Look"
  • Correcting Verbal Mistakes
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David Kaye The Crystal Tube Three silks placed into clear tube, come out knotted together (Tenyo trick)
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David Kaye Mommy, I Did Magic! - Adding Empowerment Elements To Your Routines
  • Empowering Children With Knowledge
  • Empowering Children With Skill
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David Kaye Presidential Mis-Made Flag Three silks fuse to form American flag, with comedy routine
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David Kaye Once Upon a Time - Adding Storytelling Elements To Your Routines
  • Set-Up
  • Creating a Plot
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • The Need For A Strong Ending
  • The Complete Resolution Ending
  • The "Waa, Waa, Waa, Waa" Ending
  • Tricks That Have No Ending
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David Kaye Vanishing Coke Baba Coke bottle shrinks, then transforms into baby milk bottle
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David Kaye Honey, How Did He Do That? - Extra Credit - Entertaining the Adults In Your Audiences
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David Kaye Milk Pitcher Plus Milk poured into newspaper cone, vanishes
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David Kaye Whatever You Do, Don't Read This - Adding Ad-libs to Your Routines
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David Kaye The World's Best Coloring Book Routine Coloring book routine
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David Kaye Teach Them First, Then They Know
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David Kaye Incorporating These Principles Into Your Routines
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David Kaye Client 3719: Bruce Springsteen
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David Kaye The Silly Billy Distraction Progression Theory
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David Kaye "I Know That One" Doesn't Always Mean That
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David Kaye Five Steps To Solving Any Performing Problem 1. Prevention
2. Use Humor
3. Ask Nicely
4. Ask More Forcefully
5. Stop The Show and Call For Help
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David Kaye Solving The Top 10 Problems of Performing For Children
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David Kaye Client 5108: Madonna
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David Kaye Putting it All Together
  • The Warm-Up
  • The Opening
  • The Body of the Show
  • The Climax
  • Extra Credit
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David Kaye Where The Heck Is That Darn Line?
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David Kaye Chasing Pigeons - The Importance of Power in a Child's Life
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David Kaye Bideford, We Have a Problem
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David Kaye Concluding Thoughts
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David Kaye Appendix I - The Cognitive Development of a Child Tabulates what a kid knows at what age
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David Kaye Appendix II - Magician/Child Dictionary Translating typical magician terms into words children understand
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David Kaye Appendix III - Tricks For Your Kid Show That You Already Own
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