Review: Kids Show Masterplan by Danny Orleans and Vanishing Inc

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]While I was doing almost all kinds of shows, I was at one point, for a stretch of about 5 years or more, a full time birthday party magician. I eventually learnt how to perform these shows; but it did take me quite awhile. Being used to performing for corporate events, birthday party shows saw me having a long learning curve – which I am sure would have been shortened had I gotten this book.

This is truly an awesome resource for the kid show entertainer. Danny has a wealth of experience and shares the many aspects of performing in this challenging environment. He covers topics such as character, audience management, routines and also marketing your show.

My favourite chapter is the chapter he calls, “Set List”. Here, he outlines the types of routines to be part of your show, as well as the order in which they are performed in. To me, his breakdown of something he calls the “Audience Participation Purple Pyramid” is worth the price of the whole book.

He categorises routines into the type of audience participation they create, and discusses where in the show they should come at. These are routines which we all may well already know, but might perform in a random sequence. His thinking on the type of routines to perform, when and most importantly WHY, is excellent.

He also discusses the various effects that kid show performers use, such as productions, transpositions and animations. Having them all laid out in front of us sometimes does help in our learning, which brings me to the chapter on audience management.

Danny shares gold in this section on topics such as attention getters. Somewhere at this point in the book saw me come to a realisation; having experience in running children’s magic shows myself, I realised that some of the things he discusses were actually things that I already knew – however, in a way I never knew that I did. It all made so much sense reading through this book and it is really nice to have concepts which I knew about instinctively to actually be all spelt out in this collection.

In this way, I connected well when going through it.

All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of performing magic for children, or even someone who already has some experience doing it. If you have not done so, pick this up and start. Performing for children will make you a better overall performer, and I have been rewarded many times over for that couple of years bringing smiles to little faces.  

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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