Thoughts on The Camp Performance
Well, I did the show.
I have never performed for so many kids (45) before, and I didn't feel as 'in charge' as I usually do. Still, a majority of the kids enjoyed the magic and were enthusiastic. It makes me so happy when these kids shout down the hecklers.
Something interesting happened with the magic coloring book. I have considered eliminating it from my repertoire; it's a cliche prop that is included in many beginner magic sets. I was apprehensive about bringing it to the camp show, but I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I took it out, one girl exclaimed "Oh, I love this trick!" Quite a few other kids expressed their agreement.
The tricks themselves went off without a hitch, but I had some difficulty managing the audience. A few kids would constantly interject about how "my grandpa does magic" or "once a magician did (fill in the blank.)" I don't think they weren't doing it out of rudeness, they just were over-eager to tell me their stories.
There were other problems, although minor. I was hampered by my lack of a proper prop case. I had to lay everything out on a chair next to me, and those got tossed in a cardboard box when I was finished them. It was awkward, difficult, and did not feel or look professional. I plan to buy a nice case ASAP.
I also had trouble calming down the kids who wanted to volunteer, but weren't chosen. I promised a young girl that she could help with the next trick. I didn't even realize what I did, I just said it to get her off my back. When it came time for the next trick, I specifically picked someone who I needed, but the girl just ran right up and joined him. What was I gonna do, tell her to go sit back down?
Having 2 volunteers made it harder for me to do the trick, and neither of them had much to do. It was a foolish mistake.
But I think the show went pretty well. I haven't done a paid kids show for months, and things could have gone a lot worse. Also, one of the kids wants me to do her birthday party, and I'm putting on another show for the camp this week. It's good experience.