I was hired to perform some magic at a partner retreat for a law firm tonight. They wanted some strolling magic during the cocktail hour, followed by a show.
I’m no stranger to performing at partner retreats… but this show was different: The employees were bringing their kids.
Situations where the magician has to entertain BOTH kids and adults are tricky (pardon the pun), because the type of magic that adults like isn’t always the type of magic that kids like. While the adults at this event outnumbered the kids 4 to 1… I knew I was going to have to customize my scripting to maximize the entertainment value for everyone there.
I immediately removed all gambling routines (kids don’t know what a royal flush is). I also added a simple teach-a-trick segment where I taught a the kids a magic trick they could do for their friends at school.
The important thing is to keep it accessible for all ages without “dumbing it down” to the point where you loose the interest from the adults.
All in all, I’m very happy with how the show went. All of the employees were a complete joy to perform for. While I got a lot of wonderful compliments at the end, the REAL proof was in how the children were running around afterward, trying to duplicate the magic they had seen on stage.