The Kids Know Best

“It’s not that you’re working too hard. It’s that you’re not working hard on the right things.”

I am currently reading through ‘The Kids Know Best’ (the companion to your excellent book ‘The Show Is The Mother Of Invention’). I tend to read magic books with a yellow highlighter in hand so I can remember and go back to the “good stuff”. Honestly, there are some books out there where the cap never comes off the pen. However, your books look like I pee’d on them.
Seasoned Pro and Resort Magician, Mick Ayres

“Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my PKE.
(One of the tools given in the book.)
I’m living this book and as always finding gems.”

Ron Sylvester

“The Kids Know Best is just plain AWESOME! Thank you!”
Dexter Cleveland

I love “The Kids Know Best.” There is performing gold in there.”

If you are a seasoned kid show pro, this book can better your show and lighten your load.
If you rarely do a kid show, this book could save your butt with the Shaving Kit Magic Show.

You’ve seen the pics like this online.
A magician friend is performing a kid/family show and you see his set up …

Two pop-up banners
A third curtain backdrop!!
A packed to the max suitcase table!!
Live stock production boxes!!!
Rabbit wringers!!!!
Dagger live stock vanish!!!!!
Chair Suspension!!!!!!
Floating table!!!!!!!
Vent doll!!!!!!!!
Stratosphere tube with the last ball vanisher!!!
Spring raccoon!!!!
Lions, Tigers, and Bears. OH MY!!
And the show is ONLY thirty-five minutes. 

I want to say to that magician: 

You are working hard. Too hard. Specifically, you are working too hard on areas that do NOT deliver to your audience. You can work better and smarter. 
The show won’t be just as good with fewer props. 
It will be BETTER. 

Yes, you can continue to bring all those props to a kid/family show. 
But you could also bring…
A better script.
Developed routines. 
Purposeful prop design. 
Audience participation.
A message. 
Proven show structure. 
Bonus: quicker set up and tear down time. 

But you can NOT do all those things
AND bring all those props. 
Why? Because the show would be three hours long. 

This is the folly of the pack big, play small dumb show↓↓↓

This is the success of the pack small & smart, play big & smart show ↓↓↓

Kid/Family shows are typically a different animal compared to other venues …

Performers that work in these markets are typically doing a lot of them. Busy school assembly performers can do 250 or more in a school year. In the summer reading program market 80 shows over two months in summer is not unheard of. Birthday parties? There are performers out there doing four or more nearly every weekend. 

That’s not only a lot of shows, it’s …
…a lot of traveling to shows. 
…a lot of taking the props from your car a long distance because that’s the closest parking spot you can find. 
…a lot of setting up and tearing down of shows. 
…a lot of setting up shows right in front of the waiting audience.
…a lot of fitting shows into places that aren’t ideal. 
…a lot of multiple show and multiple location days.

That’s a lot of lots.

But these “lots” are not the only reason to
pack smart & small and play big.
What impacts your audience the most are not the props you bring.
What impacts an audience most are the skills, smarts, and experience you bring …and that has little to do with big props.

My new book The Kids Know Best will give you those skills, smarts, experience, and more.


Kid Show Challenges 
Work Hard In A Smart Way 
Asrahs, Custom Silk Boxers & My Smokin’ Hot Wife 
Gift Wrapping Presents 
Gift Wrapping Presence 
Your Bigger Case 
Do Great Magic 
Smack The Adults Upside The Head
I, Pencil (We, Write) 
If Art Linkletter & Santa Claus Had A Kid 
I Now Pronounce You Man & Wife 
The Army Of Free Puppies At The Venue 
Have A Pig Kisser 
The Two Tracks
Duke A Kid A Fiver 
Still Your Biggest Prop 
Show Structure 
School Assembly Show Structure 
School Assembly Programs Have Shoehorn Will Insert Message – Ugh! 
Ditch The School Assembly Shoehorn  
The Power Of The Quiet Dismissal 
I Say Divino
My Magic Money 
Kard To Mouth for Kids 
Psychic Bunny
Sneaker Snafu
The 30 Minute Magic Show In A Shaving Kit Bag
One More Thing

156 pages


Once again, Michael “Tiberius Shatner” Misko and myself will lock ourselves inside an airtight Zoom bunker 1000 feet below the Arctic Circle, fortified with only good bourbon and great beef jerky. We will discuss all things pack small & play BIG for the family crowd. It promises to be insightful, at times hilarious, and packed with verbs and nouns of all things pack small & play big for family audiences!

Readers LOVED our discussion from The Show Is The Mother of Invention. You’ll love this one, too!


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