What happens when three children's
entertainers sit down for four hours and answer dozens of questions about
comedy kid-shows? On a beautiful, clear October day in Southern California, David Ginn, Steve
Taylor, and Sammy Smith answered questions and offered suggestions on making the
business of entertaining children a successful venture. The day turned into a
great brainstorming session, and thanks to some diligent editing, the result was four solid hours of insights.
The best aspect of these recordings is the interaction among the three kid-show magicians. As Sammy says, "Two
heads are better than one, and three heads is a real novelty!"
Disc One: PRODUCING Komedy Kid-Shows.
Creating a Show • Structuring a Show • Writing Effective Patter • Trick
Transitions • Developing a Performance Personality • Adapting Shows for
Pre-Schoolers and Older Children • Tricks that Work for All Ages • Best Show
Lengths • Favorite Kid-Show Tricks • Practicing and Rehearsing • What to Perform for Repeat Engagements.
Disc Two: PERFORMING Komedy Kid-Shows.
Using Sound Systems • Lighting & Backdrops • Handling Nervousness • Warm-up
Tricks • Increasing Applause • Controlling Kid-Show Audiences • Picking
Cooperative Audience Volunteers • Handling Problem Children During Shows • Organizing Your Props • Setting Up • Dealing with Performance Mistakes • Including Live Animals • Animal Vanishes at the End of Shows.
Disc Three: PROMOTING Komedy Kid-Shows.
Booking First Shows • Determining Your Fee • Free Show Requests • Yellow
Page Ads • Charging Travel Fees • Using Referrals • Flyers, Calls, and Visits • Timing Mailings • Who To Contact • Closing the Deal • Using Contracts • Taking Deposits • How to Begin Performing Full-Time • Practical Advice for
Every Komedy Kid-Show Performer.