Life on the Living Room Circuit by Tom Myers
Birthday Parties are the bread and butter of many variety entertainers. Here's our show. It is completely described with excellent instructions. The show is a series of warm-ups and magical skits with a balloon running gag. The section on building a show and turning it into a business is worth the price of admission.
Long before we ever twisted a balloon, invented a PUMP, or conducted a workshop, we were performing magic for a living. Your enthusiasm and support for our style of entertainment has inspired us to write this book. We approach magic as entertainment and entertainment as a gift of genuine affection to our audiences. Our philosophy of working with kids, the nuts and bolts of good entertainment, practice, working with an assistant, working solo, selling yourself, booking yourself, getting paid, pre-show diversions, and a complete 30 minute magic show - it's all in here! When it comes to entertainment we believe 'The Play's the thing.' When it comes to entertaining kids we must add 'To Play's the Thing.'
Full size, comb bound, over 100 photo illustrations, 83 pages
"You'll be amazed at how much fun, color and entertainment Tom and Merianne get out of so little to carry. If you've never done a kid's birthday party or if you need a second show for repeat bookings, this book will be worth much more than its cost to you."
Phil Willmarth, LINKING RING MAGAZINE