As a performer how do you deal with a shy child at a birthday party??

 

So I attend a lot of parties and meet stacks of different children and I often find out the birthday child is a little shy.

Is this a problem? No problem at all, as I simply take the following steps which I hope will ease any worries.

 

  • Before the magic show, not only do I meet the children to break down some barriers I very consciously weigh up the children who I think will help out during the show.
  • Whilst the show is happening I keep a close eye on the birthday child to see how they are getting on.

It is very common practice that it may take 10 – 20min mins for them to feel comfortable to help out, but that’s ok

  • Even when the I think the time is right if it’s not then of course I encourage the mother, father, friend to help them out.
  • I give the birthday child lots of chances to help out but very casually put no pressure on them.

 

If the child doesn’t want to help, so be it but I will make sure they have a GREAT party.

 

Coming back to parties, as a child I would help out but my main thing at a party was to get the activity out of the way so I could eat!

Therefore I can very much appreciate that we are all very different!

As a performer how do you deal with a shy child at a birthday party??