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Great Stuff to Buy from Greg McMahan

Greg McMahan.. author, magician, designer, all around creative guy

Hello fellow entertainer!

My name is Greg McMahan, author of books Kids Think it's Funny, Balloons on the Mailbox, and Birthday Fun. Having been featured in Magic Magazine, The Top Hat Treasury of Magicians, Vanish International Magic Magazine, The KIDabra Journal and The Funny Paper Magazine, you may know me as The Wizard of Odd and also Mister Greggy. I've been a children's entertainer since 1974, and the magic program director at Circus Camp in Atlanta, Georgia since 1992. During that time I've taught magic to literally thousands of children. To learn more about my credentials, here's my resume.

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BOOKS

Greg McMahan's awesome book with lots of comedy routines, tricks, ideas, hints & tips for children's entertainers including clowns, magicians, puppeteers, jugglers and other.Kids Think It's Funny
Over 25 chapters of solid comedy material.
Lots of FUN Ideas for Clowns, Magicians, Puppeteers, Jugglers, Storytellers, Balloonists, Entertainers of Quality and Others! ... more...

Kids Think It's Funny
Routines and ideas to add plenty of laughs and fun to any children's show.

Contents, Table Of

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  • Repetition Repetition :: The value of repeating material.
  • Letter to a Clown :: Advice for beginner clowns.
  • Why a Website :: The value & necessity of a website.
  • What Makes a Good Website :: Good information to know.
  • Top 35 Website Design Errors :: What to look out for.
  • The Odd Site :: Comments about our own website. (Now MisterGreggy.com)
  • Lookin' Good :: Ideas for designing suitcase signage.
  • Clean Up Your Act :: Ideas for organizing your show case.
  • Grand Entrance :: How to make a great first impression.
  • Setting Up :: Entertain while opening your suitcase.
  • Tonight... a Big Show :: Make a small show look big.
  • Warming Up :: Getting the audience on your side.
  • Open with ThumbTip & Wands :: 15 minute opening routine... it works!
  • Pop-Away Wand Ideas :: One of my favorite props... Funny!
  • Running Gags :: The laughs keep coming and coming.
  • The Monkey Bar :: An overlooked storytelling prop.
  • Professor's Nightmare :: Tasty ideas for the classic 3-Ropes.
  • Spag Chef Genie Magician :: Rope, chef hat, turban... a fun routine.
  • Shoelace Magic :: A rope routine kids identify with.
  • Sponge Balls :: Four great sponge ball routines.
  • Juggling is Catching :: Using & teaching scarf juggling.
  • Top Hat Juggling :: Remove bunny before attempting.
  • Rubber Chicken from Cannon :: A strange routine... lots of laughs.
  • Nothing Grinder :: Sticking nails thru a balloon... scary.
  • One Hundred Balloons an Hour :: Techniques to entertain while twisting.
  • Balloonology Seminar :: Teaching kids to twist balloons.
  • Rocky Raccoon Routines :: Fifteen pages of ideas, gags, etc.

Chapters include...

One Hundred Balloons an Hour, a technique developed over thirty years of making balloon animals. Using this technique, you can do about 100 balloons an hour and still keep everybody entertained... without them waiting in a line!


Balloonology Seminar, a balloon twisting class that also works very well as part of a birthday party show or other children's event.


In the Days of Yore revives the old Monkey Bar trick, known far and wide as a sucker gag, into the centerpiece of a storytelling routine... without the audience feeling like a victim.

A young prince, wanting to be a great wizard, performs a magic show for the king and his friends. But he never practiced, so the trick isn't working at all well. Seeing the dilemma, the court wizard secretly helps the prince and saves the day!

This script would fit perfectly into a renaissance festival show or a Harry Potter theme. It could be adapted for just about any type of show, kids, families, adults, comedy, storytelling... even a corporate environment.

Add audience volunteers and simple costumes..., this could be your signature routine!


15 Minutes with a Thumb Tip and Wands is the opening routine Greg McMahan has been using since 1998. It always gets a great response and tons of laughs. With just a thumbtip, a silk, and some easily found comedy wands, the audience is kept laughing almost non-stop!

"It's time for the world famous magic trick of the universe!" With these words begins the funniest 15 minutes that keeps kids laughing from the start. Perfect by itself, or as an opener for longer shows.

Everything goes wrong for the magician in this comedy routine perfected over hundreds and hundreds of performances. This routine is flexible... it's easy to add new gags or props, and it works well when shortened. For instance, instead of using a multiplying wand at the start, Silly Billy's Silly Wand would work great.

First the magic wand causes problems, becomings two, then three, finally five all over the place. The wand won't do, but the next wand is huge and won't stay put. Getting on with the trick, the frustrated magician discovers that getting the hanky into his hand is a lot more complicated than he thought. Once that's taken care of, the wand breaks.

With the children's help, the hanky trick finally works.. sort of. Instead of changing color, it's gone! Great trick, but now there's a sneeze coming, and that hanky would sure come in handy. Once again, the kids come to the rescue by bringing it back by magic... and making sure they don't get slimed!


Rocky Raccoon - Spring Animal. This puppet is available at just about any magic shop. Once you've seen one in action, you'll know why it's Greg's signature routine. This book includes 15 pages of routines, ideas and gags with Rocky that are sure to win over any audience.


Over 25 chapters of solid material just waiting to inspire you. After reading this book, you'll be sure to come up with many new ideas of your own.

This 104 page book features various routines and activities suitable for just about any family audience. From birthday parties to school assemblies, the routines and ideas in "Kids Think It's Funny" will add plenty of laughs and fun to any children's show.

Ebook instant download, 104 pages, color front & back covers. Contents include B&W photos, illustrations and real words. Size is 5½ inches wide by 8½ inches tall.


If you entertain children and families, this book is for you!
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LECTURE NOTES

How to perform an hour long show with just a bag of balloons, a pump, small table and your costume. Perfect way to pack small and play big!Balloon Shows Lecture Notes
A full-stage balloon show with a minimum of props adds another options for booking, and can really set you apart from the competition!... more...


 
A full stage balloon show adds another options for booking, and can really set you apart from the competition!

Here are just some of the benefits you can offer your clients with a full-stage balloon show...

COLOR:That's an obvious benefit, and an attractive one. Never underestimate the power of a colorful stage.

SOUNDThe sound of balloons being twisted is anything but "boring". Add fun background music, and you're set.

MOVEMENTWhen balloons are being tossed about, shot off fingers, twisted and balanced, you have a non-stop sea of movement throughout the room.

AUDIENCE INTERACTION It doesn't get more interactive than a room full of people each making a balloon animal under your direction.

EXCITEMENT Add together everything that's going on during a balloon show and how can it not be exciting?

DANGER The potential of a balloon popping raises the anticipation of any crowd. When the balloons do pop, that anticipation is restarted waiting for the next pop.

MAGICAL Turning a balloon into an animal is a very magical event.... especially when it happens in a child's hand!


Table of Contents

  • Opening/warm up routine.
  • Blowing up the balloons.
  • Distributing the balloons.
  • Teaching step-by-step.
  • Additional fun balloon activities.
  • Big balloon finish.

Thirteen pages of solid material just waiting to inspire you. After reading this book, you'll have a complete act using just balloons, a pump and a basket.


These notes feature various balloon routines and activities suitable for just about any family audience. From birthday parties to school assemblies, the routines and ideas in BALLOON SHOWS will add plenty of laughs and fun to any children's show.


If you entertain children and families with balloon twisting, this booklet is for you!
 
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Rocky Racoon is the very popular spring animal puppet from Magic Masters that generates amazing reactions from audiences of all ages. David Williamson's trademark raccoon.Rocky Workshop Lecture Notes
Spring Animal puppets are a powerful addition to any children's show and these notes will really improve your routines!... more...

Turn your ordinary spring animal puppet into a real character in your show...

  • Material & Tools you'll need:
    You're going to be working with leather, a metal spring, a tail and sewing. Here's the tools and materials used in the workshop.
  • Transferring the old spring into a new body:
    Usually the outer "skin" wears out faster than the spring. You may also want to convert a different animal into a spring puppet. Here's how.
  • Adding glasses:
    The key to puppets expressions are the eyes. Here's how to add glasses to give Rocky real character... and more.
  • Wearing hats:
    Once the glasses are in place, you're ready to start adding hats and other costume elements. This shows you how and offers some great ideas.
  • Replacing the tail:
    Sometimes you want to replace the tail on a new Rocky with an older one that looks really good. Here's how.


Color photos on every page clearly explain how to customize your Rocky Raccoon puppet so it fits in with your show perfectly.


If you use a spring animal or puppet in your show (or plan to), this booklet is for you!
 
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Doing strolling work at an amusement park such as Six Flags Over Georgia, DisneyLand, Disney World etc can be a great gig... if you're prepared!Rain or Shine Lecture Notes
Working amusement parks or festivals can be quite challenging. It can also be one of the easiest gigs you will ever do.... more...


Working amusement parks or festivals can be quite challenging. It can also be one of the easiest gigs you will ever do.

  • Staying cool during the summer:
    Heat is a major concern when working amusement parks... be prepared.
  • Fewer props means less to carry around:
    You'll be walking many miles a day... don't carry a suitcase with you.
  • Be realistic:
    Know what you're getting into and map out what you want to accomplish. Then adjust your plans.
  • Don't get lost when everybody else is:
    Expect to be asked for directions hundreds of times a day... perfect opportunity for a gag or two.
  • Get the guests wet, they'll love you:
    There's a reason water rides are so popular at parks... you can add to the fun yourself.


Packed full of routines, gags, do's & don'ts and many useful hints and tips for working long hours at large outdoor events in the summer heat.


If you enjoy doing strolling entertainment, this booklet is for you!
 
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How to make backdrops cheaply... a DIY guid for saving money and making your show much more professional.Backdrop Designs for Pennies Lecture Notes
This booklet is packed with information, illustrations, photos and checklists.... more...


Backdrops add so much to a show, but they can also subtract so much from your wallet. Here's a great resource for building inexpensive backdrops for as low as $30!


A good backdrop can really kick things up on a notch on attaining that professional look. Yet, they don't have to be expensive. Using materials you can find just about anywhere, even around the house, you can make your own backdrop for less than $30.

Many different types of backdrop systems are shown, and the pros & cons of each one discussed. There is a lot of information in these notes... extremely helpful if you want to save a lot of money!

These notes list many types of backdrop support systems, logistics, backdrop designs, accessories, even how to make a backdrop from an inflatable pool!


Ten pages packed with information, illustrations, photos and checklists.


If you perform platform or stage shows, a backdrop can make a world of difference... And increase the money you make from bookings!
 
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CUSTOM DESIGNS

Zazzle.comGifts for Magicians
Shirts, hats, mugs, mousepads... all with a magical touch!... more...

Greg McMahan, the Magician DesignerGraphics & Web Design Services
Logos, Business Cards, Brochures, Websites and MORE!... more...

Graphic and Web Design site for Greg McMahan. Logo designed for Ken Scott, magician in Atlanta, GA. Also designed logo for Circus Camp, Annamime Bill Packard with Magic Man Entertainment and others. Also designed for Tumblebus Atlanta, Academy Theater, Plaza Theater, International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) and many others.