A friend asked me to give a presentation to the kids of his church on a Sunday past. Most of my materials are in NC.
Some of my happiest or most enjoyable moments, have been teaching kids. There is nothing like seeing the young eyes light up at a new ‘trick’, idea or just a new way to explain an old truth. Some challenges I love, and kids are at the top of the list. So I would wind it and make up something.
I love to give unique coins to kids. I try to always have a gold dollar in my pocket for a kid. A year ago I ‘bought’ 21 Kennedy 1/2 dollars. This was the perfect chance to give some away.
If you are a student of Jewish history, you know of the Prophet Elijah and the Widow who had only a handful of meal and a little oil to make a small loaf. Elijah told her the meal and oil would NEVER run out, after she baked him a loaf.
Using some old antique paper and rubber cement, I spent a couple hours making some small paper two sided oil bottles and bowls I made 28 or 30 or them and sealed a gold dollar or a Kennedy half in each.
During the program I pulled them all out one by one from an empty had. (I can do that, cause I am a magician. LOL) Thus demonstrating the never ending supply. I also turned water to wine at the end.
I always tell the kids before and after, there is not real magic, that what I do is a magic trick, it is their job to find out HOW I did that.
The program was a success. I loved it, BUT I am still not able to communicate with kids, they speak low. Now I am going to try to get another Cochlear implant next year. Maybe that will help.
This was a trial, it was fun, but I am still not ready for prime time. I know I will NEVER be ready for prime time again. In January I will be 77 years old, way past the age to be ‘THE GUY’ to entertain kids.
Before I went deaf, I was switching to Senior Citizen entertaining. Maybe I will qualify for that. It doesn’t take much to make Old folk happy.
1932 Ford, Eustis, FL Car Show.
1932 Studebaker Eustis CAr show
I think the young -- or elderly -- are truly fortunate for the time and talent you share! What's that sweet saying? They may forget what you said, but will always remember the way you made them feel!
Good lesson with the oil :) It is fun to teach kids until they get into the cynical years (teens); I bet your presentations were always enjoyed by the younger audiences :)
You keep at it Jack, because if the children listen closely, they'll uncover a treasure trove of stories.
So it is going to be tomorrow? I know you will do great!
Do you really think 77 are old? You're as old as you feel and I feel every day of my 39 years.(smile) I remember as a child in school we would have some guys come to school doing tricks we could see the show for 10 cents. I always knew it was a trick, but never figured out how it was done. I know everyone will enjoy. Take care. Jean
Wish I could have seen you perform. What a fun thing with the kids and I bet the seniors would love it too.
Glad to hear you did some entertaining with the Children. I'm sure they enjoyed listening and learning. You are very good at the chalk talks.
I remember the "little house by the side of the rode" wasn't that the title. I could always vision Kat's house in the Mountains by the creek. Keep it up you are good, Kids love to be entertained.
PS: I spelled road incorrect. No need to cancel and type over.
This corrects it.
Just reading about the things you and your lovely wife do makes you a hit with me Jack.
I'm thinking anyone, old or young would enjoy your magic! Funny how an approaching birthday makes us ponder on our age. Hope the two of you have a wonderful Sunday there.
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