It’s no surprise that children’s magic bears very little resemblance to adult magic. The methods that make children’s magic entertaining to children have been well documented in books such as Seriously Silly and Supersized Silly by David Kaye aka Silly Billy. There are other notable books on children’s magic such as those by Christopher T Magician. One of the key constructs in children’s magic is the idea that it is more about the journey than the destination. For children, the journey is what makes the magic entertaining. The end result is usually irrelevant to the child as they are more engaged with the by-play and silliness. We are also very familiar with tricks such as Run Rabbit Run and the Die Box. The concepts behind these tricks share a similar idea which is that the children think they know how the trick is being done.
There is a new trick by Silly Billy called Yes, No, Maybe So. It is a pack flat, easy to do, word-based trick that can fit into just about any children’s show but the very youngest. The trick is like the Spot Card whereas two sides of the board change multiple times. The basic idea is that you ask the children if they can read the word in front of them. You show a board that has the word “No” on it. Of course, they shout out “NO”. Obviously, there are all kinds of directions you can go with this response. You then continue to tease the kids by rotating the board vertically and horizontally and get words like “ON, OZ and ZO”. This, of course, can continue until it gets old. You then challenge the kids to see if they can remember the words and you produce from the same board “Yes” and that’s leads into another shouting session. Finally, the words turn into “Maybe and Always” to end the trick. When you watch the trailer, it seemed to have fooled even the adults.
Although it is a new release the quality would probably be on par with all his other products. Working in one of the most demanding environments, that being New York City, Silly Billy has carved out a name for himself as an expert on children’s magic. He has honed his craft with some of the most discerning and savvy kids in the world and he knows what works for a modern young audience. Not afraid of being slightly edgy he feels that his bold approach bonds him with his audience and allows for him to “be on their level”. I can see this trick in almost any child’s magician’s repertoire. Watch the trailer for yourself and decide.
To watch a trailer on Yes, No, Maybe So click below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVqsfgAS16E