All children are born into the world with equal amounts of potential. They have not arrived here by fluke, but as absolutely fundamental to the world. If you were able to dream any dream you wanted – let’s say 100 years of life. You would fulfil all your wishes and fulfil every pleasure. Then after 100 years of pleasure you will decide to have a surprise – or want a surprise where something happened you didn’t know would happen. You would love it. You would then push that boundary of having more and more unexpected surprises. It would come to a point where you would be dreaming your current life as you know it now.
Going back to the start of my somewhat philosophical paragraph – all children a born with equal amounts of potential. If you are able to nurture this potential they will succeed your expectations of success. If you empower them they will carve their path in life and maximise their potential.
James Allen suggests that ‘The oak sleeps in the acorn’, Thus the acorn holds incredible potential to grow into a mighty oak tree – the same can be applied to nurturing a child’s potential beyond the ‘get a great job’ syndrome but a personal success in happiness, contentment and fulfillment. In nurturing them to navigate obstacles as they present themselves and helping them gain their inner confidence – children of our generation can truly be the future…
To tell a child they have done an amazing job will in itself make a child, stand taller, fell more confident and exceed far more than if not. In the scope of a magic show – empowering children gives them an element of perceived control over the show. It is with this that you can co-ordinate comedic elements such as a big wand bashing the entertainer on the head or encouraging the child to do something when the performer is not looking. All of these lends itself to a more enjoyable show with the climax or prestige resulting in the child ‘doing the magic’ at the end and getting highly rewarded for it. By inviting children up to perform the magic and empowering them keeps the show engaging and fun with each child wanting to demonstrate their magical skills and show off their new-found levels of empowerment you will instil in them.
Any form of empowerment can come in the form of empowering children with skill or knowledge or a combination of the two.
Empowering with Knowledge.
Asking children for facts – such as ‘Do any children know any magic words?’, ‘What colours are in the Union Jack?’ etc., and praising their responses no matter how silly, funny or daft they are, builds self-confidence and reinforces anything the children have learnt already in the first few tender years of their lives. One children’s entertainment routine is ‘Who’s who at the zoo’ or ‘Rabbit Rampage’ where the children imitate the name of the animal and the other children have to guess what the animal it is, instilling confidence in the children when the others guess that a woof is indeed the sound a dog makes when the card is turned round to reveal a dog.
My next blog post will delve deeper into the psychological ploy of empowering children and how I build them into my magic shows and how parents use these concepts without knowing. To find out more, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07934 856 696 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org