If you are looking for a way to enhance some of your juggling routines performed in front of an audience (especially kids) then why not consider some very simple and cheap magic tricks? You will be able to find any of these items by doing a simple Google search, and by watching some clips of these props on YouTube you should be able to agree that these props will come in very handy in enhancing your existing show!
Vanishing Purse: I use this prop to hide my 3 juggling scarfs mainly, which I can then produce after searching for them, and do a scarf juggling routine. Alternately, I can put in a red ball, and bring out a blue ball, or a completely different object altogether allowing for some great comedy ideas!
8ft Pole: If you wear a Jugglers Hat, then there is a fantastic prop you can buy to fit inside it called an 8ft Pole. At any point during your performance, you can ask someone from the audience to potentially throw a ball into your hat, and then you can pull out what looks like an 8ft wooden pole. Very cleverly designed prop! A jugglers hat can also be spun on a plate spinning stick, thrown in the air and caught on your head for a lovely finish to a routine! When catching the hat on your head, bring your hand down on top of the hat to squash it. This will make sure that it stays on your head and does not just rebound!
Color Change Juggling Rings: These rings are white on one side and have a different color on the other side. Juggle the rings so that the audience just see the colorful side at first, then switch your catching position (you need to find a way to catch the ring and turn it over so that the audience will now see the other side of the ring). The audience will be amazed that the rings have suddenly had all the color removed! You can then bring the color back and finish by stacking the rings around your head!
Magic Coloring Book: One of the simplest magic tricks ever invented (once you know the secret!) This prop allows you to flick through the book and just see blank pages, or black and white pictures, or fully colored in pictures. You can ask the Children to use their imaginations to fill the pages, and to throw colors from their clothes to make the book colorful. The only limit to this trick is your own imagination as you can easily entertain kids with this prop alone for 30mins!
Disappearing Leg: Juggler holds a large bath towel by the corners. He shows there is nothing on either side of the towel, then holds it in front of both feet. When he raises the towel (to just before the knee), he / she picks up one foot to make it appear that one foot has vanished. This can be repeated for the other foot, and then both feet can “appear” once again! You could have your own logo sewn onto the towel to increase your advertising opportunities! Be sure not to lift the towel too high (especially if you are up on a stage above the audiences eye line!)
Sometimes if you have a few of these props in with your Circus Skills Workshop kit, you can bring them out for some of the quiet / shy kids who do not really look as involved as the others. If you let them try to figure out how the trick is done (or perhaps tell them after they have had 5mins trying to work it out) then they are suddenly full of energy and running around to demonstrate them recently found skill to anyone who cares to watch. What an amazing transformation! Magic can be used in so many different ways to enhance your existing Juggling skills and routines. Go on, give it a try!