Jack is no stranger to a magic show. They're a pretty common occurrence at any organised event at which there are expected to be children. They're always very low budget and usually consist of more talking than illusion. Saying that, usually they've got a few good store bought tricks and can keep the kids baffled and entertained.
Jack loves magic and is always up for watching a show. He sits with all the other kids and participates, desperate to be picked as a volunteer. This has yet to happen, despite me always willing it from the sidelines.
Jack tries lots of tactics in getting noticed, he'll start off by enthusiastically doing every little challenge that the magician has for them. When that doesn't work he'll resort to trying to out-do all the other kids. He'll try to shout louder, raise his hand higher, everything. Failing that he'll start getting creative. He'll first start to edge his was closer to the front, kneel instead of sit, instead of shouting louder he'll shout longer. He'll raise his hand before being asked, then keep it raised for a while after everyone else, just in case. With each magic show his tactics get a little bolder, I'll be interested to see what it will be that finally works.
I remember going to these shows and just begging to be picked and being so disappointed each time. What's funny is that after that fateful day comes and you finally get brought up in front of all those people, it swings the other way and you'll do anything now to get picked again. Jack is a good sport about it though, he's never complained about it. I reckon he just figures his day will come.
|Jack is in the middle, striped shirt.|