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Topic: Do You Squeak?
Message: Posted by: Devious (Dec 21, 2011 03:45PM)
Jeff McBride has a wonderful dvd for all of you sidewalk squeakers.
I'm not a clown by any means, so I thought that using a squeaker was not
within the parameters of the character, that I was trying to portray on the street.

Boy was I wrong!
I recieved mine last week, and I absolutely love seeing the
smiles, from both the youngsters and oldsters alike...lol.

The dvd comes with two very well made gimmicks for making the sound Fx.
You will love the bowl routine that is taught in the dvd....

Check out this cool video clip
[url=http://www.yourmagic.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=8&products_id=228]Bravo[/url]
[img]http://www.yourmagic.com/catalog/images/JM-SqueakTechnique.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: gman (Dec 21, 2011 08:17PM)
Look pretty good Devious. Will have to put that one on my to buy list for next year.
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Dec 25, 2011 01:33PM)
I don't use a device, but when I do my C&B routine for kids (I use little yellow puffballs) I pretend they're baby chicks and make a "peep" noise whenever they move, ect.

Kids love it.
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Dec 26, 2011 03:31AM)
Often when I'm working on the street and I twist a dog balloon I tell the child it is being made for 'I will make it learn a trick'. I get a sqeaker into my right fist, then stand the dog on my forearm and it is told to "Sit up!". As I make it do this I sqeezed the squeaker in my fist. Most children around 4-7 are fascinated at the noise that comes as the dog sits up and comed down.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Dec 26, 2011 04:23AM)
These are all wonderful ideas, but don't discount the ball and bowl routine
that is included in the dvd. It can be used in your busking sets.

The squeaker included in this set is hands free, which has obvious advantages.
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ih0Awb80KNQ/TvhHwjSWgoI/AAAAAAAAARQ/F8AY6fpC3X4/s760/MCBride2.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: troppobob (Dec 27, 2011 04:39AM)
G'day Devious
Just came in from a good day busking.
I use a squeaker in my show in a routine with a modelling balloon - it goes over well. I have ordered the DVD from Jeff McBride and I am interested to see how it differs from what I am already doing - I expect it will be good value as what Jeff offers for sale reflects his creativity and wide knowledge of magic and performing in general.
Bob Latta (aka Troppo Bob)
Message: Posted by: djurmann (Dec 27, 2011 01:58PM)
[quote]
On 2011-12-26 05:23, Devious wrote:
These are all wonderful ideas, but don't discount the ball and bowl routine
that is included in the dvd. It can be used in your busking sets.

The squeaker included in this set is hands free, which has obvious advantages.
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ih0Awb80KNQ/TvhHwjSWgoI/AAAAAAAAARQ/F8AY6fpC3X4/s760/MCBride2.jpg[/img]
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Hands free squeeker? How does that work?

Danny
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Dec 27, 2011 04:24PM)
Something to do with Taco Bell, I'd imagine... *grin*
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jan 12, 2012 12:19PM)
A live demonstration at http://www.vegaswonderground.com in Las Vegas.
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IASV6vP2vEM&feature=colike]Squeak[/url]
Message: Posted by: Dr_J_Ayala (Jan 12, 2012 12:55PM)
Indee I do squeak - especially after I shower....

I just could not resist...

I have been doing Renaissance and Medieval period shows, based around Commedia dell'Arte for a long time and have always used the squeaker, but more often I used to use a Punch swozzle. Jeff makes mention of the swozzles in the Squeak Techniqe video.

This video is very good and as always, Jeff does a masterful job of teaching every little aspect of his Bravo! routine. His referencing and resource list at the end is also a great and wonderful touch - you do not see that very often. If you are a stage, parlour or street performer, the squeaker can be a very valuable tool, one with which you can add all kinds of comedy and character to your act.
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Jan 14, 2012 10:33PM)
Slightly on and off topic, but I found the coolest little thing in the Dollar Store the other day:

A whistle shaped like a duck's bill that quacks when you blow it. I'm seriously considering picking up a couple of these.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jan 26, 2012 01:18AM)
The Beavis and Butthead of Magic, Craig and Dave have accused Jeff McBride of ripping off this routine. Read about it[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=450423&forum=289&58]Here[/url]

Please feel free to leave a comment, as to your thoughts on the matter.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 26, 2012 12:25PM)
Yeah, Devious, I read it, and avoiding commenting like the plague! LOL!

However, back on topic, the squeaker is a very good device, as I had one and used it regularly. It was a simple silver dollar-sized device, and I got it out of a kid's toy.

I'm looking for something similar, maybe smaller. A hands-free squeaker would be ideal! :)

Doug
Message: Posted by: fyi2 (Jan 26, 2012 01:25PM)
Classy move Doug.

No need to throw gas on the fire.

Tony
Message: Posted by: Dr_J_Ayala (Jan 26, 2012 07:24PM)
@Doug - When you get this DVD you not only get three "hands-free" squeakers (two of the larger size and one smaller size), but Jeff said he will be offering a package of 5 replacement squeakers for right around $15. Elmwood Magic also carries them for about $2 each, but they are slightly different from the ones Jeff uses. They still work perfectly though.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jan 28, 2012 06:03AM)
I purchased The Squeak Technique, by Jeff McBride a few weeks ago.
Tonight was the first time, I used it in my cabaret act.

The verdict is in. The ladies love it when this guy squeaks.
They think it has something to do with my chappeau.
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aaqI8g6l0c0/TyPdmGEdpgI/AAAAAAAAAZE/lnK1SaCryVc/s760/Dayanara1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Eric Evans (Jan 28, 2012 03:44PM)
Wow! Va-Va-Voom!! Statuesque, amazonian beauties!

I'm reminded of the scene in Baron von Munchhausen whenever he sees Uma Thurman, "Beautiful Ladies!"
Message: Posted by: Jeff Christensen (Jan 29, 2012 10:27PM)
I wish they all could be California girls! As for the topic of squeaking... I have the McBride DVD but just couldn't get the hang of it. I just had a friend design a custom toe switch which he hooked up to an electro-squeaker. I'm now ready to some hands free squeaking!

jeff
Message: Posted by: Eduardo (Jan 30, 2012 07:16AM)
[quote]
On 2012-01-28 16:44, Eric Evans wrote:
Wow! Va-Va-Voom!! Statuesque, amazonian beauties!

I'm reminded of the scene in Baron von Munchhausen whenever he sees Uma Thurman, "Beautiful Ladies!"
[/quote]

I bet David Coopperfield was there...
Message: Posted by: Eduardo (Jan 30, 2012 07:19AM)
[quote]
On 2012-01-28 07:03, Devious wrote:
I purchased The Squeak Technique, by Jeff McBride a few weeks ago.
Tonight was the first time, I used it in my cabaret act.

The verdict is in. The ladies love it when this guy squeaks.
They think it has something to do with my chappeau.
[/quote]

or, they think you are Jeff McBride...
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 30, 2012 04:19PM)
[quote]
On 2012-01-26 14:25, fyi2 wrote:
Classy move Doug.

No need to throw gas on the fire.
[/quote]

Huh??? Maybe I'm in the wrong forum. Oh, and "classy moves" is not one of my more apparent traits. LOL! Sorry Tony! ;)

OH, by the way, Devious..the ladies... :wow:
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 31, 2012 04:39PM)
[quote]
On 2012-01-28 07:03, Devious wrote:
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aaqI8g6l0c0/TyPdmGEdpgI/AAAAAAAAAZE/lnK1SaCryVc/s760/Dayanara1.jpg[/img]
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Just curious. How much did you pay them to pose like that?
Message: Posted by: Devious (Mar 7, 2012 06:16PM)
A new review by Wayne Kawamoto at About.com
[url=http://magic.about.com/od/standupstagereviews/fr/Review-Squeak-Technique-Jeff-Mcbride.htm]Squeak[/url]
Message: Posted by: Jeff Christensen (Mar 7, 2012 11:46PM)
I've just started squeaking with an electronic squeaker that I had a friend rig up with a toe switch. Nothing in the hand, free to talk and still able to squeak. Will let you know how it goes.
Message: Posted by: Truth or Dare (Dec 11, 2013 10:42AM)
My own sources from beyond say.............

[i]McBride's Squeak technique will add great value to your show![/i]
Message: Posted by: noland (Dec 12, 2013 09:14AM)
I bought Jeff McBride's squeaker dvd when it came out. I thought it was a great dvd and the squeaker had great potential. My problem in using the squeaker was that it became water-logged with spit very quickly, and stopped squeaking, right in the middle of my routine (in practice sessions--I never actually put it in my show). Am I the only one who has had this water-log problem? If not, how can you manage it?
Message: Posted by: troppobob (Dec 16, 2013 08:30PM)
G'day Noland
I have had this happen but only after a lot of continual use - I keep a spare one in my pocket just in case.
Bob Latta (aka Troppo Bob)
Message: Posted by: writeall (Dec 20, 2013 02:29AM)
I hate using it in my mouth, but I love the squeek. Is there a better way to rig it so it's hands-free and spit-free? So far, all I've come up with is strapped to the forearm, but that's not ideal either. It's hard to get a clean, timely squeek with nothing solid to push against.
Message: Posted by: Arkadia (Dec 21, 2013 06:03AM)
Is this what this forum has come to? Discussions about squeaker products with ideas we've all used for ages, and men reacting to half naked ladies. I resign.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Apr 26, 2014 09:25AM)
I'm a little late to this party, I really enjoyed the thread, quite a lot.
Goodbye Arkadia. you will be missing a lot of fun stuff.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Apr 28, 2014 01:13AM)
That particular dvd was not as idea-filled as I had hoped.
it was ok but I honestly don't even remeber what was on it.
maybe it just wasn't my type of thing.