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Topic: Ker Plunk Wand
Message: Posted by: pbj100 (Sep 15, 2012 05:05PM)
HI,
I have seen "Ker Plunk Wand " advertised as the all year round version of the christmas wand . can anyone tell me if you can do the same things with this as the christmas wand ? for example can you hand it to a child and have the end drop off as with the trailor for the christmas one?
thanks
phil
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Sep 15, 2012 07:50PM)
Hi Phil. The magnet in the Ker-Plunk wand is much stronger than in my Christmas wand. It was necessary due to the heaviness of the tip, to keep it from flying off as you wave it around.

In my own shows, I do hand it to a child but I make the tip fall off as they touch the wand. If you tried to disengage the magnet and hand it to the child, the magnet is so strong, most of the time it will "pop" right back into position and hold the tip on.

I now combine my ker plunk wand with my new squirting glue bottle which squirts a string two feet straight out of the bottle etc.

Hope that helps! :)

Tommy
Message: Posted by: Herr Brian Tabor (Sep 15, 2012 09:02PM)
This might help, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZBQkjqZuwM That looks like fun :)
Message: Posted by: magicjoe (Sep 16, 2012 09:56AM)
I have both of the wands and can not speak highly enough about both of them. The kids love when the tip's fall off. Even though I have had kids yell, "It's a magnet" they still get a kick out of it.
If Tommy makes something and you are a kid performer you should buy it.
Thanks Tommy and keep them coming.

Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:57 am
And no I don't get paid by Tommy to say nice things and in fact I have never met him.
Joe
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Sep 16, 2012 10:09AM)
Thanks Joe! I love it when people love my products. In fact, I love it when they love it that I love when they like my products!lol

Oh yes . . . In the VERY near future I will be releasing three new products.

Birthday Party Magic DVD: (Two DVD set) My entire uncut birthday party act along with two hours of explanations and my thoughts (for what they're worth!) about the birthday party business. (releasing mid October)

Library Rabbit Production: I am in the process of manufacturing a rabbit production that I have been closing out my new reading show for the last two years with. It will be the perfect prop for magicians performing school and library shows that produce rabbits. Best of all, this entire rabbit production will hold a good size rabbit as well as pack COMPLETELY flat for traveling. (releasing . . . um . . . soon!)

Spider Spins a Web: For anyone who has seen my Read to Achieve DVD, I close the show out with this prop. Charlotte the spider spins a web in a frame and writes a message for all the children to READ. (Releasing . . . um . . . when my wife allows me to)

Posted: Sep 16, 2012 12:01 pm
P.S.
Only 25 rabbit productions will be made for a first run. Only 5 Spider Spins a Webs will be made for a first run.
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Sep 16, 2012 12:12PM)
So if you ar interested send flowers and chocolate to tommy's wife. maybe this helps so that he can produce more great kids stuff :)
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Sep 16, 2012 03:36PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-16 13:12, ROBERT BLAKE wrote:
So if you ar interested send flowers and chocolate to tommy's wife. maybe this helps so that he can produce more great kids stuff :)
[/quote]

She likes money better!
Message: Posted by: Kevinr (Sep 16, 2012 10:26PM)
How much PM

Cash is ready!
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Sep 17, 2012 10:32AM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-16 23:26, Kevinr wrote:
How much PM

Cash is ready!
[/quote]

Still waiting on final pricing from the Graphic Image company that is producing part of these effects.

The b day two DVD set will run $45.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Sep 17, 2012 11:14AM)
I agree that both the Ker-Plunk Wand, and the Christmas Wand are both workers. The KP wand is a welcome change to the old BW wand: something a bit different, plays significantly longer, with a nice magical moment as the tip slides along the side of the wand, and pops back onto the end.

A very cool feature of the wand is that the m*****s are SO powerful that you can simply hold the tip against the end of the wand, and it will pull the gi**ick up....then locks into place.

And, a nice bit of business when you get the tip stuck on your finger, is to heave and pull at it, but it won't come off. Now let the kid try. By pulling your finger at an angle, you can make it quite hard to pull the tip off, and when it does so, you get a satisfying "pop".

Beautifully made, and now in every Potty the Pirate show for the under-7s.

Frankly, if you don't own this wand, you're missing out on one of the best-kept secrets this year!

Doug
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Sep 19, 2012 04:53PM)
Nice, Tommy. I liked it.

How did you keep the kids from engaging in a feeding frenzy, fighting to grab the tip on the floor, when it popped off?
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Sep 19, 2012 07:58PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-19 17:53, Frank Starsini wrote:
Nice, Tommy. I liked it.

How did you keep the kids from engaging in a feeding frenzy, fighting to grab the tip on the floor, when it popped off?
[/quote]

Once in a while that does happen. Most of the time the kids are all too eager to hand it back or . . . throw it at you!
It's all in the fun!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Sep 19, 2012 09:41PM)
I like the bit where the tip goes on your pinky. Seems like it could turn into the beginning of a short thimble routine.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Sep 20, 2012 06:13AM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-19 22:41, Frank Starsini wrote:
I like the bit where the tip goes on your pinky. Seems like it could turn into the beginning of a short thimble routine.
[/quote]

Someone else suggested that too. Maybe have two tips and perform a perpetual tip thing. Put the tip into your pocket and it comes back etc????
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Sep 20, 2012 06:33PM)
Hi Tommy.
I'm excited about meeting you.
I need a KER-PLUNK wand.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Sep 21, 2012 08:58AM)
Can't wait to meet you too Ricky! I will bring a Ker-Plunk wand with me :)
See you in a few weeks but tomorrow, my wife and I are off to the Dominican Republic for a long awaited vacation. I can't wait!!!!!
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Jul 5, 2013 07:44PM)
Just received Ker-Plunk wand.
Wow! Ker Plunk and Masel teasel wand are two of the best made wands ever. The magnet on mine was not strong enough to hold the tip dangling. I remedy that by adding another magnet to the tip.
The wand is going right into my shows tomorrow. Just can't wait to get it going.I have one or two ideas with the routine.
Ricky
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Jun 14, 2014 10:40PM)
I love this wand and wanted to share a bit of business that some of you may use. I wear a coat with big pockets and I put some cards flat in the pocket to keep the pocket open a bit. when the tip drops I aim it for the pocket. if I miss no big deal just pick it up from the floor BUT when it makes it into the pocket it is great. there is one of two reactions, either everyone is looking on the floor expecting it there and it seems like it vanished.OR if it goes in the pocket I act like it's on the floor but cant find it . either way I eventually get it from the pocket. it adds a nice bit to it.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jun 15, 2014 08:13PM)
[quote]On Jun 14, 2014, randyburtis wrote:
I love this wand and wanted to share a bit of business that some of you may use. I wear a coat with big pockets and I put some cards flat in the pocket to keep the pocket open a bit. when the tip drops I aim it for the pocket. if I miss no big deal just pick it up from the floor BUT when it makes it into the pocket it is great. there is one of two reactions, either everyone is looking on the floor expecting it there and it seems like it vanished.OR if it goes in the pocket I act like it's on the floor but cant find it . either way I eventually get it from the pocket. it adds a nice bit to it. [/quote]

You make me want to start wearing a coat Randy, but it's too dam hot in the summer :)
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Jun 15, 2014 10:00PM)
It is only because it is such a great bit for me that I keep the coat on,some shows the heat is a pain...
Message: Posted by: RNK (Jun 15, 2014 10:25PM)
This has become a favorite of mine. The wand itself gets great laughs but so does the nesting bags. The two together never fail to get huge laughs! Another winner from Tommy.


RNK
Message: Posted by: Marmen (Jul 17, 2014 04:10PM)
I LOVE Tommy's Kerplunk wand! I have recenty put together a completely new routine using it in conjunction with a changing bag and a colouring book. And then I go on to a whole extravaganza with a ton of coloured silks, a breakaway wand, and a silver sceptre all in the one routine. But Tommy's wand takes a major place in the whole sequence which lasts about 10 to 15 minutes or so! I could probably market the whole *** thing if I was clever enough to do so!
Message: Posted by: RNK (Jul 18, 2014 12:10PM)
The Ker Plunk Wand never fails to get laughs from the kids and adults!!
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Jul 21, 2014 09:37AM)
It's also incredibly robust - I've used mine in nearly every show for the under-7s for several years. By now, I'd have expected the foil on the tips to have started to peel off, or otherwise small repairs required - but the wand is still almost like brand new!

Love Randy's idea of letting the tip fall into a pocket, so simple!

In my opinion, this is significantly better than the breakaway wand - both more entertaining and more magical, not to mention BW wands are the staple of every beginner in our field - whereas the Ker-Plunk wand is new, very rare (at least in my area), and a lot more expensive.

The bags have perished, though. The fabric is very "stringy", and gets caught on the wand mechanism...over time, this shreds the bags.

I could easily have some new bags made, which no doubt I'll do sometime. They add a nice bit of business, but in all honesty, it's a little weak, even though the kids react well enough. I feel that more often than not, it's milking the audience unnecessarily, but once in a while, when the kids are really in a frenzy, the extra business plays well.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jul 21, 2014 11:28AM)
[quote]On Jul 21, 2014, Potty the Pirate wrote:

The bags have perished, though. The fabric is very "stringy", and gets caught on the wand mechanism...over time, this shreds the bags.

I could easily have some new bags made, which no doubt I'll do sometime. They add a nice bit of business, but in all honesty, it's a little weak, even though the kids react well enough. I feel that more often than not, it's milking the audience unnecessarily, but once in a while, when the kids are really in a frenzy, the extra business plays well. [/quote]

Tommy also sells the set of bags, without the wand (look under "Accessories", on his website). Just in case you weren't aware of this replacement option.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Jul 21, 2014 11:44AM)
The bags need to made of different material, so that they last longer.

I recall seeing Danny La Rue in panto, removing about thirty sets of underwear. The audience was falling apart. I think this bit of business would be stronger if there were a LOT more bags - maybe 15 or more. That could increase the pace, and the excitement. Just 3 bags is somehow falling between two stools.
Message: Posted by: RNK (Jul 22, 2014 01:37PM)
[quote]On Jul 21, 2014, Potty the Pirate wrote:
The bags need to made of different material, so that they last longer.

I recall seeing Danny La Rue in panto, removing about thirty sets of underwear. The audience was falling apart. I think this bit of business would be stronger if there were a LOT more bags - maybe 15 or more. That could increase the pace, and the excitement. Just 3 bags is somehow falling between two stools. [/quote]

I agree about the bags. It would be nice if they were made more durable with a stronger fabric. They do become stringy which causes the wand to get hung up sometimes when removing it from the bag. Maybe Tommy will read this and work his magic!!

RNK
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jul 22, 2014 01:40PM)
A tip for some that might not know. If the edge of a piece of fabric is becoming "stringy", then you can use a product called "Fray Stop" on it. It's like a solvent / glue, that binds the edge of the fabric.

This product is available at most fabric stores, and also places like Michaels Craft Store and WalMart.

Maybe Tommy will make changes to future products, but this is a solution for those with the bags on hand now.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: RNK (Jul 22, 2014 01:44PM)
[quote]On Jul 22, 2014, Donald Dunphy wrote:
A tip for some that might not know. If the edge of a piece of fabric is becoming "stringy", then you can use a product called "Fray Stop" on it. It's like a solvent / glue, that binds the edge of the fabric.

This product is available at most fabric stores, and also places like Michaels Craft Store and WalMart.

Maybe Tommy will make changes to future products, but this is a solution for those with the bags on hand now.

- Donald [/quote]


Thanks Donald for the great tip! It is greatly appreciated!!

RNK
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Jul 22, 2014 03:36PM)
[quote]On Jul 22, 2014, RNK wrote:
[quote]On Jul 21, 2014, Potty the Pirate wrote:
The bags need to made of different material, so that they last longer.

I recall seeing Danny La Rue in panto, removing about thirty sets of underwear. The audience was falling apart. I think this bit of business would be stronger if there were a LOT more bags - maybe 15 or more. That could increase the pace, and the excitement. Just 3 bags is somehow falling between two stools. [/quote]

I agree about the bags. It would be nice if they were made more durable with a stronger fabric. They do become stringy which causes the wand to get hung up sometimes when removing it from the bag. Maybe Tommy will read this and work his magic!!

RNK [/quote]

The second set of bags I had made are the same material but this time the manufacturer hemmed the inside of the bags to, hopefully, keep them from fraying. The reason the bags were made from Satin was so they slide easily in and out of each other. I'm still using the original set of bags from when I first introduced the wand.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Apr 18, 2015 02:12AM)
I just want to say a huge "Thank you" to Tommy for his outstanding customer service, when my Ker-Plunk wand had a small problem that needed fixing. He resolved the issue immediately, going far and beyond anything I could have expected or hoped for.

I've never encountered customer service like this from any company, or individual anywhere!

It's great to know that when you purchase one of Tommy's products, he stands behind it 100%.

Some of the best products on the market, and the best customer service ANYWHERE! Thanks a million, Tommy, you're a real star! :)
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Apr 18, 2015 11:15AM)
Kerith plunk wand is my favorite wand. I open just about every show with it!
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Apr 18, 2015 01:26PM)
Me too, Randy. I love that it's a bit pricey for beginners, so it remains somewhat exclusive. Tommy's products are truly exceptional! I wish he'd put his prices up, so they're in line with other similar quality products in our industry, to be honest.... :)
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Apr 18, 2015 04:25PM)
Potty I think you may have made Tommy's day with that idea lol
Message: Posted by: The Great Zucchini (Apr 18, 2015 04:47PM)
Randy, I'm with you. I actually start every show with it. It's a fantastic way to get the audience going immediately, pal. I missed you, when I was doing a show in Canada, but hopefully, I get out you're way, next time> Actually, they just booked me to come to Canada to lecture, and I believe it's going to be closer to you. I will be back there, in November.
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Apr 18, 2015 11:18PM)
Let me know where you are booked...hopefully out west...if not let me know and maybe we can get you doing something in calgary!I love kerplunk as an opener because there is humor,it gets you interacting with the audience right away, it draws them in and it has a magical ending.ncant ask for more than that!
Message: Posted by: Tukaram (Apr 25, 2015 07:08AM)
I have had the Ker-Plunk wand for a few years now and love it! I was concerned about dropping it on the floor but it has held up well. I retired to the Philippines and most floors are bare cement or hard packed dirt, occasionally ceramic tile - no carpet. All very hard surfaces... But the wand has been great! I use the glue bottle with string to help put the wand back together. Always good for a laugh.

I also bought Tommy's production bag and use it to produce the invisible deck. They toss me the deck and I catch in the production bag. Very good feedback.
Message: Posted by: randyburtis (Apr 25, 2015 11:08AM)
You can have the end land on your foot for an extra laugh and cushion for the end...
Message: Posted by: magical expressions (Apr 29, 2015 04:00AM)
Just received my Ker-Plunk wand and am working on the routine. As said by others, the wand is well made and comes with a short but comprehensive instruction sheet giving all the information you require. The bags were also hemmed well inside so fraying of the material should not be an issue. Looking forward to using this in the act, thank-you Tommy.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (Apr 29, 2015 02:11PM)
[quote]On Apr 29, 2015, magical expressions wrote:
Just received my Ker-Plunk wand and am working on the routine. As said by others, the wand is well made and comes with a short but comprehensive instruction sheet giving all the information you require. The bags were also hemmed well inside so fraying of the material should not be an issue. Looking forward to using this in the act, thank-you Tommy. [/quote]


Thank YOU for the testimonial. I am always trying to improve my items. The bags had a fraying issue and the manufacturer took care of that. I changed the button on the wand to blend in with the end of the wand and it will not fall off as in the original version.

It's one of my favorite routines to perform :)
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 29, 2015 08:15PM)
[quote]On Apr 25, 2015, Tukaram wrote:
I have had the Ker-Plunk wand for a few years now and love it! I was concerned about dropping it on the floor but it has held up well. I retired to the Philippines and most floors are bare cement or hard packed dirt, occasionally ceramic tile - no carpet. All very hard surfaces... But the wand has been great! [/quote]
You might want to wrap a few layers of clear shipping tape around end so it will help support the falls.

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 09:20 pm I had mine four 9 months so far. I have not used it yet. This thread got me interested in using it this weekend.

I was thinking about telling the kids not to mention a certain word. Can anyone think of a word to tell the kids not to say?
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Apr 30, 2015 04:58AM)
"dynamite", you hate it when people say your name incorrectly. or the name of an ex girlfriend.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 30, 2015 08:25AM)
It can help out with branding too. Good one. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: TommyJ (May 1, 2015 10:36AM)
I know Zucchini used the ker plunk wand. Right Zuc?
Message: Posted by: The Great Zucchini (May 1, 2015 08:17PM)
Tommy, I start every show with it. I use it, every time, and is without a doubt, my favorite wand.
Message: Posted by: krowboom (May 23, 2015 12:05AM)
Mine too
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (May 23, 2015 01:24PM)
I don't normally use any comedy wands for kids 7 and over, they're way to "cool" to be amused by such frippery.....or, so I've always thought.....

But recently, Tommy's "ABC Blocks" have made a massive impact in my shows for all ages.

I just got back from an 8-year-old's party, and used the "Ker-Plunk" wand with the blocks (as well as several other comedy wands). The nature of my presentation is very different to what I normally effect for younger kids.

I've discovered that I can still get lots of laughs, and completely engage the kids with these comedy wands, even for the older age groups.

It just goes to show, that so much is in the presentation. I had to think outside the box, to make it all work.....largely thanks to Christopher T Magician's excellent book "Beyond Look, Don't See".

If you don't have the "Ker-Plunk" wand, it really is one of the most valuable assets to add lots of business to your shows. And Tommy's "ABC Blocks" are equally inspiring - magical, colourful, and simple to perform.

My hat is off to Tommy, and other real performers, who are prepared to spend the time making these amazing props........... :)