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Topic: Multiplying Bananas – some advice on the best type to buy
Message: Posted by: jackbp (Dec 5, 2013 06:29PM)

I'd like to add multiplying bananas to my opening routine but wondered whether there is any intrinsic difference between the following:

Dan Garrett Sponge Banana
Alan Wong Sponge Banana
Félix & C. Casagrande MagicLatex Banana

Have any of you ever owned more than one of the above and know whether one works better than another?

Thanks in advance,

Message: Posted by: danfreed (Dec 5, 2013 06:41PM)
The latex ones look more real than sponge ones, and they have a nice snap to them when you do the move. But they are harder to compress and maybe a little longer, so they were a little big for my hands. So I use sponge ones now, I forgot which one I have. Try the latex and if that doesn't work, switch. I think Randy rain makes them too - her stuff is really good.
Message: Posted by: Damian (Dec 5, 2013 06:52PM)
Hi Jack,

I own all of them. The ones by Wong are a bit bigger than Garrett's. The sponge (in the Wong version) is slightly stiffer and the color is brighter. As such, they're a bit more difficult to conceal in your hand. Since I have a tendency to hold out a bit (instead of keeping both hands in constant motion) that ends up being a factor for me. I use Dan Garrett's in every kids' show, and have the other sets as back-ups. The latex set, like Wong's is a bit bigger than Garret's. It looks very real from a short distance, but ultimately, for me, it doesn't really matter.

If you're looking for a recommendation, I suggest starting with Dan Garrett's. They're the cheapest, work the best for me, and if you don't like'em I'll be happy to take'em off your hands. :)

Hope that helps.

Message: Posted by: jackbp (Dec 5, 2013 07:11PM)
Thanks for the advice guys, I've got a show in a couple of weeks and not much time to practice this last minute addition, so think I'll go for the sponge version first and see how I get on.


Message: Posted by: Mr. Danny (Dec 5, 2013 08:24PM)
Let us know how it went, This is on my wish list!
Message: Posted by: MoonRazor (Dec 6, 2013 11:06AM)
I have the Wong version, very good and durable

I had Garretts's, they are Ok

I just purchased Randi Rain's version, the are great, the most realistic
and smaller than Wong's. Haven't used them in show yet

I would say they are easiest to manipulate but not the most visible, but very realistic
up close
Message: Posted by: Peter Cuddihy (Dec 6, 2013 09:51PM)
The bananas - even Dan Garrett's - are harder to conceal if you have small hands because when you bend one in half in your hand, the top stem part sticks out at an angle.

The best bet for me is to use Dan Garrett's Multiplying Pickles or Carrots: when folded in half you have two equal halves and no bent piece like the banana stem sticking out.

Dan makes good sponge products that are soft and compress quite well in the hand.

Good luck!
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Dec 6, 2013 10:10PM)
Dan Garrett's bananas have my vote!