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Bob Johnston
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As many of you know, I use C&B with young people most of the time. However the 9 to 12 age group can be a bit difficult at times. But I have thrown a few bugs into the mix of late and it has worked very well.

Since I use the Mini-cups most of the time for close up with kids, and since I (we all) finish very clean, I often let a kid pick up the third final load. This has always been vindicated for me in the fact that they always examine the balls and cups very closely for quite a while.

What I have now been doing is to have 5 or 6 “rubber” Roaches in my pocket along with final load balls. The first cup loaded (actually the last revealed) is the one that I push the roaches into. The size of the Very Realistic Looking bugs make it very simple to hold them in place as I place the cup on the table (ala Schneider.)

I generally work 3 to 6 kids at a time (because of my eyesight) and can usually pick the most “confrontational” kid to lift the last cup. The bugs spill out and bounce in a very animated fashion.

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That's NASTY!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Smile

I can just see one of those little buggers right now, screaming his head off!!!

Good work!
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I love it! don't give Penn & Teller any ideas, they'd use the real mcCoy.
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Actually, I breed madagascar hissing cockroaches. They get between 2-3 inches as adults. I was thinking of using them in conjunction with the s4s beetls shells I hope eo one day get, instead of the solid shell at the end, imagine a real live monster roach.
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On 2005-03-24 15:19, Josh Riel wrote:

Actually, I breed madagascar hissing cockroaches.



Why on earth would you or anyone else breed Madagascar hissing cockroaches?? LOL
Are you feeding them to another pet or something?

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I have a friend who is an entomologist, and he has a colony of Madagascar hissing cockroaches. They're pretty cool, but I think only a sadist could breed them, because when the size of the colony gets out of control, he has to kill large numbers of his little pets. Smile
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How do you keep 'em from crawling out of your pocket/pouch?

Anyway, I think that is quite innovative, and discusting, but if it gets a good responce, sure, it's worth it.lol
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On 2005-03-24 15:01, Frank Tougas wrote:
I love it! don't give Penn & Teller any ideas, they'd use the real mcCoy.


Actually, one night on David Letterman's show, they did use real live cockroaches as a final load. I can still picture the look on Letterman's face. Smile
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I feed a good number of them to my many other animals & bugs & fish. I actually started breeding them as feeders as a change of pace from mice (which I also breed). They are a very nifty little critter. By the way they are a part of the "Good" family of roaches. You will not find them in dumpsters in New York, or in your kitchen cabinets.
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Vandy Grift:

Actually Vandy, it is nice to know why Josh Riel breeds Madagascar hissing cockroaches, but I can also tell you that hundreds of schools all over the country order them all the time for biology and science classes.

When I used to work in schools, I often migrated to the science and biology rooms and often found Madagascar hissing cockroaches there.

It is a standard item on school sience supply listings. Very safe to handle and very interesting for kids to learn about.


For those that think the “rubber” roaches seem odd for kids, be aware that kids love “disgusting” things.

When I do my rabbit production, I ask kids what would they like me to draw on the “black slate” so I can try to make it appear from the magic box (Bunny Box.)

I soon learned not to offer as choices.
Those choices used to be:
A dish if worms.
A large snake.
Or a fuzzy rabbit.
The loudest screams were always for the worms and snake.
Now I offer:
A Bar of Soap.
A Red Silk
Or a Rabbit.

I do have some fall back outs just in case I have all boys, but the rabbit is always the loudest name called out as long as I have some little girls in front of me.

Bob
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If that's the case, just produce the roaches. Remember, they will eat garbage, you don't have to clean out their cages, and you don't have to do anything to get them to breed.

And there are so many neat routines you can do with them. Imagine doing the Han Ping Chin move with a handful of Madagascar hidding cockroaches.

Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the name of that Abbott's Classic -- "Squash!"
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Yes and if you are ever a "starving Magician" you can Fear Factor it and have a bite for lunch. eeeeooowwwww Smile
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The only problem with "roach manipulation" is; they stick to everything they climb quite proficiently on glass, when they are on your hand, they stay on your hand. However this can be invaluable for false transfers.

I've been kicking the idea around to try what my mealworms taste like. If any of you guy's come over to Yakima, look me up, we'll have us a B.B.Q.
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