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SeaDawg
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Has anyone hear been tempted to use a can of noise putty in their kids shows? I was introduced to "Fart in a Can" and was able to acquire some of said foolishness at the local Dollar Store. This stuff is like the venerable old whoopee cushion on serious steriods... and once out of the can is impossible to get back in without some degree of very audible, very humourous sounds...

I am afraid the parents who are paying for the show may not see the humour in the darn stuff, even though the kids can't control themselves.

As a humourous aside, I gave a can to a kid after one of my busking performances this summer. He was an only child and had a 1000 mile drive home over the next few days. I am not sure if his parents will ever forgive me...
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Seadawg, I hav'nt used the "fart in a can" but I use a remote controlled fart machine in my 6-10 yearold's show and I have never had a problem with any parents thiking it is not suitable, usually because the kids are laughing so hard also I think I get away with a lot cos my style is cheeky chappie with a twinkle in my eye! so I have never offended any parents! they know its all an act. so go ahead and use it, kids love stuff like that!
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Jes' to be 100% sure, why not go for the same effect but safer? Squeaker hidden in the hand ("This kid squeaks, look at that!"), hunter's goose call (best when blown extremely weakly, it could almost be a fart), phone ringer or fake cel phone ("No, I'm sorry Mr. President, Jimmy can't come to the phone now, he's having a birthday party, but I'll tell him you called.")
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As a parent, I'd be quite disappointed if an "entertainer" chose to do this at my kid's party. It'll get a laugh, sure, but why sink to the very bottom of the barrel in looking for material?
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Disney seems to have worked "toot" humor into all of their movies lately. I'm not saying I support it, but Disney does seem to set the bar when it comes to entertaining kids.

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"...Disney does seem to set the bar when it comes to entertaining kids."

Now days, I'm not inclined to think that is a good thing.
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Here is another thought for those who don't like fart humor. I was in Target a few days ago and the number one selling children's book was "Walter the Farting Dog". You may not like it but it is, apparently, mainstream. I guess it might be time head to the Dollar Store.
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You cannot lament the miserable state of pop culture these days - and perpetuate it yourself.

Why lower the bar singlehandedly? What do you lose by choosing not to stretch the envelope THERE? (Stretch it, by all means, but in some better direction.)
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On 2006-10-29 00:45, derrick wrote:
Here is another thought for those who don't like fart humor. I was in Target a few days ago and the number one selling children's book was "Walter the Farting Dog". You may not like it but it is, apparently, mainstream. I guess it might be time head to the Dollar Store.


Just because Target has decreed something mainstream is no reason to suddenly put it in your show for no other reason than it will get a cheap laugh. If it makes sense for your performing characterto resort to this type of humour in your performance then by all means have at. Just don't confuse laughter in response to a sight or sound gag as magical entertainment.
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Payne,
that is an excellent observation. And part of the reason why I posted it here in the Café from feedback from those who are in the trenches.

I often hear my fathers words,"Just because everyone jumps off of the bridge..." ringing in my ears.

I have a very strong pirate character that plays well in my busking act and my kids shows. I am sure I can find a place for this stuff... just not in my mainstream paid performances.

Thanks for your input guys...
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What really amazes me is that the word Fart is now so acceptable that is in the title of a best selling children's book. That word would have gotten me into trouble when I was child.

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You know, you would think a 52-year-old like me would have finally tired of "Fart" humor, but I think the "Fart in a Can" is still really funny! I gave it as a white elephant at my wife's office (Law) Christmas party a couple of years ago, and they still laugh about it. I realize many people feel this is low/cheap/inappropriate humor (see the comments above), but of course that is all a matter of personal taste and social expectations. Nonetheless, personal taste and social expectations do matter for a performer, and there are many parents (if not most) who would apparently find this objectionable. Therefore, I confine this rich vein of humor to those times when I'm golfing with my adult sons who have been tainted by me for many years and have the same "low" standards.

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Sorry, flimnar - you can cry "it's a matter of personal taste" all you want, it doesn't turn "up" into "down" ... fart humor is LOW, squarely and irretrievably low.

Not that low humor doesn't have a place. If you heard some of the things I and my kids joke about, I'd be banned from the board.

But does it fit into a kid show when you don't 100% know how the parents will react? Okay, it's a resource, but does that mean it's as usable as other resources? I'd play it safe.

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Ross--

I should have been a little more clear in my post--I agree with you in this one respect--so many parents would find it objectionable that I wouldn't include it in a show. Their loss!

Consider your finger pulled......

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Your in the buisness of entertaining children and it's a fact of life that kid's usually 5-6 upwards find bodily functions hilarious! so why not capitlize on that fact! how many times do magicians put a routine in that's magical and bore's the kids stupid! silly billy talks about the use of toilet humour for kids in his book seriously silly.
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Hello:

I agree with those who say to avoid the fart and potty humor. It's true that kids think it's hilarious, but some adults may not. There is too much good material available to use questionable stuff like this. I'm personally not offended by it, but would never use it.

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Silly Billy is not a magic god ... he's only one more guy with an opinion like every one of us. I think that fact that there is even disagreement here should sugest that there will also be disagreement within the general populace, i.e. parents of children. Some will think it's funny, some (like me) will find it unacceptable and not hire you again, and some may even get really angry about it. Personally, I can laugh at it ("Blazing Saddles" comes to mind) but I don't think that everything I laugh at belongs in a children's show.

Here's how I would determine if I used it in a show: if it was the best laugh you could get, and you aren't original or clever enough to come up with another way to get a laugh, put it in and deal with the adult reactions as they arise.
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I love to make fart sounds in my shows, and I always, but always make my balloons "fart", and react accordingly, as if a child has farted. But I never say the word "fart", that feels uncomfortable. The sound of a fart is perfectly acceptable, it's SO normal.
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Starrpower, yes silly billy is not a god but he is probbly the most successful kids entertainer out there with such a high profile that his opinion must be worth considering!. in my case I have used a fart machine in a certain routine for over 3 years (it a cell phone to can routine, collecters workshop) and not one parent has complained and seeing as I'm the most busiest in my area I must be doin somthin right! so I guess I'm not he most original or clever, but then again I don't put in most of the usual kids magician rubbish that every other kids magician does! like potty I never say the word "fart".
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I never say the word "fart" but my spring skunk isn't afraid to let one rip. Kids just love farts and well.... a well timed fart is just funny.
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