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Doug Arden
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I purchased a vent mask a few months ago (thanks Wanlu, great job), worked up a routine, and I'm now ready to put it into my show. I have a rather large corporate show this weekend (800 people)and thought this would be a good place to introduce it.

My question for those who use this in their shows is this. Have you ever encountered a problem with someone refusing to put the mask on because they perceived it might be unsanitary? If so, how did you handle this?

Any thoughts and suggestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks.

Doug
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What has telling us about the size and type of the show got to do with your question?
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It's never been a problem for me. I think we sometimes worry too much about this kind of thing as performers.

If it still concerns you why not carry it in a ziplock bag - As you take the mask out just say in a lighthearted manner 'freshly sanitised for your protection!'

I used to do this with any hats or costumes kids were asked to wear in my show - just in case parents were worried how many kids had worn them in the past.
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Doug Arden
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Thanks, Kimmo. The "freshly sanitized for your protection" is good and I'll use that. Much appreciated.

Doug
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Doug,

I saw Tom Ladshaw use one of these vent masks a few years ago and he had one of those disposable mask ( see this link http://giko.en.alibaba.com/product/50023......ask.html )

He had one that was individually wrapped. This may solve your problem. Just have them put it one before putting the mask on. You could also try and doctor/nurses mask and make some jokes with it.

Tim
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Hey Tim:

Thanks for the link to the disposable vent masks. What an interesting idea from Tom. One I certainly wouldn't have thought of. Probably worth taking a closer look at. Your idea of the the doctor/nurse gags is a great idea.

Having said that, I would still like to use the vent mask I bought, if possible. I just want to try and cover all possibilities, as in evrything else I do, so that I don't end up with an awkward situation on stage. I just don't want to get in to a siuation where I get someone up on stage and they some sort of "germ phobia." That could really slow down the show!

Do you, or anyone else for that matter, have any tips on selecting a volunteer for this? Do you tell them in advance about the mask or simply bring them up on stage as you would for any other effect in your show?

Thanks.

Doug
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Hi Doug:I have been using a pull string vent mask for several months now.I usually look for an outgoing type of volunteer pre-show and and ask them if they would like to help me out during the show.

I briefly explain that they will be wearing a funny puppet half-mask that I wash and sanitize before each show.

I have not had a problem yet.

PS.Tim:When you have a long link,you can go to http://tinyurl.com/ and quickly shorten it.This will eliminate the ultra wide post.

Best.
Rich
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Hi Rich:

Thanks, that's a great tip. I hadn't thought of asking someone ahead of time. I always scan the audience ahead of time anyway, as you and most others do, looking for potential volunteers. Arranging it in advance should take out any potential awkward situation that could arise.

Thanks again, Rich.

Doug
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Hi...I usually get the ff people for the mask.

For a birthday party...I get the birthday dad most of the time...but when circumstances do not allow me to get the dad, I get the biggest boy in the party Smile

For corporate shows...I get the BIG BOSS Smile oh yes... Smile or the very least, someone wh is in Suprvisory level in the company Smile I never had a problem with this except for one Boss who kept on whispering to me..."I will not pay you!!!" Smile but at the end of the routine, he did manage to lighten up and told me he was just kidding...and even gave a nice tip Smile

As for sanitation...keeping it in a ziplock bag when you show it to the volunteer makes him feel safe Smile

Of course, you really have to clean the mask after each use Smile

Thanks very much Doug Smile

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Here's a link to the masks...please pardon the Language Barrier

This was done on an Improv type of show...no actual script, just an outline My first time to do a dual volunteer/dual mask routine so please pardon the mess Smile

http://wanluthemagician.blogspot.com/200......ary.html


The masks can also fit a child...

http://wanluthemagician.blogspot.com/200......pet.html

Thanks,

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I would be funny if you could contact a janitor supply house for those "Sanitized" paper strips. Put one across the mask before you start, and have the volunteer take it off, or you take it off and read it for those who don't recognize the paper strip for what it is.

For that matter, you could make them your self on your computer.
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