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kazam65
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Greetings everyone Smile

When I perform the magic coloring book trick to children I have them think of a rainbow and then blow on it. Of course they're amazed when they have changed the coloring book. Of course then they blow on it too hard and it goes blank. But it really got me thinking about the MULTITUDE of germs that are on that thing! I have used this coloring book for a good while now and have had children numbering in the hundreds blowing on that thing! UUUUCHHHH!!!

Do any of you have a child blow on something in order to make the magic happen? I have tried the coloring book other ways but it just seems that kids enjoy blowing on it more than anything else.

What do you think?
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For BP I have the kids blow on "magic" a lot. Yes, I worry about germs and use a lot of hand sanitizer too. I like as much interaction as possible.

Also, when I did balloons, I found kids liked to grab them before I blew them up. I got sick a lot - duh.
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The "blow on it - harder - harder - HARDER - whoops!" bit was the best misdirection I ever had for a thumbtip vanish, but when I quit using it my regular series of colds and flu just plain ended. Sad to lose a "perfect routine," not sad to lose the colds.
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You might like to try this slightly "safer" method - have all the kids blow at the colouring book from where they're sitting. They create such a gale that you get knocked backwards. Always gets a laugh for me, and you're nowhere near their "germs".
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Yes I have done that as well as using it on the end of the balloon that "pops to the top of the tail."

These days I am more silly or scawy noise oriented...

Next summer Catch the Reading Bug...will include...

Tis the season to wash your hands...(I say the alphabet song backward...) A combination of volunteering at children's hospital and a David Ginn idea...

That way I get a gag and a public service announcement..(It's two mints er shows in one...)

Some stores are selling stuffed germs..(ala cute animals that aren't so cute..)


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Potty, that is a GREAT idea - it blows me away!*G*
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Does the "blowing" approach seem to work better than having the kids throw colors at the book?
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On 2007-12-05 03:21, Potty the Pirate wrote:
You might like to try this slightly "safer" method - have all the kids blow at the colouring book from where they're sitting. They create such a gale that you get knocked backwards. Always gets a laugh for me, and you're nowhere near their "germs".

I never let them get close, they blew from where they were sitting - the germs still made their way to me.
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Blowing individually and collectively and all the associated gags have been working for children's entertainers since long before I was born. However, blowing at Christmastime is to be avoided, in the UK at least.

There so many coughs ad sneezes and dreaded diseases at this time of year that catching something from the little wretches is very common. Having that lot blowing fit to bust and directly at you makes the likelihood of going down with a dose of something almost inevitable.

So in December around the schools and other events, blowing is dropped in my show and I think it makes a difference. Can't actually prove anything of course, but let's say I've eliminated one likely source and I feel reassured.
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You have the kids throw the colours at the book, then when you go to show them the colours, the book is "stuck". So the kids have to blow at the book to dry the paint.
Tony, you're probably right to drop the blowing at Christmas. In fact I very, very rarely use the colouring book, even in my flat-pack shows, because EVERY other entertainer round here uses it to death. I once saw another entertainer do 20 minutes with the colouring book, then his show was curtailed because he'd started late. So his whole show was just the colouring book......rather dull for the kids, I thought.
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I remember buying some props off Jim Breedon, just along the coast from you Potty. He got to 65 and decided to retire and sell up, just like that.

I said "But won't you miss it."

And he replied "I won't miss having the 'flu every Christmas!"

I think most children's entertainers will know exactly what he meant.
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I'll let them blow on professor's nightmare, and I do many things where there is physical contact with the childrens hands and faces. I practacally never get colds or flu.
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I think "blowing" can be done if you are conscious of germs or getting sick. If you wash your hands or use hand santixer, this can certainly help. However, I would not be totally be dependent on the "blowing" aspect as the only means in which to interact and have fun. There are so many other ways to get the kids involved with the magic that does not require that. For example:

- Waving their fingers at the effect while saying a silly magic word
- Using a comedy magic wand to tap the prop to make the magic happen
- just saying a silly magic word on the count of 3
- Using a comedy prop and saying it is a wand (like a rubber chicken or a giant toothbrush)

The list goes on and on but these give alternative ideas to how you can engage the kids in an interactive fashion if you feel blowing is not the right thing for you.

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Sniff, sniff. I ain't afraid of no cold!

I have a 5 y/o, so getting sick is somewhat unavoidable. Tony does makes a strong argument. I will reevaluate my winter BP show. Thanks Tony.
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This is just my own take on it, but I'd guess "blowing" doesn't put out too many more germs than talking would. Also, I would guess that those germs can't stay alive for very long ... can they?
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It is a good point Starr. One would just assume that blowing on a hand or prop would put forth a lot of germs but then again, I am certainly not a scientist and have no idea if that is all that true or not. It certainly would be an interesting study nonetheless.

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Strictly off the top of my head . . .

Blowing is much more directional than talking, thus it could be expected that something that is blown upon would have a higher amount of germs than the surroundings.

Blowing is more vigorous, and so is more likely to dislodge particulate matter.

Blowing can provoke coughing, which is even more vigorous.

Blowing is most often done "close-up" putting props and magicians more at risk.

Also, germs can stay "alive" in a dormant state a very long time.
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I use vanishing crayons. Still won't keep you from getting kid cooties though.
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I also use vanishing crayons, but I ask the kids to take some color off of their clothes and throw them into the coloring book while waving their fingers and saying the crazy magic sound. Huge audience participation and no spit on you or your book. Clean props are great. Staying healthy is even better.
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I've been wanting to add to this thread, but I've been under the weather for the last three weeks....
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