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Andini
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I have this effect (the one where you mistake banana for bandana) but have never performed. I'm worried that the handkerchief will get really messy and gooey Smile . How do you guys handle this problem?

-Andini Smile
Dennis Michael
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Wash it after each show. It's a Devil's Handkerchief; make or buy a couple if you do multiple shows. Get rid of the banana after the show by putting it in a plastic bag for later disposal.

The messy and gooey stuff is what makes this trick funny. So have available some baby wipes and paper towels so you can wipe your hands afterwards. Watch for dropping particles, the client won't appreciate this on their expensive carpet, so do it over the magic table. The facial movements and body contortions add to the effect so "ham it up".

It is one effect that is self working but it packs that humor which can make your show a success. Study the components of this effect and why it works so well. It is a formula for other successful effects.
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Daniel Faith
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This is one of my favorites. Hand wipes are a must!
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You could follow it with the dirty hand towel.
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Hi Andini,

Aldo Columbini who uses this gag quite a bit once suggested lining the pocket of the Devil's Handkerchief with a plastic baggie.

It's a hilarious routine, you'll have fun working on it Andini.

Smile
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Hi,
If you just do a few shows a year fine, but if you do hundreds then find another trick. There are thousands out there that would be equally if not more amusing to the children that do not require such a clean up and such mess.

Just my opinion though.
Phillip
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I tried the plastic bag bit and the kids heard the noise of the bag "crinkling" and that took away from the full comedy potential.

I do like the dirty hand towel bit, I'll add that to the routine. I've been wanting to use it more than just on a kid. This will work out perfect!

Thanks Dude.
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Daniel Faith
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Dirty Hand Towel is a good idea.
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Ed the Magic Guy
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I love this trick also. I haven't tried this, but I wonder if spraying the inside pocket with ScotchGuard would help.
Dennis Michael
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Scotch Guard is a stain prevention spray. You still must wash the cloth every time you use it. And the Scotch Guard will be washed out.
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I did this for kids with a mixed reponse. Maybe Aussie kids are a bit slow but they didn't seem to get the gag. (Though they love the grossness.)

HOWEVER, I perform this routine in every single adult stand up show I do. It is surprisingly strong magic and I have had people come up six months later and comment on that one trick!

Very messy but worth it.

By the way, if you think that the banana is messy, leave it in your magic box when you go on holidays and find out what messy really is! Smile
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The trick is great, I have been doing it in all my shows since I got it.

I turn the pocket inside out and rinse it well as soon as I get a chance and it washes out just fine. Don't worry about the mess, the getting there is well worth it! Smile

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I would agree with most of the previous posts. The mess is well worth it. I am now performing it in all my shows. I take a few minutes after each show to clean it but it really doesn't take long to clean. When I do multiple shows in a day I will go two maybe three performances without washing the pocket but I normally wash it and use the dryers in bathrooms to dry it. I think I may make several more devil hanks so that I can use the hank in multiple shows and clean up at the end of the day.
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The trick is messy but well worth it.

I do something a little different at the end. I put a yellow silk in the devil's hank. When I open the bag to show the bannana is gone they see a yellow silk fly out. This takes a lot of heat off the devil's hank.

Best,
Ken Scott
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Hey!! Nice addition and idea, I may give that a try next time!
Woohooo!

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NJJ
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In many ways the trick would be better if you failed and a banana went all over the audience.

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Jewls
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This trick comes from an old vaudville routine with two clowns. When using our pockets for this two clown routine we always lined our pockets! For the new cassette tape version I select the smallest not quite ripe banana, they are not as messy and the hank moves better with the vanish. Sometimes instead of washing the whole hank I just pull the pocket out and wash it. This routine always gets a lot of laughs!
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I really enjoyed this routine but wanted to add a little bit more comedy to it. So I now perform this as a 'Do as I Do' routine. Of course it's about assessing up to the point of the routine if there is anybody in the audience— usually adult and male— who would play along with the mess.

The speactacle of my partner folding up the banana really gets a good reaction and my vanish at the end is enhanced when his mess goes thudding to the floor when he opens up his normal hanky.

I don't do this in venues with carpets, only those floors that I can clean afterwards!!
lhughes
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Wow, some great ideas for the bandana! Thanks folks, I will be using some.
Sleightly yours,
Lorne
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Has anyone in England had a problem with children not knowing what a bandana is ?
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