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I LOVED this trick when Copperfield did it, using an expensive-looking handbag which he apparently borrowed form a lady in the audience. A great deal of the humor came from the idea of a banana being squashed in someone's personal bag.

I think that something is lost when it's the magician's property that's being abused.

Secondly, (although I don't know this to be true since I don't own it) I have always thought that a bulky, heavy object like a banana wouldn't vanish convincingly in a devil's hank (not a problem with the Copperfield version.) There's bound to be the telltale sag and bulk, right? I have seen many a "magician" use this prop and only fool themselves (same often applies to productions from loaded silks.)

Or am I making false assumptions?
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I have never had a problem with anyone suspecting anything in the hanky at all when presented. I always get a laugh and then an applause and a sort of "oh wow" reaction to it. I simply swing it open and show it is gone.

You certainly do not have to over play this by showing both sides etc. Just simply swing it open and let them see and get rid of it. In this manner I have never had a bad reaction to it. There really is not much bulg that is noticeable to an audience.

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I would say false assumptions. Sure if you just sit there and hold the bag still they are going to see a buldge. But with the color of t he fabric being so busy they don't have a chance to see anything. But that is why I put the yellow silk in there to hide any attention that might be on the hank.

In regards to the purse that David used. I not sure that fooled anyone. The bag did not look like any purse I have ever seen. But you are right there were some funny bits in that routine.

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Even if the handbag Copperfield "borrows" may not look like anything you've seen (although I don't know I agree, as there are hundreds of different types of bags out there), I think it's irrelevant. Since he BORROWS the bag, it's above suspicion. When using our own bag, it certainly loses this apparent impromptu appearance.

I'm not saying this kills the effect -- I use plenty of my own props to vanish things. All I'm saying is DC's presentation had far more convincing and entertaining elements.
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On 2004-11-10 12:25, Starrpower wrote:
Even if the handbag Copperfield "borrows" may not look like anything you've seen (although I don't know I agree, as there are hundreds of different types of bags out there), I think it's irrelevant. Since he BORROWS the bag, it's above suspicion. When using our own bag, it certainly loses this apparent impromptu appearance.

I'm not saying this kills the effect -- I use plenty of my own props to vanish things. All I'm saying is DC's presentation had far more convincing and entertaining elements.


I agree with this point, but what can we do to add more entertainment to the vanishing bandana and make it stronger?
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On 2009-11-30 16:50, coolini wrote:
what can we do to add more entertainment to the vanishing bandana and make it stronger?

The best thing we can do is drop it. It is karaoke magic. Spend a few minutes developing a routine of your own.
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On 2009-11-30 16:50, coolini wrote:
what can we do to add more entertainment to the vanishing bandana and make it stronger?

The best thing we can do is drop it. It is karaoke magic. Spend a few minutes developing a routine of your own.

...but remember that you have to squish a banana at the end. How about you just sit on the banana? That will get a laugh!
(Really, I LOVE the Vanishing Bandanna, perhaps I'll put it back in my show for a while!)
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On 2003-05-27 21:50, magic 12376 wrote:
If you explain before hand, as spatrick suggests, it ruins the comedy of YOU not knowing the difference.
That's one way to do it, but if you DO know the difference, it's a lot of fun for the kids to see you panic on stage as the tape tells you to continue. I like Justin Kredible's touch of cleaning your hands with a yellow bandana. Not sure if it's his own idea, but it is fun nonetheless.
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I think that the mess is the most important part of the trick, kids love the gooie mess. Just make sure you have a hand wipe and a plastic bag to put your devil's hank in.

And paraguppie I think that sometimes adults enjoy this trick more than the children, out of all the stuff I do this is my dad's absolute favorite!

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With all the praise for vanishing bandana in this thread, I had to check it out.

What a great effect! And as a newbie myself, I can't imagine a better trick to do in front of family and friends who know you're a newbie. I'm gettin' it.

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We have it added to our 2010 jungle shows. We have put a twist to it. We have redone the recording to help me teach my bible verse that we bear fruit. It really is a GREAT add.
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Ok I will bite here.

I have performed the bandana trick oh I don't know maybe 1000 times and no mess ever. and as for the bag getting messy it takes about 150 shows before its messy and I just through it in the wash with my clothes and viola- done.

now I am guessing that when you put it in the bag you are actually squeezing the banana but I ask why. when I first got this I did that too and after the 3rd show I said forget this. I just mime the banana getting smashed the audience does not see it getting smashed therefore why smash it??

after the show I just dump the banana out and fold the cloth and pack it away.

just my thoughts.
oh and Yes you MUST be an actor to make this really funny, play it up as best you can --it is indeed a highlight in many kid shows

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Whats the difference from the vanishing bandana to the ultimate version?
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On Dec 4, 2009, Sam Sandler wrote:
Ok I will bite here.

I have performed the bandana trick oh I don't know maybe 1000 times and no mess ever. and as for the bag getting messy it takes about 150 shows before its messy and I just through it in the wash with my clothes and viola- done.

now I am guessing that when you put it in the bag you are actually squeezing the banana but I ask why. when I first got this I did that too and after the 3rd show I said forget this. I just mime the banana getting smashed the audience does not see it getting smashed therefore why smash it??

after the show I just dump the banana out and fold the cloth and pack it away.

just my thoughts.
oh and Yes you MUST be an actor to make this really funny, play it up as best you can --it is indeed a highlight in many kid shows

sam

I agree with the acting comment... you almost have to be as exaggerated as a mime in order to get the most mileage out of this routine.
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Whats the difference from the vanishing bandana to the ultimate version?


Mainly just different bits of scripting and I think the ultimate one is all black
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I performed this about 100 times one year when I did school assemblies for the school fundraiser. I would get stopped by children ALL the time when I was out and about who would gush about how funny I was (due to this trick). Have fun with it and like one other person said, ham it up with a straight face. Children LOVE this one!
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