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Harry the Clown
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What would be the youngest age of kids you could perform this trick to?
Thanks heaps!
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Youngest of Age? Old enough to understand what is funny.

A two year old doesn't understand the words and can not appreciate the humor. They just might want to eat that banana you destroyed.

A three year old is still clingy to their parent and could be frightened of someone in a clown costume. They are inclined to laugh if everyone around them is laughing but they may not know why they are laughing.

Four year olds and Daycare Center's kids would enjoy this as well as teenagers and adults.

This brings us to those who are getting away from the puppet mold (loves Blue's Clues, Sesame Street, etc.) and want more of solid stuff that is funny.

Since kids mature differently, I would say four years (more like 4-1/2) would be the lower limit where they could find enjoyment in this effect. Remember they must understand bandana and banana, what a magician does, and what a magic trick is!
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Harry I think this trick works better for older children. Bandana is not such a common word here in New Zealand. Most 5 years olds would not know what one is.

I use this for children age 6 and above.
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Kids 3-103 seem to love it, even if they don't know what a bandana is they know folding a banana is funny. Of course I am a clown and I really exaggerate the movements and facial expressions.
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I still think this trick plays best for adults.
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I love the bandana effect!!! Smile

Has anyone seen David Copperfield perform it?
I love the way he does it, I bust out laughing every time I watch him perform it. Smile
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I use it in all my children's shows, no matter what age. The children that are too young to understand the words and humor are laughing at the mess the banana is making. At the same time, the adults can enjoy the story and the humor.
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Thanks for that!!!!!!
Can you also tell me when you do this trick what points or facial expressions really need to be made to make this work well? Because if you go by the tape that you buy about 3/4 through the tape I think it goes nowhere until you are asked to disappear the bandana.
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You are supposed to believe you are palming a bandana but instead it is a gooey squished banana in your hand. Facial expressions and distorted palming make this comedy bit.

You do need to buy a real banana every time you do this routine.
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Honestly, I really didn't think too much of this routine the first time I saw a dealer demo it.

THEN, I saw someone perform it in front of an audience of living, breathing people! That's when I saw the potential! It kills!

Another thing I like about it is it gives me an opportunity to do a little Red Skelton type pantomime. Plus, you can have a little snack after the show. Mmmmm, potassium!

It's going into my Summer Reading Show this year. Should be fun!

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Can someone please point me in the direction of how to acquire this fine effect?


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Frank, you can get it from Denny & Lees for $30.

jlibby, how do you incorporate a reading theme to the trick?

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Good question. I'm going to explain to the kids that I first learned magic from library books, and they should do the same thing because that way they can learn magic for free. THEN, if they really get into it, they can visit magic shops or join a "trick of the month" club, like I did recently...

Basically, in this case, the reading message is a prelude to the routine.

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One cool thing that I did for the effect is use Music Match Jukebox to convert the audio tape recording you get with the routine into a CD. Then I did some art for the CD case and a yellow label for the CD. I show the audience the cardboard box, and the CD instructions. I put the CD in my player and then begin the routine. It works great.

I also, just to be sure, talk about the trick I just got in the mail called "The Vanishing Bandana". I then ask the (kid show) audience what a bandana is. If they do not know then I explain it first, then proceed with the effect.
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This is my favorite and I play it for all audiences.

First, I tell people that when people ask me where to learn these great tricks, I tell them I subscribe to a trick of the month club and they send a trick every month whether I want it or not and when I forget to send it back I get to pay for it and keep it...you get the idea.

This trick relies heavily on facial expressions. A previous post asked when you use them. I use them at every point from extreme confusion to elation at a job well done. This effect is great because you can't over act, but it does require acting.

For the mess part of it: I found using plastic bags is good but they make so much noise and I have to fish for the opening so here is what I do. I get a zip lock baggie, the kind that has the seal not the cheap fold over type, and I turn it inside out. You'll notice that the mouth of the bag stays open really wide now so it isn't as much of a noise factor. The first few times I made some noise doing this, but now almost nothing. Nobody mad dogging me as I put it in there because I am continuing with my air of confusion and since everything else seemed difficult up until this point this part is no exception, so I take my time. Sometimes, I do get some spillage if I am over zealous in my squeezing, but as some previous posts have mentioned the best remedy is to get unripe bananas.

I do this too much to be cleaning a bag after every show. Most times I even ditch the plastic bag while still at the venue, and then when I set up for the next show I just put a new one in and I don't have to worry about that goo stain for the world to see.

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I just found out how to do this act recently and I'm so excited to use it! (After MUCH messiness!). Oliver...great idea! Do you mind if I use use it (the "trick of the month club" thing)? I like to ask before I use it... Smile
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Trick of the month club is not an original idea, yet it applies well here.

It works well also as a running gag routine for kids' shows for introducing various gags into a kids' act.
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Of course it's not an original idea... Smile However, if I haven't used it and another has, I like to offer them the courtesy of at least asking. It takes away that "competition" feeling that I think eats away at too many professional relationships in magic.
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After reading this topic's responses, it came to me to throw this into my show recently. I haven't used this one for over a year now but having seen the reaction again the other night, I am tempted to reinstate it. It does play big and funny. I guess sometimes we forget just how great tricks really come across even though they seem simple and foolish.

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Dr. Bombay,

Are you a real Dr. that takes life seriously? If so, this trick works best when you let yourself go and act foolishly.

If acting foolishly is not what you want, then pass on this effect. If your magic character is more on the serious side then pass on this self-workimg comedy routine.

If you can make faces at squishing a banana in your hand and enjoy the moment, then this trick is for you. Only you can answer your question based on how "serious" you are.
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