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Jewls, could you post where I could find the clown/two person version? I've thought about letting my two kids do a routine in my show and I had thought of doing this trick, but instead of a tape, one reads the effect to the other. The idea of the banana in the pocket sounds great!
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I quite like the idea of having it read out to fit in with my reading themed magic show. Does anyone use this for library shows with a reading message?

I would have thought the child reading out the card would try to correct you by explaining the difference between a banana and a bandana.
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Some people have mentioned having to wipe their hands after performing this routine. I have never gotten any on my hands. Perhaps my Devils Hank is thicker??? Smile
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I think you want to wipe your hands even if you have nothing on them. It really sells the routine as being a messy squeezed banana.

I always act like something is on my hands and it gets a funny reaction.

Bruce Bray has like 5 bags that he uses. He takes all them with him, and if they get messy he gets one of the clean bags for the next show. At the end of the day he takes the bags home to wash them.

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Ken:
I agree. I always dry and wipe my hands off. It sells the effect a bit better and it also tells the kids that it is smart to dry and wipe your hands off whenever touching messy things. It sends a good message to them.

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Tate,
Sorry, I have been busy and off for a while. The Bandana Banana skit it in Richard Snowbergs Clowns skit book and Barry Dechant's Clown Skit book, plus others I am sure! Check your Library! Hope this helps.
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RoyHM,

Thanks for the info about Tommy not getting a penny from this. Maybe now I'll go buy it. Smile
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Tate, if you do a search on Google for skits with bananas you will find many.
Here a couple links:
Cub Scout - skits with bananas

The Skit Library - The Magic Bandana
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This is a great effect can be doen for kidsa nd adults, I will now use the "magic trick of the month" line in my routine.
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It really is a wonderful routine that everyone seems to enjoy and get a lot out of.

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Does anyone have the cassette recording on MP3 that they would like to send me. I have it on tape but my computer skills suck.

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G0thike, find somebody who has computer skills. Why do you need it on your computer, anyway?

I know it's possible to get it from tape to a CD via a burner (a 'real' one...not on a computer.)
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Personally, I like the effect, but think the devels hanky which is provided looks very clunky and stiff. It also looks like something is inside after it vanishes which is why most performers ditch the hanky FAST !

I am playing with a method which vanishes the banana using a different method. In this way, you can freely toss the bandana in the air and show the hanky is really empty. This should fool magicians as well who expect a devels hanky.

Right now, I am leaning toward a plastic lined topit...but and searching for other methods. Any ideas would be appreciated.... Let's brainstorm !

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This effect really doesn't play well for kids.
Adults will love it if you can act.
Younger kids just don't get it.

Magic trick of the month club in the patter that comes with the directions.
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I think I may have already said this before.

But inregards to the hanky. I too think there is alot of HEAT on the hanky. SO what I do is place a Yellow sillk inside the hanky and when I pop the hanky to show the bananna is gone a silk flys up into the air taken all the heat off it. So at the end the bananna did indeed change into a Bandana.

You kindy get two in one here. One the bannana vanishes and chnges into a yellow bandana.

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I've never had a problem with the heat being on the hank. However, I do a two person version, so there is alot going one already. In addition, I think the shock of magic actually happening after the gags really takes the audience by surprise and provides additional cover. I have never really been called on the hank before. In fact, I always get accused of putting the banana somewhere in my jacket. I've taken to performing this act without the jacket, which also save me on dry cleaning.
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This effect kills kids if played right. I would preface it by doing another handkercheif related routine earlier in the show. make a point to refer to the hank as a bandana. They will get it when it comes time to do the banana gag. Also you can play the squishing of the banana for all its worth and the kids eat it up.

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Patrick:

Thank you. I think you solved one of the questions I had with this effect. Evertime I do it, I get great laughs from the kids. BUT, I felt they were always laughing at the antics of the banana getting squashed. I never thought they were laughing at the idea of the bandana getting mixed up. I always thought why this might be.

Your reason makes sense in that most kids are not fimiliar with what a bandana is so they have no reason to react the proper way to it.

By setting it up during the show and showing what a bandana is, this will set it up for when you perform the effect later on. I will certainly give that a try.

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Thanks for the mention Kyle.

You can also preface it this way.

Some magicians think that when any type of background music is on they should remain silent. If done right, and with perfect timing, you can talk to the recorded audio and get laughs. As a matter of fact the whole idea of you talking (and later pleading) with a recorded CD (or tape) is in itself funny.

After the audio says "....and a yellow bandana.". You shout "But it's a banana.". Then when the recording says "Pick up the bandana", you reply "Its a banana". The audio then says "Fold the bandana in half." You reply with "Its a ... Oh never mind". If you do it right it kills, and it also gets the bandana/banana point across.

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Spatrick,

Great ideas -- talking back to the recording. I was laughing just reading the idea. This allows you to introduce the term "bandana" to the kids, and still get the laughs later when you yourself mix up the two words. Brilliant!

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