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Munskin
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Hi all,

I've started to use a mouth squeaker in my show, but I'm having a problem: it seems to be getting too wet in my mouth (it's in there a while for the routine), which means that it stops working. The trouble is, that just leaving it to dry doesn't seem to bring itback to full life. This is the first time that I've used a mouth squeaker and there were no instructions with the pack I bought. Does anyone have any tips about making them last longer?

Thanks,

John
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The squeakers I use are ones that fit into plastic toys. Not the usual small ones but bigger ones...and not the cloth variety that Punch and Judy workers use.

Hope that helps

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Vernon's answer is best. Use a plastic squeak toy squeaker. The cloth and membrane "swazzle" simply isn't a good option for this.

Also, be VERY careful with this thing, as every P&J "Professor" knows, you WILL eventually gag and possibly choke to death on one of these things eventually...

It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when, and how you deal with it could save your life.
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Munskin
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Are these plastic squeakers available without resorting to butchering offerings from my local pet store? Lol

John
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I've tried warblers and punch whistles and dislike both.
Vernon, what do you mean by 'large' ones?
BTW, nice blog.
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I found the squeekers at Pet Smart and at Petco. They come in a package of 3.
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I always buy up a batch when I go to a convention, as I keep on losing them. Mustve bought 20 of them so far. They last a loooooooong time.
Hope that helps.
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On 2010-05-04 12:56, gaddy wrote:

Also, be VERY careful with this thing, as every P&J "Professor" knows, you WILL eventually gag and possibly choke to death on one of these things eventually...

It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when, and how you deal with it could save your life.


At least plenty of people will hear me choking... Smile
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Munskin,
I also tried the warbler that goes into your mouth and the more I practiced with it the more I realized I was either going to swallow it or send it spewing out of my mouth like a gigantic leather spit ball. I friend turned my on to the little hand held plastic squeekers that work a lot better. Just buy a bunch when you find them, I've found that I have a tendency to blow the little metal squeeker piece out of the plastic nose piece. But hang on to the broken ones so you can show that you have something in your hand and when they try to make it work, nothing happens.

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Sale of Warblers to the public is now banned here in the UK.
I had six gross conviscated by the Police two years ago from my swag stall when open in Cambridge !

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Munskin: A lot of P&J books recommend tying the swazzle to a strong thread and then pinning it to your clothes in case you do swallow it. I never could understand what was being said through a swazzle, so I never used one.
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So, we move from a Sword Swallowing act to a Swazzle Swallowing act, with real coughs and splutters!!
The presentation makes the magic.
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Try biting gently at the middle, putting pressure at a 90% angle to how the reeds are lined up. This can allow a lot more air through both inhale and exhale reeds, and make the squeak much louder. You can also try rinsing with pure 97% rubbing alcohol, for a much more thorough cleaning, and faster drying.
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The string allows for the swazzle's quick and (relatively) easy removal if swallowed. The thread is crucial, because if you think it's unpleasant / painful to swallow this thing, just WAIT till it comes OUT! This is fine for a concealed puppeteer, but for a busker it's a dead giveaway. You may just want to go the route taken by Bob Berky and use a kazoo.
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@Munskin: I realise this is now an older thread, but can you clarify what type of squeakers you were referring to back in 2010? Is it the little plastic ones (shaped like a little tube), or were you in fact referring to the swazzle? Also, have you come across any solutions as for the care and feeding of such? If not, let me know and I can help.
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Mine stopped working no noise will come out when I blow, I think it is clogged up... what can I do?
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