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billappleton
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I've got a show with maybe 50 adults and 30 kids, a company picnic. There are adult beverages allowed at this affair.

My multiplying bottles have the "martini" labels on them, a nice set from Tora. I'm worried that adults will think I'm promoting alcohol use to children if I do this trick.

Am I over thinking this? Please advise.
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I think you will be fine using them.
The adults holding and drinking from beer bottles are a whole other problem which you have no control over.


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Thanks Larry, of course in California that would be Wine...

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Do like I use to do and call it "orange juice" throughout the routine.

Taste it and say, "yep, one hundred proof, I mean one hundred percent orange juice."

Small kids can't read the label,they take you at your word, and the adults love it.

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On 2011-09-30 23:15, billappleton wrote:
Am I over thinking this? Please advise.

Yes, you are over-thinking this.
Outside of America and Saudi Arabia the question is meaningless.
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Much depends on what you were hired to do.

If it was something extra to entertain the kids, then I say yes you may want to skip it.

But if they hired you as the company picnic entertainment, then it should be ok.


To add to my post above: You have real orange juice in the glass to begin with.
So there is no question that it is orange juice. But adults know it didn't come
from the bottle you claiming it did. Plays well if you decide to go that way.


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Just peel off the labels from some cola bottles and put them on your multiplying bottles set.
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Several years ago I tried to remove labels from Dads Root Beer bottles, as they resemble the bottles used in multiplying bottles. I could not do so however, without damaging them. I did not feel cola bottles were similiar enough to the multiplying bottles to use. I ended up just leaving the multiplying bottles without their labels and refering to root beer throughout the performance. It works just fine and I have never had an audience member question it.
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Use the labels from plastic bottles as they are easier to just peel off. Glass bottles are too stuck-on, and will tear as you peel them.

It can also help to fill the bottle with boiling water, as the heat disolves the glue and crunches up the plastic walls of the bottle, making the label just peel off. Other tecniques involve holding the bottle above the kettle and letteing steam disolve the glue.

I personally just went onto google images, found a pepsi logo (and some other brands) and printed it at the exact size I needed to fit the bottles. I then just glued them on. I would recomend using no-tear paper if you have any, as it makes the labels almost indestructable. I printed on normal paper and its starting to rough around the edges. No-Tear paper can be bought off eBay, but its about £2 an A4 sheet.

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I'm thinking of ordering Kandu's Multiplying Bottles. Does anyone know of a good comedy routine to use with MB? It would be nice to have a starting-off point.
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I would not worry about the problems, as the tone has already been set with adults drinking alcohol. Had this not been the case, it would be best to play it safe, but I think in this situation, the grown-ups are most likely of the mindset that they are properly educating the kids that some things are not for kids, but for grown-ups only. Personally, I tend to agree with this. I grew up around drinking people as a kid and hardly felt the desire to go against the grain that it wasn't something for kids.

That being said, I aquired a second set of bottles that I use exclusively for kid shows. I made them all look like Root Beer bottles. At the time, IBC could be found in 1 quart Glass bottles. I found a bunch of them at the Dollar Store, bought what I needed, and peeled off the labels.

My tubes are painted red, to coordinate with the bottles. I sometime also use a little thing I made that is a round disc that fits snugly in the top of one of the tubes like a plug. In the center of this, I have a piece of green rope sticking out. It makes the tube look like a giant firecracker or stick of dynamite. I make some comment like lets end this show with a bang. Unable to find a way to light the fuse, I pick up the firecracker to look at it. Naturally, this leaves a bottle sitting on the table, that was not seen until this point. I pretend not to see it, and the kids all start laughing and pointing. OK, it has nothing to do with the routine, per se, but the kids think it's funny.

Beginning with just a bottle and a tube, I propose to make the bottle disappear. This does not happen so I bring out a glass and another tube, proposing to start small and make a glass disappear. I cover the bottle and tell the kids to forget about it for now, and just think about the glas. Of course, when I pick up the covering tube over the glass, it has changed to a bottle! The glass is where the bottle used to be. That gets me into the routine.
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Beginning with just a bottle and a tube, I propose to make the bottle disappear. This does not happen so I bring out a glass and another tube, proposing to start small and make a glass disappear. I cover the bottle and tell the kids to forget about it for now, and just think about the glas. Of course, when I pick up the covering tube over the glass, it has changed to a bottle! The glass is where the bottle used to be. That gets me into the routine.


Thanks, Michael, that's already set my mind off. Just the kind of ideas I was hoping for.

What a great way to present this, of course, far from making the bottle disappear, many more of them keep appearing! Perhaps I should tell the kids the Captain drinks too much rum, and I was planning to make the rum vanish.....this would resonate with a lot of British kids, I'm quite sure!

:)
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I haven't Billy Bo, but I also hadn't realised how many fab products Razamatazz are now offering! Thanks!
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On 2013-03-03 15:14, Potty the Pirate wrote:


What a great way to present this, of course, far from making the bottle disappear, many more of them keep appearing!


In fact, at the end of the routine, I "discover" that I had the tubes upside down, which made them the bottles appear, instead of disappearing.

There are tons of labels available online, or if you have a decent graphics program, like PrintShop, or Photoshop, you can mock up your own that would be as customized as you'd like.

If you do print your own, do so on a laser printer, or on a copier that uses toner. Inkjet ink runs like a scalded ape when it gets wet. This is especially important if you use real liquid.

One more thing... Rather than everyone limiting their thinking to alcohol and/or soft drinks, think of other things that come in bottles and develop a routine around that. This could easily be snake oil elixer, hair tonic, brake fluid, BBQ sauce, bubble bath. or whatever. I relabeled my set of Topsy-Turvy Bottles so they look like Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. Watch the funny stuff happen when you try to teach a kid how to say "Worcestershire"!
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The way it is presented is important. You might want to make a comical story about why you would never but a bottle of wine again. Explain how you got hooked onto it. And explain now you kicked the habit because it was stronger than you expected. Or you can make up any type of comical story to where you would never buy wine again.
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The only time I have used the Multiplying bottles for kids is when I did a show for a hebrew school- my routine revolved around the Kiddush Cup and the blessing over the wine.
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Working in Utah I have to be careful with my bottles. I have found that just turning them so the label cannot be read solves the problem for me. I like the labels too much at this point to replace them. This simple solution solves both problems for me.
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The way it is presented is important. You might want to make a comical story about why you would never but a bottle of wine again. Explain how you got hooked onto it. And explain now you kicked the habit because it was stronger than you expected. Or you can make up any type of comical story to where you would never buy wine again.

Why would you want to give a message out never to buy wine? That is giving kids a warped view of what alcohol is, and will only lead to problems by making it seem mysterious and glamorous.
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On 2013-03-03 19:45, Dynamike wrote:
The way it is presented is important. You might want to make a comical story about why you would never but a bottle of wine again. Explain how you got hooked onto it. And explain now you kicked the habit because it was stronger than you expected. Or you can make up any type of comical story to where you would never buy wine again.

Why would you want to give a message out never to buy wine? That is giving kids a warped view of what alcohol is, and will only lead to problems by making it seem mysterious and glamorous.


..Yes, I must admit, when I read that, I thought it might be appropriate for older kids, or perhaps teenagers, if one was presenting an anti-drugs show.

The message is a good one, but it could be toned-down somewhat. I think to suggest that the Captain tends to enjoy his rum too much, but when I tried to magically make it vanish, I kept finding more and more of it.

But that's why I'm looking at Kandu's set, as first, there are 9 bottles, a good number, and secondly, Jef offers choices of various labels, which are kid-friendly.

I do think an anti-drinking message would be very appropriate. In the UK, most parents drink alcohol, though not, by any means all.

But if you want to convince kids that alcohol is dangerous (of course, it's the strongest narcotic, stronger even than heroin), the last thing to do is to make it mysterious or glamourise it in any way.

I forsee a comedy routine where I'm trying to get the Captain to try a "magic potion" instead of his rum, and the more he protests, the more bottles of magic potion appear. His little glass of rum might eventually turn into something very benign, like milk, or perhaps a glass of snot!

I'll have to give this some serious consideration.....so far, the responses to this thread have been very good, food for thought.
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