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jcrabtree2007
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I use 5 or 6 different wands in my kid's shows. They seem to enjoy them all. Its easy to do overkill on an area in magic but I don't think wands are one of them (IMO) . Wands are a source of magic (to kids) and they are always anxious to see what the different wands to. I'm with Michael- show me what they do.
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Trying to find a wand that works without backfiring is a running gag in my show. I use

breakaway
rainbow-nesting
appearing 8-foot
popsy-topsy
measel-teasel

Plus a number of objects mistaken for wands (a slinky, a monkey-puppet, a banana, etc.)

Too many wands??? No. Such. Thing.
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On 2013-07-19 02:51, Herr Brian Tabor wrote:
That sounded all snarky. I meant it to sound fun. I should have used emoticons. Like this Smile

But seriously, I didn't mean that to sound mean.


Don't worry, it didn't sound mean.

My point is that as magicians a wand is a tool of our trade. So if we have one, we should have a good one. ONE. As well as being a magician, I am a writer. The tools of my trade are a biro and a word-processor. I have one of each. I don't take out a biro to interview someone, and it breaks apart. Then I don't reach into my pocket and remove a second biro that has feathers springing from the end. A biro is the tool of my trade, and it works as it should.

A second point to consider is uniqueness. I am probably the only magician in my territory who has never owned or used a break-away wand. When kids come to my party they do not get a generic magician who does what the last generic magician did. Be honest with yourself; how many of your competition use the same wands as you? And how does that make you stand out?
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I agree that wands are a tool of our trade, but I also think that there is a lot of difference in our trade as a kids' entertainer than a magician for adults. If you were to go strictly by the premise of all trades only using one tool, then work may be much harder for doctors, mechanics, chefs, and many others to do their job. I certainly believe that everyone has the right to perform they way they think best...1 wand or 10! Using one wand may be more professional for adult entertainers, but I think that for kids you are going for laughs...and a variety of some of the great comedy wands we have available can deliver more laughs.

I believe if I was worried about using the same props as my competition, I would never be able to buy anything from the magic creators that are much more talented than I. If you use the same wands or tricks as your competitors and perform the same routine as they do, the kids may notice. But if you use your creativity to take the same props and make it even funnier, I think it is your performance they will remember, rather than the props. It's your creativity and performance that makes you stands out.... not your props!
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I think it all depends, like others have said. If you do it well, you can use a lot, but if you don't present them well it can seem like you are overdoing it. If you don't present them well you could be telling the same basic joke over and over, kind of beating a dead horse, and seem un-creative. It can slow down your show as well and not give you as much time to do tricks - if you want to do a lot of tricks in addition to gags. Of course gags and tricks often go together, but you know what I mean.
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Randy:

I notice you use the pop off wand. I've had one for years but never put it in my show because I couldn't get it to consistently pop off when I wanted it to. Sometimes it seemed to fit too tightly. Sometimes it just didn't seem to have enough pressure inside when I put the other side on to make it pop off.

Have you or others had this problem of getting the pop off to work consistently?

p.s. In my lengthy dissertation, I didn't mention that I also use the nesting wands for a different trick.
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Mine works well 99% of the time. I wonder if the black tube is too soft. I found once when it was left in my van for too long in the heat it was too soft and wouldn't work at the show. Maybe some time in the freezer might firm it up(I don't recommend trying to pop it when it is too cold, I suspect the tube might split). I put the cap on lightly on the end, even with slight angle to it. Maybe put your hand lightly on the end not to be popped when you press ,so it moves the pressure up to the top?? Not sure if that will help or not, hope it does it is a fun wand. BTW I tied the ends with a string so it doesn't shoot out of my control. I know other guys let it fly off(Like Great Zuchinni), but I like it to pop off and me not have to try to keep kids from grabbing it, or it ending up under and table and me having to bend down and hunt for it...
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There is no right or wrong. It all depends on the magician. If you feel uncomfortable by using several, take certain ones out.
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On 2013-07-18 10:36, TonyB2009 wrote:
But normally I perform wandless.


Must......resist......wisecrack......impulse!!!! Smile
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There is no right or wrong. It all depends on the magician. If you feel uncomfortable by using several, take certain ones out.


Perfect answer!
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On 2013-07-19 22:59, Dynamike wrote:
There is no right or wrong. It all depends on the magician. If you feel uncomfortable by using several, take certain ones out.


Perfect answer!

I knew the answer because I asked myself "What Would Tommy Do?"
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I use several and all in the same trick. The birthday child trick.
There's something 'wrong' with all of the wands.
Each wand that comes out corrects what's wrong with the last wand but then has it's own issues.

breakaway
spring
can't remember the name
Wibbly Wobbly (best wand ever)
Nested


As far as "too much of a good thing" goes.. that is ABSOLUTELY something we need to try to get a feeling for.
Just because 1 wand is fun and 2 wands are more fun doesn't mean 20 wands are 20x the fun.

This is the part of being a magician where we must change our role from "lover of magic props" to "director of a show".
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Frank,

I have 3 of the Wibbly Wobbly wands and wouldn't sell them unless I was on my death bed.

I like the way you think.

Thanks,

Gerry
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I use at least 8 different wands at the beginning. I act like I have a problem today with my wand, but I am prepared and always carry my extra wand. then this one has also a problem....and so on. kids love it, magic wands are a must and great to start a show.
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I think different wands can enhance your kids show lots! I have around 12 different wands (most of them mentioned before). Some I use as a single "act" (silver cepter and ker-plunk), some I use to give the kid. For my kids party at private homes, I have 3 different shows because some gonna book me again. So I have different shows, but all of them use the wand theme. I just use different gags/wands in the 3 different shows, so the spectators/kids never get bored from seing the same magic.
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That's good Marko.
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43 is too many.

42 is exactly right.

Any less and you're a cheap amateur.
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I've always used a specific gag wand for its own specific trick. For example the Pop Away Wand always went with Dom Dom Domino and the Breakaway Wand with the Rabbit in Hat routine.

TonyB made the point that the magician should only use one wand and I agree with that if it is the magician doing the trick. But in a children's show it is usually the audience helper (your instant apprentice) who is doing the magic, so it is only right that they get a wand suitable to their purpose.
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Wands can also be used during "preshow-warm up".

At summer library shows I have used.
A. A harmonica
B mine range from about an inch to a foot in length
C. Tide pen. Pause ... and my wife's favorite magic words are "SPRAY AND WASH.
D. A Legit feather duster. Used to wipe nearby books, kids clothes(while not actually making contract)
and making comment,"my wife says I should use this more at home.

I really like the way some great old threads are resurfacing. Sort of like your old clothes,said Nigel the puppet that rocks and talks.

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I'm kind of old fashioned with my wands and like the old use 3 funny wands in a row bit. It just seems to work well for me that way.
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