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Deke Rivers
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My banana's bigger and thicker than most, too. But for kids' shows, I use the carrots prior to doing my "Fraidy Cat Rabbit." The kids know they're fake, but it's still amusing to them. Fake carrots, fake rabbit. What could be better?
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The Dan Garrett video in question is his "Kidshow Konnivery" VHS tape. When I first watched the tape, I thought that Dan was using a banana with multiple shells. But, NOOOOOOO! Dan was using just TWO bananas and a very clever and smooth move. Completely fooled me. And, even now knowing how the effect is done, it still fools me!! The move is that good.

I highly recommend the Garrett tape. The school performance of Dan's shown on the tape was amazing to watch. What really impressed me the most (and more so than the actual effects performed) was the audience management skills of Dan (we are talking 4-5 year olds here, folks) AND the fact that, with the exception of approximately 2 effects, Dan could have performed this entire show out of his pockets!! Think about that. Putting on a very entertaining kids' show without the necessity of all the big magic boxes and tubes and glitter. Don't get me wrong. The effects that Dan did were great effects. It's just that the other things I took away from this video were even more valuable and impressive.

Dan gets more mileage out of a handkerchief, a few 260 balloons, his "Judy the Mouse" and a piece of rope than you can possibly imagine. There ought to be a law against this.

Oh! And getting back to the banana trick, halfway through either the performance or the explanation of the effect, Dan sneaks a couple of carrots into the effect and goes from bananas to carrots and, I think, back to bananas. The moves are so smooth and unexpected that you just have to marvel at the performance. The "banana" move used and taught by Dan is worth the price of the tape.

One of the best kids's show videos out there and well worth your money and time.

Just, IMHO.
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I've got two versions, one which uses larger bananas and one that uses smaller, thinner bananas (like on Terry Herbert's DVD). They've each got their pluses and minuses in my opinion. The thicker ones seem to snap open faster, but they're not as artistically made (and painted). In contrast, the smaller bananas look a little more realistic in terms of color and markings but require a little more finesse in the handling. The routine itself (regardless of the prop used) is a lot of fun and I use it in every kid's show I do. I start out by telling the kids it's a magical banana wand, which of course makes them laugh, then I tell them I'm just kidding, that you can't really do magic with a banana. But when I go to put the banana away and up pops another! And another! And another! Maybe you CAN do magic with a banana! It might sound corny, I know, but it's usually very well received among children.
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I love the bananas and have been performing them for years. I also perform the move as a running gag, in my children's show, when I put away my carrot(s) and sponge ball(s), as well.

I use the banana move quite often as the finale of my sponge ball routine, in my roving repertoire. It looks great with sponge balls once you get the knack.

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Anyone know where to get good sponge carrots?
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On 2006-10-26 03:38, John Bowlin wrote:
Anyone know where to get good sponge carrots?


I got mine from Dan Garrett.
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I use one banana and 6 carrots in a routine wich looks like teh multiplying golfballs. works great for the kids. the carrot is for my horse and the banana for me.

the production of the third and the forth are baffling for the kids.
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I have bananas in stock and ready to go... and I have NEW MOLDS for oranges and lemons...

Don't wait 6-9 months (or longer) for Owen to make them...

http://wackomagic.com/wackomagic/Rubber_Fruit.html
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Your fruit looks great. I assume they are hollow; that being the case do they "pop up" quickly, as is needed for multiplying effects? I have had hollow latex veggies and fruit that were flimsy and tended to collapse, which made them difficult to work with.
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The sponge banana's produced by Alan Wong are worth checking out. (you can see them here) Their size, realistic look, and handling are, for me, all ideal.

I'm surprised no one else has mentioned them in this thread.
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I use Dan's Bananas, Carrots and Pickles. I still remember Dan teaching me the move at a juggling convention years ago. I never thought I would do it as well as he did. I don't know if I do it as well now but I sure get a lot of laughs and puzzled looks with them.
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The posts on this thread are from 2005, before Wong started making them.
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Randi rain also sells very nice, realistic looking bananas....
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*singing* YES....WE HAVE NO BANANAAAAAAAAS...WE HAVE NO.. oh, pardon me, what was the subject again?

I have the ones by alan wong. Theyre great, look real, and I get a TON of laugh-milleage out of them, during the search for a magic word. (abracadabra vs. have-a-banana)
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Futureal...I didn't notice how old the posts were in this thread!

I remember years ago one of my first posts on the Café had a title that went along the lines of..." I'd like a fatter banana".

I was looking for a spare set of sponge bananas that were like the one I had as I preferred them to the thinner ones. That must have been before Alan Wong made them too as no one was able to offer up any suggestions..... well none that pertained to bananas anyway...
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I end up my banana routine by having my volunteer look in the bag to tell me how many bananas are there. Instead she finds my gorilla puppet, whom I proceed to admonish for eating all the bananas.

If you watch David Ginn do the effect on Youtube, he puts it over with his usual cornball humor. A good line of his is, "This trick really has appeal." Then he groans at the corny pun. He ends up with his volunteer finding a giant banana in the bag. If you're entertaining kids regularly, I suggest that you check out all of David's videos on Youtube. He is a great children's magicians who uses a wide variety of effects. I have incorporated three of them into my act after watching him do them.
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