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Message: Posted by: Alex Palombo (Mar 20, 2009 02:58PM)
Does anyone have any tips for PB&J for a kid magician.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Mar 21, 2009 12:40PM)
Hi Alex -

Here's a link to an article that might help you:

[url=http://www.sillymagic.com/columnslookdontsee.htm]-->Online reprint of Bruce Bray's PB&J routine, from Silly Billy's MAGIC Magazine Column.[/url]

- Donald
Message: Posted by: KidMagic (Mar 22, 2009 02:47PM)
On 2009-03-21 13:40, Donald Dunphy wrote:
Hi Alex -

Here's a link to an article that might help you:

[url=http://www.sillymagic.com/columnslookdontsee.htm]-->Online reprint of Bruce Bray's PB&J routine, from Silly Billy's MAGIC Magazine Column.[/url]

- Donald


Thanks for the link! By reading the first paragraph I began notice how much children really do love this type of comedy, I am already working on a few routines that I can change to fit this principale. If you apply it to the right routine you could turn a 2 minute trick into a 10 minute routine that is absolutely hilarious!

Thanks again!
Message: Posted by: Alex Palombo (Mar 23, 2009 08:01AM)
Thanks to all that posted.
Message: Posted by: LMLipman (Apr 4, 2009 05:15PM)
I do a version of Dave Risley's PB&J and have a shout-out to my friend Turley the Magician who helped me refine the look-don't-see aspect of the routine.

Dave's version does not use the standard black rubber shells. Instead it uses a hard, paint-can type of cover. I won't expose how it's gimmicked but the gist is that you can lift the cover and show either the peanut butter or the jelly.

One thing I really like about Dave's version is that the peanut butter jar shown is Peter Pan peanut butter. First, this is a real brand, but even better, it gives me a chance to ask the kids if they know anything about Peter Pan. You'll have the kids clamoring to tell you all about Peter Pan. The key thing I want is for one child to mention that Peter Pan can fly.

That gives me the opportunity to say that Peter Pan peanut butter can also fly. I ask if they want to see it visibly or invisibly? No matter what they yell, I always agree to show it to them invisibly. So I do the bit with pretending that the peanut butter has flown from one can to the other and the jelly has done the same. But before I pick up the cans, I have them "fly" back to their original cans and then show that the peanut butter and the jelly are back where they started.

Of course the kids will scream that nothing happened. At this point, I move in front of and to the side of my table, reach over to the can covering the jelly and pick it up while saying, "the peanut butter can't be over here" and they scream that they now see it there. You can keep showing the peanut butter and putting the can back down for quite a while. I like to then say that the kids don't understand the trick and move behind my table and lift off the cans showing the jars in their original positions. Then I show the peanut butter again under the jelly (which I of course still don't see). I'll ask the kids if I pick up the can where the jelly is supposed to be if I'll see peanut butter. The kids say yes, and of course when I pick it up while looking it's just jelly. Finally, I'll show both jars have switched places. By now the kids are exhausted.

I do finish with the sandwich production, but it's really an anti-climax to the switching of the jars. The reason I do it is that it's another opportunity for me to use a child to help me. I show the empty bag,put in two slices of bread, make the switch while grabbing a wand and then say the child is going to turn those two pieces of bread into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. "And if she does, I think she deserves a huge round of applause." All she does is hold the bag and the wand and say the magic words. But I get a lot of parents taking a photo of their child holding the bag and the wand.

I then take a bite out of the sandwich, just to show it's real while asking for applause for my helper.

This is a killer trick and I now do it in almost every show. The one show I don't do it for is when all of the children are going to be very (3-years-old) young. I find they don't understand the concept that the jars have switched.
Message: Posted by: Beowulf (Apr 5, 2009 10:49AM)
Thought about the jar-opening bit but never saw the need to prove anything. Bought PB&J when it first came out and have used it regularly ever since. Might be two decades by now. On the Café I saw the suggestion about emptying the jelly jar and painting the inside black, thought it was a great idea, but kept forgetting to do it. Until last month when it was a bit slow, so I opened the jelly jars. Teach me to put off until tomorrow... On the other hand, the paint worked great: weight reduction is super, and the fear about a jar ever dropping is greatly reduced.

Tip: for the bag, I added a piece of cardboard covered in brown paper. Under it goes the sandwich, and on top goes a hat coil (noodles), and various foam leftovers. Emptying out the coil proves the bag empty, and when I put the bread slices in, I flip the cardboard and sandwich to the top, slices underneath.
Message: Posted by: whitjm5 (Apr 5, 2009 10:11PM)

Someone recommended putting black plastic trash bags in mine, so I did. It looks great and there's even some 'texture' inside the jars as a result. Good stuff. :D
Message: Posted by: jackturk (Apr 6, 2009 12:39AM)
I do PB&J all the time and it kills.

The reason it kills has less to do with the props
and everything to do with my reaction.

I am totally oblivious to what's happening and my
reaction gets more and more and more animated and
frustrated as time progresses. By the time the
routine ends, I'm practically begging for the
kids' help in figuring out what's happening.

Of course, they love this.

There's lots of great nuances and bits to go with
this routine, and I'm sure they bring a lot to the

But you can get a whole lot of mileage from this
trick with just personality alone. I suggest you
start by maximizing there.