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Topic: How do you feel about a NERF gun?
Message: Posted by: wizardpa (Apr 18, 2013 09:01PM)
With all of the negative feelings about guns, how do you feel about having a kid using a Nerf, dart gun to do a magic trick?
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Apr 18, 2013 09:16PM)
I personally would never include this prop, as I tend to be very conservative in my approach. This is partially because of the advice I have received from many who perform for children here, who make sound arguments on how negative perceptions can quickly turn off potential or existing clients. My younger age is another reason I tend to stay away from anything potentially controversial. I do know of others who are comfortable with incorporating such items without any backlash. It amy come down to your personal show and the brand you have created.
Message: Posted by: MichaelDouglas (Apr 18, 2013 09:17PM)
Depending on how it's used, it may work for most audiences. However, I'd not risk it.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Apr 18, 2013 11:45PM)
I think they are find as long as you're not having them pointed at anyone.
Still, it might be a tad non-PC. I probably wouldn't use one but that's just me.
Message: Posted by: The Mighty Fool (Apr 19, 2013 12:39AM)
How about a little canon on wheels instead?
Message: Posted by: wizardpa (Apr 19, 2013 10:24AM)
I bought some soft mini baseballs, and I plan on having the kid volunteer throw those at the target, instead of using the Nerf dart gun.

I could have a funnier routine with the dart gun, but I too felt that the Nerf dart gun, might be too intense for some parents.

It's too bad that because of crazy, sick people we have now come down to this.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 19, 2013 10:53AM)
For thirty plus years, I had several FUNNY bits with a blank pistol (a starter gun for training animals, starting races, etc.)

WHEN THE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS first 'hit'. The gun gags were immediately cut.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Apr 19, 2013 10:58AM)
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On 2013-04-19 11:53, Dick Oslund wrote:
For thirty plus years, I had several FUNNY bits with a blank pistol (a starter gun for training animals, starting races, etc.)

WHEN THE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS first 'hit'. The gun gags were immediately cut.
[/quote]

Me too!, and if they can suspend a kindergarten kid for make a finger gesture like a gun, another child for eating a cupcake that resembled a gun, image the Magician hauled out in handcuffs.
Message: Posted by: Julie Carpenter (Apr 19, 2013 11:03AM)
I think that as long as the gun looks totally like a toy, and you are not shooting to hurt, but maybe to hit a target or fire through a hoop, I don't have a problem
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Apr 19, 2013 04:49PM)
Wizardpa wrote: I bought some soft mini baseballs, and I plan on having the kid volunteer throw those at the target, instead of using the Nerf dart gun.

Good idea!!

When I was teaching junior children full time, if guns got a mention, I always told the kids, time and again,
'Never point a gun
at anyone."
Said at a suitable pace, it's an easy-to-remember rhyme. I got the kids to say it several times to emphasise the message.
So, if using a gun for magic, it would be easy enough to quote that rhyme as part of the trick.
Message: Posted by: Almost-A-Magician (Apr 20, 2013 10:16AM)
No guns...toy...blank...nerf or otherwise. Schools and many parents feel strongly about it. Many kids also are sensitive to it Not worth the risk IMO.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Apr 20, 2013 12:18PM)
The only "gun" is use in my show is the Smokey Mountain "Pop Gun", because it doesn't look like a gun at all. It's a great prop which looks really cool, but is so far removed from any normal person's concept of a "gun", that I think it's OK.

I also use the miniature cannons in my flea circuses - but cannons are so ancient, my feeling is that they don't seem like "weapons" any more - folks might see them in museums, and old ships, but otherwise, are most likely to encounter them in entertainment - such as circuses, and magic acts.

I would also have no problem using a "Bubble Gun", or a "Silly String Gun", but even with those, I think you have to be a little careful, because they do tend to resemble real guns far more.

Needless to say, boys frequently ask for balloon guns, which I don't mind making, although I've sometimes been asked not to make them.

And one of the best "gun" routines I know of, is Scott Alexander's Paint Ball routine. That does use a paintball gun that looks pretty scary. I think it's suitable for older kids and adults, but certainly not younger children.
Message: Posted by: KC Cameron (Apr 23, 2013 06:00PM)
As good as it may be, it WILL have negative repercussions with most schools (in the US, anyway) and many parents.

Yes, it may be crazy, but PUT DOWN THE GUN if you like being hired.