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RandyM
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Can someone point me to the best comedy breakaway wand. I had one a long time ago made of plastic that had a gimmick you would palm off when handing to the spec/child to help. Wasn't all that fond of it.
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I use a cheap 7 dollar wand. I don't use the gimmick however. I just use my thumb to hold the wand tight...then when they grab it...it falls apart.
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Ah, ok. I thought after all these years there might be some type of newer comedy wand available.
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There may be, but I have not seen it. Sorry!
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In my opinion the wand is obsolete Smile
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Obsolete?, Your opinion, but I suggest you try having one on hand with a purpose. Excellent for the cups and balls, a running gag, mystery. At some point , depending my mood or spec's mood I introduce at all of my performances.
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Yea, but we're not in the 1920's. this is 2004.
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Mattisdx, you couldn't be more wrong.

Sorry, but it is true.

This wand gets more laughs than most effects out there. And that is what matters.
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On 2004-08-02 00:32, mattisdx wrote:
Yea, but we're not in the 1920's. this is 2004.


By this logic, cards are obsolete, coins are obsolete, tables are obsolete.

Wands are a never-dying symbol of the magician's power. Look at how much mileage J.K. Rowling gets from wands in the Harry Potter series. Magicians have wands. It's one of our tools. It's the magician's equivalent of a wrench, a saw or a hammer.

And a nice flourish with a wand is a delight to the eye.

Regarding the breakaway wand -- yes, it's been done to death. BUT most four and five year olds have never seen one. And they are the ones who get a big charge out of them. And when you get to be my age, you will find that your contemporaries identify with it in an entirely different way. Smile

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Well said Bill.

I agree completely. I perform it on my younger audiences, and they love it!
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I love the use of a wand. I have several depending on the routine.

Using it to hit goofy spectators is one thing I do a lot... Smile

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Go Colt '45's, Go Oilers!

Now where did I put that pair of spats?
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Its the biggest laugh in my kids show.
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I agree...It is still a great prop.
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On 2004-07-29 16:03, RandyM wrote:
Ah, ok. I thought after all these years there might be some type of newer comedy wand available.

As in new type of break-away or comedy wand in general?
The only innovation in the break-away is to do away with the gimmick piece. (Although I suppose if you had a gimmick one you could throw it in the air before ditching gimmick then carry on as normal to make it bit more intriuging, however it seems a lot of effort to go to when it works very well without the extra piece anyhow).
In terms of comedy wands, in general, there are (rather ironically) more comedy wands than you could wave a stick at.
Off the top of my head: Bendy Wands (various) , Fishing pole wand, Windmill wand, Silly Billy's stetchy wand, Multiplying wands,pop-away wand...there's loads more that I can't remember right now too.
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Hank Lee used to sell a more expensive break-away-wand. As I recall it was around thirty bucks and advertised as better quality. I never bought it so I really don't know anything more about it. I would like to see a review of this wand.

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There are many types of comedy magic wands all of wich are useful if you use them properly ....and the best of these is still the break away wand.To say that it is obsolete is nonsense. Maybe you do not do children's shows ,if you do comedy and you know how to act then you can use it in your adult show and just see you will get an even bigger laugh.!!!!What are you going to use instead to update your show to the twenty first century.....a break away computer?????
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You can find them on eBay really cheap. I saw one for 99 cents one time. The most expensive one was about 5 bucks. It is worth having on hand for the youngsters. They love em'!

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I work for laymen not magicians. The classics of magic are still the working because they were and are still very good entertainment. That is what we should be about.
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On 2004-08-05 04:31, Bill Palmer wrote:
A wand is only as effective as the magician who wields it.


Now, that is a great line Bill. You get my vote for quote of the year!!!

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On 2004-08-13 14:36, Marc Levine wrote:
Its the biggest laugh in my kids show.


Maybe you need a writer. Smile
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Wow, maybe this answers my question. Just watched a Patrick Page DVD "25 Super Tricks and Funny Business for Kids' Shows" and he does a nice routine with the break away wand. I couldn't figure out how he got that gimmick back on/off so easily (without losing it forever). What you guys are saying is just use your fingers!
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My first breakaway wand was purchased in the EARLY '50S. Connie Haden made it, It was plastic, not wood, and was precision made.

I finally WORE IT OUT--after a gazillion shows. I've since had several, all worked well, but Connie's was the best. The first thing to do is to throw away the extra piece. Mattisdx may be a nice fellow, but he "aint been around long enough!"

For more years than I care to count,I do/did a routine with a straight wand, a breakaway wand, a .22cal shooting wand (made by Alexander & Bonner, and a breakaway fan.

(I now have from old pal, the late Roy Mayer, a .32 cal wand made by a St. Louis MO magician. I'll think of his name in a minute. He only made a few .32s, and you can buy mine after I've made my final exit.

The routine can run up to 5 minutes, and in Junior & Senior High Schools, it KILLS. The biz with the 'straight' wand gets some nice chuckles, the breakaway gets three laughs--each one bigger than the last. The shooting wand gets a SHOW STOP LAUGH. The fan gets a half dozen good laughs, followed by a show stop laugh, and then applause. On two occasions in Senior High Schools, the fan got me a STANDING OVATION.

Old circus clowns (and I've been one)know about the principle of COMEDY THREE. That's ONE of the 'secrets' with the breakaway wand (and fan). There are several other 'secrets'. I'm going to write up the whole routine in the book.

Breakaway wand OBSOLETE!!????? The "b" wand was a staple in Karrell Fox's club act. (and his kid show, too.) Karrell got a hernia from going to the bank with the money.

Thanks, Bill Palmer for your well chosen words.
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Vernet Magic makes the best break-away wand. It is solid and they give you what you need to repair the wand in case it breaks although that has never happened to me. It's definitely worth the extra cost compared to the other versions on the market.
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Wands including the breakaway wand kills in all my shows. Great thing about doing family and children shows is that parents keep making new kids for my shows. Most kids have never seen the breakaway wand or snake wand or silly wand. Even if they have- big deal. Kids will watch the same video over and over again (I've got kids and probably have watched the little mermaid 100 times ) so even of they are familiar with the trick- they will still enjoy the effect or routine is done correctly.
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David Kaye (silly billy ) has done some great work and has some nice ideas with magic wands. Covered in the reel magic series.
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Ha! this 81 year old brain still works! --maybe a bit slowly, but it does work.

The man from St. Louis, MO area who made the.32 cal. shooting wand, mentioned above, was FRED CATILLER. He only made a few. DALE LORZO has one, and I have one. We aint selling!
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As mentioned above in this thread, I've decided to write up the complete "WANDS & FAN ROUTINE" IN "THE" BOOK.

I'll include the "squirting water from the kid's ear", the WELLER WIENERS and the RUBBER CHICKEN from the kid's shirt--and WHY such bits of business are no longer a "good idea".
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