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Topic: Mini Orange cones
Message: Posted by: harris (Jul 31, 2003 04:15PM)
Does anyone know of a source for very small orange or yellow cones.

They are mine versions of the larger ones used in divert traffic on the road or in stores.

Thanks in advance.

I thought I would try them instead of tape as a barrier between the audience and my area at next seasons library shows.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Jul 31, 2003 05:33PM)
I think a toy store might have these as well as a sports store as well. Any place that sells stuff for street hockey etc. might also have them. I would also check out a store like Zaney Brainey. They also might carry them. I hope this helps give you some ideas. Let me know if you find them.
Message: Posted by: R2 (Aug 1, 2003 07:38AM)
Try this place.

They have a huge amount of barrier type equipment.
Message: Posted by: phill (Aug 1, 2003 07:41AM)
Harris -
A place like "Sport's Authority" ( a sport's super store like a Home Depot) would have what you are looking for. You could also try a place like Toy's R Us. I have seen them with some pretty interesting cut-outs and designs.
Like Kyle ststes they are used for street hockey and I have also seen them used for soccer.
There is also a flatter/lower sized plastic disks/markers (kind of like a frisbee with a whole in the middle) that could serve the same purpose.
Happy hunting!

Message: Posted by: p.b.jones (Aug 1, 2003 09:15AM)
I tried them and found that thae kids seem to find them distracting and want to play with them also becase they are small and light the kids tend to bang them anoyinly on the floor.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 1, 2003 11:09AM)
I agree with Phillip. Anything like that that is placed on the floor as a barrier, tends to be picked up and played with and becomes a distraction during the performance.

Personally, I do not use any barrier type of devices. in my intro speech I create the room I need and remind the children that we must have our stage area so that everyone can see the magic happen. if they start to creep on me, a simple reminder usually works well.

I do know they have out on the market what I think is called a kid show marker tape. It is a yellow tape that sort of resembles a cop "Do Not Cross" tape but is geared at children and can be placed down on the floor. I do not know much about it and wonder oif anyone knows more information on this.
Message: Posted by: harris (Aug 1, 2003 11:54AM)

I have not used a marker as such.

Librarians have tape available.

I just saw a singer at the Library do a program.

He had great tables,back drop,great stand up "sets" signs(with his name and contact info) sound system and the cones.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 1, 2003 03:03PM)
Give it a try and see if it works for you. Let us know how it goes.
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Aug 1, 2003 04:00PM)
Just got finished with 85 library shows for the summer vacation. Sad to see that it is over. I really enjoy them.

I have been doing them for 10 years now. And I too have found that the cones are total distration. I use BLUE painters tape. I also make a alittle aisle in middle. This makes it easy to get helpers to help and as I do my storytelling I walk up and down the aisle and this is very affictive it really gets the kids in backinto the show with my simply walking up and down the aisle.

I send a lay out of how I would like the show performance area. Most of the time the llibrarians had it ready for me and they thanked me for giving them the lay out.

Ken Scott
Message: Posted by: harris (Aug 1, 2003 04:31PM)
Phill, and Rey

Thanks for the lead on the sportz store and web link,


Thanks for the input on the distractiveness(sic??)


Thanks for the input on the tape.

I love library gigs and do a lot of them.

We go through August with them around here.

Our theme this summer was Laugh it up at Your Library.

Nigel got a great T-Shirt with the Laugh it up Logo on it.

Great idea on the painter tape.

Does it come in Yellow, green or red???


I can ask at one of my favorite magic stores.

Wal-Mart that is.

Harris Deutsch
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Aug 1, 2003 05:39PM)
Yea I think they do have it in different colors. Our theme this year was " Books Ahoy" boats, underwater, pirates, etc.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 1, 2003 09:28PM)
I like the tape idea. I think this works well because the tape will stick to the floor or rug area and be a lot harder for the kids to tamper with or move. I think that is the most logical solution.
Message: Posted by: David Garrity (Aug 1, 2003 09:34PM)

The cones you are looking for are here:


I still use cones when doing a show in a school gymnasium. However, if you string jump ropes from cone to cone it will discourage the kids from playing with the cones and create a solid audience line to work within.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 1, 2003 09:39PM)
If that works well for you, then I would certainly keep doing it. I have just not had much success with trying it that way. The kids in the Philadelphia area love to play with anything within their own reach. If I have cones down or rope, I can guarentee that the kids are going to start playing with it and cause a distraction during the performance.

I like the tape idea since I feel that is a bit harder for the kids to pick up and cause problems with. I am going to give that a try and see what happens for me.
Message: Posted by: p.b.jones (Aug 2, 2003 02:29AM)
I use masking tape (this could be what Ken refers to as painters tape) the only minor hasstle I have had with it over the years in that although it wo't take the paint/varnish/colour off the floor it will leave a visible line (that looks like you have taken the varnish off) if the floor you stuck it to was a bit dirty.
Message: Posted by: Andy Wonder (Aug 2, 2003 03:25AM)
Those cones I am sure would be such a distraction. You may as well lay out candy as a barrier.
Message: Posted by: Emazdad (Aug 2, 2003 04:32AM)
Anything you use has the words PLAY WITH ME in invisable letters that only the kids can read.

I use low tac masking tape, the stuff you use when painting. It comes up easy at the end and doesn't ruin the floor
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Aug 2, 2003 07:03AM)

Yea the painters tape is easy to get up and does not take anything off the floor. Real easy to get up. It is a little more expensive but worth it.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 2, 2003 08:57AM)
Painters tape is the same type of thing as we artist call Drafting Tape. Drafting tape looks like masking tape but does not have the tackiness of regular tape. It is made to nbe used and pulled off of surfaces without causing any damage. It may even be cheaper then the painters tape.

You are so right about anything having the words.. PLAY WITH ME written all over it. I have learned the hard way by trying cones and even rope. Nothing works well. Anything the kids can lift up and move will be played with and become a big distraction. Tape works the best for me when I need it.
Message: Posted by: Comet (Jun 5, 2004 06:00PM)
The cones could be a good idea if you use them for something. I'd use them for a barrier during the show and then have two kids come up with them for the final effect (or something close to the end if you have a favorite closer) use them in some sort of safety effect (produceing something or as an illistration for the effect) that way they're picked up at the end so nobody decides to play with them and hurt someone (kids will be kids)
the best way I can think of to STOP the kids from playing with them during the show is to refer to them during the show something like. " are my cones still there? Whew! good we woldn't want to loose those." A distraction? well maybe but NOT if you refer to them as something "special" that will be used during the show.
As for the kids picking them up you can just totally STOP everything you're doing when they get picked up. Believe me the other kids will put a stop to someone playing with the cones and you won't look like the bad guy. remember they're important and we're using them in the show... they're special. Just warn the kids that "IF" someone pickes them up or goes past them your tricks don't work. for some reason everything stops and we wouldn't want to miss anything during the show would we? We only have a short time to be together and we don't want to have to miss a trick.
well anyway that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Joe Comet
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Jun 6, 2004 05:07AM)
I think they use them in soccer (football) training
Message: Posted by: jnrussell (May 6, 2012 03:52PM)
I have seen those cones (6") at dollar stores in sets of 2. But I do agree that if you put it there, it won't stay there for long!
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (May 6, 2012 05:31PM)
You can get a set of 8 mini cones at the automotive supply store. Like Pep Boys or any other auto junk store. You can even put sticks in them, and string rope across the sticks. I have found that little kids collect them and bring them back to me.

Have Fun
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (May 6, 2012 06:34PM)
We use the Magic Zone Tape. There was a roll for sale in the Let's Make A Deal section just the other day.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (May 6, 2012 07:37PM)
I agree that the cones would be a distraction...but if you reallt want to give them a try, check out Dunham's. They have them for use in soccer, etc. I would imagine that any sports supply store would have them.

I've never had a problem...kids seems to sit tight and watch.

I have a show May 18th...probably just jinxed myself!
Message: Posted by: John Martin (May 6, 2012 07:44PM)
Quit often Dollar stores have these mini cones.

Message: Posted by: harris (May 7, 2012 09:19AM)
From mini cones....to....

Anyone use the cones or cups-mini or larger to have the kids do stacking?

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 7, 2012 09:59PM)
I've discovered that if I just lie down a rope, kids automagically always sit behind it without ever mentioning it.
In fact, when I start my show I mention that fact to the parents and the parents find it quite humourous that I can
get them to do what I want without a word.

Then when it's time for the rope trick, it's a perfect opportunity to get some comedy out of not
being able to find your rope in your case.

The kids will shout and scream ad nauseum til you find it on the floor.
You can get as much mileage out of this little bit as a rabbit salesman can with hundreds of dollars worth of "bigger wands"
and it all fits in your pocket for less than a $1.

If you bring mini cones you've got a candidate for kids kicking them for sport, IMO.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (May 7, 2012 10:09PM)
They collect the cones and proudly bring them up to me. I have a set of 8 that I hardly ever use. As long as you can keep them with their legs crossed you are good to go.
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (May 7, 2012 10:40PM)

I would suggest getting some electrical wire, 10 gauge would do it; strip off the insulation and tape it to the floor at each end. Take one end of the striped wire and connect it to an electric plug and plug it into a 110 volt wall receptacle.

This should keep all the kids behind the barrier after the first kid touches it and lights himself up; it works 100% of the time
Message: Posted by: billappleton (May 8, 2012 09:37AM)
I use an outdoor patio mat about 12 foot by 9, they sell them at camping world for about $50

the mat is a heavy woven nylon or plastic material and can be folder up, although be aware they are pretty big even folded


this is helpful if the kids are on grass or concrete or if there is dirt

I just tell them to stay on the mat
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (May 8, 2012 03:26PM)
9 X 12 is a good size mat; I would use this mat and think itís a good idea, some here think that anything that does not fit into a small case on a first trip is too large to use
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (May 9, 2012 01:00PM)
The cones work well for me and I got them at a "Dollar Store"
Message: Posted by: TheGreatNancini (May 9, 2012 05:27PM)
We have used cones for quite sometime in our school shows. In fact it is the Phys Ed teachers that gave us the idea.

We have never had an issue with the kids messing with them, but I am sure there is a first time for everything.

We have also used the painters tape and that works extremely well, but it gets expensive when you are performing full time.

Message: Posted by: noland (May 10, 2012 12:26PM)
I use 3 orange cones (I lost the 4th one in the 4-cone set I bought at Walmart). I find them especially useful for birthday parties to help establish where the front edge of the sitting area is. Without the cones, kids tend to sit right up against my table, and then I have to back up the audience which I find to be a nuisance. Kids do sometimes play with the cones during the show, but not as often as you might think. If that happens, I just quietly walk up to the child playing with the cone, and, without making a big deal of it, comment that "we don't really need these anymore," and put the cone away. After the show has started, there is less of a need for the cones anyway because the front line of kids defines the line separating my performing area from the sitting area. I used to use rope to create a line, but I found it was a much bigger temptation, especially to younger kids, to start playing with, although I do like Frank Starsini's way incorporating it into the performance both as a gag and an actual prop.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hilly (May 10, 2012 04:05PM)
I didn't have much luck with the cones either, even had one come flying towards me at a preschool. Now I use the cheapest masking tape I can find. It doesn't stick as well so doesn't leave any residue on plain floors or pull on carpeting. At least so far.