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Topic: Multiplying bananas
Message: Posted by: Kanawati (Sep 24, 2018 09:02AM)
Hi everyone, I have added a couple of extra moves to my multiplying bananas routine. Iím sure there is nothing new here but from my own very limited experience Iíve only seen the trick demonstrated using the basic handling. I just wanted to share in case it could be of interest to some🙂 Iím also open to any advice on how I can improve my routine or handling. My performance can be seen here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OZg-ypZhy8U
Message: Posted by: stempleton (Sep 24, 2018 05:56PM)
Very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing. I might have to dig my set out. Whose bananas did you use?
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 24, 2018 06:05PM)
I did not like bananas when I was a young kid.

THEN, I learned, that I had to peel them first!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Sep 24, 2018 07:10PM)
Looks nice to me. I like your new handling. I never seen it done that way before.

There is a jumbo banana made also. I advise you to include it in your act near the end.

I advise you to include the magic word "Have a banana." Similar to "abracadabra."
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Sep 24, 2018 07:19PM)
[quote]On Sep 24, 2018, stempleton wrote:
Very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing. I might have to dig my set out. Whose bananas did you use? [/quote]

I think he is using Sponge Bananas by Alan Wong.
Message: Posted by: A Show By Joe (Sep 24, 2018 08:37PM)
Very nice take on it. I liked it a lot, and with the timing, you can add as many banana jokes you want.
Message: Posted by: Kanawati (Sep 24, 2018 09:17PM)
Thank you so much guys! I really appreciate the encouragement and many thanks also for the advice and suggestions. Dynamike is correct, I'm using Sponge Bananas by Alan Wong.
Message: Posted by: danfreed (Sep 25, 2018 08:33AM)
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Sep 25, 2018 11:57AM)
[quote]On Sep 24, 2018, Dynamike wrote:

I advise you to include the magic word "Have a banana." Similar to "abracadabra." [/quote]
For example:

(Start of the act). "Did you kids know the magic word abracadabra came from the words have a banana? Let me show you why" (act starts)

(Start of the act). "I am sure you kids know the magic word abracadabra. But let me show you all what happens when that magic word is mispronounced by saying have a banana." (act starts)
Message: Posted by: aheller5 (Oct 7, 2018 06:43PM)
Who sells a good set of multiplying banannas
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 7, 2018 09:43PM)
Alan Wong makes a great set. Do a search for "Sponge Bananas by Alan Wong". There are several dealers who sells them.
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (Oct 8, 2018 11:15AM)
Tom Frank sells these Bananas at his Lectures.

Message: Posted by: danfreed (Oct 9, 2018 08:55AM)
Some brands are too big unless you have big hands, some are made from foam, some are made from a vinyl/rubber type material, some spring up better than others, you may have to try out a few types till you find one that works for you. I get a lot of use with mine, in a show or with strolling. Get creative with incorporating them into the act.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 10, 2018 07:42AM)
Small sets of bananas are made also. A bunch of small ones can be used as a finale. https://www.google.com/search?q=small+sponge+bananas+magic&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiS6rCr8fvdAhVr5IMKHVynDCoQsAR6BAgEEAE&biw=1748&bih=846
Message: Posted by: juggler357 (May 15, 2019 02:24AM)
Hi Guys, does anyone know where I can get a set of Alans bananas from everyone seems to have sold out. Cheers
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (May 15, 2019 11:41AM)

Nice Routine.

I would have some background music playing.

Are you performing in a Storage Facility?
Message: Posted by: stempleton (May 15, 2019 03:34PM)
[quote]On May 15, 2019, juggler357 wrote:
Hi Guys, does anyone know where I can get a set of Alans bananas from everyone seems to have sold out. Cheers [/quote]
Found mine recently on the big online auction site.
Message: Posted by: TomB (Jul 13, 2019 03:33AM)
I can tell you had fun creating this. I enjoyed watching it. I can easily picture kids screaming and pointing at the new hidden banana.

For young kids, I'd probably skip the burrito breakfast and potatoe potato. And little kids don't use the word hanky anymore. I think the scarf is too big. I am not sure if a smaller brown paper bag would be good or not. For the name of the trick, maybe say in a grandeous voice, the disappearing banana in a basket trick.

I would emphasize you have just one banana at the beginning and that you are going to put it in your basket and make it disapppear. At the end , right before the count of 3, I would remind everyone that you promised everyone that you would make the "one" banana disappear.

Alternatively, you could also say in the beginning you are going to make a banana split, but you need a bunch of bananas but you only have one. Then do your multiply routine. At the end when they disappeared, say the bananas split.

The first time I saw it I thought of the old knock knock banana joke. With each knock knock a new banana appears. But at the end you would need a disappearing orange.

If you can get a green or blue banana you can get an extra laugh saying that banana was green with envy or you had a sad banana, ect.

When the banana went into the shirt, I was expecting it to come out of your ear. Similar to how people pull pens out of there noses. It seemed awkward in your shirt, but I loved the reveal. I was debating if the banana fits behind your ear like a pencil or if that's too unrealistic. I wouldnt mind seeing the banana pop up in more locations in addition to the ear and armpit.

For the background music, maybe Yellow Mellow.

I think the performance looked clean. I wasnt sure if it was sponge or shell at first. Bravo.
Message: Posted by: Kanawati (Jul 13, 2019 08:53PM)
Hi Tom, Many thanks for taking the time to review this and for sharing your ideas! I think we are kind of thinking the same! I actually did decide to drop the whole burrito breakfast line! I couldnít quite get the banana reliably balanced on my ear especially with my glasses there but I was thinking along your lines and wanted to let you know that I did try it🙂 I also noticed that if I tried to load it balanced on my ear or resting on my shoulder the ends of the banana would quickly be seen and the surprise appearance lost. With more misdirection or pointing the banana to your knee after you point it to the elbow, it may work but that misdirection wouldnít work too well on YouTube especially with repeated viewing! Many thanks for the ideas! John
Message: Posted by: 61magic (Jul 13, 2019 10:28PM)
This is great routine and your misdirection is really good. Very inspiring thank you for sharing.
Message: Posted by: Kanawati (Jul 14, 2019 05:25AM)
Many thanks 61magic! Neznarf, lol, it has turned into a storage room but Iím in my garage. I found itís a good spot to film without distracting my family. While my kids are trying to do their homework they donít have to hear me go on about bananas or some other magical patter!
Message: Posted by: TomB (Jul 14, 2019 11:11PM)
Kanawati, you are very welcome. I am glad my comments were well accepted. The thanks is for your video share.

I like how the banana seemed to have a little mischievous behavior. It reminded me of a zombie ball.

I was thinking about the banana behind the ear, and I can't help to think that the glasses can be used to hold the banana either by pin or velcro. I am thinking where the glasses curve down past your ear.
Sometimes an obstacle ends up being the answer. If you are open to the idea of modifying the banana, I imagine new doors open up, such as inserting a small magnet so the banana can stick to your front pocket (pocket has something in it for magnet to attract).

Granted, I don't have any magic bananas so I might be missing something.