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Hi everybody, I'm thinking about getting a peanut butter and jelly effect. I live in rural west Tennessee so a shop is not an option. I've found three different ones on the net. I was just wondering if anyone has a recommdation? Which one do you use? Thanks in advance,
Ray
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ONLY buy one if it has Timothy Wenk's name attached to it. Couple reasons, one, he originated it and two, it's the best made of the bunch.

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I will Vouch for that!

All in favor, say eye.

Now the Nose?
Its official... The eye's are over the Nose!

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I actually don't use "Peanut Butter & Jelly", and personally find it doesn't fit me at all.
I use "Ridiculous Ravioli"...
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I bought mine from penguin magic online - it is called peanut jam and comes with the sift black covers --- it works very well. I used it recently and had a tremendous applause. But again, had I known I would have order the original too from Mr. Wenks
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I contacted Hank Lee about a month ago and was informed that Mr. Wenk stopped making them and/or stopped shipping them. I was informed that they have not received them from Mr. Wenk in a long time. So I purchased a similiar version from them with the same black rubber covers. The label of the peanut butter was slightly different than Mr. Wenk's (I have teh original version from Mr. Wenk but I needed a newer, less worn set). The one from Hank Lee cost the same-around $70.00. It is in all other respects the same as Mr. Wenk's version.

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Correct. PB&J by Wenk you cannot get new.
There are several spinoffs out there that will have to do.

Do your best to routine it well, come up with a surprise ending for those who have seen it a zillion times. This year, my routine ends with 2 live chicks produced as I tell them I'll have to settle for some scrambled eggs! Gets a superb reaction.
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I actually like the version with the hard covers rather than the soft black covers. The reason I like them better is because one is blue and the other is brown (gold actually, but it looks brown enough to make the PB connection). So it is easy for even the youngest child to follow the transpostion...

Jelly = blue
Peanut Butter = brown

When the transposition happens it is very clear to everyone. When both covers are black there is the possiblity for some confusion. Wasn't the peanut butter always on that side? Maybe he just switched the jars, covers and all?

I will admit that this doesn't have to be a bad thing if you can work that into your routine it may turn out to be a benefit.

I'm not trying to convince anyone that the set I have is better than the other, but just thought I would add my dissenting opinion in the spirit of getting a complete answer.
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Also, I remember when I had my original Wenk set the rubber would sometimes stick to the sides of the peanut butter jars. I live in a very hot and humid part of the world (Houston, TX) and I'm sure this had something to do with it, but you may need to keep the inside either powdered or treated with ArmorAll from time to time to keep the rubber slick and pliable.
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Look for Timothy Wenk's PB&J. I've seen two of them listed for sale on the Café in the past couple of months. It's worth waiting for.
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If you do a search here on the Café they may still be available. Not all items listed for sale sell.
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Sometimes they show up on the other auction site, which is where I found my set. Got it for 35 dollars shipped. It came without instructions, but I was able to figure it out! Smile It was a fairly un-used Timothy Wenk's set.

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"I actually don't use "Peanut Butter & Jelly", and personally find it doesn't fit me at all.
I use "Ridiculous Ravioli"..."

"Ridiculous Ravioli" is, in my opinion, a far more imaginative and funny effect. In England children know little of the strange American combination of Peanut Butter and Jelly. Now.........Jelly and ice-cream........that is a different story.
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PB&J is great, the Wenk set is definately best if you can find it, but change to cardboard tubes and ditch the black covers.
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I use Timothy Wenk's version in every kid's show except repeats. I suggest making two lightweight tables, one bright yellow and the other bright purple. I reveal the peanut butter first then ask the kids what do you think is on the purple table. The always say,"Jelly". I made the tables with just enough surface to uncover and place the cover on the same table. The middle is a one inch dowel. Easy transport and helps fill your stage with more color.
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I agree with dmm here.

I'm not sure what version my set is (bought them from Abbots) but the plastic covers were useless. They almost always snagged and made handling a real pain. I could never move at the rate I wanted to.

I constructed and decorated a couple of simple cardboard tubes and have never looked back. Handling now is a breeze and error free.

Rob
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Rob, did you put tops on the tubes you constructed, or did you just leave both ends open ? Since I do this trick with helpers as a rule, I would be worried the kids would peer down inside the tubes to see the lids.

I LOVE the idea of the little tables MrFye ! Since my show has a Circus theme with lot sof color, I always love colorful props.

I am gonna have to make some replacement tubes as well. I did a library show today (it is in the HUMID 90's down here), and the covers decided it was a day to be sticky. Almost blew the effect. Luckily, since I combine this routine with Bigger Wands, the wands provided the needed misdirection to give me time to deal with the sticky covers.

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Hi Tom,


"Ridiculous Ravioli" is, in my opinion, a far more imaginative and funny effect. In England children know little of the strange American combination of Peanut Butter and Jelly. Now.........Jelly and ice-cream........that is a different story.

Dave Rizley does a routine with a PBJ set but instead of jelly he uses chocolate and his ending is a reeses peanut butter cup. I don't know if that would be something you could use in your neck of the woods or not. Just a thought.

Chris
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I have trouble with sticking also. I think the armor-all might work,but I'm sure I don't want to use powder. Has anybody solved the sticky problem any other way?
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Hey Mark,

I didn't put tops on the tubes, but I did make the tubes almost twice as tall as the PB.

I guess you could put some sort of top or cover on them if you wanted to thought.

The cardboard I used was like a bristol board or card stock weight. Perfect for holding its shape and easily squeezable to do the job needed. I also made them sleightly wider to avoid the problems of the lids sticking.

All the best,

Rob
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