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archini
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I'm sure I once saw this routine or something similar in 'Laughter all the way' by Ron Bishop (1968) I can't find the book right now, it's probably lost in the 'loaned to someone never to return' catagory. I may have imagined the routine in there but I have certainly read the idea somewhere.

This effect is actually one of my pet hates in magic.... It's like Kareoka magic, all charm and originality have been squeezed out of it. I liked it when I first saw Copperfield do it but now it just looks like an audition piece to me. No skill required, no originality required, just stand up and mime the gags.... Sorry guys I just don't get it. Thankfully though I suppose that the lay public sometimes do. But I couldn't bring myself to do it. I need at least an ounce of a challenge.

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In our version (Magic Enhancer version) of the Vanishing Bandana will be released at some point this summer. It will have an all-new rewritten script, and 4 other scripts as well using the devil's hank for different uses (maybe a Bill - In - Lemon too?). It will also have a totally redesigned devil's hank making clean up a breeze (and even easier for repeat performances). Of course, it doesn't stop there.....Check out our web site for more details.

I am also including a history of the effect in the manuscript. I've done some research (and so has Bill Palmer). Bill has graciously wrote the "final word" on the history of this effect. Yes, we've contacted Tom Ogden, etc. If anyone wants to see the history, please PM me and I can give them a copy of it.

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This effect is actually one of my pet hates in magic.... It's like Kareoka magic, all charm and originality have been squeezed out of it. I liked it when I first saw Copperfield do it but now it just looks like an audition piece to me. No skill required, no originality required, just stand up and mime the gags.... Sorry guys I just don't get it. Thankfully though I suppose that the lay public sometimes do. But I couldn't bring myself to do it. I need at least an ounce of a challenge.


Thank you so much John! I agree completely. I used to do this trick. Yep, it killed every time. But then I started to feel guilty. I didn't write the routine. I didn't practice the routine. All I did was stand there and do what the tape said and a few facial expressions and the audience laughed. It couldn't get any easier. I felt like I was cheating. I also realized how many others were doing this routine. I didn't want to be a clone, so I stopped doing it. Now I'm reading about people who not only want this easy comedy killer, but they don't want to clean up after the routine. Magic is NOT supposed to be easy. If you don't like working for your magic, then stop doing magic. You know what's easier than cleaning up your banana? NOT doing the trick at all!

It kills with most audiences, but hip audiences know this is overdone and "self working comedy." Maybe it's time to take the concept, and change it to fit yourself. There are many play on words that can be used. Why not let the Banana inspire? Then eat it, instead of smooshing it. It's liberating to know the audience is laughing at something you created or wrote and not something you bought. I'm sure I will offend some, which is not my intention. I just think this trick needs a rest... a very long one. I guess it's just me, but if I'm in a room full of people wearing yellow shirts, I hope I'm wearing blue that day.
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Eric, good thinking. B
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It's just laziness to include this! Of course exclusions to this include the people willing to make script adaptations to this.
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On 2007-05-13 23:22, SeasideShowman wrote:
Daffydoug wrote:

" Sad thing is that bananas are on the verge of extinction...scientists may be able to genetically engineer a solution, but otherwise they predict that within a decade, the yellow fruit will be history due to disease, etc. "

Not so true ... see this link:

http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/bananas.asp

On topic - IMHO this vanishing bandanna trick is only as good as the person performing it. I've seen it done funny and I've seen it done so poorly that it seemed as if the "entertainer" was trying to screw it up although they weren't. Over all it seems over played ...

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Actually true(I am a student of an environmental science) All edible Bananas are clones of each other, and there is very limited genetic variation therefore, meaning there is no resistance witin the species to the disease. Although they will not actually be extinct within 10 years, bit longer than that. That article is incorrect and bias to prove a point.
Sorry if I've wandered off topic!
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Sad thing is that bananas are on the verge of extinction...


Bad news for breads, cereals, and fruit salads... Great news for magic!
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In the past few months I saw 'the bandana' performed twice, each by a different performer. It bombed both times because the magicians weren't animated. I'd sure like to see this done by somebody who knows how to work an audience.
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Imagine Tom Mullica performing this, now THAT I would pay to see!
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Just FYI, Copperfield performed it in the special without reference to a Bandana and I only watched the German translation. And nonetheless, it was very, very funny. So, Bandanas or not, this routine seems to work well regardless of lanuage barriers.

I also have a question. Since I only know Copperfield's version: is that the standard routine? I.e., are you using a foldable purse like he did? Where DOES the banana go? I'd use a pull (remembering his body position, I think that's how I explained the trick to myself, but it's been years since I saw it last). Again, would that be the standard version?

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And now for something completely different...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7UeWe-SZoA
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Did anyone see the Paris Hilton look a like on "The next greatest thing" last night? She ATTEMPTED to be funny by ATTEMPTING to make a banana disappear. She was unsuccessful. The banana fell straight to the floor. Well, I guess that was kinda funny after all, funny but lame. Smile
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On 2007-05-30 14:05, jakeg wrote:
In the past few months I saw 'the bandana' performed twice, each by a different performer. It bombed both times because the magicians weren't animated. I'd sure like to see this done by somebody who knows how to work an audience.


I can share your pain on this one. I think that this is the funniest magic trick of all time. But even though I've seen it performed by more than a dozen magicians, only a handful have done it well. This is one of those rare tricks where it is about 98% presentation b/c the mechanics of it are so simple. For some reason very few can pull it off effectively.

If you want to see someonne perform it who knows how to work an audience, then by all means watch Terry Evanswood. He does it the best of anyone I've seen and he is also the master of connecting with his audience. You will not be disappointed.

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I actually perform this 7 days a week right now. I videoed my show 2 times last week. When I get the time, I'll re upload it to YouTube since the last one was really shaky.
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After visiting with Richard Hughes of Hughes Magic , I decided to get his Banana Bandana.

What you get is a fairly large, well made devil's hank, with a large, lined pocket, which makes clean up a breeze! You can read the full description on Richard's website. All I can say is this well made hank is worth the money to anyone regularly doing the vanishing bandana trick. I am certainly much happier about not having to launder the hank after every show.

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SoCalPro,

Please let us know when you upload it. I'd like to see it.

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Not everyone knows what a Bandana is and you may have to teach them. What I have done was to introduce a Bandana earlier in the show much like a throw away bit.

I just start a routine and as if by mistake I find a Bandana that was misplaced. Or I just pull it out of my pocket and act like I have no idea how it got there. This way I can hold it up for a moment and focus everyone’s attention on it while I make a comment using the word Bandana. Then I put it away and continue with the show.

Now when I do the vanishing Bandanna I can hold the bandana up and hopefully everyone will remember that I called the thing a bandana earlier. It seems to work for me.

Ray
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On 2007-08-16 19:02, Magical Dimensions wrote:
Not everyone knows what a Bandana is and you may have to teach them. What I have done was to introduce a Bandana earlier in the show much like a throw away bit.

I just start a routine and as if by mistake I find a Bandana that was misplaced. Or I just pull it out of my pocket and act like I have no idea how it got there. This way I can hold it up for a moment and focus everyone’s attention on it while I make a comment using the word Bandana. Then I put it away and continue with the show.

Now when I do the vanishing Bandanna I can hold the bandana up and hopefully everyone will remember that I called the thing a bandana earlier. It seems to work for me.

Ray


Are you from outside the U.S.? Because I have never heard of anyone who didn't know what a bandana is. But I can understand if we are talking about audiences outside the U.S.
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I have played at clubs where people could be(and were) from anywhere. You would be suprized to find that many people don't know what the word bandana means.


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Does it really matter? As long as they know what a banana is it really doesn't matter if they know what a bandana is. They see that you didn't get what you were supposed to and got a banana instead. I don't see how not knowing what a bandana is has an effect on any of the comedy.
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