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Great...I see now. It does tell you to turn the box completely upside down and "dump" all the contents on the table...I see now where the 2nd banana comes in play. Like mentioned before in a previous post, A bandana could be reproduced and a note saying enjoy your "bonus" banana on us. The Banana Magic Company.....hmmmmm.
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Nice show Eric...seems the kids really like you and that's a Talent in itself.
Thanks again!
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I agree....the voice-over definitely needs some work. An update if you will. I am having someone professionally record a new script for the vanishing bandana. I was wondering if any of youy magis had any funny lines or what not to add to it. Let's get the creative juices flowing.

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I have a friend from England and we have talked about doing a customized version with his British accent. I shave my head, so there are some jokes about that we've talked about making. For example:

"The next step is to move two paces to the left."

"Umm...what does that have to do with the trick?"

"Oh, nothing. The glare from your head was burning my eyes."
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How about at one point having the directions tell you to put the bandana in your pocket or your assitants pocket.....

How about the directions telling you, right before you vanish the bandana, for comedy effect...blow your nose in the bandana.

I tried substituting a cat for the banana...it doesn't work.
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Do most kids know what a bandana is? I'm not sure they would in Britain. I know bananas are inherently funny but I'd like to think of an alternative near-homophone pairing.
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Keeping it simple is the most important factor in this effect. I Tell the Audience I received this package today and wanted to share with all of you how us Magicians learn a trick. I open the box. (I use a priority shipping box from the Post Office, it's free.) I take the CD out and have the Emcee play it. The next 3 minutes is base on facial expressions and reactions. I actually walk up to someone and almost wipe that banana on their face. This is one of the biggest laughs I get during the routine. I found the messier you make it, the more laughs you get. The ending is kind of anticlimatic, but the laughs are worth more than the magic.
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Excellent ideas on new patter for the CD. I"M interested to hear what others have to say.

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The video was great! I loved the use of expressions to sell it!

I recently did the effect at a media party, and I used the "Acme Magic" box to contain the props, and on it I'd stuck all sorts of stamps and stickers I got off letters and parcels, to make it look like it came in the mail.

Then when I brought the box out to do the trick, I told the audience "I'm a member of the 'Trick Of the Month' club." It got a nice little laugh! LOL!
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There was a time when I decided being a clown would be a good idea, and it worked well for 2 years. During this time I did the Bandana sketch with my partner, she was going to teach me the trick all I had to do was follow her instructions.

If you are not aware of this routine, the 1st clown has a bandana as apposed to the 2nd clown with the bandana. Just this month I thought I would add it to a show I was booked for, but instead of using a cassette recording I decided to hand the written instructions to a member of the audience, not a child, because I reasoned that not all children are great readers.

So I decided to ask an adult to do the job. BIG MISTAKE! Apart from being nervous he kept referring to the bandana as a banana following a remark from a kid in the audience who shouted out "That's a banana" Consequently the whole routine "Fell on its bottom".

My advice is, if you're going to do it, then do it with the recording the trick comes with. Australian kids don't really know completely what a bandana is and the "gag confusion" is not appreciated. Or get a partner and do the clown skit.
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Great job Eric. You certainly put on a great routine. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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I was under the understanding that this was invented by Howard Hale. Does anyone know. I wore my set out from using it at so many shows so I ordered a new one from Murphy's the other day and this swwms to be a rip off put out by Fab Magic. does anyone out there have the answer as to who's this is ??
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I like David Copperfield's version best. the "Mr Rodgers" script make me almost cry from laughing.
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Does anyone know where I can locate David Copperfield doing this routine? I'd love to get my hands on it. Please PM me

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There is a rather long and sordid tale concerning Tom Ogden, David Copperfield and this trick. But, I digress...

I watched a couple of the videos here and something doesn't jive. The premise of the joke, obviously, is that the magician is making the mistake of confusing 'bandana' for 'banana'. It really makes no sense that the package would arrive from the fictitious magic shop (or wherever you claim it's from) with a banana instead of a bandana. The gag is far funnier when it is the magician who is confused and supplies the wrong item.
Also, following the logic that this is meant to be (within the context of the comedy playlet) a real 'Vanishing Bandana' trick, why would someone vanish a bandana by placing it into yet another, albeit larger, bandana?

One of the nice things about Copperfield's routine (stolen though it may have been) was that it solved this illogic. David "borrowed" a handbag, per the recorded instructions, from an "audience member" and the banana was placed into and squished in same said bag.

His performance of it is very good and the audience loves it. I saw him do this live a few years ago when he resurrected it for one of the tours and it received enormous laughs and applause.
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If you guys don't get seasick, I'll post the link to my presentation last month. I didn't have the camera on a tripod and the girl who was filming my whole show got a little tired. Smile
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On 2007-01-16 23:04, Terry Harris wrote:
I was under the understanding that this was invented by Howard Hale. Does anyone know. I wore my set out from using it at so many shows so I ordered a new one from Murphy's the other day and this swwms to be a rip off put out by Fab Magic. does anyone out there have the answer as to who's this is ??


Out of curiosity...did you get the male or female voice? My version is the female voice. I just heard the male version and I don't care for it.

JIM
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I've heard both. Neither are funny.
I would recommend making a new recording for this once you have it.
It's all in the reflexes.
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You are correct, THEY are not funny. It is up to the performer to MAKE it funny, facial expressions, body gestures etc.
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Agreed.
There are 2 ways it could go. One would be to have a very straight recording and play against it, or to have the recording be over-the-top, as David Copperfield's was, and it was quite funny.
Of course, David's performance made it funnier, but the caricature Mr. Rodgers-like voice was funny in and of itself.
It's all in the reflexes.
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