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Lou Hilario
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I use fanning powder (zinc stereate) in my bill manipulation act. I want to know if this is safe. I have a 10 month old baby and I do my duties as a father when he is around.
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Lou,
If ingested it can cause vomiting, seizures, diarrhea, and low blood pressure to name a few. Whether sanding wood or kicking up dust with particulates always wear a dust mask and make sure you have proper ventilation.

Congratulations on the baby. Smile
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Fanning powder has the same ingredients as baby powder. Yes it can be unsafe: http://www.wikiparenting.com/wiki/Baby_Powder_Is_Unsafe http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cg......68/2/265
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On 2008-05-24 13:05, Dynamike wrote:
Fanning powder has the same ingredients as baby powder. Yes it can be unsafe: http://www.wikiparenting.com/wiki/Baby_Powder_Is_Unsafe http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cg......68/2/265


They took out the zinc stereate many years ago when they found it unhealthy for infants and small children. So it does not have the same ingredients today that it had back in the 1960's.

There is more to Fanning Powder then zinc stereate. There is another powder it is mixed with to give it the cling properties.

Fanning Powder is so cheap that a container will last you a many years. Buy it from Norm Nielsen Magic at http://www.nnmagic.com to get a properly made powder.

It is good you are concerned, do not use it around children or yourself. Take outside if possible. Or use a paper mask when shaking in a bag. Do not open the bag until the powder has settled.
Lou Hilario
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Thanks for your replies.
My fanning powder comes from Morris Costumes (USA). It is in a salt shaker like plastic container.
I will re-phrase my question: When I am applying fanning powder on cards and bills, then I use them during practise, definitely, some powder remains in my hands. Is it safe to hold the baby?
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I wouldn't ask my doctor how to do a pass and I wouldn't ask magicians help on my childs health issues, even if we are well meaning.

I don't want to insult anyone by saying that because I am sure many magicians might have good info but...

I'll bet the doc will say "wash your hands after practice" but I am no doctor...well, a mad one so you shouldn't trust me.

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Mark,
You're putting too much stock on titles, one does not need to be a doctor to be educated. I studied medicine, but, didn't have the stomach to slice up cadavers at the age of seventeen.
If you asked a doctor something like what the most toxic wood dust is they probably won't have the answer. They'd have to look it up in a medical book or call another doctor. The fact is doctors have as many questions, if not more, as they do answers. Inhaling anything other than acceptable particles is not good for the lungs; especially when a fog is kicked up. From lawn work, household sprays, pollen, paint, shop dust, construction dust, dust storms or household dust ... dust is not good in large amounts and in the case of aespestis small amounts of long term exposure.
Now, we are not making a diagnosis and that is the distinction.

Lou, no to your second question.
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kregg
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P.S. OSHA also lists dangerous exposure, as well as, recommendations for ventilation and poison control.
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Faulkner
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Kregg,
I still douby your doctor can do a good pass:)
Matt Watts
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I havent had any trouble out of it I snort a little here a little there that will keep me going till my next show.If you have a nid arround it might not be safe for your child to breath.i would powder things outside and keep the fumes and powder away from kids. They didn't take zinc stereate out completely I have some fanning powder with it in it.I do not think you can by it from a magic shop though.lol.
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I meant to say kid.lol
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