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Rupert Bair
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I think they use them in soccer (football) training
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I have seen those cones (6") at dollar stores in sets of 2. But I do agree that if you put it there, it won't stay there for long!
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You can get a set of 8 mini cones at the automotive supply store. Like Pep Boys or any other auto junk store. You can even put sticks in them, and string rope across the sticks. I have found that little kids collect them and bring them back to me.

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We use the Magic Zone Tape. There was a roll for sale in the Let's Make A Deal section just the other day.
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I agree that the cones would be a distraction...but if you reallt want to give them a try, check out Dunham's. They have them for use in soccer, etc. I would imagine that any sports supply store would have them.

I've never had a problem...kids seems to sit tight and watch.

I have a show May 18th...probably just jinxed myself!
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John Martin
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Quit often Dollar stores have these mini cones.

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From mini cones....to....


Anyone use the cones or cups-mini or larger to have the kids do stacking?


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I've discovered that if I just lie down a rope, kids automagically always sit behind it without ever mentioning it.
In fact, when I start my show I mention that fact to the parents and the parents find it quite humourous that I can
get them to do what I want without a word.

Then when it's time for the rope trick, it's a perfect opportunity to get some comedy out of not
being able to find your rope in your case.

The kids will shout and scream ad nauseum til you find it on the floor.
You can get as much mileage out of this little bit as a rabbit salesman can with hundreds of dollars worth of "bigger wands"
and it all fits in your pocket for less than a $1.


If you bring mini cones you've got a candidate for kids kicking them for sport, IMO.
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Al Angello
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They collect the cones and proudly bring them up to me. I have a set of 8 that I hardly ever use. As long as you can keep them with their legs crossed you are good to go.
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Harris;

I would suggest getting some electrical wire, 10 gauge would do it; strip off the insulation and tape it to the floor at each end. Take one end of the striped wire and connect it to an electric plug and plug it into a 110 volt wall receptacle.

This should keep all the kids behind the barrier after the first kid touches it and lights himself up; it works 100% of the time
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I use an outdoor patio mat about 12 foot by 9, they sell them at camping world for about $50

the mat is a heavy woven nylon or plastic material and can be folder up, although be aware they are pretty big even folded

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/pro......-12/8169

this is helpful if the kids are on grass or concrete or if there is dirt

I just tell them to stay on the mat
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9 X 12 is a good size mat; I would use this mat and think it’s a good idea, some here think that anything that does not fit into a small case on a first trip is too large to use
Dennis Michael
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The cones work well for me and I got them at a "Dollar Store"
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We have used cones for quite sometime in our school shows. In fact it is the Phys Ed teachers that gave us the idea.

We have never had an issue with the kids messing with them, but I am sure there is a first time for everything.

We have also used the painters tape and that works extremely well, but it gets expensive when you are performing full time.

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I use 3 orange cones (I lost the 4th one in the 4-cone set I bought at Walmart). I find them especially useful for birthday parties to help establish where the front edge of the sitting area is. Without the cones, kids tend to sit right up against my table, and then I have to back up the audience which I find to be a nuisance. Kids do sometimes play with the cones during the show, but not as often as you might think. If that happens, I just quietly walk up to the child playing with the cone, and, without making a big deal of it, comment that "we don't really need these anymore," and put the cone away. After the show has started, there is less of a need for the cones anyway because the front line of kids defines the line separating my performing area from the sitting area. I used to use rope to create a line, but I found it was a much bigger temptation, especially to younger kids, to start playing with, although I do like Frank Starsini's way incorporating it into the performance both as a gag and an actual prop.
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I didn't have much luck with the cones either, even had one come flying towards me at a preschool. Now I use the cheapest masking tape I can find. It doesn't stick as well so doesn't leave any residue on plain floors or pull on carpeting. At least so far.
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