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First time I saw it where I liked it. He did a good job.
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No one does it like Copperfield!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_PJbIBnl1w
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I'm not sure what was different in the demonstration in the OP than many other performances I have seen with this routine.
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What is different is the performer on stage. They laughed at him as well as the tape.
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On 2013-08-27 17:19, Pete Biro wrote:
First time I saw it where I liked it. He did a good job.

Agreed.
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David has always been a alsome performer.
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Enjoyed it -- thanks for sharing!
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On 2013-08-28 21:49, charliecheckers wrote:
I'm not sure what was different in the demonstration in the OP than many other performances I have seen with this routine.

The reason I think it plays so well for him is because english is not his mother tongue. It is easier to buy his misconception with the two words.
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Sule,

Two diff. individuals,two diff. presentations. One of them did not use a stooge.
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I saw Copperfield do this at a live show many decades ago and believe it is the inspiration for the children's show I am currently working on. The premise is Inviso the Magician never shows up and the assistant performs the entire show by following audio instructions. I had never intended to use the Bandana/Banana routine but seeing it again shows how strong it would be with children. I can see doing it with the added bit of looking for a yellow bandana in the prop box and pulling out many thing including a yellow handkerchief before finding the yellow banana. Later in the routine when you "put the bandana in the handkerchief" the audio points out that a bandana and handkerchief are very similar and you can look over at the yellow handkerchief sitting openly on the table.
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Inviso, I believe this has been discussed elsewhere, but the problem with gearing this act to children is that most kids today will be unfamiliar with the word "bandanna." It simply isn't a common term anymore (it has gone out of fashion, like "dungarees.")
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Thanks, Motley Mage, very good point to consider. Perhaps that's why I have only seen it performed for adults. They are old enough to remember what a bandana is, and they know the performer knows what a bandana is, and it all comes off as a "cute" bit. I was spit-balling on the improvised performance. In my head right now I am seeing the performer pick up the actual bandana, once noticing it on the table and realizing the mistake he has made, and adding it to the handkerchief with the banana before the big vanish. Of course, if the audio doesn't make it clear that a bandana is a "brightly coloured scarf" it may not help the whole joke.
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They still sell many and varied bandanas for craft purposes at stores like Hobby Lobby!

Terry
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I entered this video into a contest...it is a different take on the effect. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grhYfpz4tAY

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Events like the Melboune Comedy Festival are usually associated with comedians doing their own original material. Comics often cover the same ground but in completely different and original ways. The plots in magicians' effects often act in the same way as the themes do for stand ups. They provide a foundation on which an original presentation, script or twist is layered.

I'm amazed to see, at a festival such as this, someone doing a routine straight out the box and off the shelf with absolutely nothing original added.

If people want to have their routines served up to them on a plate that's up to them and fine by me... but at a comedy festival?

And while I'm talking on a thread featuring the Vanishing Bandana. Can anyone tell me what distinguishes a 'darkly coloured square of fabric', from a bandana? What, - apart from not being bothered about what you're doing; or being too lazy to use something different from the inappropriate Devil's Hanky that comes with the routine, - is the rationale of using a Devil's Hanky (a bandana) to vanish a "bandana"?

To my mind this is nonsense.
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Sealegs, that's quite a fascinatng point of view! In all the years that I've watched performances of the Vanishing Bandana, and read comments on the routine, it has never crossed my mind that a 'darkly colored square of fabric' was similar to a bandana! Or to think of a Devils' Hank as a bandana. Must be a cultural thing....

Murf
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Mark, I think that's a cute take on the routine - if I had one critique I think it moves a little slowly - for the premise. The trick of the month club sounds like a low tech huckster sort of gimmick - I would expect a used car salesman style slick fast, maybe even to fast pitch. Hard t keep up with maybe, making you always a step or two behind, leading to the difference in effect etc... Just a thought, otherwise a nice little twist on it. Cheers.
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On 2013-09-02 09:47, myboydash wrote:
Mark, I think that's a cute take on the routine - if I had one critique I think it moves a little slowly - for the premise. The trick of the month club sounds like a low tech huckster sort of gimmick - I would expect a used car salesman style slick fast, maybe even to fast pitch. Hard t keep up with maybe, making you always a step or two behind, leading to the difference in effect etc... Just a thought, otherwise a nice little twist on it. Cheers.


Thank you for your critique, myboydash. I like your suggestions and will keep working on it, to better improve the routine.

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Mark Williams
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I've often enjoyed the concept and the trick, and attribute it to having enjoyed Copperfield's version in my youth. I agree, however, that the premise must fit beyond simply having accidentally brought or was shipped the wrong equipment. One version I've seen ends with "Now enjoy the snack we've sent you," implying that they had sent both a bandana and a banana, and the magician accidentally grabbed the wrong thing.

My take on it (which works well with kids, despite the possibly archaic term...may be a geographic thing) pokes fun at the need for instant gratification and the tendency to download magic tricks and perform without practicing. The voice is electronic and the entire trick is downloaded into a previously empty box (I use square circle for that). During the download, something goes wrong and the rest commences as usual.

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