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As per my Wizard post would a staff be too intimidating for a kids show??
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The biggest problem with a staff is that you have to put it somewhere during your show. You can't always count on a wall or corner to stick it in and if you lay it on the floor you'll probably end up triping over it. You'd probably want something like a flag stand to put it in which means, besides the staff you've got one more thing to carry in. It might look cool if you were just walking around but unless you know a lot of tricks you can do with one hand I'd leave it at home.
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I do not know about you, but I keep thinking about a appearing 6 foot pencil! Would not be to difficult to make an appearing/disappearing staff, then you would not have to worry about what to do with it during your show.

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Good Idea!!
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I use a "10 foot" pole in my "Harry Potter" shows, It's my "Office Staff" which always gets a giggle from the adults.
There easy to produce but not so easy to vanish, unless somebody out there knows something I don't, which is more than likely.
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I'm pretty certain that I've seen an appearing/disappearing pole being marketed, woodgrain finish and all! I think Wayne Rogers (The Amazing Chicane) makes them and I've seen his stuff in US dealers catalogs - check them out.

Alternatively, a real solid staff could be just the thing to keep that troublesome brat (there's always at least one) busy - say: "Stand over there and hold this!" You can keep him there as honorary staff holder throughout the show if you want!

If you use bamboo for your staff, you could probably gimmick it with lots of magical ideas - magnets, flash units, smoke pots, sliding weight pulls - the possibilities are amazing when you think of it. If you're going to carry around a big stick, it might as well make itself useful!
BTW wasn't it Winston Churchill who said: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick'? Can you think of a better motto for a childrens entertainer!

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I just came across a discussion on the Finger/Stage Manipulation forum about cane spinning. It's actually about spinning a staff around your limbs and body. It'd probably be insane to try that in someones lounge or anywhere that the kids are too close (especially if you haven't quite got the hang of it!) but at the right time and place I bet it'd look way cool!

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"Alternatively, a real solid staff could be just the thing to keep that troublesome brat (there's always at least one) busy - say: "Stand over there and hold this!""

Careful, Bill - giving a troublemaker a big stick! Once at one of my birthday parties, I gave out the rhythm instruments to the kids when we were doing a song (tambourines, shakers, wooden rhythm sticks). Well, the kid next to the birthday kid immediately hit the birthday kid over the head with his stick! Screams and pandemonium with two kids crying (one after his mom took the sticks off him)!

The mother of the other kid was embarrassed and I'm sure she blamed me (how can I help it if someone brings up their kid without the self-discipline to stop them beating up on other kids?). The kids settled down and the show continued without further mishap, but it was a tense few minutes.

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WELL KATH IT WAS YOUR FAULT... Smile Good point. I think I will do an appearing staff. I do an appearing wand in my H. Potter show.
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On 2002-08-07 19:14, Payne wrote:
I use a "10 foot" pole in my "Harry Potter" shows, It's my "Office Staff" which always gets a giggle from the adults.
There easy to produce but not so easy to vanish, unless somebody out there knows something I don't, which is more than likely.


Use a paper shredder.

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Philemon -- you are evil Smile
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Hi all

Bill...You said...

"I just came across a discussion on the Finger/Stage Manipulation forum about cane spinning. It's actually about spinning a staff around your limbs and body"

I have performed a lot of staff manipulation routines and trained in martial arts and stage staff. If you fancy learning staff manipulations/spinning I am here to help. It is one of my specialitys Smile

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Appearing 10 foot pole:

http://www.magic.org/store/product_info.php?products_id=504

$38.40.

To ditch it just turn your back to the audience and roll it up when you are loading your other goods. Having a tall hat/wizard hat helps hide this action.
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