Creator: by Timothy Pressley
MSRP: $ 20
Skill Level: All
Instructions: 2 pages of typed paper
Type of effect: Children's party gag
Manufacturer's Write Up:
TaeWando is a magic wand that transforms into a pair of nunchucks!
Kids already have a secret suspicion that you're a ninja, how else can you accomplish all of your tricks? Now you can confirm their beliefs.
With TaeWando, you'll prove once and for all that the hand is quicker than the eye... Ouch! As you fiercely wave the nunchuck wand before each trick, you "accidentally" hit yourself time and time again... Every kid in the audience will be rolling on the floor in stitches.
The nunchuck wand's foam construction permits you to sling it around without breaking anything or seriously injuring yourself.
Just imagine the hilarious Kung-foolery that will arise from TaeWando!
Bonus Routine Included:
Banana Split is a three minute comedy routine where you demonstrates your ninja skills by slicing a banana without touching it. This routine has everything you would want in a children's magic routine: a simple plot line, audience participation, one liners and physical comedy, and an impossible feat of magic that requires no skill allowing you to focus on the presentation
How accurate is the ad copy? Accurate
What's in the box? TaeWando prop and typed instruction sheet
Is it well made: The prop is pretty much a swimming noodle adorned with rope and white tape.
Is it well taught: In a day and age where everything is given to us in digital form and with video, I felt a little let down that this was only a typed up instruction sheet. The ad copy is about as long as the instructions to do this effect. Clearly this effect was filmed live in front of actual children - why wasn't that footage included?
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" it's a petty big prop
Does it "play big?" if you're silly and self deprecating - you can always make kids laugh hysterically.
How much arts and crafts are involved? To do the banana split routine, you will need to do some advanced preparation.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) easily
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Very Satisfied
X Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
I have experience being in front of children and being silly - so this is "ok" for me, but for $20 I'd expect the consumer to get "more bang" for their buck.
Mr. Pressley please include a performance video that includes some tips, and prop care next time.
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdV5JIYSo-c