The original Fun Factory had a completely clear box as seen in all the video demos. However, before we shipped the product, we realized something was needed on the corners of the clear tube to make it look more like a box. The idea came from Dave Mitchell to use red tape. The second picture shows the product we sold. However, the photo was altered to make it appear to have tape. Interesting tip bit.

Fun Factory Related Videos & Directions
WHY WOULD I WANT TO SEE THIS CONTENT IF THE PRODUCT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE?
Great question. Here’s why. I always put a great deal of content within my scripts and performance suggestions. As you scroll down through the content, you’ll notice there is much more value than just a production box. There’s stories and philosophy that can be used in other ways in your shows. So why should you care? Because there’s VALUE here, if you look.

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Fun Factory
Exclusive Barry Mitchell Product
What is a fun factory?  A better question is, “What will you produce inside the fun factory?”  Is it a candy factory, a silk factory, a treasure factory, a popcorn factory, a storyteller’s factory, or a toy factory?  Maybe a better name would be “The Creativity factory?”  Show a clear plastic base and place a 10-inch x 5.5-inch square red tube on the base.  Place a 9-inch x 6-inch square yellow tube over the red tube.  Show an empty 8-inch tall x 5-inch square clear box and drop it inside the red and yellow tubes.  Flip the magic switch and remove the colored tubes.  The clear box is now FULL of whatever you desire.  Comes with all props made in beautiful plastics, demo DVD with great ideas for presentations with candy, toys, money, silks, and MUCH more.  Also includes our new “In Plain View” clear view cloth force bag.  But wait there’s more.  We added the remote control “Handy Switch” to act as the magic or imagination switch.  It’s a working remote switch making the creative possibilities unlimited.  But that’s not all.  We pack it all in a sturdy foam lined case to protect your investment.  We even threw in art designs you can print and apply to the front of the tubes to make your effect seasonal and even more creative.

BIG Thank You to my team of brainstormers
This production item is unique but it didn’t grow from one person.  Many of my best friends have contributed ideas, thoughts, and concepts to make it better.  I sometimes think my only job is to get the ball rolling and watch the team come up with ideas.  The team that helped with the Fun Factory includes: Jim Austin, Karen Burris, Brian Daniel, Jim Kleefeld, Brad Matchett, Joe Mazzola, Dave Mitchell, Donna Rodwell, Jay Rumple and Tim Sonefelt

The Travel Case
We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to use the travel case to protect your investment.  Although this product is made VERY WELL it’s still fragile.  Please don’t throw it in you box and then be surprised that it broke.  The case and the foam inserts were designed especially for the Fun Factory.  Use it!

Simple Minded
The Fun Factory is a very simple prop with a powerful surprise at the end.  It’s not a square circle and doesn’t use black art.  The key to the magic is following a very simple formula.  Load the prop with the items you wish to produce.  Preset the load chamber on your table and place the red tube around it.  Place the yellow tube on the table but not nested around the red tube.  Place the clear tube with red edges on the table with something inside.  Using the clear tube as a box on the table will help sell the idea that it’s a box and not a tube.  With the props set in this manner you’re ready to perform.  The key is to move the props from one table to another or from one location on the table to another location.

BUILD IT
Step 1 – Place the small clear table base on your table.  If you are using a thin table top, or a clear table top like a Spider table or our Dang table, then the clear base is not necessary.  The purpose of the base is to prevent the audience from thinking back and assuming the load came from inside the table.  Trust me, audiences actually think like this.

Step 2 – Pick up the red tube along with the clear load box with thumb on the outside and fingers inside to hold the clear load box against the inside of the red tube.  Set the tube on the center of the clear base or your table.

Step 3 – Pick up the yellow tube and nest it over the red tube.  You are not showing the tubes empty at this time.

Step 4 – Remove your item from the clear tube and begin to patter about the item.  If using the “In Plain View” force bag, place it inside the clear tube.  A subtle move is to pick up the clear tube and the force bag with the same hand giving the impression that the bag is resting in the box.  Simply remove the bag from the tube with the other hand and set the tube back on the table.

PERFORM IT
Step 1 – Pick up the red tube only and show it empty.  Replace.

Step 2 – Pick up the yellow tube only and show it empty.  Replace.

Step 3 – Drop the clear tube, which appears to be a box to the audience, inside the red tube so it surrounds the clear load box.  No need to SLAM this down and possibly break it.  I hate that I have to remind SOME PEOPLE of things like this.  But I’ve been doing this long enough to know that I do.  Of course if you’re that person you don’t realize I’m talking to you so I hopefully didn’t offend you.

Step 4 – Flip the magic switch or say the magic words.

Step 5 – Remove the red and yellow tubes to reveal the production.  Ta dah!

Small Details Make BIG Improvements
You may have noticed that your Fun Factory has some beautiful vinyl question marks on the front of the tubes.  However, they do not appear in any of the videos.  The reason is simple.  We’re always finding little ways to improve our effects.  After some of the brainstorm team saw the final videos they recognized the boxes would look better with some type of design on the front.  But what would the design be?  No Chinese symbols please.  It was a big question.  Wait, that’s it, a big question mark.  The color and size of the question marks really makes the prop pop in comparison to the look in the videos.  So that’s how the question marks magically appeared.

Additional Artwork
Then came the thought of making the prop fit different themes.  That’s when the thought of additional artwork so the performer could decorate the box for different themes was born.  Simply print out the art you wish, laminate, and attach to box with double stick tape.  We do not recommend putting the tape on the vinyl question marks because it might pull the vinyl off the box.  The point is that the artwork gives you even more creative ways to use your Fun Factory.  A small sample of art is provided but massive amounts of clip art is available on the internet.  Artwork provided was created by Jay Rumple of www.performersprintshop.com.  I’m sure you will love Jay’s art so if you have specific needs contact him directly so he can customize something for you.  jayrumple@gmail.com

Taped Corners
And finally, another brainstormer, Dave Mitchell, suggested that some might be bothered by the sight of the two clear boxes inside each other.  His solution was to use a small piece of colored tape around the corners to decorate the box and hide the secret.  It’s a great solution so we fixed it.  You won’t see the taped edges in the videos but when you see it on your product you’ll be amazed how much it improves the look and completely hides the visible inner box when the load is produced.  As a side note, I told Tim Sonefelt about Dave’s suggestion and my change and he said, “You apparently don’t remember that I suggested that when you first started building the trick?”  I simply said, “Apparently not.” 

Spacer Tube
The spacer tube is provided to give more performance options.  If using a heavy load like jellybeans the spacer tube will take some of the space and cut back slightly on the weight.  However, the real reason for the tube is to use as an additional production holder.  On the demo videos you’ll see how the tube is used to hold rainbow streamers.  We also use it for our popcorn production. It’s just one more way to make the Fun Factory a creativity factory.

The Magic Switch
Some magicians haven’t understood why I included this item.  I REALLY LIKE IT!  But in addition to really liking the switch, which really is magic since it’s a real remote, I love the little tags we created to attach to the back of the switch.  They are ready for your use.  A piece of double stick tape is waiting for you.  I love to use them to talk about how we flip on our imagination switch every time we open a book and begin to read.  It’s a great message for a library show.  In addition, you can simply say that we have to flip on our imagination switch every time we see a magic show.  The little switch is one of my favorite parts of the routine and much better than the standard wave of a wand or abracadabra magic words.

Giveaway Candy
Be prepared if you’re performing a candy production for the kids to ask for candy.  If it’s a birthday party or small event be sure to have extra candy to giveaway. 

Routine Ideas

Candy Factory Script
(This is my basic routine and the reason the product was created.)
If you love candy raise your hand.  So do I.  That’s why I created my own magic candy factory.

It’s the Dentist’s demon, the tooth fairy’s nightmare, and my very own dream machine . . . it’s the Candy Factory.  Everyone loves candy especially your Dentist.  He gets to see you much more often when you eat candy.

I love candy so much I even wrote a song about it.
Tooth decay, tooth decay, candy is dandy and this bag is mine.
Tooth decay, tooth decay, grape, cherry, strawberry, lemon & lime.
Tooth decay, tooth decay, sugar and spices and honey is fine.
I may need to stop singing that.  I think I’m getting a cavity in a molar.  Nasty.

I need a helper so we can make some candy.

These are some of my favorite candies.  There are peppermints, spearmints, cinnamon drops, lollipops, jellybeans, butter creams, and everlasting gobstoppers. I need you to choose one and we’ll make some candy.  Ah, a peppermint.  Mmm. Today we’ll use my candy factory to make our own peppermints.

My candy factory is made up of three parts, a red tube, a yellow tube, and a clear box to catch the candy. Since you chose peppermints we’ll magically fill the box with peppermints.  This is the magic switch.  There’s no need in me doing all the work so you get to flip the switch.  Flip the switch one time.  Perfect, now switch it off.  If we leave it on it will make candy all day. Let’s see how we did.  We did it!  You did a great job and I’ll share a few peppermints with you.

Using cans as a base
During the brainstorm process it occurred to me that four small tomato paste cans could be used as legs for the clear table base.  These legs could represent four elements or ingredients to make the candy.  Cover the cans with labels to represent sugar, corn syrup, flavorings, and food color or whatever you wish.  The reason for the idea is to lift the prop higher off the table proving that the final load did not come from under the table.  It also allows for a different line of patter as you build your prop on stage. Thinking about using four elements as the base gave me the idea for teaching my S.T.O.R.Y. formula using the Fun Factory.

Story Factory & Clue Seeds
In my book, “Let Me Tell You A Story,”
(Book available at www.barrymitchellproducts.com) I describe my formula for a good story.  I’ve included this chapter near the bottom of these directions.

A good story must include a:
S – Setting
T – The characters
O – Obstacle
R – Resolution
Y – Yippee

When I first decided to use this in a children’s show I was concerned that it would be too far over the children’s heads.  However, I was wrong.  Tim Sonefelt has used my STORY acronym in one of his summer reading programs with great results.  He is the one that designed the art, which is provided with these directions.  He printed the art on a banner and used it with his show.  However, I decided to refer to it as I told the story and it seemed to work very well.

My experience was very positive using it in library shows.  I printed out the 11 x 17 size and laminated.  I attached this to the front of my table so I could draw attention to it as I told the story.  Since the library shows were small the small size of the print seemed fine.  The full presentation of my story factory with the Ugly Duckling is one of the demo dvds.  The Ugly Duck silk set is a product of Tim Sonefelt available at www.wonderimagery.com.

The idea of clue seeds opens up an entire world of possibilities for the Fun Factory.  Here are just a few.

Noah Story Factory (See demo DVD)
Clue seeds: six items with one relating to the Noah’s Ark story.

Possible clues inside production box: Small bottle of water with “Rain Water,” sticker, Rainbow streamer, Two toy animals slightly different to represent boy and girl, Insurance Policy (Most magicians own the insurance policy card trick),Toy saw

Benjamin Franklin Story Clues (See demo DVD)
Clue seeds: six bills in all denominations 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, & $100 bill

Possible clues inside production box: Key, Glasses, Library card, Book,Turkey (Franklin suggested turkey as national symbol instead of eagle) and Political cartoon (Cartoon art is provided on CD)

George Washington Carver
I’m a big fan of Carver because of his example of creativity.  His work with peanuts truly changed our world.  A great story clue idea might be to produce the box full of peanuts and other items that relate to Carver’s research.  If you do a little digging into his work you’ll discover that he discovered over 300 different uses for the peanut.  That means there’s lots of choices of items you can put inside the box.

I’ve added my Carver story from another one of my production props, which I no longer make.  The story was written for that prop but I’ve included it with these directions to give you a little info so you might write your own version to fit with the Fun Factory.

Peanut Story
Inside box:  Cotton balls, peanut list, peanut butter jar, jelly jar, axle grease can, mayo jar, milk bottle, bag of cookies, shoe polish, card with Carver truth.

I have a treasure chest and inside a real treasure.  But you must trust me on this because when I show you what it is you’ll probably think I’m nuts.  (Open chest with back of chest toward audience and remove peanut.)

It’s a nut!  I can see in your eyes that you think I’m a nut too.  But this is no ordinary nut.  It’s not an almond or a cashew, a hazelnut or a pecan.  This is a peanut.  And the peanut changed the world.

In the late 1800’s the South was growing so much cotton (Remove cotton balls from chest.) that the soil was being depleted of the necessary nutrients to continue a good crop.  However, growing peanuts could reverse the damage and add nutrients to the soil.  But there was a problem.  Peanuts were not popular.  No farmer in his right mind would grow a field of worthless peanuts in place of cotton.

But one man took the peanut and changed the world.

The story goes that George Washington Carver was sitting on his front porch and he asked God, “Explain to me the purpose of the universe.”  God said, “Too much for you to handle, ask something else.”  Then George said, “Then explain to me the purpose of man.”  God said, “Still too much for you to handle, ask something else.”  George said, “Then God, will you explain to me the purpose of the peanut?”

As George was telling the story to a group of college students he said, “Then me and God went to the laboratory to find out.”  His search for purpose took effort and time but he discovered over 300 different uses for the peanut.  (Open chest and remove list of items.)

Products like peanut butter (Remove jar.)  Which was later found to go extremely well with jelly. (Remove jelly jar from inside milk jug.)  He could make axle grease (Remove can).  Which was later found to NOT go well with jelly.  He found he could also make mayonnaise.  (Remove jar) Which goes good with EVERYTHING!  At least that’s how people feel in the South.

He was able to make milk from peanuts.  (Remove milk bottle)  Which was perfect with peanut butter cookies. (Remove pack of cookies)  There was only one problem.  Carver’s milk from peanuts was actually buttermilk which does not go well with cookies.  That’s nasty!

And who could forget Chili sauce (Remove packet) and shoe polish, although not as tasty as cookies.

Of all the wonderful discoveries he made about peanuts the greatest was this.  (Remove rolled paper with ribbon.  Close lid and release gimmick.  Turn chest to face audience. Read paper note.) “Carver unlocked the potential of the peanut and changed our world.”

Carver’s study of agriculture helped to rebuild the economy of the South as well as create a world of peanut lovers.

Just imagine what life would be like without peanut butter and jelly?  But more importantly imagine how the world COULD change if YOU and I started believing we possessed unlimited potential.  Imagine how the world could change if WE started living up to our potential.  Imagine how the world could change if we were to crack away our shell of fears and truly be what God wants us to be, a nut!

The world’s greatest compliment, “You have unlimited potential.”  The world’s greatest tragedy, “You have unused potential.”

I told you this chest contains a great treasure. It’s full of potential. (Open chest and show it overflowing with peanuts.)  Just remember, “You’re all NUTS!”

(Optional Ending)
I GOT POTENTIAL RAP
By Barry Mitchell

I got potential, you know what I mean,

I can be anything, it’s all in my genes.

I may be different from who you are,

but watch my dust I’ll be a star.

Following  the crowd is easy to do,

Losers do it, and so can you.

My minds made up, I’m different you see,

I’m a winner, I’ve got the key.

Confidence, attitude, persistence and goals,

I’m aiming high, gonna break the mold.

Self-esteem, language and people skills,

I got the juice, don’t need no pills.

George Carver figured it out,

Took the nut and made it shout.

Cracked it open for all to see,

The awesome potential in you and me.

You have a choice, it’s up to you,

Make your decision and enjoy the view.

Lay on the couch and widen your butt,

Or seize your potential just like the nut.

Story Factory Script
This is my story factory.  All I need to do is place an object inside and it will create a bunch of clues to a magical story.  The factory has several parts.  A table, a red tube, a yellow tube, and a clear box with clue seeds.  I call them clue seeds because when I drop one inside the factory it will create even more clues to a great story.  All we need to do is choose one of these seeds, drop it inside and use some imagination.

My story factory helps me to understand all the parts of a great story.  The first part of a great story is the setting.  The setting is where the story takes place.  In my story factory, the setting is represented by a little table where all the parts are set.  The parts include a red tube and a yellow tube and a clear box.

Then next thing we need for a great story are the characters.  I have several character clues for us to choose from today.  We will choose one of these animal clues and see if it will help us to discover other clues.  You chose a duck.

It’s time to use our factory.  We have a red tube, a yellow tube and a clear clue catcher box.  I’ll place the box inside and drop in the duck.

All we need now is the Imagination Switch.  Everyone has an imagination switch.  It’s in our head.  Our imagination switch helps us to enjoy books, music, movies, and even video games.  But especially magic.  We flip it on to write our own stories too.  We even flip it on when we tell our teacher why we don’t have our homework.  Let’s see what the imagination switch has created for us inside our story factory.

It’s ducks.  There are six little ducks and one ugly duck.  And there are some lego toys.  Wait, I think I understand the clues.  Lego toys are made in the country of Denmark.  Denmark is also the home of the author named Hans Christian Anderson.  One of his famous stories is the Ugly Duckling about six baby ducks and one ugly duck.  I guess I’ll be telling the story of the Ugly Duckling.  (The lego clue may be a bit of a stretch so you might choose an individually packaged Danish cake.  They really were named from the country of Denmark.)

The Ugly Duckling (At least the way I tell it)
I break stories down into a basic outline of ideas to help me remember the story.  Outline phrases are in bold.

MOTHER DUCK WITH 6 DUCKS & 1 UGLY DUCK
There once was a mother duck with six eggs.  Then one day she noticed there was a seventh egg.  When the first six eggs hatched she had six little ducks.  But when the seventh egg hatched that duck was different and a little ugly.  Ok, a lot ugly.

BROTHERS DIDN”T PLAY WITH HIM
The ugly duck was so different that the other ducks laughed at him and called him names.  They didn’t play with him and it really hurt his feelings.

LEFT HOME TO ASK OTHERS WHY HE WAS SO DIFFERENT
He decided to leave home and try to find someone who could tell him why he was so different.

OLD FARM WOMAN CAUGHT HIM AND PUT IN A CAGE HOPING HE WOULD LAY EGGS
He was captured by an old farm woman with really bad eyesight.  (Glasses)  She must have had bad eyesight because she thought he was a goose.  She put him in a pen and said, “Lay eggs.”  Of course this was impossible for him to do.

WHEN HE DIDN”T LAY EGGS SHE DECIDED TO COOK HIM.  BUT HE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE
Since he wasn’t laying any eggs she decided to invite him to dinner where he was the main course.

HE WAS FOUND BY A FARMER WHO TOOK HIM HOME AND PROTECTED HIM DURING THE LONG WINTER
Thankfully he was able to escape where he was caught by another farmer.  He’s not having a lot of luck with farmers.  But this farmer took him home and protected him during the cold winter.

THE FARMER SET HIM FREE BECAUSE HE HAD GROWN SO BIG
In the spring the duck had grown so big the farmer decided to set him free.

HEARD CHILDREN SAY, THAT SWAN IS THE FINEST OF THEM ALL
The ugly duck was able to go to the pond where he saw his reflection for the first time.  (Start to change silk)  He looked different than before.  He wasn’t an ugly duck and he wasn’t a goose.  (Finish silk switch.)  He was a beautiful swan.  His differences turned out to be the thing that made him special.  One day he heard children speaking about him.  They said, “That swan is the finest of them all.”

In our story the obstacle – Ugly Duck was very unhappy because he was different and he was teased.

The resolution – He discovered he was different because he was a swan.

And the yippee – We can learn that our greatest difference may become our greatest strength.

More Ideas

Pot of Gold (See Demo DVD)
Props & Set Up
Fill the load box with gold coins.  Accordion fold a rainbow streamer on the top of the coins and have load box inside red tube on your table.  A 4-inch x 30-foot streamer works best.

Magic Popcorn Machine (See Demo DVD)
Clear box holds salt and cup of corn
Vanishing Salt trick is perfect for this routine and gives a reason why you don’t want to eat or share the popcorn, too salty.
Assemble tubes
Pour popcorn kernels inside spacer tube
Magic words – Movie Time!
Remove red and yellow tubes to reveal popcorn

A Good S.T.O.R.Y (Taken from Chapter 2 of Barry’s “Let Me Tell You A Story” book)
I have very fond memories of my Grandmother watching soap operas. I called her Mamaw because I’m Southern. She called them her stories because she was Southern. My Papaw watched fake wrestling. He called it “Rasslin” and screamed at the TV because he was Southern. That has nothing to do with the point but I was in fond memory phase and needed to share . . . because I’m Southern.

Mamaw’s “stories” kept her watching every day.  I’m sure she called neighbor friends and discussed the lives of these fictional characters.  Those must have been “good stories.”  Soap operas remain to be excellent stories.  They have a fictional setting with grass that never dies and snow that never sticks.  The characters are varied and taken from the pages of fashion magazines with perfect hair and teeth.  Just like the people in our hometowns.

The obstacles these people suffer through would make a grown man cry.  Thankfully they can occasionally add new characters because everyone has been married and divorced to each other at least three times.  The resolutions to everyone’s problems will surely occur on Monday because on Friday we were left hanging.  In many cases the characters really are hanging from something that is about to break.  And ever so often we’re able to say “Yippee” because it looks like everything is going to be perfect.  In other words there will be a wedding scene during sweeps week.  That’s a good story.

How does my portrayal of a TV soap opera tell us what a good story is?  Can we really use that as a guide to tell Jack and the Bean Stalk to children?  Let’s look at the elements of S.T.O.R.Y. and find out.

Setting – The place where the story is set.  This could also be a time in history.  It might even be a time in the future or a make-believe land that must be created in our imagination.

The characters – The heroes and villains of our story.

Obstacle – The conflict that grabs our attention and keeps us wanting to know what will happen.  In some stories the conflict may be that we see a flaw in our main character.  Throughout the story we’re waiting to see if our character will learn and grow or give up and stay the same.

Resolution – The point in the story when it appears everything is going to work out.  This doesn’t mean everything will work out well.  The resolution may be sad but something occurs to give the reader or listener a sense that the conflict is being settled.

Yippee – The moral or lesson of the story.  It might be the couple riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after.  As if that ever happens in real life.  The Yippee is usually easy to find in a children’s story because most are written to teach a moral or at least contain a hidden lesson. In adult stories it may not be seen at all.  It might just be the point when the reader says, “Ah, that was a good story.”  It’s also possible that the story is deep enough that each reader receives an individual Yippee.  That’s a good story.

Many readers are not going to agree with what I’m about to say.  That’s fine.  You have the right to be wrong.

A good story will most likely have all five of the elements above.  One might say it’s possible that the author doesn’t tell readers the setting.  Many stories may have no Yippee, happy ending, moral, or truth the reader may absorb.  Maybe the reader won’t even be able to determine the characters.  Some stories leave the reader hanging with no resolution at the conclusion.  Don’t you hate that?  I think what you really hate is the line above when I suggested that I was the only one with a “right opinion.”  That created a little tension that can lead to an obstacle or conflict between us.  Conflict is what every good story MUST have.

Jack and Jill went up a hill.  Then they FELL!  Obstacle!  Humpty Dumpty had a great FALL!  Obstacle!  By the way, what parent would name a child Humpty Dumpty?  That mother must have been a bad egg.

Obstacles, conflict, tension and suspense keep us wanting more from our stories.  Keep that in mind when we get to the section about writing our own stories.  There will be no mamby pamby fiction where life is fair and everyone wins.  That’s not a good story.  It isn’t even a good fairy tale.  Even a tale has conflict.

Let me tell you a story.

The Mother of All Diamonds
This is the legend of the Mother of All Diamonds.  It is said that a legend is not necessarily true but it does contain an element of truth.  See if you can find the truth in the story.

S – It began in a little village in South Africa.  T – A very caring school teacher placed a box on her desk.  In front of the box she placed a sign that read, “The Mother of All Diamonds.”  T – She asked her students to wait patiently until the last day of school and she would show them the precious mother of all diamonds.

Most of the children were willing to wait but one impatient boy just could not wait.  O – He pushed the box off her desk pretending it was an accident.  Out of the box fell an old goblet and some old black rocks.  The boy laughed and said, “I knew it wasn’t the mother of all diamonds; it’s just some old rocks.”

The teacher carefully picked up the lumps of coal and placed them back in the goblet.  She said, “I did not deceive you.  Coal really is the mother of all diamonds.  All diamonds begin as worthless lumps of coal and, through pressure and time, become the most valuable stones on earth.”  She placed all the lumps of coal into the goblet except one and she placed it aside.  She showed an empty tube and placed it over the goblet.  R – She waved her hand, removed the tube and the teacher poured diamonds into a cup.  The children were shocked!

Each child received a diamond.  That is each child but one.  Y – The little boy that couldn’t wait received only a lump of coal and the message that patience will be rewarded.

In the story I’ve added the letters S T O R Y at the points when the five elements of the story are revealed.  I feel the story fits well into my acronym of the word “STORY.”

Now that we have an example of a good story let’s look at how we can improve this story with other elements.

The Coal Keychain
Over the years many entertainers have told me how they use my mother of all diamonds story.  One of my favorites is the addition that Tom McDonnell shared with me.  Tom is a full-time entertainer and he knows how to hold the attention of children.  He walked up to me and shared the last lines of the story and then included one little addition.  It went like this:  “Each child received a diamond.  That is each child but one.  The little boy that couldn’t wait received only a lump of coal and the message that patience will be rewarded.”  He paused briefly then removed a key chain from his pocket with a lump of coal attached and said, “To this day I keep that lump of coal.”  My heart sank!  A chill came over my body.  That was good storytelling!  He took the story full circle and brought it back to himself.  I was so excited about his addition that I immediately included it in my presentations.  I noticed that the parents in the audience seemed to really appreciate the ending even more than the children.  Tom’s addition proves that even a good story can be made better with slight changes or prop additions.  Thanks Tom.

Peanut Story from “The Magic Treasure Chest” directions.  Barry no longer sells the chest but the script may give you ideas to use with your Fun Factory.

In Plain View Bag, which is included with this product.
Suggestions for use My brainstorm team always comes up with some great ideas.

Joe Mazzola suggestions
You can use it as a prize bag for the end of any effect where you have kid(s) up on stage. Show a bag full of money and the helpers can pick one bill. Will they get a $1,$2, $5, $10, $20, or even $100 bill? Who knows? They reach into the bag and pull out a $1 bill. Hey that’s great. They get to keep the bill.

Use it as a running gag throughout the show and at the end the magician reaches in and pulls out a $100.00
Instead of them pulling out a $1 bill when they reach in they pull out a Magic Dollar with your picture on it and six magic tricks they can do on the back.

Jim Kleefeld suggestions
Get ten sequentially numbered dollar bills at the bank. Use a pencil eraser to erase the final (different) digit on each serial number so that all ten bills now have the same serial number. (Your best bet for getting new bills is to go to a branch of your bank that gets the least traffic. I have found they tend to have the best chance of having new bills on hand.) Put these in the force pocket. Put other bills in the front. Have someone choose a couple of bills from the front and read off the serial numbers and return them. Have someone choose a force bill and hide it from you. You mentally tell them the entire serial number. Just memorize that number (or turn your back on the spectator and read it off a crib sheet.)

Put quarters in the back all with the same date. Put quarters in the front with all different dates. Have someone choose a quarter and you tell them the date of the quarter they picked. The date could be written on a prediction card or arrived at by a seemingly random addition fact, as with an Add-I-No pad.

Place poker chips or small squares of paper in the back with single digits on them, all the same. Place similar chips in the front with all different numbers. Have someone pick a number from the back. They don’t show you. You reach in another pocket bag and take out a certain number of dollar bills or coins to hold in your hand. They show that they chose the number 7 (forced) and you show that you are holding seven dollar bills (or seven coins).

Use the bag not as a force, but as a production bag – Put two (maybe three or four will fit?) packets of spring bills in the back pocket and a few bills in the front. Open the bag and show that it is full of bills. Take out three or four loose ones to show. Say that there doesn’t seem to be enough bills in the pocket. Turn it toward yourself and pull out the packets of spring bills. Say “I guess there was more in there than I thought.”

Have a game with a spectator. Place a bunch of fake $20 bills in the back and all $1s, $5s and $10s in the front. Say that whoever draws the highest bill will do the magic (or change the silk, or win the door prize, or take the balloon animal home). Reach in blindly and draw out a $5 (form the front). He draws a

$20 (from the back). Say that was practice and does not count. Try again. You draw a $10, he draws a $20. Say that you forgot to mix up the contents. Stir up the bills. Try again. You draw a $1, he draws a $20.

Do the above with one kid and one adult, letting the kid win the big bill every time.

Use the bag for a Bank Night routine. Say that five people will compete to win $100 cash by drawing prize numbers from a “Cash Bag.” Number five chips 1-5. Put chip #4 in the back of the bag. Put the other chips in the front. Number five boxes 1-5. Place $100 cash in box #4. Put dullor gag prizes in the other boxes. Show the “Cash Bag” and have five people draw colored chips or numbered tags from the front section. That leaves you with just one chip or tag, the one in the back. Turn the bag toward the audience so they can see that you are taking the last chip. Let everyone show their chip and retrieve the box with that number. Each spectator opens their box and shows their gag prize. You show your chip last (it is #4) You open your box (#4) last. It contains $100 cash. Of course, you can change what number box and tag you use for each show.

Keys in the bag that go to a strong box filled with money. Force the key which opens strong box keys represent ways to success non-working keys are poor examples working key correct example or key to a prize and only birthday kid gets the right key.

Keys may be put in small coin envelope and envelopes in force bag and for a message the envelope would also contain a piece of paper that tells what the key stands for.

I used to use a Key R Rect lock and each key represented a way people think will get them to heaven. A door with a lock represents the gates of heaven, which gets us in to the “riches or joys of heaven.

Key 1 Going to church Key 2 Reading a bible Key 3 Being baptized Key 4 Being good

Key 5 Giving money in offerings Key 6 Having Christian friends Key 7 Believing and receiving Christ

All are things we should do but only one gets you to heaven.

Dave Mitchell suggestion
Envelopes containing papers with prizes listed and a bag of suckers and each “loosing envelope only gets a sucker only birthday kid wins box (like movie box of candy). Force papers with numbers and only 1 number relates to winning card, bag, envelope, box, etc.

Candy Script Song
This is used with the Fun Factory prop. The In Plain View bag was created to be used with the Fun Factory.

If you love candy raise your hand. So do I. That’s why I created my own magic candy factory.

It’s the Dentist’s demon, the tooth fairy’s nightmare, and my very own dream machine . . . it’s the Candy Factory. Everyone loves candy especially your Dentist. He gets to see you much more often when you eat candy.

I love candy so much I even wrote a song about it.

Tooth decay, tooth decay, candy is dandy and this bag is mine. Tooth decay, tooth decay, grape, cherry, strawberry, lemon & lime. Tooth decay, tooth decay, sugar and spices and honey is fine.

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