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Making My Own Nesting Wands
« on: September 20, 2012, 10:30:19 PM »
I made my own nesting wands and thought it would be fun to list here.

This is a fairly easy project and there is something satisfying about making and then using your own props.





The effect is that you hand a volunteer a wand and yet you still have one. You do this again and again. The kids laugh more each time. You ask the volunteer to hold one in their left hand, then under their left arm, then under their chin, then their right hand, the final wand is held between their knees. Ask them to take a few steps closer to your magic table and they have to waddle in a funny way so the wands do not drop.

The wands are made out of a black shower curtain rod cover. These are five foot plastic covers that have a slit all the way along one side long ways. They are designed to be slipped over a shower curtain rod.



Simply cut the rod into ten inch lengths. Ten inches is a great length for kids to handle and it lets you get six out of one plastic shower curtain rod cover.

You will have six individual pieces of plastic with a slit the length of the plastic.

Because of the slit, each one can nest inside the others so you have all six together and it looks like a single wand. As you hand a wand to a volunteer you hold the end of the wand inside it so that the outer wand slides off the end and you still have "one" in your hand. You do this until you have all six wands in the hands of your volunteer. Each one will be the same diameter as the previous ones. A lot of the nesting wands on the market get smaller and are a different color for each wand. That's fine but I find this to be a little more magical.

I struggled for a while with how to finish the wands so they looked like magic wands and not simply black tubes. I finally found this holographic tape at O'Reilly Auto Parts.



Here's the link

It comes in three inch rolls. I cut it in half with an Xacto knife so each wand has one and a half inch tips.

This is a fairly simple project and a lot of fun.

Give it a try.
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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 02:45:54 AM »
The wands look great.

I do have one question. After doing the same thing six times. Won't the audience know that you are just pulling the wands out from the middle?

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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2012, 04:52:02 AM »

After doing the same thing six times. Won't the audience know that you are just pulling the wands out from the middle?


That's a good point. These wands are just for comedy and additional bits of business.

They look good and play for laughs. I'm not too worried about fooling anyone.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2012, 09:13:29 PM »
A lot of the nesting wands on the market get smaller and are a different color for each wand.

I like the idea of them being the same size and color.

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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2012, 12:09:25 AM »
I like the same size better too. But I would like different colors for the younger children. Professor QB, can you make me a set of six of different colors?

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2012, 02:49:31 PM »
where did you find the shower rod covers? i looked for these a few years ago to make an appearing wand but couldn't find them any where.

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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2012, 06:01:20 PM »
Are there different quality rod covers? The ones I've seen are pretty flimsy and don't last long. A few years ago, I made an appearing straw. It won't hold it's shape after a couple of uses. I ended up making appear pole/straws/wands from the clear tubes for neon light bulbs. Those work great but would be to thick and big for the nesting rods.
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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2012, 11:58:03 PM »
where did you find the shower rod covers? i looked for these a few years ago to make an appearing wand but couldn't find them any where.


A magician friend had a bunch he got at an estate sale so he just gave me one. My understanding is that black is a little hard to find sometimes because it is not as popular for home decorating as it once was.

I found these on Amazon. I just did a search. These are not the ones I've used and I can't speak to how well they hold up because I've never seen them.

Also, I found these.




Are there different quality rod covers? The ones I've seen are pretty flimsy and don't last long. A few years ago, I made an appearing straw. It won't hold it's shape after a couple of uses. I ended up making appear pole/straws/wands from the clear tubes for neon light bulbs. Those work great but would be to thick and big for the nesting rods.
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I don't know about the quality of the different covers. I rolled the one I got like you do for an appearing straw/wand and it seemed too flimsy for that.

But, the nesting wands are only ten inches long AND they are in the shape they were designed for. So, I really don't think there will be too much problem with them holding up.

But, I will say, the guy I got mine from had several that were very brittle. So it may be as the plastic gets older it gets brittle. I would also bet that heat and sunlight would accelerate the deterioration process because it usually does.




Another question for you guys.

A friend suggested that I manufacture these and sell them to other performers.

If I did that, what would you think wands like these would sell for? Also, do you think there'd be a market for them if I included a cute routine and clear instructions?




Thanks everyone.

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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2012, 08:04:54 PM »
Daytona Magic already sells these. They are just like the one you are descibing as the size does not change. Instead of using tape on the ends there version is plastic on plastic. they sell for $49.50 for either Black and White or Colored wands.

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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2012, 08:28:12 AM »

A friend suggested that I manufacture these and sell them to other performers.

If I did that, what would you think wands like these would sell for? Also, do you think there'd be a market for them if I included a cute routine and clear instructions?
It will be good for you to do it. I would like mine in multiple colors for kid shows. Give all the members a discount.

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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2012, 10:07:30 PM »
Using this same principle you could get a white shower rod cover and red electric tape and make your own nesting candy canes.  Will be going to Home Depot tomorrow.

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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2012, 11:08:47 PM »
That is a great idea. They sell tape for making charts and grids on dry erase boards and such.



Amazon sells it here:  Red Graphic Chart Tape, 1/32".

I think Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and other places sell it too.

This would keep you from having to cut the electrical tape and I think this stuff sticks better than electrical tape would. It comes in different widths.

One thing to consider is that the wands do scrape against each other as they slide out. I don't know what that will do for the stripes. The tape adhesive may be enough but you may need to do some type of clear coat on top to protect the tape.

We'd love to see pictures of your finished project and any advice on making them.

Thanks for sharing this great idea.
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2012, 11:14:00 AM »
Thanks for the graphic chart tape idea.  I am headed out to Home Depot to get the curtain rod cover and then to Office Max to get the tape.  Should have them made today.  ;D

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Re: Making My Own Nesting Wands
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2012, 02:00:00 PM »
Thanks for the graphic chart tape idea.  I am headed out to Home Depot to get the curtain rod cover and then to Office Max to get the tape.  Should have them made today. 

Please post pictures. We'd love to see them.