The banana trick has been around a long time. I remember first finding out about it when I was in boy scouts a long time ago. All you need to perform the banana trick is a pin and a banana.
What has always been missing from this trick, in my view, is a presentational angle. The most common way you see it performed is a banana is brought out, and the magician says he will use his super secret ninja invisible karate moves to slice the banana into pieces BUT from the inside of the banana. A few karate movements are made and then the intact banana is peeled to reveal that yes, the inside of the banana has been cut into slices. If you have never seen it, it looks quite mystifying and baffling.
What I've done here is simply is given you a way to include the audience member in your trick. I always felt that the biggest weakness of the trick was that there was no audience participation. It was just a watch how clever I am sort of trick.
Here we not only involve the audience, we make them responsible for the magic. Of course they know they didn't do it (unless they are under six years old)but they'll appreciate the fun.
Go and learn how to make the
Magic Force Bag
which is video #68 at Julian's Magic School. Have fun!
Here are some banana jokes you might be able to use:
Why are bananas never lonely? Because they hang around in bunches.
How do you catch King Kong? Hang upside down and make a noise like a banana.
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Tom: What did the banana say to the elephant? Nothing. Bananas can’t talk.
How can you tell the difference between a monster and a banana? Try picking it up. If you cant, it’s either a monster or a giant banana.
Why did the banana go out with the prune? Because he couldn’t find a date.
Why did the man lose his job in a fruit packing firm? He kept throwing the bent bananas away.
What is yellow and goes bzzzzzz? An electric banana.
What’s yellow and always points to the north? A magnetic banana.
How did the Mother Banana spoil the Baby Banana? She left him out in the sun too long.