Post by Jedimom/Cor-Al Gelkar on Jul 9, 2010 8:52:51 GMT -5
I usually just say that the Jedi Council says we are not to use it on such a primitive planet as Earth (that usually gets a smile) OR that it does not work on Earth because of the atmosphere (which gets me a strange look)
"But Lord, during the most troubling and trying parts of my life, why was there only one set of footprints?" "Because," said the Lord. "Sandpeople always ride in single file to hide their numbers."
Post by Ky-Wan Zann on Jul 29, 2010 23:55:50 GMT -5
Depends, if it's just the hilt I say that the Council forbids that I turn it on unless needed. If it's a MR or my Torrent saber I say that I had a special tube that a sber can't cut through put over the blade so it's safe and if it's older kids they just ask where I got it made and such
'Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.'
'Just because I don't like to fight, doesn't mean I can't'
MNForce Jedi usually say that we carry training sabers, since "real" ones might be too dangerous in a large crowd. If I get a bit of extra interaction time with a youngling, I'll ask them if they think it is real. Then I tell them it's a training saber, and I ask them if they think the blade is hot or cold, then I let them hold the blade to find out. I bet the "real" Jedi would have to deal with the same question from time to time!
I get that question all the time, from both children and adults.
With adults I'm tempted to give them a look and say, "what do YOU think?". However, there can be other meanings to the question. They might mean real vs cheap toy. I usually answer with, yes and I made it myself (if it IS one I made). That usually gets the adults interested. Or I say yes, in that it is not a toy but a finely crafted prop.
I've not found a good answer for small children. I really don't want to say "yes" and lead them on. On the other hand, I feel I could enter into their fantasy world and play into the idea of a real lightsaber. On that account, then I say something like "yes, but it can only be used in defense". That's true, eh? Part of the Jedi code.
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Post by Kryy Jacobi on Aug 1, 2010 14:25:47 GMT -5
So apparently this is a pretty common question!! LOL
Yes, I'm pretty flabbergasted by adults, when it's obvious it's not the toy vs. prop question.
Otherwise, I'll talk to them about the saber and how it's made. We sounded like a bunch of nerds in Huntsville, I have a so-and-so running a 3 w Lux so-and-so with a so-and-so sound card and powered by this kind of battery. It was kind of funny.
And we can always wave our hand and say, "Of course this is a real lightsaber".
And with the kids, you're right... it depends. I had a little girl ask me once if Star Wars was real.... she was kind of scared/overwhelmed by all of the big guys in buckets. So I said, "no honey, it's pretend, and we came today to pretend with you and help with this ___(charity event)___."
Thanks everyone... these are all excellent and creative answers! Any more?? Mercy, I just hit my 1200th post...
"Yes, I'm pretty flabbergasted by adults, when it's obvious it's not the toy vs. prop question." Yes. I want to ask them whether they actually know whether lasers of this power and functionality exist. NO they don't!
"And we can always wave our hand and say, "Of course this is a real lightsaber"" I LIKE that answer. It's just the right amount of facetious. That's going to be my answer to adults from now on!
Post by Nova Darklighter on Aug 5, 2010 16:45:51 GMT -5
If it's a prop I will say that I removed the power crystal for safety, and with the FX I have also used the training sabre line, if it's a photo op thing, I'll usually let the child hold it for the pic, they usually get a huge kick out of powering up and down. So do the adults for that matter! My answer to an adult varies depending on whether there are young present, or what they're really asking.