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I encouraged my kids to climb the tree in our front yard. I would not allow a neighbor's kid to do likewise without their parent being there and agreeing and supervising their child.

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Senor Stevens,

Thanks.

It helps to have the right spelling before commencing a search.

SLAG.

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5 hours ago, Buzzkill said:

 

This is where I struggle a bit.  I was driving tractors in the fields before my age was in double digits.  I bought my first (non-running) motorcycle at 12 and fixed it.  In my mid teens I reloaded my own shotgun shells. Model rocketry was a short-lived hobby for me because it led to building my own rocket motors, which led to becoming fascinated with large booms.  And yes, my parents were aware of all these activities.  By the time I was in high school I had driven bulldozers, combines, articulated log skidders, dump trucks - pretty much anything that had a motor and could move that I had access to.

I said all that to say this:  My personal experiences at that age or earlier make it hard for me to see a couple pounds of blunt steel and wood in the hands of a teenager under adult supervision as some prohibitively dangerous event.  I recognize though that I was not "normal" and that the world has changed a bit since then.   We've gotten entirely too soft imho.

Same here in the 50s I could walk down the street to my favorite squirrel woods with my rifle over my shoulder, at ten years old, and no one would bat an eye and drive the tractor or ride my motor cycle around town.

However that was a different era and it wouldn't happen today without the police and social services getting involved.

 

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Buzz: There are prop companies that not only make stage swords but have insurance we could only dream of carrying. Just because you make it without point or edge doesn't mean it's not a formidable weapon. You HAVE whacked yourself with a piece of 1/4" x 1 1/2" +/- bar. Yes? It doesn't take much of a blow on edge to do damage, pressure cuts and bone bruises are ugly and painful.

Let a company that makes props make them. Donate $ to the cause, it'll make you feel good and help the production.

Frosty The Lucky.

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A lot of good advice has been provided.

As someone who has for a number of years, and many years ago, built sets for both school and community productions, my experience is that even adult actors will find a way to hurt themselves in unexpected ways.  In no way, based on past experience, would I provide any actor, adult or child, with a sword.  Twist a balloon into a sword and the kid will immediately start waving it around and likely hitting people with it.  I am not a lawyer,  but legal advice that I received from a lawyer was that absolutely no release form will protect a person from being sued.... period.   

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I always wonder about people that have to have their guess work opinion heard even when it contradicts the lawyer that had already posted legal facts.  

I felt that had to be heard also, and a big thanks for your non-billable time Slag.

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