How to Explain the Use of Specialized Equipment

Much of the time I was "on stage" as a cast member at Walt Disney World, I had a collaspible chrome pointer with me. I started using it when I was a trainer, but found it to be a great way to get and hold people's attention, which any cast member will tell you, is a large part of the job.

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Reader Comments (30)

The ceiling is pretty useful too.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Do you know what's even better? A collapsible laserpointer! You know, that thing you're holding but with an additional laser pointer at the top. :-)

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWim ten Brink

OOH! new poses with a prop! I can't wait to see how you apply them to new comics in the future!

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@Wim: Even better if the laser pointer part is detachable. That gets rid of the "not pointing at itself" problem.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArriay

Combine the two and you'd have a light saber type thingy.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Still in south central Wisconsin and wanting to see you if you tour, but if you're just going to wave your shiny chrome collapsible pointer to make me stupefied, well... oh, I'd still come to see you. It'd be worth it.

Panel 3: "Only that." So, so true!

I'm really curious to see how you recycle the you in Panel 4 someday...

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCR

How about a collapsible ceiling ... AKA an umbrella!

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

I never had a professor in college who used one of those. I did have several who used laser pointers, and were quite well respected while doing so. It's all about your attitude while holding it.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteruncollated

The one with a magnet on the end to pick up stuff is pretty useful, but probably doesn't convey authority. Depending on what else is magnetized onto it. If it comes out of your pocket with your keys attached at the end - not good. Then again, in some scenarios, you would want to distract people from what you're saying. Such as when briefing "The Client".

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Also: Pointing at things on a chalkboard/canvas/flip chart is fun!

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBird of Prey

Obviously, no one has pointed out yet that you could put an eye out with that thing.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

"Do you know what's even better? A collapsible laserpointer!"

Most of us call that a light saber.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

But really, how specialized is the collapsable chrome pointer if it can't ever point at itself? Seems rather generalized to me...

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I always respected the wooden pointer. Especially the ones with the pointy tip on one and and Miss Franceshcetti on the other.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Now I feel very deprived that I've never seen a real collapsible chrome pointer. As an occasional attendee of semi-academic conferences, however, I'll vouch for the ability of a laser pointer, when wielded by the right person, to also induce a stupified trance, especially during the last talk before the 3 pm break.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Also, you can't dramatically whack whatever visual aid you're pointing at with a laser pointer. Well, you could, but you'd look really stupid doing it.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRey Fox

The last bubble in panel one has left me in an existential mess

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergfunkera

Collapsible chrome pointer + smoking jacket = unbeatable.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJL

Now I want a collapsible chrome dog.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Great... now I want one...

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJens Murer

Aaaahhh! The answer to my question should end with "90% BM, 10% online." I hate it when I hit enter before I finis

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkevdonahoe

In the last panel I assume Scott is pointing at a hypothetical cat but still, the general direction makes me uneasy.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkevdonahoe

Did your beard grew? It seems bigger in comparison to previous comics, as those did in comparison to previous to them. Hey, that might be a good example of Mathematical Induction *waving excited with a collapsible pointer*

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNachti

I think we need to hear more about your time as a Disney cast member.

Note from Scott: Noted.

April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuck Flicks

I agree with Buck Flicks. I've heard that the costumes can be hot and malodorous -- true or false?

Note from Scott: Costumes? What costumes? Those characters walking around the parks are genuine, living creatures. (Rolls eyes) Hypothetically though, if any human being was forced to put on huge, heavy fur costumes and dance around in direct sunlight in the middle of summer, in Orlando, it would be a miracle if they didn't build up an odor.

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

You also can't use a laser pointer to scratch your back.

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJil

A more useful tool for a trainer would be a collapsible baton. It can point just as well as any collapsible pointer, but it can also correct.

Question: why is Scott pointing at his groin in the 4th panel?

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Thank you, Scott. I'll bet you cast members weren't paid nearly enough.

Note from Scott: True enough, but really, who is?

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

My idea in high school: a portable collapsible precipitation deflecting device

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRenegade

I used to use a broken TV antenna as a pointer, seems to function just the same.

December 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVarian Fry

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