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The wife and I just re-watched "Mary Poppins" last night! I had never noticed before that Dick Van Dyke plays concertina during his "one man band" scene in the opening minutes of the movie....I guess I've never noticed how many times I saw a concertina until I bought one. Strange phenomena, isn't it?

 

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The wife and I just re-watched "Mary Poppins" last night!  I had never noticed before that Dick Van Dyke plays concertina during his "one man band" scene in the opening minutes of the movie....I guess I've never noticed how many times I saw a concertina until I bought one.  Strange phenomena, isn't it?

 

Come on, details, is it an anglo or an english :).

 

I wonder if he really plays one or if it is simply a prop? His talents are certainly broad enough that I would believe he played it.

 

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I wonder if he really plays one or if it is simply a prop?

 

It was definitely a prop in that sequence. At one point he only had one hand on it, but with the manic routine he was doing, I don't see how anyone could have been really playing. I couldn't tell what sort it was, but he DID have his hands in the correct position....coming from his Vaudeville background, I wouldn't surprised if he did play.

 

Really, I was thinking more about how many times I had seen a "subliminal" concertina. I don't remember many pop-culture instances, but now that my awareness has been expanded, I'm seeing more and more.

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Tis' true Stephen. By the time I sat in that theater and feel in love for the first time, I was already playing a Scholer 20 button and (what has moved me to devulge this?) wearing lederhosen my uncle had purchased for me on a trip to Southern Germany. :huh: Yes, as an adult I sought therapy and learned to embrace my oddness. I miss those lederhosen...

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