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There's An Egg In Your Hat

"There's An Egg In Your Hat" is the title of a new e-Book by Jim Gerrish in which he makes a case for getting rid of the "egg bag" and replacing it with a borrowed knit hat from a child in the audience. At the same time, he proposes doing away with the sucker part of the classic ...
by Spellbinder
12/04/14 05:30 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: There's An Egg In Your Hat
Replies: 0
Views: 617

Re: Coins thru silk

"Ergo decipiatur."

That's seven dollars for a set of three juggling scarves. There are other sources, and once you know what you are looking for you can hunt them down.
by Spellbinder
12/04/14 05:08 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins thru silk
Replies: 14
Views: 1818

Re: Coins thru silk

You might consider juggling scarves, which are sheer by nature.

http://www.amazon.com/Juggling-Scarves- ... B001AZ2FMU

or just Google "juggling scarves" for a wide variety of sources.
by Spellbinder
12/03/14 01:12 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins thru silk
Replies: 14
Views: 1818

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

It is a pleasure to see these projects. I started making props on our kitchen table when I was twelve. At sixteen I made the complete show, 'The Magic Bricks' from Peter D'Arcy's book, 'Children's Parties a Speciality'. Making your own props seems to be a forgotten craft. Pity. I congratulate you o...
by Spellbinder
11/22/14 12:09 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

We have a lot of Magic Nook props that can be printed on a regular printer right now, without waiting for a 3-D printer. Naturally, these include a lot of jumbo card props, but also others that can be folded into boxes and such. One that I forgot to mention from Jim's Kitchen Workshop is his "S...
by Spellbinder
11/17/14 11:28 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

Just an update: Jim Finished his Roy Benson String Sticks project:\\ http://magicnook.com/WizJ27/BensonSticksAD01.JPG Then he went on to a small and easy to make and handle version of the Selbit Traveling Blocks, more recently known as Cube A Libre, or Jim's Version which is called "Bouncing Bl...
by Spellbinder
11/16/14 11:49 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: Spirit bell

fredreisz wrote:I love mine (although at the moment it is not working!) Peace Fred (Reisz)


There's the best reason for building your own. Having built it yourself, you know how to repair it when needed.
by Spellbinder
10/19/14 01:21 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Spirit bell
Replies: 7
Views: 2037

Re: Siamese cylinders aka Kuma tubes

Jim Gerrish has a rectangular version you can make from hardboard and duct tape (or wood and brass fittings if you want elegance more than utility) in his "Hardboard and Duct Tape Magic Book 1" under the name "Production Tubes." http://magicnook.com/hardboard/tube05.jpg You start...
by Spellbinder
10/10/14 11:38 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Siamese cylinders aka Kuma tubes
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

The "Phantom Saucer" is another good reason for abandoning the "Dancing Cane" to teens and other show-offs. It reminds me of the words of Louis Nikola regarding the mirror glass: “The magician thinks that it (a Mirror Glass) looks empty — nobody else thinks so.” Louis Nikola as q...
by Spellbinder
09/14/14 09:50 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 6739

Re: performing magic for animals

http://magicnook.com/WizJ27/FidoFikiAndKittyFiki.jpg Our new busking buddy is a real "people magnet," but gets more territorial attitudes from live animals. This is Fido-Fiki, the Busking Dog, from The Wizards' Journal #27. He travels with his own retinue of performing fleas and a supply ...
by Spellbinder
08/31/14 04:03 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: performing magic for animals
Replies: 2
Views: 626

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

After publishing his new version of a Silk Cabby designed specifically for the Mis-made Flag and working like no other Silk Cabby in magic history has worked... http://magicnook.com/WizJ27/FlagCabbyADlg.JPG ...Jim's plans took a couple of turns in two different directions to next make a Teeny Tiny T...
by Spellbinder
08/24/14 05:51 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

So far the first three Kitchen Workshop projects from Jim Gerrish have been new variations on old Kid Magic Tricks. First, let me define Kitchen Workshop projects as those which can be easily built in the ordinary kitchen without the use of power tools. Jim's preferred material is 1/16 inch thick sh...
by Spellbinder
07/12/14 03:00 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: are there any books and dvds on how to make illusions

All we have at The Magic Nook are instructions for making magic yourself; all kinds from close-up to stage illusions.
by Spellbinder
06/16/14 08:14 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: are there any books and dvds on how to make illusions
Replies: 8
Views: 1116

Re: Three ideas for magic use

Jim:
Good heads up on these items. I've used battery operated Christmas LEDS before : http://magicnook.com/WizJ19/wizj19-03Ch ... mMouth.htm but these look more compact.
by Spellbinder
04/30/14 10:55 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Three ideas for magic use
Replies: 11
Views: 1536

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

Here's an opening that my friend Jim Gerrish gave at a recent show where he was hired as a mentalist. He started off giving the audience a talk about the difference between what a magician does and what a mentalist does, then he decided it was better to give an example. First he had a volunteer from...
by Spellbinder
02/25/14 08:17 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 3824

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86OLzxIHl_8 Give Turbo the resources of an "Appearing Broom" and David Copperfield's "Flying" apparatus and you'd have a routine that would be the envy of every magician. Notice that Turbo refrains from excessive flying of the broom and that he cou...
by Spellbinder
02/19/14 12:28 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 6739

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

What part of "tricky" do you find difficult for a magician to make clear? Isn't it our business to do "tricky" things and make them seem like magic?
by Spellbinder
02/19/14 12:10 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 6739

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Here's an idea for you. Make the "cane" the center leg of a magic table. Assemble the table and toss a tablecloth on top- the table lifts off the ground and begins to float around (ask Lossander how that's done!). When you finally get the table to settle down, being inquisitive, you try to...
by Spellbinder
02/19/14 10:10 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 6739

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

There's more than one way to swing a stick. Keep that in mind if anyone is taking my idea for animating drumsticks seriously.
by Spellbinder
02/18/14 09:39 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 6739

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

I still would like to see a dancing drumstick - or even better, a pair of them. I remember a guy who was able to swing around two dancing canes, one with each hand, so it should be possible to do without knocking yourself out.
by Spellbinder
02/14/14 03:44 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 6739

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

It has the same basic flaw as all other dancing canes - the performer never knows when to quit. However, I am surprised that the drummer didn't have "dancing drumsticks." THAT would be original and could stand going on for an extended period of time.
by Spellbinder
02/14/14 08:46 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 6739

Re: Ring Vanish Ideas

Check out Al Schneider's "Off." You can learn it from: "The Al Schneider Technique - Vol 2: Close-up - DVD". It works with a ribbon as well as a rope and solves the first part of your problem. Either a thumb steal or any retention vanish solves the second part of the problem, dep...
by Spellbinder
02/14/14 08:37 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring Vanish Ideas
Replies: 1
Views: 373

Clown Magic

We've always had a lot of magic that could be used by clowns who perform magic, but Jim Gerrish recently got bored with "cabin fever" from the recent snowstorms and sub-freezing weather so he got to work on some of his old clown repertoire - enough so that I decided to open up a new sectio...
by Spellbinder
01/28/14 01:28 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Clown Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 2711

Re: State Coin Designs Pro-Con

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki loves playing around with matrix, and in his new "Impromptu Matrix" as described in The Wizards' Journal #25, he shows how he uses four different state quarters borrowed from spectators. In most versions of matrix, you depend on the coins being anonymous and interchangeabl...
by Spellbinder
01/28/14 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: State Coin Designs Pro-Con
Replies: 8
Views: 918

Re: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?

Since this is in the Close-Up section, I might mention that a bill in lemon is barely close-up unless you are used to carrying lemons in your pockets. However, using a walnut might be more appropriate to the close-up venue, and if the walnut happens to also be on a string around your neck, as sort o...
by Spellbinder
01/23/14 02:12 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?
Replies: 29
Views: 3338

Re: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?

In my own "Most Amazing Card Trick" published in The Wizards' Journal #21, I add another impossibility to the card in orange that I'm not sure you would dare apply to the dollar bill in lemon, but it might be something to take your thinking in a new direction. The reason I did it with a ca...
by Spellbinder
01/08/14 12:38 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?
Replies: 29
Views: 3338

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki has another approach to the magic/mentalism mix- that of "amazing coincidences." His latest effect in The Wizards' Journal #25 is called "Ultra Coincidental." From a deck of giant (jumbo) cards, one card is selected face down. From two decks (one red backed, one ...
by Spellbinder
12/23/13 10:46 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 3824

Choo Choo Train Illusion

This is a great portable illusion for children's shows, small enough to be used in a living room setting and large enough to be presented on a stage in a school auditorium. It makes use of a commercial "Locomotive Play Tent" that sells for $20 - $40 depending on the source (Wiz Kid Qua-Fik...
by Spellbinder
12/11/13 05:36 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Choo Choo Train Illusion
Replies: 0
Views: 1011

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

My heresy is now complete. I have combined magic, mentalism, magik, and witchcraft in my newest release "The Invisible Tarot." I'll call it for what it is... magic TRICKS for use with a GAFFED set of Tarot Cards. That's right, I am selling my soul, cheap, not to the devil, but to anyone wh...
by Spellbinder
10/06/13 08:26 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 3824

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

A magician can do magic and can mix in mental magic as well and doesn't mind if his audience thinks it's all a trick; a mentalist must stick to pretending he would never stoop to performing magic tricks and that his "powers" are real. A mentalist is a magician with attitude. That's my take...
by Spellbinder
09/12/13 11:37 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 3824

Re: rope credit

It's a variant of "The Bachelor's Needle" found in Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, compiled by Stewart James, and published in 1941.
by Spellbinder
09/12/13 11:33 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: rope credit
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Re: Bunny Business

Qua-Fiki's "Big, Bad Bunnies" starts with a plot like Tenkai's "Homing Card", in which the Big Bad Wolf keeps reappearing among the bunnies, but then the wolf begins reappearing wearing different disguises (which are obvious to the kids and get them screaming when they see each n...
by Spellbinder
09/03/13 02:08 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Bunny Business
Replies: 1
Views: 1379

Re: Mental Epic whiteboard -- which is best?

I had a chance to see Jim Gerrish getting ready for a show for which he was MC and was surprised to see him performing - not his own Mental Epilogue - but just using a regular Whiteboard (bulletin board size) from Staples - no gimmicks at all. He used large post-it note paper squares to cover his pr...
by Spellbinder
08/22/13 06:21 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mental Epic whiteboard -- which is best?
Replies: 13
Views: 8689

Bunny Business

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki has come up with a flurry of cute jumbo card packet effects based on the theme of cute bunny rabbits for his last offering to The Wizards' Journal (#25) as a Wiz Kid. His birthday is at the end of this month and he will no longer be a performing Wiz Kid, but an adult trustee of The ...
by Spellbinder
06/18/13 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Bunny Business
Replies: 1
Views: 1379

Re: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?

Dimitri, the "Mystery Artist" from Argentina, has just joined the Magic Nook as an Independent Author and coincidentally his first published e-Book is a "Sock Routine" that he has perfected from various sources. In his version, the sock chosen by members of the audience is found ...
by Spellbinder
04/27/13 05:40 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?
Replies: 24
Views: 3881

Re: Piaget's conservation tasks

A good example of how adults can be turned into 4 year olds, Piaget-wise, is by using the Paul Curry "Case of the Missing Hat," also revised as Marcom's "Leprechauns" and most recently Qua-Fiki's "The Mystery of the Missing Carrot" from The Wizards' Journal #25. Qua-Fik...
by Spellbinder
04/20/13 05:16 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Piaget's conservation tasks
Replies: 3
Views: 1241

Re: Silken Saga

Tyler's original version was published in The Magic Wand without his permission. Eric Sharp's handling and routine was published in one of his books. Leave it to a Q. Kumber to mention a magic magazine without listing the issue number, month and year of publication (page would be nice as well). It'...
by Spellbinder
03/24/13 03:59 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Silken Saga
Replies: 10
Views: 3380

Re: Silken Saga

As April of 2013 draws nearer, I have to quell the rumor that Tyler's Silken Saga will be released this year, or any year in the foreseeable future. I am already getting requests for reservations, so as not to waste anyone's time please put me down for two if anyone else is bringing it to market, ot...
by Spellbinder
03/23/13 03:58 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Silken Saga
Replies: 10
Views: 3380

Re: Spirit bell

If you have enough electronics skills to build one of your own following directions for getting and assembling the parts, you might consider one of Jolyon Jenkin's two Spirit Bell plans. Worth learning how to do if you're into saving money by doing it yourself.
by Spellbinder
01/27/13 07:38 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Spirit bell
Replies: 7
Views: 2037

Re: Mickey Mouse Plate

There's a whole chapter on "Soup Plates and Silks Magic" in Volume 3 of the Rice Encyclopedia that hasn't seen much use since the demise of the fancy soup plate at elegant dinners. With these themed plastic party plates at Dollar Stores and Party supply stores, there ought to be a new mark...
by Spellbinder
11/14/12 10:32 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey Mouse Plate
Replies: 2
Views: 524
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