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Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

I always wondered, why a fish? Who came up with that originally and why? (And were they especially hungry at the time?) :) Chaplin indeed would've been a good, recognizable shape in his day; possibly even today. If someone was smart and could get the licensing issues resolved (if any), I think today...
by MagiCanuck
01/05/15 05:46 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 11
Views: 1332

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Bibliophage, Thank you very much for your prompt and informative reply. Appreciated. At least some of their history is now a bit less shrouded in mystery! --- Does anyone have any good stories about using them as giveaways or tales of unusual reactions from spectators? So far I get a mix of reaction...
by MagiCanuck
01/02/15 12:47 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 11
Views: 1332

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Bibliophage, OK, so now you've really got me curious! If earlier incarnations were not made out of plastic or paper, from what were they made? I must admit I've never tried experimenting with any material. In fact, although I've known about these novelties for decades I've never even given them a si...
by MagiCanuck
01/01/15 08:34 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 11
Views: 1332

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

I too would love to read more about specific historical examples of earlier incarnations of this amusing novelty. Please share! What online references exist discuss the chemical composition of the fish material - sodium polyacrylate - which reacts to any water molecules it touches and thus changes t...
by MagiCanuck
01/01/15 03:27 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 11
Views: 1332

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Can anyone enlighten me as to the origins of the "Fortune Teller Miracle Fish"? This very silly but insanely fun and inexpensive giveaway has been around seemingly forever. Just picked some up for handouts in 2015; the little plastic sleeve they come in is the perfect size to also hold a b...
by MagiCanuck
12/31/14 06:43 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 11
Views: 1332

Kreskin in Toronto

The Amazing Kreskin is in Toronto, Ontario this month performing twice daily shows at the annual end-of-summer Canadian National Exhibition ("The Ex"). Check out the photos and text review at Canada's Magic blog, here: http://canadasmagic.blogspot.ca/2014/08/guest-post-kreskin-at-cne.html ...
by MagiCanuck
08/23/14 08:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kreskin in Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: Dallas Turner - Final Curtain

Dallas was extensively quoted in the excellent "Border Radio" by Gene Fowler and Bill Crawford (University of Texas Press, 2002). It's a highly entertaining read about all those "quacks, yodelers, pitchmen, psychics and other amazing broadcasters of the American airwaves" that us...
by MagiCanuck
05/22/14 11:37 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dallas Turner - Final Curtain
Replies: 2
Views: 758

Re: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magicia

Very Healthy & Happy Holidays to all! TRIBUTE WEBSITE UPDATE - DECEMBER 2013: LATEST ADDITIONS * A rare 1930s promotional mail-out postcard from Johnny, not seen in public for perhaps 80 years - courtesy Matthew Crabtree (added September 2013); * Vintage archival IBM Ring 17 photos featuring Joh...
by MagiCanuck
12/15/13 08:49 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

Re: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magicia

Hello again! UPDATE (March 2013) It's now the fifth anniversary of our online tribute to Canada's most beloved children's magician, Johnny Giordmaine (1898-1974). Many thanks to those of you who have have already visited us in the past. Here's news about our latest updates that might bring you back ...
by MagiCanuck
03/06/13 03:48 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician

Long time Genii reader and forum lurker here! Some of you might remember John ("Johnny") Giordmaine, Canada's legendary children's magician (1898-1974). Malta-born, Toronto-based Johnny inspired hundreds, maybe thousands of kids to become amateur and/or professional magicians over his life...
by MagiCanuck
01/01/13 10:49 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

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