Originally posted by Pete Biro:
A "little" off topic, I used to see Johnny Platt do the Kuma Tubes and the kicker was the giant bowl of water produced would NOT fit back into the tube at the end.
I have a photo of Johnny from his "Castle Days". He gave it to me during a trip to SF, where he was looking at a set of "Kuma Tubes" that we had for sale. Buma, knowing it was a signature trick for Johnny, offered them to him before he would show anyone else, out of courtesy.
You are right, the surprise, after the bowl production, was that the bowl was TOO BIG for the tubes. I think in all the years I worked for Buma, (remember, we specialized in hard-to-find props and magic), that I only handled two sets of "Kuma Tubes", and Johnny was the ONLY guy I recall using them regularly. I THINK Don Budge(spelling?) did the trick for a while, and I know we sold a set to Bob Albo, but that's it. An uncommon effect, to be sure...