Originally posted by ChrisDavid:
Why a cork?
Galloway wrote in the "Ramsey Classics" that Ramsey based his cylinder and coins effect off of versions of the "pence and cap" effects found in Hoffman's Modern Magic and L. Graham Lewis' The Modern Conjuror. A die was used in those effects.
"Ramsey liked the simplicity of the paper cap, but eventually came to use a small cardboard cylinder made by removing the bottom from a pill box...He never liked using a die, as it seemed to him too much like a conjuror's prop. So instead he would cut a slice from a wine cork, which was readily available in the shop."
Ramsey worked at and eventually owned a grocery shop. "He did simple tricks with common objects which became miracles when related by his customers."
[ October 30, 2001: Message edited by: Oliver Corpuz ]