I first saw C. Thomas Magrum do T-Wit in his school assemblly show in November 1946. He did it well, and sold it well. He presented it somewhat like the performer in the C.Lang Neal's MODERN CONJUROR. I started doing it in 1965. I updated the lines and made it more topical. It was in my school show until I retired in 2008. I still do it on kid shows. My presentation is designed for kids. I call it a version of ORIGAMI. School teachers liked it (kids, too)because of the reference to art.
Jay Marshall always made his own (accompanied by a series of verbal cuss words!)When I stayed in the Charlie Miller suite over a 10 year period, he told me where to buy the correct paper, etc. He presented it as a "languid" Englishman(even wore a monocle at one time). Jay sold it well for any group, but especially for adults! I would get about 350 programs out of one. I always carried a spare, well broken in. Frank Herman was a good fiend. Fran Marshall used a pic of me in Frank's book. My friend Sid Lorraine said the JUMBO size was heavy and hard to use. Dick Stoner uses it, and does a great job with it. George McAthy had a funny routine in one of the SMART BOOKS. Norm Cummins "killed" with it at early MAGI FESTS in COLUMBUS,OH.He presented it as a "door to door salesman" demonstrating what his product would do. Not magic, but a clever novelty that DEMANDS PRESENTATION AND SKILL. IT DOES NOT 'SELL ITSELF'!!! I get an average of 5 minutes with it. On outdoor shows (California) it is tricky to handle in wind.Stanyon made them for years (I still have one of Stanyon's)A gentleman in New Zealand made them when no longer available from England, but, I'm not sure if he is still doing it--(I'm off the road, but I stocked up before I retired)David Tenneboe gave me one when I toured South Dakota a couple years ago. I'll check my spare prop case ASAP. and publish the name of the maker, if it's available. YOU WILL DEFINITELY WEAR ONE OUT WHILE LEARNING TO HANDLE IT. So, if you're serious about doing it, buy a couple (or more). My personal preference is for the colored models, although I've used plain white ones. Dick Oslund