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name this prop

Postby Smoothini » January 16th, 2010, 9:52 pm

What's the actual name of this:

You take a white napkin and crush it into a ball. You do a switch with a prop that looks like a white paper napkin ball. You place the prop on... let's say a fan, and it will slowly take the shape of an egg. You switch this fake egg with a real egg, crack it and dump it's contents.

Name this prop.....

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Re: name this prop

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 16th, 2010, 9:57 pm

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Postby Seuss » January 16th, 2010, 10:01 pm

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Re: name this prop

Postby Smoothini » January 17th, 2010, 9:16 am

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Re: name this prop

Postby Jager » January 18th, 2010, 3:10 pm

John Carney does an amazing version of this trick. He removes a petal from a white rose and shakes it around in a large brandy glass untill it becomes an egg. It is described in his Book of Secrets.
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Re: name this prop

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 18th, 2010, 3:23 pm

Yes, Egg on Fan. You used to have to make your own duck's eggshell for this. Quite a process.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » January 18th, 2010, 4:18 pm

I recently saw a DVD with detailed instructions on this process. It's way easier to buy a Weller Egg!

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Re: name this prop

Postby David Alexander » January 20th, 2010, 11:27 am

Years ago I visited Lou Lancaster (one of the most knowledgeable magicians I've ever had the pleasure of knowing) in his apartment. I commented on the mildly unpalatable odor that seemed to fill the place. Lou laughed, opened the door to the bathroom and showed me a bath tub filled with blown duck eggs and several gallons of vinegar slowly dissolving the shells.

Lou had to go without a shower for a couple of days, but he had a large supply of skins for the Egg on Fan.

There are a lot of tips necessary to pull the effect off properly the fan, the care of the gimmick, etc.

Al Wheatley (Chop Chop) made a brandy snifter with a spun aluminum gimmick on the bottom where the egg was kept. I thought it a good idea but the snifter seemed small.

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Postby David Linsell » January 21st, 2010, 10:45 am

See pages 66-67 of "Beating A Dead Horse" for a description of Jay's method for preparing egg skins via the Newton Hall method.

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Re: name this prop

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 21st, 2010, 10:58 am

What's a Newton Hall?
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Re: name this prop

Postby David Linsell » January 21st, 2010, 1:42 pm

It's the vestibule where you store your Newton. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Actually, Newton Hall is credited as Jay's teacher in the egg skin production process. Just one of the many facts you'll learn in this great book about the man you thought you knew already!

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Re: name this prop

Postby SteveP » January 24th, 2010, 12:23 pm

Dustin Stinett wrote:I recently saw a DVD with detailed instructions on this process. It's way easier to buy a Weller Egg!


You don't want to use a Weller Egg. The real egg preparation is going to give you a better effect.

Geoffrey Durham has his presentation and tips for the effect in his Professional Secrets book, which is an incredible book full of great information no matter what kind of magic you do. If anyone is serious about doing this effect, read Durham's work on it.


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