Origin of the Fire Wallet?

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Origin of the Fire Wallet?

Postby Tom Stone » November 11th, 2012, 12:22 pm

Does anyone know the origin of the Fire Wallet gag?

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Re: Origin of the Fire Wallet?

Postby Joe Pecore » November 11th, 2012, 2:03 pm

Whaley's "Encyclopedic Dictionary of Magic" says it has been in use as a term since 1989, if that helps any.
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Re: Origin of the Fire Wallet?

Postby Joe Pecore » November 11th, 2012, 2:13 pm

Predecessor would probably be Billy McComb's "Hot Book" (in which a large book shoots out flames when opened) which he created in 1945 and published in his "The First Book of William" (1947).

The first ad I could find for a Fire Wallet was called "Hot Wallet" by Steve Stevenson in the July 1986 issue of Genii.
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Re: Origin of the Fire Wallet?

Postby Tom Stone » November 11th, 2012, 2:22 pm

I've seen Terry Seabrooke mentioned as the inventor of the Fire Wallet, and being friend with McComb and knowing his "Hot Book" it would seem like a natural step.

But Jonathan Townsend mentioned in a PM that he thinks Kikuchi (creator of Fickle Fire) had a fire wallet in his act in the 1970's. And that also sounds reasonable.

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Re: Origin of the Fire Wallet?

Postby RobbinsAlvin » February 6th, 2013, 6:53 am

Is there any show held on this theme, I would deeply like to know about that.

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Re: Origin of the Fire Wallet?

Postby Chas Nigh » February 7th, 2013, 3:30 am

Bob Haskell also took credit for the hot book when he and Merv Taylor were brainstorming products.


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