When I saw Dante in 1947 he simply strolled onto front cloth area, with a cane & wearing an opera hat. A chair was brought on. He sat, tilted his hat at an angle.Moi Yo & Victoria Lopez brought on the ropes & 4 silks. Meanwhile Dante had lit a cigar and stretched out, lazy , relaxed and comfortable.He extended the cane forward. Moi Yo smoothly dropped the ropes over it.Victoria laid the silks either on his shoulder or in his lap. This is hazy. Mr. D tied the usual'knot' The girls stretched the ropes. He motioned with his head. They moved sideways. Mr. D tied on a silk, pausing to blow cigar smoke at Moi Yo. Another motion of the head. They moved. Another silk tied on etc. Then he placed one finger against the first silk, head motion, and as they moved sideways the silk travelled up against the cane. Repeated with the others. Always cigar smoke blown at Moi Yo when she arrived near him.The final knot. Then he slightly speed up. Out came the cane. Silks fell into his hat. The cane penetrated Moi Yo's body & vanished; the collapsed cane being dropped into the hat with the ropes and silks as she took them off.
John Calvert, over here, did the routine 'speeded up'!! Thus losing the lazy idea.
When I presented the 8 performances of my tribute to Dante in 1980 I discovered why the old boy plkaced the trick three quarters of the way through Act 2. It gave him (and me) a chance to sit down, have a great cigar and relax before tackling the reat of the programme. Likewise with the Barrel Of Fun (though we did this as The Magic Kettle to give us more variety.)This position halfway through Act One enable mr. D. to have a refreshing glass to ease the throat. I don't have a picture in my large Dante collection & indeed I've never come across a picture of him performing The Lazy Magician but if anyone over there wants a pic of my impersonation of Mr. D in The L. M. please send me your e mail address and I'll send you one.
There was an article on the effect in the November 2003 Linking Ring by Bev Bergeron. This does contain one bit of biz. Dante ddi not use in the effect(it was however in the Magician's Rehearsal illusion)in which Bev had a brush brought on and brushed his hair before he did the trick.
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