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by Spellbinder
October 12th, 2011, 10:53 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Birth of a Nation Magic Show
Replies: 25
Views: 14226

Re: Birth of a Nation Magic Show

It looks good. Remember, a lot of our early history is mixed in with myth and legend, such as the details of Paul Revere's ride (which leaves out the guys who really did the work that night). Revere has a good publicist in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Years later, in 1896, Helen F. Moore wrote: 'Tis ...
by Spellbinder
July 31st, 2011, 5:17 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "vest with special pockets"
Replies: 5
Views: 2831

Re: Tommy Wonder's "vest with special pockets"

Tommy Wonder put his vest together for HIMSELF and HIS ACT. Even if you had his original vest in front of you, you would have few clues as to what the various pockets, rings, holes, grommets and so on were used for. This is the kind of thing you make for yourself and attach various pockets as needed...
by Spellbinder
July 14th, 2011, 9:23 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?
Replies: 21
Views: 5034

Re: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?

Like the reference to Jack that Magicpedia used to have a few days ago, the other references to Jack have come from sources who probably got them from Whaley, Maven or Magicpedia, as I did. What is needed is a study of the Linking Ring articles that Jack contributed and inquiries to the IBM Ring mem...
by Spellbinder
July 14th, 2011, 2:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?
Replies: 21
Views: 5034

Re: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?

The Martin's Magic Shop ad in Genii is identical to the one from the September 1949 Linking Ring with the exception of the last line "Routine as used by Mal Lippincott." I'm not convinced that is a statement intended to identify him as the creator of the box, but only of the routine. To me...
by Spellbinder
July 7th, 2011, 4:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?
Replies: 21
Views: 5034

Re: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?

Does anyone have a photo of Jack Lippincott? I'd like one for my Brief Biographies of Magic Inventors: http://www.magicnook.com/forum/bioKLM.htm
by Spellbinder
June 1st, 2011, 10:39 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Birth of a Nation Magic Show
Replies: 25
Views: 14226

Re: Birth of a Nation Magic Show

Thanks for the information about Carl S. Lohrey, Joe. I have added it to the advertisement and inserted it as a footnote in the e-Book itself.
by Spellbinder
May 31st, 2011, 9:44 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Birth of a Nation Magic Show
Replies: 25
Views: 14226

Re: Birth of a Nation Magic Show

At the risk of boring you with more gushing of a proud grandpa over his precocious magic grandchild, reading this effect gave me an idea of how to use Wilhelmina's Transparent Dye Tube in connection with your evolution of flags. She is using currently a clear plastic mailing tube (1.5" in diame...
by Spellbinder
May 19th, 2011, 8:46 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3567

Re: New Magic from a New Magician

Qua-Fiki's little cousin, Wiz Kid Wilhelmina, is not only giving magic a new viewpoint from a nine-year old, but from a girl magician, as well. She was always playing with craft projects, making boxes and tubes from plastic, cardboard, cans, styrofoam cups and what-not, but when she began transformi...
by Spellbinder
April 6th, 2011, 11:54 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Jack The Ripper Seance Kit
Replies: 9
Views: 3255

Re: Jack The Ripper Seance Kit

Every good seance kit needs a self-contained self-lighting radio-controlled candle like the one Jolyon Jenkins published on my site as the first article in a new Magic-tronic Book section. His YouTube video is here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNjazKsm4gU&f...
by Spellbinder
March 4th, 2011, 1:32 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3609

Re: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?

I suggest you learn to make your own mouthcoils, and then just make up as much as you will need for a short period of time using strong tissue paper bought from a gift shop. The Wizards' Journal #5 (item 10) is one way to learn if you don't know how. For really strong mouth coils, I suggest making t...
by Spellbinder
January 3rd, 2011, 11:35 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: how to dye flash paper
Replies: 13
Views: 5797

Re: how to dye flash paper

I always used food coloring dyes, mixed in water, painted on and let dry completely. No color flames, but the paper can be any color you want. Also, you can print on flashpaper with an inkjet printer, so card designs, etc. are possible.
by Spellbinder
October 9th, 2010, 4:18 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!
Replies: 10
Views: 3136

Re: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!

It might be more suitable to do the "six dog biscuit repeat." You could cut out cards in the shape of dog bone biscuits and use the Ed Marlo variation in which you get rid of only one dog biscuit at a time instead of three, except the dog is the one that gets rid of it by "eating"...
by Spellbinder
October 4th, 2010, 6:56 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!
Replies: 10
Views: 3136

Re: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki has the English Sheepdog puppet, which he uses for his "Wonder Dog" act as part of his "Super Hero Magic." In his act, he has the dog eat various items by having cut a slit in the back of its mough and just pulling the stuff into its mouth with his inside hand. T...
by Spellbinder
September 15th, 2010, 11:18 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3567

Re: New Magic from a New Magician

Qua-Fiki has done it again, this time with a Stepladder Escape/Substitution Illusion he calls "Stepladder Revenge." He figured out that the "Assistant's Revenge" was appropriate for an Illusionist, because the poor assistant is always the victim, getting pierced, cut in half, or ...
by Spellbinder
August 6th, 2010, 7:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Monte Routine on YouTube
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

Re: Monte Routine on YouTube

Richard:
Thanks for clearing that up. I guess I have to do some research on Canadian magicians.
by Spellbinder
August 5th, 2010, 11:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Monte Routine on YouTube
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

Re: Monte Routine on YouTube

"Color Monte" was orignally done with regular cards--it's in Ibidem (issue 16, March 1959) under the title "Three-Card Monkey Business" and was in print for years before "Color Monte" was put on the market. Of course the creator, Bill Elliott, received neither credit n...
by Spellbinder
August 3rd, 2010, 3:14 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3567

Re: New Magic from a New Magician

Before this post disappears again, I should point out that my intent was to find out if any other members of the magic community have spotted new talent among the youngsters just starting out? Has anyone met the next Harry Blackstone, or Edwin Hooper or UF Grant? Do kids even try to emulate the old ...
by Spellbinder
July 28th, 2010, 9:37 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Best “Book Test”…
Replies: 85
Views: 28032

Re: Best “Book Test”…

I think that depends on your age. You will be able to walk into a shop that does print-on-demand and has no inventory other than the electronic files from which it prints the books. The vision is a little flawed. Where are the little shops that used to sell Videotapes and DVDs? Even the great Block...
by Spellbinder
July 27th, 2010, 8:40 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Sub Trunk Size
Replies: 14
Views: 4754

Re: Sub Trunk Size

The Sub Cube, as detailed in The Wizards' Journal #18 on my site, was designed for use by teen-agers. Because it is so small, the performers have to kneel inside it and hunch over, but the small size is quite deceptive. The cube box can be put on display without revealing a thing, and you can even a...
by Spellbinder
July 25th, 2010, 7:17 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3567

New Magic from a New Magician

"The Magic Coloring Book," a mainstay of kid show performers worldwide, is some four hundred and eighty years old ... probably more. "The Magic Storybook" was invented this year (2010) by a fifteen year old who has been studying magic since January of 2008. At first glance it see...
by Spellbinder
July 19th, 2010, 4:25 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: milk carton "Pouring" gimmick
Replies: 16
Views: 9050

Re: milk carton "Pouring" gimmick

It would be interesting to combine the milk pitcher principle with the Dan Harlan milk pour gimmick to a translucent plastic half gallon milk jug and have the best of both worlds; the visible pouring of the milk from the spout and the diminishing of the milk inside the plastic jug as you "pour....
by Spellbinder
May 8th, 2010, 9:51 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Newspaper hats, anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Newspaper hats, anyone?

as a folder of origami, and having seen a most excellent torn and restored news paper trick, i was informed by the magician that newspapers over seas are often just single page inserts instead of our folded variety. this can affect you if you plan presentations out of the 50 states. I just wondered...
by Spellbinder
January 8th, 2010, 9:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffed Decks
Replies: 46
Views: 7310

Re: Gaffed Decks

Joe: I have forgotten how to add entries for Magicpedia or I would add the "Monte Cristo Deck" myself. I noticed that it is missing from the list.
by Spellbinder
October 26th, 2009, 4:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Appearing broom fix
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: Appearing broom fix

Do what the professionals do. Cut awat the split ends and fold a piece of electrical tape over the end.
by Spellbinder
October 18th, 2009, 11:05 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Zombie Gripe
Replies: 37
Views: 9517

Re: Zombie Gripe

And this is the ball that could really do some damage!

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by Spellbinder
October 17th, 2009, 7:11 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?
Replies: 29
Views: 6396

Re: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?

And what, then IS entertainment. Just putting it in capitals does not define it. What, SPellbinder, IS entertainment? Putting it in capitals was my way of EMPHASIZING the words. Most forums do not have the luxury of italics . But if you have to ask me to define entertainment, I'd respectfully sugge...
by Spellbinder
October 16th, 2009, 6:28 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?
Replies: 29
Views: 6396

Re: 5 Minutes to Perform...What do you do?

If you want to make a GOOD impression rather than a BIG impression, use your five minutes to ENTERTAIN the audience, not just perform magic. Magic without ENTERTAINMENT impresses only magicians.
by Spellbinder
October 9th, 2009, 9:07 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Newspaper hats, anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Newspaper hats, anyone?

Eleazar Goodenough, author of "Tear-Able Magic" (available on my site), does quite a bit of hat magic, including Hat Rings. But for the former newspaper hats, he uses giftwrap paper instead. If your routine is about taking a sheet of paper and turning it into a variety of hats (using origa...
by Spellbinder
September 23rd, 2009, 8:40 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Mentalism at school assemblies
Replies: 17
Views: 5810

Re: Mentalism at school assemblies

Combining an effect by Percy Naldrett from the 1930's, printed in the Jinx as "The Phantom Artist" in 1937, and combining it with some home-made Halloween jumbo picture cards and my Force Field Tray has just added another Mental Effect for Kids to The Wizards' Journal #18 on my site. I was...
by Spellbinder
July 20th, 2009, 2:07 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Harry Potter Fodder
Replies: 18
Views: 5223

Re: Harry Potter Fodder

I hope some of you are making some bucks off the latest Harry Potter movie craze. The Bizartists especially should be able to find material from this latest film. I think a "pensieve" would be a great addition to a mental act for the teen age audience as a result.
by Spellbinder
July 15th, 2009, 5:25 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10870

Re: jap box

Just an update for those interested; my e-Book entitled "The Handkerchief Box - Revisited" (see? I avoided all the ethnic controversy except for those who object to being called handkerchiefs) is available on my site in the Mini-Mysteries section. In it, I explore the history of the box (e...
by Spellbinder
July 11th, 2009, 12:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10870

Re: jap box

My 4 inch cube box still has the bottom hole, but just one is needed to reach all four sides (and yes, I have built a "four-flapper"). I use the hole for the color change silk feature described in some of the Rice Encyclopedia routines, but it also teams up with another gimmick that goes b...
by Spellbinder
July 10th, 2009, 12:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: jap box
Replies: 48
Views: 10870

Re: jap box

I am reviving this old thread from 2005 because I am currently working on a "revisitation" of the Handkerchief Box, including delving into its history, various names (PC and otherwise),and then going into the construction of various types, etc. The biggest problem with the trick has never ...
by Spellbinder
June 16th, 2009, 6:04 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3129

Re: Kids show mentalism

Just an update: The article is now called "Mind-Reading Puppets" in The Wizards' Journal #18 and is ready now. It contains four effects designed for one-handed operation with a puppet: "Color Blind," as described above, "Hard Choices", "Whiteboard Citation", a...
by Spellbinder
June 11th, 2009, 3:04 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3129

Re: Kids show mentalism

The main problem working with a puppet or a ventriloquist's figure is that you have to perform any magic tricks or mental magic with one hand tied up, so to speak, working the puppet/figure. If the puppet can hold things with its beak/mouth/snout, that gives you a bit of an advantage, but it has to ...
by Spellbinder
June 11th, 2009, 9:03 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3129

Re: Kids show mentalism

An easy trick that kids can understand and that works with a blind-folded puppet: Spellbinder's "Color-Blind." You forced me to write it up with your post and Qua-Fiki twisted my arm because he wants to use it first. Effect: Two sets of jumbo cards are displayed. Each set has six cards, ea...
by Spellbinder
June 7th, 2009, 10:21 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Kids show mentalism
Replies: 13
Views: 3129

Re: Kids show mentalism

A good puppet blindfold gag is to have a thread attached to the bottom of the blindfold and going over the top of its head around to the back where you can pull it. When you "aren't looking" the puppet seems to make the blindfold rise up so it can "see." You'll have the kids scre...
by Spellbinder
June 5th, 2009, 9:00 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: reading show give away
Replies: 3
Views: 1868

Re: reading show give away

I'd like to see your book. I've always felt that a good magic book for beginners would contain a lot of history passages to read, followed by directions for performing a favorite trick of the magician discussed. Just giving away secrets does not promote reading. There should also be references inclu...
by Spellbinder
May 25th, 2009, 6:16 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Needle thru Balloon Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2493

Re: Needle thru Balloon Question

DrDanny wrote: almost any balloon will work... Not quite true: some balloons are just too thin for the effect; like water balloons, some animal twisting balloons, mylar balloons and cheap Dollar Store balloons. Good quality latex balloons are best, but buy a small quantity to test just to make sure....
by Spellbinder
May 21st, 2009, 7:37 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Mentalism at school assemblies
Replies: 17
Views: 5810

Re: Mentalism at school assemblies

I have been helping Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki develop a similar act, only using a mind-reading rooster (puppet). The problem is that one of his hands is always "tied up" inside the puppet, so we have had to find or create mentalism effects that can be performed one-handed. That challenge cuts out a...

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