Parallel Universe (the Stage
By Professor Spellbinder
Jim Gerrish is working on Parallel Universe, the PVC Pipe
and Duct Tape Grand Illusion, but he recommends starting out
the Grand Illusion version by setting up the theme with my
smaller stage magic version. So I guess Id
better publish my small version first!
After some discussion of the recent theories of Alternate and
Parallel Universes, the result of Quantum Madness in the field of
Physics, the Wizard declares that the proofs for this were well
known to the ancients. The Egyptians, in particular, were on
track with their construction of the pyramids. However, they
added one too many sides to the pyramid for it to serve as a
gate to access these parallel worlds. If they had
been able to construct a THREE sided pyramid, we might all be
speaking Egyptian today.
The Wizard offers to demonstrate the connection between a
three-sided pyramid and the doorway to the past.
Effect: Two golden three-sided
pyramids are displayed. A ring, an analog watch, and a quarter
are borrowed from members of the audience. As the least expensive
borrowed item, the quarter is marked by the owner with a Sharpie
indelible marker (the spectator can choose any color ink- black,
red, blue or green). After marking the coin and blowing on it to
make sure it is dry, the owner tests the ink to make sure it is
indelible. The Wizard attaches a piece of cellophane tape to the
coin and fashions a loop from the tape, because, as he explains,
it will need to be able to hang up for the experiment. The Wizard
attempts to borrow a live white mouse, but after discovering that
no one has brought a live mouse, he brings forth his own mouse in
a small cage and sets it on a table next to the other borrowed
Now the borrowed ring is taken and placed on a hook under one
of the pyramids. The pyramid is lifted and the ring has vanished,
but now appears under the other pyramid.
The time is noted on the borrowed watch by the owner, and it
is placed on the hook under one of the pyramids. It vanishes, but
fails to appear under the other pyramid. Dont
worry, says the Wizard, the watch will appear
The live specimen is next. The live white mouse is marked using a
water washable marking pen of any color chosen by the spectator.
The animal is enclosed in a cloth bag so that it can
be hung from the hook under one pyramid and it reappears under
the other, along with the missing watch that still shows the same
time that was recorded when it first vanished.
How is this possible? The Wizard attempts to explain. Objects
placed under one pyramid enter the space/time gate and are
frozen in time, as the ancient Pharaohs had hoped
their mummies would be. Since they are in the past Universe, we
cannot see them in the present. The pyramid itself travels into
the future, but objects placed inside it are acted upon by
electro-magnetic forces created by the gold covering, which keep
them in the past. The second pyramid is out of phase with the
first. Objects from the past continue to move slowly back into
our present time, and we can calculate the distance to place the
second pyramid from the first by using that most magical number
of the ancients, pi (3.14159).
The proof of this is seen in the passage of the watch, which
still shows the same time that it was placed in the first
The passage of live animals shows that, in theory, a human could
be sent through space/time in this manner. The animals seem to be
unharmed by the experience. However there is a dark side to this
force that must be solved before we dare to use it with a human.
The Wizard then proceeds to show an open-bottom three-sided
pyramid constructed with one clear glass or Plexiglas side and
two shiny gold sides. We will call it the "Crystal
Now the marked borrowed quarter is placed under the first gold
pyramid. The second gold pyramid is replaced by the Crystal
Pyramid. In a few seconds, a coin appears floating in an
insulated vacuum glass ball that has been placed inside the
Crystal Pyramid. The ball is removed and cracked open with a Pop!
like a light bulb. The Wizard explains that the coin appeared in
a vacuum. It is removed and the signature on it is verified.
Meanwhile, the Wizard replaces the glass globe and moves the
clear pyramid to a new location, which he claims has been
precisely calibrated according to pi. In a few seconds, a coin
again appears in the glass globe inside the pyramid. The Wizard
asks the spectator who marked the coin to look through the walls
of the pyramid and into the glass, but not to attempt to touch
the coin, and to verify that it has the same signature as the one
he is holding. He is given a magnifying glass and asked to check
the date on the coin. It is the same as the one he is holding.
How can this be? The Wizard explains that coins continue to
pass from one space/time Universe to this one, only the coin that
is now inside the glass pyramid is made of anti-matter and is
highly unstable. If it were to come in contact with its other
self in this Universe, the resulting nuclear
explosion might well destroy everything within a range of three
miles more or less. Instead, by just leaving the
anti-matter coin in the pyramid, it will slip away again, but in
a rather spectacular manner. Pow! A tremendous bright light
flashes from the pyramid. All the lights in the theater (or
whatever room you are in) are dimmed as if from a tremendous
surge of energy, and finally there is a tremendous BANG! that can
leave the audience startled. The glass globe is removed from the
Crystal Pyramid and the coin is gone, just as the Wizard
And THAT is why we are reluctant to try the process with a
human being until further studies have been made, says the
Wizard, concluding the lecture and lowering all his paraphernalia
into some wooden crates marked TOP SECRET.
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