The Big Cheese
By Professor Spellbinder
The magician brings out a little cage that
contains two live mice, a white mouse and a brown mouse. He sets
the cage on his table and promises to introduce the mice to the
children in a moment. But first, the magician shows them a yellow
box shaped like a slice of Swiss Cheese. It is empty inside and
out and when opened, it sits on a triangular base. Now the
magician goes back to the cage and opens the top to take out a
mouse. Both mice have disappeared!
Suddenly a little mouse peeks through a hole in
the Swiss Cheese. The children see the mouse, but every time the
magician looks for it, the mouse hides inside the cheese. The
cheese is taken apart, and the box and base are shown all
no mouse. This happens again and again and
eventually, TWO mice show up, one brown and one white, each
poking out of a different hole in the cheese.
The children see both mice, but the magician can
only see one of them whom he introduces as his pet Trixie
Mouse. He lets Trixie come out of the cheese and brings her
up to children to pet her, but she suddenly scampers up his
sleeve. The magician cant find her, so he prepares to put
the cheese away, and the children tell him that Trixie is back
inside the cheese. Meanwhile, the other mouse is seen crawling
across the magicians shoulders.
After a great deal of mice coming and going,
they finally vanish from the cheese and reappear back in the
cage, all safe and sound.
The cage makes it perfectly safe to perform with
live mice, both for the mice and for the audience, but you may
also choose to perform the effect with puppet mice throughout.
You provide the live mice (if used) and we show you how to build
everything else; the cage, the Big Cheese Box, and the realistic
puppet mice that actually go scampering about outside the cage.
This is by the same wicked Wizard who brought
you Pom Pom Critters from The
Wizards' Journal #13. If you liked that, you love this even
more because the children "know" the mice are alive
right from the start of the effect. Lots more screaming and
hilarity for all!
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