Crazy Daizy

By Professor Spellbinder

I found this $3.00 18 inch tall Plush Flower toy at my local Toys-R-Us store. Right away it caught my imagination as something that could be turned into a magic trick. Then two magic tricks. Then an entire routine began to emerge in my mind. So I broke down and bought one.

Effect: A translucent flowerpot is shown empty and is placed on your table. The flowerpot is filled with soil from a special canister of soil, using a scoop. The soil fills up the flowerpot and can be seen through the translucent sides of the pot.

Next, a “seed” is planted in the soil and it is watered. The magician shines a flashlight on the seed. Suddenly a large flower pokes its head up over the top of the flowerpot. When it is about 18 inches tall, the flower can be “picked” from the pot and carried around in the magician’s hand.

The center of the flower is seen to have a “face,” similar to a “happy face,” but the eyes are closed. When the magician plucks the flower from the flowerpot, suddenly the flower’s “eyes” open wide and maybe it yells something about being picked before its time.

The flower can talk to the magician, either by means of ventriloquism (in which, in my opinion, every magician should have some skills) or by having a “backstage voice” or a recorded voice. Both the flowers eyes can blink together or independently (so it can “wink” at the audience) and its mouth opens and closes.

The head is so small that it doesn’t pay to have the eyes move from side to side, but if you wanted to televise the face and project it on a large screen, that feature could also be included.

The flower can bob its head up and down, which makes it possible to seem to wither and die when you breathe on it, and so on, but which can also be used when the flower sings a song, to bob its head up and down in rhythm to the music.

You can make the flower seem reluctant to be planted back in its flowerpot. Every time you try, it pushes its lower stem or root this way and that trying to avoid going back into the pot.

When the flower is finally placed back into its flowerpot, you can have it perform a card trick as in the old “snake in the basket.” A spectator selects a card, the card is shuffled into the deck and then the deck is dropped into the flowerpot. The flower sinks down into the pot and cards fly out over the top of the pot. Finally the flower rises back up with the selected card in its mouth. Alternately, it could keep choosing the wrong card and finally rise up and turn around to show the selected card on the back of its petals. The point is, the flower’s rising and lowering and turning in the pot is under your control.

A good surprise can be obtained by having the flower complain that there’s not much room in the flowerpot because the worms are taking over. The flower asks you to dig out some of the worms and move them to another pot. You reach into the pot and search for worms, but don’t find any. Instead you do a production of funny sponge rubber items that the flower has been hoarding as “treasure.” At the end, spring snakes fly up out of the pot and the flower thanks you for finally getting rid of those pushy worms. Then it sinks back into its pot and just seems to disappear along with its soil. The pot is shown empty and put away. As an optional ending, the original soil canister can fill up with soil as the flowerpot soil vanishes.

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